The season's best Gay & Lesbian events
Nightcaps: Showgirls edition Berlin’s late-night cabaret series celebrates the 15th anniversary of Paul Verhoeven’s camp classic with a screening followed by a live show including a Showgirls spoof. Berlin Nightclub, 954 W Belmont Ave (773-348-4975). Fri 26 at 8pm. $5.
Big Tranny Hootenanny Live performances by LaWhore Vagistan & Andrew Brown, the Homoticons and Cobalt and the Hired Guns plus a booty- shakin’ dance party highlight this trans benefit party. Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia Ave (773-227-4433). Sat 27 at 8pm. $12.
Vaudevillian Throwdown Delight your queer ears with trans bluegrass duo Actor Slash Model and lesbian ragtime revivalist Sabrina Chap. Duke’s Hideaway, 6920 N Glenwood Ave (773-764-2826). Sun 28 at 8pm. FREE.
Alien Queen Space warrior Ellen Ripley meets the music of Freddie Mercury in this gender-bending musical mash-up of sci-fi series Alien and glam rockers Queen. Circuit Nightclub, 3641 N Halsted St (773-325-2233). Dec 2–Dec 18 at 7:30pm. $15–$20.
Kit Kat 10 Year Anniversary Party Sample free martinis, nosh on cupcakes and enjoy live performances as Kit Kat marks its tenth diva-driven year. Kit Kat Lounge, 3700 N Halsted St (773-525-1111). Dec 2 at 6pm. FREE.
World of Chocolate Our favorite gay gala serves up dozens of all-you-can-eat chocolate concoctions and benefits the Chicago AIDS Foundation. Hilton Chicago Hotel, 720 S Michigan Ave (312-924-4400). Dec 2 at 6pm. $100–$150.
Christmas Follies Unplugged The Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus dons its gay apparel for a night of holiday music sans microphones. Athenaeum Theatre, (773-935-6860). Dec 3 at 8pm; Dec 4 at 3, 8pm. $25–$35.
Artemis Singers Turns 30! Chicago’s lesbian feminist women’s choral group celebrates 30 years of vocal performance with a night of retrospective work. Skokie Theatre, 7924 N Lincoln Ave (847-677-7761). Dec 4 at 8pm. $20–$25.
Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer Hell in a Handbag’s twisted take on the beloved Christmas classic celebrates its 13th mischievous year. Mary’s Attic, 5400 N Clark St (773-784-6969). Dec 4–Jan 1 at 7:30pm. $20, in advance and Thursdays $15, opening night benefit performance for the Trevor Project including one cocktail $30.
Chicago House Speaker Series The AIDS advocacy org trots out former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (last year’s event featured President Clinton) for a fancy lunchtime affair. Palmer House Hilton, 17 E Monroe St (312-726-7500). Dec 9 at 11:30am. $150–$750.
Scream If You Love Christmas GayCo, purveyors of queer sketch comedy, take on Dickens on the down low, Joseph, Mary and Jesus in the age of social networking, and re-gifting in this satirical holiday revue. Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N Broadway (773-561-4665). Dec 9–30 at 8pm. $15.
Back Into the Manhole!: A Manhole Reunion Hydrate celebrates its delightfully sleazy previous tenant with a reunion party featuring old Manhole employees, a VIP cocktail reception and complimentary clothes check. Hydrate, 3458 N Halsted St (773-975-9244). Dec 11 at 9:30pm. $10, VIP admission featuring hosted bar $15.
Women Coming Together: New Year’s Eve 2011 Class ‘C’ Entertainment presents its annual dinner and a movie New Year’s bash for lesbians of color and their friends. Sheraton Gateway Suites Chicago O’Hare, 6501 N Mannheim Rd (847-699-6300). Dec 31 at 10pm, dinner and movie begin at 6pm. $40 for party only. For additional packages visit classceechicago.com.