Lots going on at Touché this whole week. First of all, we are tuned to the Cubs as they fight to make it to the World Series. Join us Wednesday & Thursday nights for the games at 7pm, we cheering for the Cubs to bring the NLD Series back to Wrigley so they can finish off the Dodgers here. We’ll put the final presidential debate on one screen with captioning on Wednesday if you need to follow that. And we’ll have the Bears game up as well on Thursday during the Cubs game so you can catch both. Remember our COCK&TAIL HOUR specials run till 9pm weekdays – $3 well drinks and select domestic beers.
Of course when the games are over we are just beginning. The Club Room opens nightly at 10pm and since you’re here for the game, why not get some play action of your going. Wednesday is our Jockstrap Night and Thursday is set for Handballers.
Some of you were off west to Iowa Leather while others headed east for the Great Lakes Leather Alliance weekend. So let’s all get back together this weekend and compare the events. ONYX returns to host their monthly CLUB NIGHT on Friday. This time round, they are saluting the “Old Guard” but the night will still include their potent jello shots and more. Last month they had the house jumping and dancing way into the night. I’m warning you now, they’ll probably do the same this month.
Live music at Touché returns with the latest edition of BEAR ALL. Once again local gay music legend Scott Free has rounded up several other talented gay musicians, singers and songwriters to perform on our stage this Saturday night. The musical acts that will be joining Scott are – Donkey Hotel, Cloudstomper and Anti/Beyond with local bear comic Bryan Dowling back to emcee the night. As with previous shows, we will ask for a $10 donation for the performers. The music is set to begin at 10pm but if the Cubs are playing, we’ll wait for the game to end before striking the first chord. Come watch the game, and you’ll have a good a seat when the music begins.
We’ll open at noon of Sunday for our BEER BUST, ready to serve drafts of Bud & bud Light for just a buck all day. This will be a sober, special day for us here at the bar as we say farewell to a dear friend – Peter Thomas. You all know by now that Touché’s history is tied to the many leather clubs that have called us home over 39 years. colors of our current clubs are displayed in the front bar and the south wall in the Club Room bears the colors of those clubs from our past. Men we honor, never to forget.
The oldest club in our history is The Rodeo Riders of Chicago. The Rodeo Riders were up and going before Touché came upon the bar scene, but quickly they made the move to make us their home bar. At the time the Rodeo Riders made us their home bar, they were being led by Peter Thomas. Peter continued his association with the club all these years leading the club through most of their long history. Peter was also a driving force with MAC or the Mid American Council of Clubs and his energy and passion were shared with club folk across the central states.
A few years ago, the Rodeo Riders “retired” from active club activities but Peter remained involved in our community and the greater MAC community. He still cared about our fraternity of leather brotherhood. When I last spoke with Peter, he was gathering the history of the Rodeo Riders to share with the LA&M. He actually came into the bar in September to snap a few pictures of the club colors and other items on display for this purpose. Then the following day the call came to inform me Peter had passed away.
This Sunday, Touché will host a gathering from 2-4pm of Peter’s friends to remember our club brother and salute his efforts to make us a family in leather. I’d say family and friends, but Peter did not a family, growing up orphaned. He did have a huge family though of club brothers and sisters. Not just his Rodeo Riders band of brothers, but the many other club families here in Chicago and across the MAC area. We will do this by sharing our stories and remembrances of our time Peter along with a drink and definitely a toast to one of our leather community heroes. Let’s think of this not as a memorial but a “going away ” party for a dear friend. Light refreshments will be served.
There’s no Chicago Bears game this Sunday but you can count on our SUNDAY MOVIE NIGHT in the Club Room at 7pm.
Next week, we get all Halloweenie on you. The bar will be decked out and most importantly, the Maze will be up in the Club Room beginning next Tuesday for a week of cheap thrills. We have several Halloween specials all week including our annual Rocky Horror Picture Show viewing party and a new event- our Glow Party. Be ready for wicked week of fun at Touché.
And we won’t let up either. Right after Halloween, it will be Touché’s 39th Anniversary Party. The staff will have anniversary invites this weekend, stop be and get yours. We want you all here to help us celebrate 39 years as Chicago’s leather & bear bar.
So it’s obvious I have plenty of work ahead of me. Let me get that done so I can sit back with a beer for tonight’s game. Come join me and cheer on the Cubs!