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Tony Peregrin

Boystown reporter

All Hail the Queens: Phi Phi O’Hara competes for the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar

When Season 4 of RuPaul’s Drag Race airs later this month, the world will learn what Phi Phi O’Hara and her legion of loyal “phan-atics” already know: Boystown’s hottest female drag star is truly phierce. And, depending on her mood, she’s also phabulous, phreaky, and phine. (Adding a “ph” to various descriptives is a trademark…

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We got the beat—Jackie Beat’s Holiday Show Comes to Hydrate

With songs like “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Syphilis,” the cocaine-fueled rewrite of “Let It Snow,” and the pregnancy confessional “Santa’s Baby” —drag darling and Second City alum Jackie Beat serves up the quintessential antidote to cloying holiday cheer with her new Christmas extravaganza, Jackie Beat is…The Nutcracker. Jackie, lead singer of the…

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Proposed development riling up residents

Proposed development riling up residents

A newly planned residential and commercial development located at Halsted and Bradley—just steps away from the heart of Boystown’s popular bar and restaurant district—has prompted a spirited grassroots initiative to vocalize the concerns of the community regarding the gleaming, 15-story glass and metal structure. “The residents of the community that will be adversely affected by…

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Game time: 'The Rosie Show' auditions contestants at Sidetrack

Rachel, Ross, Gertrude and Phoebe—if you can name the odd man out in that group, Rosie O’Donnell may be looking for you. Casting coordinators from “The Rosie Show” will be at Sidetrack this Saturday, November 12, to audition “pop-culture savvy” contestants for the talk show’s daily game segments. It’s no surprise that casting coordinators selected…

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Guardian Angels considering Boystown for new headquarters

The Guardian Angels may land in Boystown as early as next spring.  The unarmed, all-volunteer crime fighters are carefully considering the neighborhood for the location of the Chicago chapter’s headquarters. The Chicago chapter—which celebrates its 30th anniversary this month—has been without a central office for almost a decade, according to Miguel Fuentes, 40, chapter leader…

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The visionary behind the Queer Vision benefit

Queer Vision—an event benefiting the Queer Film Society—will feature a non-stop compilation of  classic and current  film, TV, Broadway and comedy clips rarely or never before shown at Sidetrack, the Boystown video bar known for its spirited showtunes sing-a-long, with video clips carefully chosen— and sometimes gleefully modified—to entertain the diverse crowd. The Queer Film…

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Parking ban seeks to put the brakes on crime

A pilot parking ban in Boystown—an attempt to curb illegal activity—goes into effect Friday night and community leaders expect the initiative will provide police with improved sightlines to the sidewalks. According to 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney, who formally announced the initiative on his website yesterday, the parking restrictions will be enforced midnight to 5…

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