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Stylish MCA celebration; Pride Parade rolls out 42nd

The Museum of Contemporary Art celebrated 15 years of performances on the

MCA

stage with its benefit, "remixed/reimagined."

The evening began with an outdoor reception on the front plaza that included food from some of Chicago's food trucks, plus mini operatic performances by Redmoon Theater Company and the drum ensemble JASC Tsukasa Taiko. Following the reception, the 300 guests moved indoors to the theater, glowing in shades of pink and purple. Roles reversed as guests were seated onstage and performers appeared in the theater seats. Dinner, courtesy of Wolfgang Puck, offered fried green tomatoes, Japanese barbecued shrimp and more.

Co-chairs Sara Albrecht and Jay Franke planned a behind-the-scenes look at the MCA. After dinner, the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus performed and danced the crowd into the freight elevators for the next stage. DanceWorks Chicago members greeted visitors en route to the main hall for dessert, postprandial cocktails and dancing to DJ Eclectic Method. The event raised more than $300,000 for MCA programming.

The 42nd

Chicago Pride Parade

took over the streets of East

Lakeview

Sunday with more than 230 entries that included 90 floats, dignitaries in cars, marching bands and performance groups. Gov.

Pat Quinn

and Mayor

Rahm Emanuel

, who proclaimed June as "

Pride Month

in Chicago," kicked off the parade along with first-time participants from the

Peace Corps

,

Chicago Teachers Union

and City Colleges of Chicago.

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to see photos of the MCA benefit and the 42nd Chicago Pride Parade.

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