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Dugan's Bistro and the Legend of the Bearded Lady


Dugan's Bistro was the hottest gay disco in Chicago. From 1973-1982, the sign above the door and on the club's matchbooks read: "Dugan's Bistro, the Home of the Bearded Lady." A Chicago nightlife phenomenon, the Bearded Lady was a unique celebrity who, for over a decade, was covered regularly in gay newspapers and magazines, gossip columns of the Chicago Tribune and Sun Times, and several national and international publications. Despite his fame, much of BL's life has remained a mystery, until now.

Dugan's Bistro and the Legend of the Bearded Lady is a folklore-bio of the Disco Era - a time and place that were key in the evolution of Chicago's LGBT community. The Bearded Lady's story is a gateway to the decadent nightlife and exuberance of a "lost" generation - and what happened after the party ended.

On Thursday, March 7th author and LGBTQ historian Owen Keehnen will read from and sign copies of DUGAN’S BISTRO... at Unabridged. There will be slides, props, disco, and more! Join us for what is certain to be a delightful evening!

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By Owen Keehnen, Jeffrey Mark Bruce (Contribution by), Jr. Knight, Richard (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9780999217283
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: Outtales - December 7th, 2018

Event date: 

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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