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Michelle Chamuel in Chicago Dec. 15 - From a press release - New York, NY ( September 2, 2014 ) - Michelle Chamuel, the bespectacled songstress who won American's hearts in season 4 of The Voice, will perform in Chicago, Monday, Dec. 15 at Lincoln Hall. Tickets go on sale Sept. 15. Chamuel will release of her debut LP, Face The Fire, set to hit via The End Records / ADA this ...


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Healthcare advocate Caryn Berman dies - Longtime healthcare advocate Caryn Berman, 62, died Sept. 1 of cancer. Berman told the story of her fight against cancer for an Aug. 6 Windy City Times article. She spoke of her wife of 36 years, Laura Cuzzillo, and of saying goodbye to friends and family. In the 1980s, Berman helped organize the AIDS Foundation of Chicago with William Young ...


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Hytes wins Miss Continental title - In an evening full of glitz, swimsuits, evening wear, professionally choreographed talent segments and more, one of the highlights of the Miss Continental contest Sept. 1 at the Vic Theatre was a cheering tribute to the late Tajma Hall, a well-known Chicago-based entertainer and MC. The winner of Miss Continental 2014 was Brooke Lynn Hytes, All-Star Continental. First runner-up was ...


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Trans woman, others allege bias at Lakeview diner - A transgender woman posted a video to Facebook over Labor Day weekend, saying that she and her friends were unfairly denied entrance to Clarke's Diner, 930 W. Belmont Ave., because they were trans and gay. Other individuals responded to the posting, saying that they too had not been let in to the late-night diner for any legitimate reason. Sara Andrews, ...


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Book-reading opens door to 'Gayborhood' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - University of British Columbia Associate Professor of Sociology Dr. Amin Ghaziani read and signed copies of his new book There Goes The Gayborhood? at Lake View's Unabridged Bookstore Aug. 29. "In this book, I explore allegations that iconic American gay neighborhoods are disappearing," said Ghaziani at the event, which drew about 25 people. "Rather than asking whether gay neighborhoods are ...


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Thad Gerardot: Gay man hopes to make history in Indiana - ELECTIONS 2014 Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Thad Gerardot has already made history as Indiana's first openly state rep candidate. Now, Gerardot—who previously worked for the Freedom Indiana campaign that successfully kept an anti-marriage equality referendum off of Indiana's ballot this November—hopes to be the first out state rep in the state's history come election day Nov. 4. Gerardot took a few moments to talk with Windy ...


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COMIC ARTISTS The urban legend of comic colorist Jeff Balke - NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Openly gay coloring artist Jeff Balke is on a roll. Along with his husband, he's making his own comic book called Urban Legends ( launching now ) and has big plans for more series this year and next. This dynamic duo hit conventions all year long where they showcase his color sketching. He won the Shel Dorf Award for Coloring ...


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Ariana & The Rose: Flowering act on LGBTs, Ariana - NUNN ON ONE Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ariana & The Rose is a new pop act created by singer Ariana DiLorenzo. This Italian performer is poised to take the world by storm. Her song "In Your Bed" reached #5 on the UK pop chart. She has dabbled in acting and fashion making her a well rounded singer/songwriter. Windy City Times caught her act at Market Days and ...


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MUSIC London Grammar: A Brit parade - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - British pop trio London Grammar burst onto the music scene last year with a debut album, If You Wait, that peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart. The band originally came together in London ( where else? ) in college with Hannah Reid and Dan Rothman. Dominic "Dot" Major joined the group a year later. Since then, Grammar ...


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Dining news: Hamburger Hop chefs; seafood boil - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet has announced the chefs competing in this year's burger competition—the Hamburger Hop—on Friday, Sept. 26. Chef contenders include The Hearty Boys, RL's Ryan Pitts and Farmhouse's Eric Mansavage, among others. Individual tickets for the Hamburger Hop are nearly sold out, and still available when purchased bundled with the official after-party, Late Night Gourmet. See www.chicagogourmet.org. ...


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Queen pardons Turing; trans woman's death in Ireland - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Queen of England has granted a royal pardon for internationally acclaimed British codebreaker and computer scientist Alan Turing, PrideSource.com reported. Turing took his own life in 1954 after being convicted two years prior of having consensual sex with a 19-year-old male. The pardon comes a decade after gay activists and straight allies lobbied the British government for a posthumous ...


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Carell's gay film; Bomer's Horror Story; Gaga joins Lambert - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Steve Carell is joining Julianne Moore and Ellen Page to star in a film based on a landmark gay-rights case, Gay Star News reported. Freeheld, directed by Peter Sollett, will tell the true story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree. The couple fought to amend the Domestic Partnership Act, which grants pension benefits to domestic partners of all New Jersey ...


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Michael Sam could become a member of the Dallas Cowboys - Michael Sam appears headed to the team he long admired as a kid. Looking to become the first openly gay active NFL player, Sam will take a physical for the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday, Sept. 3, according to multiple outlets, including ESPN. If Sam passes his physical, which seems likely, the Cowboys reportedly will sign him to their 10-member practice ...


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Guv wants anti-trans bias outlawed; Ark. city's ordinance - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on the state to outlaw discrimination against transgender people, saying gender identity and expression should be included in the state's civil-rights law alongside race, religion and disability, the Associated Press reported. In a letter to the Empire State Pride Agenda, Cuomo said transgender people face significant discrimination, citing surveys that show three-fourths of ...


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Youth counselor talks Night of Hope, suicide prevention - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For Brandon Rohlwing, prevention and stigma reduction surrounding suicide and mental-health issues have become his life's work. As a national youth counselor for Reachout.com, Rohlwing helps with the organization's decision making processes and organizes community events in the Chicagoland area. One way that Rohlwing is building awareness about suicide prevention and mental health issues is through the Night of Hope ...


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The Fairy Gardener - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hold the presses! Thousands of garden gnomes have disappeared in Austria. Who knows where they'll reappear? Could perhaps some of those Central American children trying to get into the paradise of Texas illegally really be little German-speaking men? Wait till the Tea Party types hear about this! ********************** You may have seen chimney flue liners—they're the color of clay flower ...


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9/11 tribute to Fr. Judge at Old St. Patrick's Church - Old St. Patrick's Church, 700 W. Adams St., will be the site of a Sept. 11 tribute to Fr. Mychal Judge at 6-8:30 p.m. The Gay & Lesbian Outreach of Old St. Patrick's Church, Dignity Chicago and the Legacy Project will commemorate the tragedy of 9/11 and remember Judge, who has been called "The Saint of 9/11." Judge's bronze memorial ...


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Columbus, Ohio: Familiarity breeds content(ment) - TRAVEL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Having visited the very LGBT-friendly city of Columbus, Ohio, a couple times, I wondered if a third time ( with a writers' group ) would continue being the charm, to put a spin on the phrase. However, after encountering a mix of the old and the new, I am happy to report that Ohio's capital is as alluring and fun ...


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TransTech launches 15K fundraising campaign - From a press release - A committee of 15 Leaders, Allies and Activists are making it their goal to raise $15,000 in 15 days to jump start TransTech Graphic Design and Web Coding Academy. "We believe that trans people deserve a safe and affirming place to grow their skills and not feel alone in the workplace. Trans people are twice as likely to be unemployed ...


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Chicago Sky wins double OT thriller; deciding game Wednesday - ROSEMONT - The two diehard Indiana Fever fans, each wearing Fever-emblazed t-shirts, weren't going to miss game two of the WNBA's best-of-three Eastern Conference Finals on Sept. 1 at the Allstate Arena. The Fever was one win away from advancing to the WNBA Finals in hopes of reclaiming the title that the team won in 2012, marking the first pro ...


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German historian talks 'lesbian-like' German suffragists - "Lesbian-like Women in the Late 1800s to World War II: The Lives of the Suffragists" was the title of a lecture by German historian Ingeborg Boxhammer Aug. 28 at the Center on Halsted, presented with Windy City Times newspaper. For the past 20 years, Boxhammer has researched the history of lesbians and lesbian movies. She is also the co-administrator of ...


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Sam cut by St. Louis was strictly 'a football decision' - Although he was drafted by the St. Louis Rams this past spring, it appears Michael Sam will not become the first openly gay player in the National Football League ( NFL ) as a member of the Rams. Sam was cut by the Rams on Aug. 30, as teams trimmed their rosters to 53 players. The 2014 NFL season kicks ...


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PASSAGES Point Foundation co-founder, 40, dies - Point Foundation co-founder Carl Strickland, 40, has died in a boating accident at Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Frontiers LA reported. Strickland and his partner of 17 years, Bruce Lindstrom, created the Point Foundation in 2001 to provide scholarship funds to LGBT students. Since its inception, Point has provided more than $15 million in the education and support of its scholars. According ...


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Chicago couple files suit against cab company - A gay couple has filed suit against a cab company whose driver allegedly tried to eject them from his taxi—on the shoulder of the Kennedy Expressway—after seeing them kiss, NBC 5 reported Aug. 28. The lawsuit was filed last week against Sun Taxi by Matthew McCrea and Steven White. It alleges that in May, 2013, driver Jama Anshur, not named ...


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HBHC responds to AHF anti-PrEP ads - The top official from Howard Brown Health Center ( HBHC ) responded to a new nationwide advertise campaign that questions the effectiveness of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis ( PrEP ) with an assertion that PrEP remains a viable option for persons who might be at risk for HIV infection. "We're coming from a completely different position than those ads," said David Munar, ...


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Gay Asian website to debut 'Break-up King' - From a press release - CHICAGO—When Mr. Bacon, a gay Asian man, is faced with having to break off his many, ongoing relationships, it makes for a very uncomfortable day. That's the premise for "Break-up King: It's Not You, It's Me," the latest webisode from GAM-TV, www.gamTVusa.com, a website that produces content focusing on the lives of gay, Asian men. It will debut in its ...


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Organist Carpenter part of symphony series - Concert-hall organist Cameron Carpenter will be part of the 2014-15 CSO ( Chicago Symphony Orchestra ) at the Movies series. The organ of Orchestra Hall will take center stage on Halloween as Carpenter performs his original score for Robert Wiene's silent thriller The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari on Friday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m. The original three events include Pixar ...


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StoryCorps Chicago Out Loud launch - From a press release - Party with a purpose as StoryCorps OutLoud in Chicago, an initiative to record and preserve the experiences of LGBTQ communities, is launched on Thursday, Sept.18 6:30pm-9pm. RSVP now to Chicago@storycorps.net . La Tony of The Gay Agenda will emcee the evening while you listen to select stories, watch wonderful performances by Youth Empowerment Performance Project ( YEPP ) and Saya ...


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Judy Shepard speaks of new anti-hate initiatives at Center - In what The Center on Halsted described as her first official visit to the facility, acclaimed LGBTQ advocate, mom, author and Matthew Shepard Foundation co-founder Judy Shepard chatted with members of the Chicago LGBTQ community at an informal reception Aug. 26. "This is an incredible place and a credit to the community," Shepard said of the Center. "I wish every ...


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Women's Words Film Fest premieres shorts - From a press release - Chicago, IL —Pride Films and Plays announces seven short films and two episodes from Tello Films receiving their Chicago premieres during Pride Films and Plays Women's Words Film Festival at the Public House Theatre ( 3914 N Clark ) on September 15th, 2014. Films chosen for the fest include an innocent teenage story of breaking boundaries, a sexy 30 year ...


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Utah marriage plaintiffs ask Supreme Court for review - From a press release - ( Salt Lake City, Utah, August 28, 2014 )—Today, the three couples challenging the State of Utah's ban on marriage for same-sex couples asked the United States Supreme Court to accept the request of Utah state officials to review the case. In the brief filed today, the plaintiffs argue that Supreme Court review is required because same-sex couples in Utah ...


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Daddy's Girl? Rebecca Coffey on Sigmund Freud's daughter - By Joan Lipkin - HYSTERICAL: Anna Freud's Story, by Rebecca CoffeyFormat: Paperback Pages: 360, ISBN: 978-1-938314-42-1 Imagine growing up gay in a household where your world-renowned father Sigmund Freud calls lesbianism a gateway to mental illness. And it is always, he said, caused by the father and curable by analysis. Then, having warned his colleagues that analysis is an erotic echo chamber, he analyzes ...


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Street being named for Women & Children First Bookstore - A street on Chicago's North Side will be dedicated to Women & Children First Bookstore, by the office of Ald. Harry Osterman. Women & Children First Way will be in honor of store founders Linda Bubon and Ann Christophersen. The dedication will begin near the store, at the northeast corner of Farragut and Clark, at 10 a.m. Oct. 11, during ...


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Family violence may have led to 8-year old's death - From a press release - The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs ( NCAVP ) is deeply saddened by report of the torture and homicide of 8-year old Gabriel Fernandez, in Los Angeles, California. The homicide occurred in May 2013, however the motive and details of the killing are only now coming to light in a trial. According to local media accounts, Pearl Fernandez, Gabriel's mother, ...


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Financial advisor Joe Della Monica works for LGBTQ clients - Joe Della Monica, an Ameriprise private wealth advisor for 18 years, describes his job like this: "What I do with my clients is help them avoid making mistakes financially, and then really maximize the good decisions in life." He specializes in LGBTQ clients, and has a history of community service, thanks in part to his company. "I'm never ashamed to ...


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Indiana, Wisconsin couples rally before marriage hearing - Coming from Indiana and Wisconsin, marriage equality supporters rallied at Federal Plaza Aug. 25 in anticipation of a major hearing on marriage equality before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals the following day. See photos and first-day coverage of the rally at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Couples-rally-in-Chicago-on-eve-of-marriage-hearing/48753.html . and coverage of the hearings at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/7th-Circuit-hears-arguments-for-Indiana-Wisconsin-equal-marriage-/48760.html . ...


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Knight at the Movies: Love Is Strange; To Be Takei; Yves; film notes - This week in Chicago theaters it's a queer movie trifecta—a rare occasion indeed for Our People and one that shouldn't be missed out on. Love Is Strange, from out director Ira Sachs ( who co-wrote the movie in collaboration with Mauricio Zacharias ), lives up to the sensational advance word following its Sundance premiere while Jennifer M. Koot's To Be ...


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Wanda Sykes talks kids, family and hitting the road - A punctual Wanda Sykes called 15 minutes early for her interview and was on the ball immediately. "Was she funny?" "Did she make you laugh?" "Was she as hilarious as she seems?" All of these questions were posed to me by readers after said interview. The truth: Sykes is a down-to-earth mama who does comedy for a living and loves ...


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Director Ira Sachs, star Alfred Molina on 'Love Is Strange' - Love Is Strange, which opens in Chicago this Friday, Aug. 29, has been receiving critical acclaim since its Sundance debut early this year. It's the story of Ben and George, two elderly gay men whose 39 years together are put to the test after they marry and lose their Manhattan apartment—thanks to George losing his job at a Catholic school. ...


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'Fringe' festival features diversity of shows, performers - SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT - Transgender performance artist Rebecca Kling is returning once again to perform in the Chicago Fringe Festival, which runs from Thursday, Aug. 28, through Sunday, Sept. 7. Just like last year, the 5th Annual Chicago Fringe Festival plays the Jefferson Park neighborhood centralized near the intersection of Milwaukee and Lawrence Avenues. It's a neighborhood that Kling feels has been more convenient ...


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LETTERS By the numbers; Tunney business - By the numbers In response to Michael O'Connor's recent letter ( "An uncertain future," http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/LETTERS-An-uncertain-future/48733.html ), I'd like to expound on the information Mr. O'Connor received. As part of our ongoing effort to effectively respond to HIV/AIDS in the City, the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) tracks HIV prevalence and new diagnoses. We release surveillance data reports ...


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VIEWS Before we go moving the Pride Parade... - As someone who has lived in Chicago on and off for 22 years this summer, and who owns a business with my partner that just celebrated 10 years here in Lake View East, I am proud to call this city and the Boystown neighborhood my chosen home. Even so, like many, I have also been observing some of the changes ...


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Broadway in Chicago puts on free summer show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The hill was alive with the sound of music in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion Aug. 18, when 15 Broadway in Chicago shows were featured in a free summer concert. Million Dollar Quartet has rightfully earned its success at the Apollo Theater over the years and kicked off the night with a rollicking good time and a medley of classic hits. ...


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Hate crime summit Oct. 20 in Chicago - A hate crime summit for educators, law enforcement, researchers, service providers and the general community will be held Monday, Oct. 20 at the University of Illinois at Chicago, 750 S. Halsted, hosted by the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations, along with other agencies. Organizers stated: "Hate crimes cause unique harm, both to the victim and to our entire ...


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Study: 19% of L.A. County foster youth identify as LGBTQ - From a press release - A first-of-its-kind study finds that approximately 1 in 5 ( or 1,400 ) foster youth in Los Angeles County, home to the nation's largest population of foster youth, identify as LGBTQ. The study report, entitled "Sexual and Gender Minority Youth in Los Angeles County Foster Care: Assessing Disproportionately and Disparities," was funded as part of a landmark $13.3 million, five-year ...


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Lambda launches Know Your Rights At Work for LGBT, HIV+ - From a press release - ( New York, August 27, 2014 ) — As Labor Day approaches, Lambda Legal has launched its newest section of the Know Your Rights information hub. Know Your Rights Workplace provides information for LGBT and HIV+ people who face discrimination at work. "Among callers to our Legal Help Desk, workplace issues are a top concern year after year—second only to ...


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NCLR representing conversion survivor alleging abuse - From a press release - ( DeSoto County, MS, August 27, 2014 )—Yesterday, the National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) helped file a complaint with the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department on behalf of a former student of Bethel Baptist School in Walls, Mississippi who says he was sexually abused for three years by a teacher attempting to "cure" his sexual orientation. The former ...


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Spotlight: House of Mirth - Dead Writers Theatre Collective gets all dressed up in fancy period dress for three benefit performances of House of Mirth, a theatrical adaptation of Edith Wharton's classic novel by Dawn Keeler. So as you see the rise and fall of Lily Bart in New York society circa 1905, just think at how you're also helping Dead Writers Theatre Collective raise ...


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Witch Slap! - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Jeff Goode. At: Babes With Blades at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-904-0391; www.babeswithblades.org; $20. Runs through: Sept. 20 The annual Joining Sword and Pen competition challenges its contestants to write a play based on a specified graphic image of women portrayed in a martial context. Last year's chosen visual, however, was Gabriella Boros' grotesque painting ...


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CRITICS' PICKS - Hellish Half-Light, Mary-Arrchie Theatre, through Aug. 30. These six beautifully rendered short plays by Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett provide an accessible and entertaining doorway to Beckett's sometimes-grim, sometimes-abstract but always highly theatrical landscape. JA Some Men, Pride Films and Plays at Rivendell Theatre, through Sept 13. Terrence McNally's chronicle of gay progress over the last hundred years is told as ...


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THEATER REVIEW Clemente: The Legend of 21 - Playwright: Luis Caballero. At: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252 or www.stage773.com; $35. Runs through: September 14 NightBlue Performing Arts Company now debuts Clemente: The Legend of 21 at Stage 773 for almost a month-long Chicago run. Beginning with record-breaking baseball player Roberto Clemente's funeral, the story is told in flashbacks, starting with the sportsman's childhood memories of ...


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THEATER REVIEW Stupid F*kg Bird - Playwright: Aaron Posner. At: Sideshow Theatre Company at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.victorygardens.org; $20-$25. Runs through: Sept. 21 Don't be fooled by the publicity promoting this adaptation of The Seagull as a deconstructive farce on the order of Inspecting Carol. Aaron Posner's surprisingly smart gloss on Anton Chekhov's seminal 19th-century Russian drama reads more as live-action ...


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THEATER REVIEW On the Town - Playwrights: Leonard Bernstein ( music ), Betty Comden & Adolph Green ( book/lyrics ), Jerome Robbins ( idea/choreography ). At: The Marriott Theatre, 1 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. Tickets: 847-634-0200; www.MariottTheatre.com; $40-$48 ( plus tax/fees ). Runs through: Oct. 12 Chicago has enjoyed excellent new summertime productions of Brigadoon ( Goodman Theatre ) and A Fiddler on the Roof ( Light ...


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Toon commemorates Sotomayor birthday - This 1990 political cartoon by the late Danny Sotomayor commemorates his birthday. ( The artist/activist was born Aug. 30, 1958, and passed away Feb. 5, 1992. His partner, playwright Scott McPherson, died later that same year. ) Image courtesy of Lori Cannon ...


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Attendees board 'Soul Train' at ALCC event - The AIDS Legal Council of Chicago's ( ALCC's ) annual summer bash took place Aug. 20 at Boystown nightspot Sidetrack. In years past, the theme ranged from "Lost in Space" to "Bollywood Nights," and this year's theme—"Soul Train"—did not disappoint. A diverse crowd of people began flooding the venue early, and quite a few festive people came in full '70s ...


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Michael Jackson tribute Aug. 28-30 in Gary, Indiana - Katherine Jackson has announced that The 5th Annual Michael Jackson "King of Pop" Tribute Festival of the Arts will take place in Gary, Indiana, on Aug. 28-30 at 2300 Jackson St, Michael's birth home. This year's tribute festival is different from previous years. The theme is "Art for Life," and the festival will be showcasing undiscovered talent. The outdoor tribute ...


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Indigo Girls joining Nettles Aug. 29 in Aurora - Amy Ray and Emily Saliers—a.k.a. the Indigo Girls—have joined the Chicago-area stop of the That Girl Tour which includes singer/songwriter Brandy Clark and headliner Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles. The That Girl Tour plays RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, on Friday, Aug. 29. The park opens at 5:30 p.m. Brandy Clark takes the stage at 7 p.m., followed by the Indigo ...


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Miley, Beyonce make news at VMAs - It was a woman's world at the MTV Video Music Awards show Aug. 24 as Miley Cyrus and Beyonce dominated—but for very different reasons. Cyrus won the Video of the Year Moonman for "Wrecking Ball"—and had a former homeless teen, named Jesse, to deliver a short speech intended to raise awareness about the issue of homeless youth, Boston.com reported. "I ...


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Global trans* group holds fundraiser - Members of WPATH ( World Professional Association for Transgender Health ) met at the J.W Marriott, 151 W. Adams St., on Aug. 24. This global organization, the only organization uniting healthcare professionals, in seeking raised awareness and better option for transgender health care, celebrated the continued success of the seventh edition of the Standards of Care the organization publishes. These ...


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Billy Masters - "Rarely."—Larry King's answer when Howard Stern asked if he masturbates. Call me old-fashioned, but I didn't go to my first gay bar until I was 21. This club, where I was soon employed, had several older regular customers who sat together. I recall thinking, "Oh, those poor old men, wistfully looking at all us young guys." These "poor old men" ...


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Cafe Crème: French restaurant charms Wicker Park patrons - Less than two months ago, Bucktown/Wicker Park residents graciously welcomed another new café to their lively neighborhood streets on Chicago's northwest side. Café Crème, a French-inspired restaurant ( 1721 N. Damen Ave.; cafecremechicago.com ) aims to please diners with sturdy brunch options, outdoor seating on their secluded back patio and a family-friendly environment boasting approachability and a "neighborhood restaurant" feel. ...


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Sky to Face the Indiana in WNBA Eastern Finals - CHICAGO —With an 81-80 win over the Atlanta Dream on Tuesday night the Chicago Sky advanced to the WNBA Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history. The Sky, who finished fourth in the Eastern Conference, upset the top-seeded Atlanta Dream in the first round, winning the series 2-1,and will face the Indiana Fever in the Conference Finals. ...


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Musical theater incubator launches with Chicago-native/Broadway stars - From a press release - CHICAGO ( August 27, 2014 ) — Eight veteran actors, directors, writers, choreographers and producers have created FWD Theatre Project ( "Festival of Works in Development" ), a grass-roots initiative for the discovery, development and delivery of original musical theater to the Chicago community. Artistic Director Amber Makalong with Collective Artistic Associates Justin Brill, Wade Elkins, Michael Gillis, Karen Multer, ...


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FGG co-president opens up on Gay Games past, present, future - Despite significantly fewer participants than either of the past two Gay Games, the recently-completely Gay Games 9 in Cleveland was the best of the past three, said a co-president of the Federation of Gay Games ( FGG ). Kurt Dahl, the FGG male co-president and a Chicago-area resident, ranked the Cleveland event, which culminated its eight-day run on Aug. 10, ...


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Reeling LGBT film fest opens Sept. 18 - From a press release - CHICAGO - Celebrate 32 years of The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival, Reeling Film Festival on Thursday, Sept. 18 at The Music Box Theatre ( 3733 N. Southport ave. ) with a screening of Boy Meets Girl, directed by Eric Schaeffer ( US, 2014, 95 min ). Director Eric Schaeffer is set to attend the screening, along with trans actress ...


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Emmys program has familiar ring - Despite cable and outlets such as Netflix delivering more original programming, the 66th Annual Emmy Awards ( which aired on NBC Aug. 25 ) featured familiar names as the winners, for the most part. For example, the AMC drama Breaking Bad—which aired its series finale earlier this year—won its second consecutive Emmy for drama series for its fifth and final ...


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Retired Generals: Military ready for transgender service - From a press release - SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Three retired US military General Officers, including the former chief medical officer of the US Army, issued a joint statement today concluding that the military's ban on transgender service could be eliminated in a straightforward manner that is consistent with military readiness and core values. Their statement accompanies the release of a new study, "Report of ...


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GLSEN launches 25 Days for Safer Schools - NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2014 — GLSEN ( the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network ), the nation's leading education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students, has launched its GLSEN's 25 Days for Safer Schools back-to-school initiative. As part of the effort, GLSEN will highlight a different educational resource each day for 25 consecutive school days through ...


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7th Circuit hears arguments for Indiana, Wisconsin equal marriage - About 150 spectators, many of whom stood in line for nearly three hours, crowded into a courtroom at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago as the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals heard marriage equality cases from Indiana and Wisconsin. Both states are within the 7th Circuit, so each state's cases—three from Indiana, one from Wisconsin—were heard at the same time. ...


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Frederick Collins on running for mayor - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 6, Frederick Collins officially announced his candidacy for the Chicago mayoral race at the Mckenzie Mission Church in the South Shore neighborhood. Collins is the third person to challenge current Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the February 2015 mayoral election. Since he was 17, Collins has been involved in politics. He worked for both Wallace Davis' and Rickey Hendon's ...


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Luxembourg PM to wed; Miss Spain comes out; Berlin mayor quits - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel could be among the first to benefit from new marriage-equality laws after he announced he and his long-term partner will tie the knot, according to Wort.lu. Bettel, 41, told the L.A. Times of partner Gauthier Destenay, "He asked me and I said 'yes.'" Bettel, who has lived with his Belgian architect partner since 2010 in ...


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Expendables 3 reveal; Roberts' honor; Cohen on Top Chef - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Director Patrick Hughes has said that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li's Expendables 3 characters are gay, according to Digital Spy. Speculation emerged online after the release of the third film, as a scene involving Schwarzenegger and Li sees the pair getting close in a bar. Asked if Trench ( Schwarzenegger ) and Yin Yang ( Li ) are in a ...


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GLSEN initiative; Cincinnati's trans* policy - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLSEN ( the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network ) has launched its GLSEN's 25 Days for Safer Schools back-to-school initiative, according to a press release. As part of the effort, GLSEN will highlight a different educational resource each day for 25 consecutive school days through Sept. 29. In addition to celebrating back-to-school season, the 25 days that began Aug. ...


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E3 Radio to host 'Purple Tie' event - E3 Radio will host the Purple Tie Affair & Silent Acution to raise money for nonprofits. This year, proceeds will benefit Project Fierce. Highlights will include jazz-soul vocalist Kenya as well as a silent auction. The event will take place Thursday, Aug. 28, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 p.m. for VIP guests; general admission begins ...


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Study: LGBT Americans report less access to health care - From a press release - Gallup today released a new study authored by Williams Distinguished Scholar Gary J. Gates, Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, showing that LGBT adults are more likely than their non-LGBT counterparts to lack health insurance coverage ( 17.6% v. 13.2%, respectively ). Study author Gates notes, "The findings in this study are consistent with several recent studies showing ...







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