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All Geeks: 1 Year

All Geeks Celebrates A Year Of Getting Down and Nerdy!

 

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Cast photo courtesy Joe Lewis.

On Friday July 31st, All Geeks brings all the geeks out to play in an anything-goes, jam-packed cosplay variety anniversary show! Hosted by creator Adam Guerino with cast-members Fox E Kim, Joe Lewis, Dizzy Lizzy and more TBA!

all geeks, geeks out, outloud chicago, adam guerinoAll Geeks is an all-inclusive cosplay series started in Chicago by queer-inclusive production group Outloud Chicago and gay social group Geeks Out in July 2014. Since its inception, All Geeks has gotten bigger by the month, hosted celebrities of geek culture and toured across the country. No matter your gender, sexual orientation or ethnic background, all geeks are welcome at an All Geeks party.

Come in costume and walk our cosplay runway for big TBA prizes.

Photos will be snapped by MarisaKM.com. Follow the party with the hashtag #AllGeeks1Year on twitter/instagram. Or join the facebook group here: All Geeks: 1 Year.

All Geeks: 1 Year. Friday July 31st, 10p, Berlin Nightclub, 954 W Belmont. Includes an after party with Cosmix Fridays from DJ Greg Haus til 4am!

All Geeks: Pride

All Geeks Does Pride!

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All Geeks cast courtesy Joe Lewis

On Friday June 26th, the All Geeks party celebrates gay pride by bringing the rainbow to life within the galactic spectrum of Green Lantern! Hosted by Green Lantern Adam Guerino and joined by White, Black, Red, Orange, Yellow, Blue, Indigo and Violet Lanterns with a cosplay variety show of drag, burlesque and circus from Fox E Kim, Joe Lewis, Dizzy Lizzy, Alexis Bevels, Rob Racine, William Ranallo, Electra Cute, Betti Kyle and Pangea.

 

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All Geeks is an all-inclusive series started by Outloud Chicago and Geeks Out in July 2014 as an all-inclusive cosplay party. No matter your gender, sexual orientation or ethnic background, all geeks are welcome.

Stop in before the show at 9 pm for Green Lantern face-paint masks courtesy Guardians of Make-up, Dan Rask and Aria Baci!

Come in costume and walk our cosplay runway for big prizes from Green Lantern signed art, action figures and gift certificates. Cosplay runway will be hosted by Joe Lewis and judged by Nyq Bonaventura (We Are Cosplay), Aria Baci (Geeks Out) and the reigning cosplay runway queen, Pangea!

All Geeks: Pride. Friday June 26th, 10p, Berlin Nightclub, 954 W Belmont. Includes an after party with Cosmix Fridays from  DJ Greg Haus til 4am!

Piss & Vinegar Comedy: Shame Edition

In honor of Pride month, we present the most shameful comedy show in the history of ever, Piss & Vinegar!

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On Wednesday June 10th, join co-hosts Trannika Rex and Adam Guerino with world-class comedians Puterbaugh Sisterz, Ali Clayton, Martin Morrow, Rachel McCartney and Casey Larwood. We’re sorry.

Wednesday, June 10th, 9 pm at Berlin Nightclub 954 W Belmont. Don’t look at me.

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All Geeks: Gay of Thrones (Unofficial C2E2 After Party)

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On Friday April 24th, All Geeks celebrates C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment  Expo) with the official Geeks Out and Sugar Gamers after party! Hosted by Gay of Throne’s host Jonathan Van Ness (Funnyordie.com) and over $1,500 in giveaways! With a cosplay variety show of drag, burlesque, circus and comedy from Adam Guerino, Keisha Howard, Fox E Kim, Joe Lewis, The Vixen, Dizzy Lizzy, Alexis Bevels, Dixie Lynn Cartwright, Casey Larwood and Frank Nielsen.

 

Pre-show comedy and cosplay runway starts at 10pm sharp where participants can claim drink tickets, gift certificates and big prizes followed by an epic cosplay variety show tribute to all things geek. Raffle prizes will be announced throughout the night. Cosplay runway presented by Sugar Gamers, hosted by Keisha Howard and judged by comic book creator superstar Tim Seeley, Skin Tight USA creator Matthew Levine and more TBA.

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Photo from previous All Geeks party courtesy MarisaKM.com

Raffle prizes include:

-4 (3 day) passes to C2E2 ($240 value.)

-$200 in gift certificates and collectibles from Chicago Comics.

-Logitech G910 Orion Spark Keyboard ($179 value.)

-One night stay at City Suites Chicago (estimated $200 value) located across from Berlin Nightclub.

-$150 gift certificate to Civello Salon.

-$60 in Star Trek Figurines from Boystown Collectibles.

Cosplay runway prizes include:

-A super suit from SlickItUp.com (estimated $200 value) courtesy Skin Tight USA.

-A $50 gift certificate to Chicago Costume.

-An original sketch of your cosplay look from superstar comic creator Tim Seeley (estimated value $150.)

-Costume jewelry from Sevenology (estimated $100 value.)

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Photo from previous All Geeks party courtesy MarisaKM.com

All Geeks is a geek-inclusive collective that has been throwing cosplay variety shows since July 2014. This all-inclusive monthly party was created by Adam Guerino with the queer geek non-profit group Geeks Out, the female-centric tech, fashion, and gaming group Sugar Gamers, and the queer, live performance production effort Outloud Chicago.

Photos will be snapped by MarisaKM.com. Follow the party with the hashtag #AllGeeks on twitter/instagram.

Get your tickets now! Here are two options: http://allgeeks.brownpapertickets.com/

-$8 advanced ticket gets you in the door even if the event sells out.

-$25 VIP meet and greet. Join Van Ness for dinner at Jack’s On Halsted (3201 N Halsted) before the show for an intimate small group dinner. Ticket includes entrance to the show after. The schmoozing, food and drink are up to you.

All Geeks: Gay of Thrones (Unofficial C2E2 After Party). Friday April 24th, 10p, Berlin Nightclub, 954 W Belmont. Includes an after party with Cosmix Fridays: Electronica/Indie dance music with DJ Greg Haus til 4am!

Photo from a previous All Geeks party courtesy MarisaKM.com

Photo from a previous All Geeks party courtesy MarisaKM.com

Piss & Vinegar April 8th

Spring has sprung! (a boner.) The monthly scathing and sass-fulous comedy show returns April 8th with co-hosts Trannika Rex and Adam Guerino with guests Rebecca O’Neal, Joseph William Reese and Alex Seligsohn.

Wednesday April 8th, 9pm. Followed by OMG with DJ Xp til 4a! Berlin Nightclub 954 W Belmont. adam guerino, trannika rex, outloud chicago, berlin nightclub, rebecca oneal, joseph william reese, alex seligsohn, queer, comedy, chicago

The Rainbow Connection Cast On Diversity In Comedy

queer comedians, queer comedy, comedy tourThe Rainbow Connection Comedy Tour is taking off once again! Starting on Friday March 20th in Madison and continuing through St. Paul, Des Moines and ending in Chicago.

The Rainbow Connection Comedy Tour is a full-spectrum standup comedy tour from the creator of Stand Out: The National Queer Comedy Search, which was presented by The Advocate Magazine and Absolut Vodka. By combining the comedic talents of gay, lesbian, bisexual trans and straight comedians, we showcase the rainbow of queer comedy. The cast believes this inclusion reflects the diversity of our community and in turn welcomes the diversity of our audience members. Touring multiple cities, the shows will feature Adam Guerino, Marla Depew, Dina Nina Martinez, Rachel McCartney and Krista Atkinson.

To talk about what you can expect from the show, the cast talks about what they enjoy (or don’t) about a diverse comedy show by all answering the question, “What does diversity of talent on stage offer to a comedy show?”

queer, queer comedy, bisexual, Marla Depew thinks diversity can take many forms.

“I think a diverse showcase invites audience members to consider perspectives they may have never heard or experienced before. Better yet, I think it helps them connect with people they may have thought they had little in common with and find out they have commonalities after all! We all have something in common. It doesn’t have to be something big, like romantic orientation, to make an impact or a create a connection. It can be something seemingly small, such as watching “Hee-Haw” as a child, or liking peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, or having conflicting feelings about your hometown. I love finding those commonalities and connections with others and making them laugh at the same time!”

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Krista Atkinson warns of people not leaving it to the pros…

“I always say that, for me, comedy is about being able to have an audience relate to the comics. If I am in the audience, and a comic is telling stories that I can relate to, it establishes a connection that I appreciate having. So if you have a diverse showcase, then you have something for everyone in the audience to relate to. Then on the flip side, you have a variety of voices that can offer something new to the audience, as well. So not only will I have people that I can connect to by relating to them, but then I have people I can learn from and that can make me think in a different way because I am different than them. A show without diversity, can get very monotonous and boring, even if you do like all of the comics. The show runs much more smoothly and cohesively if you offer a variety of perspectives to your audience. You can only hear so many Tinder jokes before you start going crazy. Leave the Tinder jokes to me, I am a pro….”

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Dina Nina Martinez enjoys acting as the ambassador through comedy shows:

“Living your life openly is one of the highest forms of activism and doing it in a humourous way is the best way to bridge that divide.  Diversity within a comedy show is the ultimate “Wam Bam”!  I love what I do because I get to share who I am with people who may never come in contact with Transgender people. If they do it’s probably a showgirl and I’m about the furthest thing from that.  I rarely don heels, I detest glitter and can lip sync for crap, so essentially I only have a GED in all things “Showgirlery”! I would love every comedy show I do and/or see to be as diverse as possible because with every show I learn a little more about myself, people from other background and ways to wear denim I’ve never dreamed about… and most importantly it makes me a better ally and advocate for my own and other communities.”

queer comedian, queer comedy, lesbian comedian, Rachel McCartney notices the advantages of diversity in comedy trends:

“Diversity of talent offers diversity of perspectives. Standup is about having a point of view. And while not all aspects of a comic’s point of view are shaped by their demographic categories, enough are that variety in those categories matters. You can have a showcase composed entirely of straight white cis dude comics, and it can be a brilliant showcase, with each comic having something different and valuable to offer. But at the same time, there are certain things worth hearing that straight white cis dudes are just not going to think to say, because nothing in their experience would lead them to come up with it. So without women, people of color, queer people, etc. doing comedy, certain bits would just be left in the ether. And I think the absence of those bits would be felt even more acutely now than in previous decades, since comedy has been trending toward the personal and vulnerable.”

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Creator Adam Guerino thinks diversity actually doesn’t help in a void but if done correctly, can take a show to a new level.

“Diversity in a comedy show is awesome because what better way to learn about someone than with laughter? And who better to learn about than someone different than you? Additionally, I believe when talent on stage is different, even with different kinds of different, people feel less left out. I see some shows organically do it well with a lineup that makes everyone feel welcome where they aren’t all the same ethnic background, sexuality or age. And I’ve see some shows that seem almost forced like they’re trying to fill some quota. Like they’re building an ark or something. If you can’t find top quality talent that is diverse, you’re not trying hard enough and it makes it seem to audience members like the diversity is on display, like some sort of zoo. I can personally attest to this when I’ve played rooms for 100% straight white folks, the host may as well have introduced me as, “The gay.” As an audience member, I’m not interested in comedy that panders, where I have the same experiences as the person on stage and they’re relating things that are so relate-able that instead of laughing, I’m nodding in agreement. I want someone to take me somewhere, let me into their world with a series of belly laughs and guffaws. So as a performer, I try to think what is a unique story to me. And as a producer, I try to make sure that every show has high quality and diverse talent.”

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Catch the Rainbow Connection Comedy Tour in any of the following cities:

March 20th:  7:30pm at Plan B, 924 Williamson St. Madison, WI. Click to join the facebook event.

March 21st: 9:30pm at Camp Bar, 490 Robert St N, St Paul, MN. Click to join the facebook event.

March 22nd: 7pm at Des Moines Social Club 900 Mulberry St, Des Moines, IA. Click to join the facebook event.

March 25th: 9pm at Berlin Nightclub, 954 W. Belmont. Chicago, IL. Click to join the facebook event.

All Geeks: The Classics

On Friday March 27th, All Geeks pays homage to the great sci-fi/fantasy movies with The Classics. Pre-show trivia and cosplay runway starts at 10pm sharp where participants can claim drink tickets, gift certificates and big prizes followed by an epic cosplay variety show tribute to everything from Ghostbusters to Barbarella and Rocky Horror. Hosted by Adam Guerino and Keisha Howard with drag, burlesque and more from cast-members Fox E Kim, Joe Lewis, The Vixen, Dizzy Lizzy and guests Red Rum, Ivory, Alexis Bevels. all geeks, adam guerino, berlin nightclub

 

Guests are invited to wear cosplay for reduced cover before midnight. If their costume is fantasy/sci fi (and not just an “I Ain’t Afraid Of No Ghosts” or “Let’s Do The Timewarp” t-shirt) they’re in for $2 off before midnight! And if they’re feeling even more bold, they can walk the cosplay runway for big prizes! Cosplay judges include Nick Barsuli from Geeks Out, Monica Gonzales from Sugar Gamers and Josh Kemper from We Are Cosplay.

 

All Geeks is a geek-inclusive collective that has been throwing cosplay variety shows since July 2014. The all-inclusive monthly party was created by Adam Guerino with the gay geek social group Geeks Out, the female-centric tech, fashion, and gaming group Sugar Gamers, and the queer, live performance production effort Outloud Chicago.

 

Follow the party with the hashtag #AllGeeks on twitter/instagram. All Geeks: The Classics. Friday March 27th, 10p, Berlin Nightclub, 954 W Belmont. Includes an after party with Cosmix Fridays: Electronica/Indie dance music with DJ Greg Haus til 4am!

The Rainbow Connection Queer Comedy Tour

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The Rainbow Connection Comedy Tour is BACK! Starting on Friday March 20th in Madison and continuing through St. Paul, Des Moines and ending in Chicago.

March 20th:  7:30pm at Plan B, 924 Williamson St. Madison, WI. Click to join the facebook event. 

March 21st: 9:30pm at Camp Bar, 490 Robert St N, St Paul, MN. Click to join the facebook event. 

March 22nd: 7pm at Des Moines Social Club 900 Mulberry St, Des Moines, IA. Click to join the facebook event.

March 25th: 9pm at Berlin Nightclub, 954 W. Belmont. Chicago, IL. Click to join the facebook event.

The Rainbow Connection Comedy Tour is a full-spectrum standup comedy tour from the creator of Stand Out: The National Queer Comedy Search, which was presented by The Advocate Magazine and Absolut Vodka. By combining the comedic talents of gay, lesbian, bisexual trans and straight comedians, we showcase the rainbow of queer comedy. We believe this inclusion reflects the diversity of our community and in turn welcomes the diversity of our audience members. Touring multiple cities, the shows will feature Adam Guerino, Marla Depew, Dina Nina Martinez, Rachel McCartney and Krista Atkinson.

queer, comedy, rainbow connection queer comedy tour, st paul, minnesota, madison, wisconsin, des moines, iowa, des moines, iowa, Adam Guerino is a nationally touring standup comedian based in Chicago who has been credited as a “comedian-producer-genius” by Chicago Reader and has opened for comic greats James Adomian, Cameron Esposito, Brad Loekle and Beth Stelling. His sardonic charm makes him an ideal host as he seamlessly interacts with the crowd and comedians to give each show a fun and cohesive pacing as well as blur the lines between audience member and performer. He is the creator of Stand Out: The National Queer Comedy Search which partnered with The Advocate Magazine to give queer comedians national exposure. He is the creator of Outloud Chicago which for over three years has brought queer inclusive entertainment to mainstream Chicago venues most notably Queer Comedy at Zanies. He has been featured in comedy clubs all across the country and in Timeout Chicago’s Joke of The Week, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, The Redeye, Gaper’s Block, Huffington Post and WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. For more info, www.adamguerino.com is a great place to start.

queer, comedy, rainbow connection queer comedy tour, st paul, minnesota, madison, wisconsin, des moines, iowa, des moines, iowa, adam guerino, marla depew, krista atkinson, rachel mccartney, dina nina martinez, Marla Depew taps into her sketch comedy background to create rich, wacky characters plucked from both real life and her own head, blending them with sharp observations that challenge conventional thinking. She is a graduate of the Second City Training Center’s writing program, has studied at iO and The Annoyance in Chicago, and has performed at venues and festivals throughout the Midwest and Los Angeles including Zanies, Laugh Factory, Second City’s Donny’s Skybox and deMaat Theatre, The Lincoln Lodge, Tao Comedy Studio, Akbar, Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, and Gilda’s Laughfest. She is the producer of the monthly showcase Laughs In The Lounge and a co-producer of Just Dickin’ Around, a women-run, queer-friendly comedy collective. She is also a founding member of Cell Camp, a sketch troupe that’s performed at various comedy festivals throughout the country, including Chicago SketchFest, L.A. Comedy Fest, and Milwaukee Comedy Festival.

queer, comedy, rainbow connection queer comedy tour, st paul, minnesota, madison, wisconsin, des moines, iowa, des moines, iowa, adam guerino, marla depew, krista atkinson, rachel mccartney, dina nina martinez, Dina Nina Martinez is a trans standup comedian and actor from LA who currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin. Her signature blend of disarming sass and charm has been featured in comedy festivals and multiple world-class comedy venues including LA Pride, The Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, LA’s The Comedy Store and Chicago’s Zanies Comedy Club. She is the creator and host of Madison’s first and only queer comedy show Alphabet Soup, “The D Word” podcast, and the forthcoming The Dina Martinez Show. Though LA was cute and she’s certainly got fabulousness to spare, Martinez’s long term goals are to settle down and be a soccer mom.

queer, comedy, rainbow connection queer comedy tour, st paul, minnesota, madison, wisconsin, des moines, iowa, des moines, iowa, adam guerino, marla depew, krista atkinson, rachel mccartney, dina nina martinez, Krista Atkinson grew up in Southern Illinois where the cows and corn are plentiful. As soon as she possibly could she got out of all that fresh air to pursue the life of a Chicago city gal. Don’t let her classy outfits and heels fool you– she has a potty-mouth! Divorce, d**k pics, dating and dashed dreams: it’s all fair game for this brassy, brazen, bawdy blonde who has lived a full life and has a lot to say about it. Since her move to Chicago, Krista has trained in Improv at Second City and The Annoyance, stand-up with Feminine Comique, and burlesque at Vaudezilla. Krista is a co-producer of Just Dickin’ Around, a women-run, queer-friendly comedy collective that creates supportive, empowering open mics and showcases for female comedians. She has performed at Zanies Comedy Club, Laugh Factory, Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, The Lincoln Lodge, Stage 773, The Playground Theatre, Hydrate, Parlour, Halsted’s, The Book Cellar with The Kates, The Underground Lounge, and the Upstairs Gallery to name a few. Check out www.justdickinaround.com!

queer, comedy, rainbow connection queer comedy tour, st paul, minnesota, madison, wisconsin, des moines, iowa, des moines, iowa, adam guerino, marla depew, krista atkinson, rachel mccartney, dina nina martinez, Rachel McCartney is a standup comedian living in Chicago. She is a cast member of 100 Proof Comedy and has performed in Queer Comedy at Zanies and Chigaygo at the Laugh Factory. McCartney is a lesbian who prefers not to label herself. Local legend Peter-john Byrnes has called her “Chicago’s foremost grammar comedian,” which is a distinction she plans to have carved into her headstone.

The Rainbow Connection Comedy Tour, Wednesday March 25th, 9pm at Berlin Nightclub, 954 W Belmont. Audience members must be 21 or over. For more information, hi res photos or a saved seat, contact adam.guerino@gmail.com.

All Geeks: The Arena

On Friday February 20th, All Geeks challenges you to The Arena. Come and play in the tournament of video, board and card games against our cosplay villains. Champions can claim drink tickets, gift certificates and big prizes. The games begin at 10pm sharp. all geeks, sugar gamers, geeks out, outloud chicago, berlin nightclub

Following the tournament, our villains will perform a variety show of drag, burlesque and circus acts. Co-hosted by Adam Guerino and Keisha Howard featuring Fox E Kim, Joe Lewis, Dizzy Lizzy and Electra Cute. Villains will be inspired by Project Violacea as part of their #CreateNotComplain campaign. Participants are encouraged to create characters to join the storyline but are welcome to attend with or without cosplay.

All Geeks is a geek-inclusive collective that has been throwing cosplay variety shows together at Berlin Nightclub since July 2014 with the gay geek social group Geeks Out, the female-centric tech, fashion, and gaming group Sugar Gamers, and the queer, live performance production effort Outloud Chicago.

Guests are invited to wear cosplay for reduced cover before midnight. If their costume is fantasy/sci fi (and not just a “Live Long and Prosper” t-shirt) they’re in for $2 off before midnight! And if they’re feeling even more bold, they can walk the cosplay runway and win big prizes!

Follow the party with the hashtag #AllGeeks on twitter/instagram and join the facebook event here.

Friday February 20th, 10p, Berlin Nightclub, 954 W Belmont. Includes an after party with Cosmix Fridays: Electronica/Indie dance music with DJ Greg Haus til 4am!

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Piss & Vinegar, The Third Trainwreck

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Future Trannika Rex has wheeled back in time to warn you not to go to Piss & Vinegar, Wednesday February 11th.

We just never learn. Whatever you do, don’t suffer the third episode of Piss & Vinegar Comedy Wednesday February 11th at Berlin Nightclub, 9pm. Thank us later.

Co-hosted by bros Adam Guerino and Trannika Rex featuring The Puterbaugh Sisterz, Ali Clayton, Joseph William Reese and Dina Nina Martinez.

Followed by the DJ stylings of Teen Witch til 4 am.

Save yourselves. Piss & Vinegar Comedy, Wednesday February 11th at Berlin Nightclub, 9pm.

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Photo from our favorite onlooker at our last garbage heap, Kelsie Huff.