The Gay Agenda


By Joseph Hassan

Wednesday, December 3: If you've ever prayed for an excuse to indulge your chocolate craving, AIDS Foundation of Chicago is here to help. The organization's annual World of Chocolate benefit features savory chocolate treats from more than 30 Windy City chocolatiers, restaurants, and caterers with elaborate (and edible) chocolate displays to boot. The deliciously decadent event takes place from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM CST tonight. If you'd rather be holed up in a Colorado lodge with hot chocolate, hot toddies, and maybe a hot Todd, then we've got the place for you' sort of. Trinity Place Shelter, an organization that serves the needs of homeless LGBTQ youth in New York City, is holding a benefit at Aspen Lounge. The Trinity Angel event takes place tonight from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM EST and will include a raffle with prizes from Dior and MAC, among others. Visit the Trinity Place Shelter site for more information and to donate.

Thursday, December 4: If you're a gay man who got through The Vagina Monologues, it's time to treat yourself to David Del Tredici's selection of classical songs known collectively as My Favorite Penis Poems, which premieres tonight at Symphony Space. The show will feature six sexually charged arrangements, which Del Tredici has called some of his best songwriting. The Pulitzer Prize'winning composer, who has been commissioned by nearly every American and European orchestral ensemble, will be joined on stage by soprano Melissa Fogarty, tenor Robert Frankenberry, and a string quartet. The works were composed between 1998 and 2001, but no venue has agreed to perform the provocative program until now. The show begins at 7:30 PM EST and tickets are available through Symphony Space.

Friday, December 5: Finally in theaters is Ciao, the eagerly awaited drama from writer and director Yen Tan. Ciao brings together two complete strangers through the unexpected death of a mutual acquaintance. Jeff (Adam Neal Smith), a close friend who is charged with sorting through Mark's belongings after his untimely passing, stumbles across flirtatious e-mail correspondence with Andrea (Alessandro Calza), an internet designer from Italy. Discovering that Andrea is scheduled to arrive for a visit just three days after Mark's passing, Jeff meets the Italian at the airport to break the news in person. Over the course of 72 hours, Jeff and Andrea develop a hot and heavy attraction based on shared affection for a man whom they each knew in extremely different ways. As evidenced by the trailer, this is definitely one hot ticket.