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WLUW 88.7 FM radio show Think Pink and Chill magazine are hosting the first Queer Fest Midwest in Chicago. They hope to provide an "alternative to the alternative" by opening a forum for young queer artists and musicians to express themselves, according to a press release.
Gonia Rejnowska and Justin Polera will curate the daylong festival, to be held August 25 at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, 1419 W. Blackhawk St.
"There are a lot of stereotypes that come with being part of the gay community in a larger sense," Trish Bendix, copublisher of Chill, said in the press release. "With QFM, we hope to bring together a diverse crowd who might feel more at home among other young artists and activists than in clubs."
Queer Fest Midwest will provide a diversity of gender representation, with acts identifying as gay, lesbian, queer, gender-queer, or trans. Musical acts will represent a range of genres, such as rock, pop, rap, and techno, with performers including Katastrophe, a trans hip-hop artist from San Francisco, and Chris Garneau, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based singer-songwriter. The visual and performing arts section will explore the theme of "Cowboy & Pegasus." Artists submitting work to the event include S.I.R., Kean, Sean Fader, Charles Lum, Rob Stone, and Zachary Drucher.
For more information go to https://www.myspace.com/queerfestmidwest. (The Advocate)
Midwest to showcase the "alternative to the
alternative," August 25