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Behind the RED Curtains: Join Us To Commemorate World AIDS Day

On the evening of December 3, 2010, in commemoration of the 22nd annual World AIDS Day, Rush University Medical Center’s Section of Infectious Diseases and The Red Pump Project invite you to “Behind the Red Curtains: Monologues on HIV.” Happening at at Room 43, 1041 East 43rd Street in the Bronzeville community of Chicago, this event is to address the impact of HIV/AIDS—on individual lives, as well as the overall community—through performance art.

Rush and the Red Pump Project hope to improve HIV awareness; to underscore the need to link disease prevention, diagnosis and care; to reduce stigma and discrimination; and to encourage clinical trial participation as another option for care among women and minorities living with HIV.

World AIDs Day 2010Behind the RED Curtains” performances will feature singing and HIV monologues ( spoken-word and storytelling). Confirmed performers include well-known Chicago natives: nationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Maggie Brown and two-time featured HBO Def Poetry Jam Chicago artist and social activist “Mama Brenda” Matthews. In addition, Dana Divine—composer, vocalist, and host of “Music of Love and Inspiration” Sunday mornings on 107.5 FM WGC—will serve as mistress of ceremonies for the evening. There’ll also be other performers besides those mentioned above.

Event Information

Behind the RED Curtains

December 3, 2010
6pm-7pm (Networking Reception) | 7pm-8:30pm Program

Room 43 (1041 E. 43rd St.)
Chicago, IL 60653

Women, Rock your Red Pumps. Fellas, Rock your Red Ties!

“Behind the RED Curtains” is free, with a suggested donation of $10. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. Any proceeds will benefit a nonprofit, Chicago-area HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, or service organization (to be announced).

Space is limited. RSVP at!

Join us as we take the stigma behind the RED curtains and talk about HIV from creative standpoints!
Direct inquiries to Craig Johnson, Community Health Promoter, Rush University Medical Center at [email protected] or Luvvie Ajayi, Co-Founder, The Red Pump Project at [email protected].

About Rush University Medical Center (Section of Infectious Diseases)

The Section of Infectious Diseases at Rush University Medical Center brings together world-class specialists dedicated to developing and providing the latest treatments for its patients. The HIV Treatment Program at Rush serves more than 700 patients annually and has lead the way in delivering comprehensive patient care, including investigation, prevention, diagnoses and treatment. HIV research includes immune reconstitution, immunologic and virologic studies of progressive HIV infection, as well as effective treatment of HIV and co-infections. Doctors and scientists at Rush set the standard for excellence in patient care. For more information, visit

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