If you believe Peter Pan, clapping your hands will bring fairies back to life. And at the Pansy Kings' Cotillion '95, you might just get an encore out of them too. Billed as "the ultimate sampler pack of Chicago's gay male performance scene," this annual homopalooza proves just how much life the gay community has, even in this archconservative second decade of AIDS. Unfortunately, fairy godmother and cotillion curator Dave Awl lost the Queen of the Pansy Kings only a month ago, when Dominic Hamilton Little, last year's tuxedoed-and-panty-hosed host, moved to New York City. But Awl more than compensates by including in this year's lineup Annoyance Theatre's bad-boy artistic director Mick Napier, sublimely talented songwriter Eric Lane Barnes, critically acclaimed choreographer Tim Buckley, and "husband-husband performance team" David Kodeski and Edward Thomas-Herrera, who delight in taking high camp to new lows. And if you want to see the San Francisco-based queer punk band Pansy Division at Metro on Saturday night, your Cotillion ticket stub will get you reduced admission. Maybe Peter Pan had it backward--it's the fairies who bring us back to life, at least when Awl's in charge. Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland, 989-8499. November 3 and 4: Friday-Saturday, 8 PM. $10.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Jim Alexander Newberry.