Lauren W

Lauren W has written 18 posts for The L Stop

A Quick Convo with Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara‘s latest album Heartthrob, released last January, launched them into the mainstream, and fans of Tegan and Sara have started to look different. The Canadian folk singers, who used to look out over a sea of 20-something lesbians, now see fans of all types. We’re hearing their songs on the radio, and they’re popping […]

103.5 KISS FM’s JINGLE BALL 2013

The 103.5 KISS FM Jingle Ball totally rocked the United Center! The first of its kind in Chicago, the national tour featuring big name pop stars the likes Flo Rida, Icona Pop, Robin Thicke, and Avril Lavigne warmed up the crowd on a frigid Monday night. Also on the bill for the Jingle Ball Tour […]

Heading Back to Springfield for Marriage Equality

Members of the LGBTQ community and its allies are encouraged to play hooky for a day and head down to the Illinois State Capital tomorrow! The March of Springfield for Marriage Equality is more than just a protest; high-profile members of the LGBT community including distinguished speakers, entertainers, and activists from Chicago-land and beyond will […]

Cameron Esposito is not in Illinois Anymore

When Cameron Esposito was a little girl, she wanted to be president. Or a cartoonist. Or a priest. Mostly a priest. Instead, she became a stand-up comic (I’ll come back to this later). I vaguely remember hearing that one of our favorite home town comedians was leaving to try and make it in LaLa Land, […]

Football Parties and Other Apprehensions About Sports

I’ve never watched football.  Well, that’s not true, actually.  I did watch football a couple of times in my youth incidentally while my Father would watch the Denver Broncos on the weekends.  I seem to remember something about getting a player to one side of the field to do a little happy dance.  And something […]

Community Spotlight: A Conversation with Sam Kirk

“When people ask me, ‘What do you do for a living?’, I just say I’m an artist,” says Sam Kirk, because explaining all the things that she is and does would take awhile… A Chicago-native, Kirk is a visual artist who works in a number of different mediums and fields, including fine art (painting and […]

One Rider’s Reflection on the Ride for AIDS

I was just one rider on the Ride for AIDS, a very small part of an amazingly good thing. The Ride for AIDS Chicago was mostly about raising money for HIV/AIDS awareness and services (and raise money we did, to the tune of nearly $750,000), but it’s about more than that too.  The Ride brings […]

Hannah Thomas is A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock and Roll

I was tempted to call Hannah Thomas an emerging singer/songwriter, and then I heard her sing. Even though she’s floating around the country to small pubs with a single roadie, this girl knows who she is and nearly blew the roof off the Elbo Room last Monday night. A time snafu and a hot steamy […]

Creating Tolerance in an Intolerant Place

Pride month means neighborhood street fests, live music, and a public celebration of “it’s ok to be gay” in Chicago.  I, on the other hand, have had a very different kind of Pride month. Pride in the notoriously intolerant state of Wyoming takes the form of a couple of picnics (two, actually – one in […]

Ride for AIDS Chicago, Sean Blay, and a Gay Ballerina

I spend the majority of my weeks in a gym, but for some reason Cheetah Gym in Andersonville feels totally intimidating. Brown leather on the machines, guilded mirrors adorning the walls… there’s even a water feature on the way to the locker rooms… but it’s hard to turn down a free training ride… This July, […]