Windy City Media Group Frontpage News Home
CELEBRATING 28+ YEARS OF Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender NEWS

Search Gay News Articles
Advanced Search
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2014-04-09
Download Issue
  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime

Royster keynotes annual Chicago-area grad-student confab Royster keynotes annual Chicago-area grad-student confab
"Engendering funky futures: LaBelle, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Janelle Monae" was the topic ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  DanceDownload Windy City Times PDFDownload Nightspots PDF

Queer-Contra-Dance-Chicago-on-April-3

Queer Contra Dance Chicago on April 3 - Queer Contra Chicago will hold its next dance on Thursday, April 3, 6:30-9:30 p.m. in Myron R. Szold Music and Dance Hall at Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave. Contra dance is a form of folk dance, similar to square-dancing, but with lines of dancers rather than squares. No advance planning or experience is needed. Admission ...


Keith-Elliott-leaves-behind-a-legacy-of-philanthropy

Keith Elliott leaves behind a legacy of philanthropy - SPRING DANCE SPECIAL by Lauren Warnecke - In May 2010, Keith Elliott took a job at the Ruth Page Center for the Performing Arts. Longtime director and master teacher Larry Long had recently passed away, the Ruth Page endowments had changed and much of the organization was in shambles. Elliott was brought on with no real job description, other than to help get "The Page" back in ...


SPRING-DANCE-SPECIAL-Whats-coming-in-the-world-of-dance

SPRING DANCE SPECIAL What's coming in the world of dance - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Spring in Chicago means an occasional snowstorm in the same week as 50-and 60-degree days. It also means dance. Lots and Lots of dance. Lots. Of. Dance. March is typically a time for the big companies and touring shows, while April is for the little guys. Whatever your pleasure, there isn't a single weekend until May that Windy City Times ...


DANCIN-FEATS-Philip-Elson-premieres-show-on-own-Terms

DANCIN' FEATS Philip Elson premieres show on own 'Terms' - by Lauren Warnecke - Philip Elson, 27, is a Chicago-based dancer and choreographer hailing from Fort Worth, Texas—"also known as Cowtown … get 'er done!" he said in a conversation with Windy City Times. Elson began dancing at 3 with the support of his sisters and his parents, who wanted to expose their children to as many activities and experiences as possible. "I was ...


Spotlight-Heartbeat-of-Home

Spotlight: Heartbeat of Home - The producers of the international hit dance sensation Riverdance are back again with a new revue titled Heartbeat of Home, which is making its U.S. debut in Chicago strategically timed right before St. Patrick's Day. Along with the expected percussive Celtic step-dancing, the new show aims to look at the cultural Irish Diaspora and how it has melded with other ...


Hubbard-Second-City-collaborate

Hubbard, Second City collaborate - Hubbard Street Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton and Executive Vice President of The Second City, Inc. Kelly Leonard, announced a collaboratively devised production by the two performing-arts organizations. It will have its world premiere Oct. 16—19, kicking off Hubbard Street's 2014—15 season at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park. Internationally renowned soprano Renée Fleming—creative consultant for the ...


Kyle-Abraham-The-Radio-Show-hip-hop-and-pizza

Kyle Abraham: 'The Radio Show, hip-hop and pizza - DANCIN' FEATS by Lauren Warnecke - Growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1980s-influenced New York City-based choreographer Kyle Abraham's life in more ways than one. From Pittsburgh, Abraham moved to New York to attend SUNY-Purchase for college as a dance major and lived in a plethora of cities before moving back to NYC for graduate school at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts ( NYU ...


Ballerina-postpones-Restless-Creature-

Ballerina postpones 'Restless Creature' - Following hip surgery that took place just one week after the Aug. 14, 2013 world premiere of Restless Creature, Wendy Whelan, in consultation with her doctors, has concluded that her body needs more time to heal and that she must postpone her spring 2014 ( March 16-April 11 ) inaugural U.S. tour of the work. Whelan was scheduled to perform ...


-Joffrey-offers-sneak-preview-of-Choreographers

Joffrey offers sneak preview of 'Choreographers' - On an extremely cold Tuesday night ( Jan. 28 ), a select audience got the opportunity to catch a sneak peek of The Joffrey Ballet's new piece "Contemporary Choreographers," which will be performed at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University Feb. 12-23. The show will feature three choreographers—Christopher Wheeldon, Brock Clawson and Alexander Ekman. Clawson attended the preview at the ...


Whats-coming-in-the-world-of-dance

What's coming in the world of dance - WINTER THEATER/ARTS SPECIAL By Lauren Warnecke - After a packed and very fruitful fall season, one might presume that the dance world would go into hibernation for awhile. Au contraire, mes amies. The cold months are quite packed with some heavy hitters on the touring circuit as well as many of our hometown heroes, big and small. Here's a sneak peek of things to consider adding to ...


DANCIN-FEATS-A-queer-dance-romance-

DANCIN' FEATS A queer dance romance - by Lauren Warnecke - "It's kind of weird to be in a relationship in this community," said Erica Ricketts, 23, a 2013 grad of the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago. As she navigates the challenging task of making a career in dance, she has the support of her girlfriend, Greer Dworman, 25. Dworman graduated a year before Ricketts, and they started dating in ...


Hubbard-Street-seeks-dancers-auction-raises-for-Bailiwick

Hubbard Street seeks dancers; auction raises $ for Bailiwick - Hubbard Street seeks applicants, dancers Terence Marling, director of Hubbard Street 2 ( HS2 ), and Hubbard Street Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton encourage experienced dancemakers to apply for commissions through HS2's 15th annual National Choreographic Competition ( NCC ). NCC applicants must complete the form available online at http://bit.ly/HS2NCC2014. Applications and materials must be submitted by Jan. 1, 2014. NCC ...


Year-in-review-Chicago-dance-2013-

Year in review: Chicago dance 2013 - By Lauren Warnecke - To say 2013 was a good year for dance is an understatement. Visitors dazzled with technical panache and theatricality, while our home-grown companies pushed themselves to work with new genres, push production values upward, and revisit old haunts. Below is a top 10 of 2013 at home ( in no particular order ), with three out-of-towners thrown in for good ...


Christopher-Knowlton-A-Renaissance-man

Christopher Knowlton: A Renaissance man - DANCIN' FEATS by Lauren Warnecke - Christopher Knowlton, 27, is a biomedical engineer, Ph.D. candidate, and artistic director of a Chicago-based dance company known as The Dance Team. In one year, Knowlton put together an evening-length show ( his first ), was a finalist in the 2013 Dance Your Ph.D. contest ( which includes a nod in the prestigious Science Magazine ), and made appearances at ...


Choreographers-of-Color-award-winners-named-

'Choreographers of Color' award winners named - The Joffrey Academy of Dance, the official school of The Joffrey Ballet, announced the winners of the third annual Choreographers of Color Award: Justin Allen, Stefanie Batten Bland and Norbert De La Cruz III. This announcement follows a national call for artists to submit applications that began in July. Each of the three selected choreographers will be given a minimum ...


The-Nexus-Project-Growing-by-leaps-and-bounds

The Nexus Project: Growing by leaps and bounds - DANCIN' FEATS - The location is not convenient. The venue doesn't have continuous heat. There is only seating for 30 audience members. The stage is small in a vast, open warehouse space. And yet what is created and shared in an evening of the full-length The Nexus Project works. It not only works, but it is one of the most clever, honest, open, ...


Spotlight-Cinderbox-20-The-Better-Half

Spotlight: Cinderbox 2.0, The Better Half - Dance-theater troupe Lucky Plush Productions continues its repertory presentations of two dance works this upcoming weekend. Cinderbox 2.0 is a revision of 2007's Cinderbox 18 that explores the media's construct of "reality." The Better Half is a dance-inspired take on the stage thriller Angel Street and its 1940s film adaptation Gaslight. Both shows play Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave. ...


Bill-T-Jones-Arnie-Zane-dancer-on-company-upcoming-show

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane dancer on company, upcoming show - DANCIN' FEATS - Get ready to hear some stories. Story/Time, Bill T. Jones' by-chance mix of dance set to music and his short stories, comes to the Dance Center of Columbia College this month with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Jones, who has been awarded a MacArthur "Genius" award, two Tony Awards and was a Kennedy Center honoree, will be performing ...


Ballroom-Dancing-Series-coming-to-Center-on-Halsted

Ballroom Dancing Series coming to Center on Halsted - From a press release - Step to the music with ballroom dance lessons led by dance instructor Steven Nasshan of Get On the Floor Dance Company on Sunday evenings from Oct. 6 through Nov. 3 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Center on Halsted, located at 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago, Ill. Single registrants welcome. A partner is not need to join. The full ...


Joffrey-Couture-Cocktails-Oct-4

Joffrey 'Couture & Cocktails' Oct. 4 - The women's board of the Joffrey Ballet will host the annual "Couture & Cocktails" at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., on Friday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. The evening begins at 7 p.m. with a cocktail and hors d'oeuvre reception. At 8:30 p.m. there will be a full runway fashion show featuring famous Joffrey costumes such as Juliet's ...


DANCIN-FEATS-Fall-dance-preview-

DANCIN' FEATS Fall dance preview - Coming off two hugely successful dance events in August, Dance For Life and the Chicago Dancing Festival, the Windy City goes full throttle into the fall. The season warms up in September, comes to a boil in October, adds some spice in November and simmers with two hometown favorites in December. Here's what's cooking in Chicago dance in the coming ...


Mature-themes-dominate-fall-theater-season

Mature themes dominate fall theater season - FALL THEATER PREVIEW - Like it or not, the so-called Baby Boom generation has numbers on its side, and with the vanguard of the burgeoning post-World War II population replenishment now entering their golden years comes a renewed artistic interest in the AARP set. Previously characterized either as scolding authority figures or bumbling comic relief, the preponderance of mid-life theatergoers has led to an ...


Thunder-from-Down-Unders-emcee-reveals-some-things

Thunder from Down Under's emcee reveals some things - Granted, most things change, but with the male entertainment troupe Thunder from Down Under, some items don't—such as skin always being in (much to the delight of the group's male and female followers). Before the Las Vegas-based Aussie group descends upon Chicago later this week, emcee Marcus Deegan talked with Windy City Times about workouts, workplace accidents and Michael Jackson. ...


Dance-and-art-events-coming-up

Dance and art events coming up - Joffrey opening with 'Russian Masters' The Joffrey Ballet kicks off its 2013-14 "Masters of Dance" season with a special addition to its home engagement line-up, a one-weekend-only program titled "Russian Masters" Sept. 19-22. "Masters" celebrates the centennial of Vaslav Nijinsky's ground-breaking 1913 ballet Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring), alongside George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante and two works by ...


Bill-T-Jones-to-perform-with-Bill-T-Jones-Arnie-Zane-Dance-Co-Oct-24-26-

Bill T. Jones to perform with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. Oct. 24-26 - From a press release - Kennedy Center honoree, two-time Tony Award winner and MacArthur "Genius" award winner Bill T. Jones returns to the stage at the center of a new work for his renowned company, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, as part of The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago's 40th season. Performances are October 24—26 at The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., ...


Chicagoan-Ray-Gunn-is-international-king-of-burlesque

Chicagoan Ray Gunn is international king of burlesque - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - When one thinks of "burlesque," the more risqué images of the Moulin Rouge and Prohibition-era nightclubs may come to mind. Often, people picture women with ostrich feathers seducing their audiences with dance, sight and sound. But Ray Gunn and like-minded men are changing the notion of burlesque. Burlesque as dance and performance art is now gaining traction and Gunn, a ...


Dance-for-Life-13-A-night-of-love

Dance for Life '13: A night of love - All at the annual Dance for Life (DFL) benefit had a night of great dancing, love and community on Aug. 17. Special guests and benefactors had cocktails and litght fare at a pre-show gala at the enormous Hilton Chicago International Ballroom. Guests traveled by trolley and by foot a few blocks north for the all-star performance at the iconic Auditorium ...


The-craft-of-Jeremy-Plummer-new-heights-in-Dance-for-Life-

The craft of Jeremy Plummer: new heights in Dance for Life - DANCIN' FEATS - Jeremy Plummer, 35, is flying high. He is a successful dancer, teacher, choreographer and aerialist who happens to be openly gay. He choreographs for the Royal Caribbean cruise line, including their first all-aerial show. Last month he received the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters 2013 Artistic Achievement Award. And he survived a tragic physical accident that doctors said should ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-What-a-Feeling-Trujillo-relives-the-80s-with-Flashdance-

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT What a Feeling! Trujillo relives the '80s with 'Flashdance' - It was easy for out director/choreographer Sergio Trujillo to identify with the 18-year-old heroine of the 1983 film Flashdance. In the film, Alex Owens (played by Jennifer Beals) pines to become a professional ballerina despite her lack of classical training. Similarly, Trujillo started his dance career at what is considered to be a very late start at age 19. "I'm ...


Alvin-Ailey-dancers-wed-amid-DOMAs-demise

Alvin Ailey dancers wed amid DOMA's demise - After an eight-year relationship, two dancers at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater decided to get married. On June 7, Antonio Douthit and Kirven Boyd went to the City Clerk's Office in New York City and said their "I do," surrounded by family and friends. After the ceremony, the group went out for brunch and that night had a "kick-ass" party ...


-Burlesque-star-Dita-von-Teese-July-11-13

Burlesque star Dita von Teese July 11-13 - Dita Von Teese will bring her "Burlesque: Strip, Strip Hooray!" variety show to the House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., on July 11-13. According to a press release, "the 90-minute spectacle treats audiences to four of Von Teese's most impressive performances, including her new Swarovski Martini Glass act." Murray Hill, who has hosted Test Positive Aware Network's "Chicago Takes ...


DANCIN-FEATS-Ahmad-Simmons-busy-month-ahead-

DANCIN' FEATS Ahmad Simmons' busy month ahead - Ahmad Simmons begins his third season as a dancer with River North Dance Chicago this week. The high-energy repertory company has officially been on break since April, but Simmons didn't get much rest. Instead, he spent the entire summer choreographing for five different companies, including Pursuit Production where he is co-director, and has four premieres of his work later this ...


Dance-for-Life-holds-kickoff-party

Dance for Life holds kickoff party - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dance for Life leaped into its annual fundraiser (this year on Aug. 17) at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, where out 44th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney will be master of ceremonies. The recent launch party was held at the Auditorium Theatre's Katten Landau Studio June 17. Attendees sampled appetizers and sipped on fruity martinis. Ron De Jesus Dance and ...


Joffrey-has-a-Ball

Joffrey has a 'Ball' - The Joffrey Auxiliary Board held its Blue Masquerade Ball June 14 at the Joffrey Tower. Guests munched on pretzels, hot dogs and cotton candy with desserts until midnight. Drinks included frozen margaritas along with wine and specialty beer. DJ Madrid had the crowds dancing and stop-motion photography provided fun with one dancer splitting his pants while doing, fittingly, the splits. ...


-Greg-Cameron-to-be-ED-of-Joffrey-Ballet

Greg Cameron to be E.D. of Joffrey Ballet - CHICAGO (June 18, 2013) — The Joffrey Ballet and Artistic Director Ashley C. Wheater today announced that veteran Chicago arts administrator Greg Cameron, most recently the Chief Operating Officer of WTTW/WFMT, will join the Joffrey leadership team as its new Executive Director, effective July 1, 2013. Kathleen Hechinger, who joined The Joffrey as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrator Officer ...


DANCIN-FEATS-Hyde-Park-School-of-Dance-turns-20-

DANCIN' FEATS: Hyde Park School of Dance turns 20 - This month the Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD)—formerly the Hyde Park School of Ballet—celebrates 20 years of teaching dance on Chicago's South Side. Artistic Director August Tye founded the school in 1993 after the School of Chicago Ballet, run by the late Maria Tallchief, closed. "One of Maria's board members like my teaching style and suggested I start my ...


SUMMER-DANCE-Smaller-companies-have-larger-presence-

SUMMER DANCE Smaller companies have larger presence - As the summer months finally reach the Windy City, the traditional dance season (late September through early June) ramps down. While the larger companies are on break (for the most part), there is an abundance of smaller, independent companies and artists that continue to perform throughout the summer season. Look for tap, jazz, flamenco, Cuban, contemporary, dance theater and dance ...


-Dancing-with-the-Queer-Stars-in-Chicago-June-8

Dancing with the Queer Stars in Chicago June 8 - Lanita Davis Dance Theatre's annual dance camp will be funded by the 3rd annual Dancing With The Queer Stars fundraiser June 8, 2215 S. Michigan Ave. The event, and the free camp is the brainchild of the artistic director, LaNita Joseph. Dancing With The Queer Stars is a diverse ballroom dance competition where local queer stars team up to compete ...


Steve-Nasshans-passion-shows-on-the-dance-floor-

Steve Nasshan's passion shows on the dance floor - Steve Nasshan celebrated in April the one-year anniversary of Get on the Floor (GTF) Dance Company, which he owns and operates in Chicago's North Center neighborhood—and more than a decade in the ballroom dance industry. "I got my start with the Arthur Murray franchise, then taught for the Fred Astaire franchise, and finally ended up at a privately-owned studio in ...


Joffreys-Mauro-Villanueva-comes-full-circle-

Joffrey's Mauro Villanueva comes full circle - DANCIN' FEATS - "I just think it's time," he said. After 13 seasons dancing with the Joffrey Ballet, Mauro Villanueva, 31, has decided to leave the company. "I've always wanted, in a selfish way, to go out on top. I feel like I'm doing pretty well dancing-wise, so why not go out leaving people talking and wanting more." At the end of a ...


Baton-marks-44th-anniversary

Baton marks 44th anniversary - Jim Flint's Baton Show Lounge marked its 44th anniversary in style March 20. The performers included Ginger Grant, Chilli Pepper, Sheri Payne, Mimi Marks, Maya Douglas, Victoria La Paige and Regine Phillips. Mykul Valentine was special guest performer. See http://www.thebatonshowlounge.com for upcoming contests and events. Additional photo spread at the link under the image. Photos by Hal Baim. ...


SPRING-THEATER-PREVIEW-Diversity-of-dance

SPRING THEATER PREVIEW Diversity of dance - Dance lovers can delight in a Spring packed full of diverse dance performances across the city. After wrapping up a packed month of March performances, Chicago just doesn't slow down. The historic Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University has launched the new Music + Movement Festival running through May. For tickets, call 800-982-2787. For more information, visit www.auditoriumtheatre.org/musicandmovement. Some highlights from ...


Joshua-Blake-Carter-on-jazz-dance-milestones

Joshua Blake Carter on jazz dance, milestones - DANCIN' FEATS - The name Gus Giordano, especially in Chicago, is synonymous with jazz dance. His namesake company, now run by daughter Nan Giordano, celebrates its 50th-anniversary engagement at the Harris Theater later this month. A few tweaks and changes—it officially dropped the "jazz" from its title and now goes by Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC); a new logo; and a move from Evanston ...


FLYSPACE-new-sharing-paradigm-for-small-arts-companies-

FLYSPACE, new sharing paradigm for small arts companies - Four Female-led dance companies Join in building audiences - From a news release CHICAGO — February 19, 2013 — Four leading Chicago contemporary dance companies, each helmed by a female artistic director — The Dance COLEctive, Hedwig Dances, Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre and Zephyr Dance — announce a new and unique strategic partnership to connect and engage audiences in the intimacy, excitement and accessibility of contemporary ...


Gary-Chryst-reflects-on-his-lifes-journey

Gary Chryst reflects on his life's journey - DANCIN' FEATS - Biracial, gay, sextogenarian, California native … Gary Chryst is all of these things, but first and foremost, he's a dancin' man. From ballet to Broadway, from New York to The Hague, he has literally danced around the world for decades. Chryst, 63, is in town working with Thodos Dance Chicago (TDC) putting the finishing touches on the centerpiece of the ...


Moved-and-BeMoved-Sherry-Zunker-talks-dance-and-fitness

Moved and BeMoved: Sherry Zunker talks dance and fitness - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Transforming complicated dance moves into simple steps and exercise into fun, out choreographer/director Sherry Zunker uses her expert dance background to lead BeMoved Dance Fitness. The dance fitness experience geared for all ages and experience levels features 16 genres; offers its Series One DVD, Bollywood; and has classes taking place at 45 locations across the United States and Canada. Zunker, ...


Alvin-Ailey-returns-to-Chicago-March-8-17-

Alvin Ailey returns to Chicago March 8-17 - The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will return to Chicago with a March 8-17 stand at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. The program will include such pieces as the world premiere of Kyle Abraham's "Another Night" and the classic "Revelations." Tickets ($32-$92) are on sale now and available online at www.ticketmaster.com/auditorium; at 800-982-ARTS (2787); or ...


Dance-and-theater-shorts

Dance and theater shorts - Goodman names 'Teddy Ferrara' cast members Goodman Theatre has announced casting for the world-premiere production of Teddy Ferrara by Pulitzer Prize finalist Christopher Shinn. According to a press release, the production "explores what happens when a tragedy sparks a movement—and the truth gets lost along the way." The cast includes Liam Benzvi (Gabe), Patrick Clear (University President), Rashaad Hall ...


A-wonderful-winter-of-dance

A wonderful winter of dance - WINTER THEATER SPECIAL - After a brief break from The Nutcracker madness that is December, we're off and running with a slew of dance performances around the city. With world and city premieres, revivals, collaborations and visiting companies, the 2013 winter dance season has something for everyone. January is jumpin': Lucy Riner and Michael Estanich of RE|Dance Group presents the second weekend of the ...


DANCIN-FEATS-Jill-of-all-trades

DANCIN' FEATS Jill of all trades - Student, teacher, dancer, choreographer, writer, curator, tech crewmember: She's all of those things and more. Lauren Warnecke is a jill of all trades. This busy lady teaches group exercise at the University of Illinois at Chicago, works on the tech crew for shows at The Dance Center of Columbia College and writes for numerous publications, and enjoys traveling, cooking and ...


DANCIN-FEATS-Looking-back-at-2012

DANCIN' FEATS Looking back at 2012 - Chicago's dance scene had a great year. Milestone anniversaries, first-time visits from international touring companies, world-renowned guest choreographers, a very famous piece of music and world premieres from some very talented locals made 2012 downright delightful for dance lovers. Here are some standout pieces and performances—in no particular order—from the past 12 months. New York-based American Ballet Theatre came to ...


DANCIN-FEATS-Joffrey-dancers-reflect-on-Nutcracker

DANCIN' FEATS Joffrey dancers reflect on 'Nutcracker' - "Every time I do it, it gets easier," said veteran Joffrey Ballet dancer Derrick Agnoletti, 31, referring to dancing the beloved ballet The Nutcracker playing through Dec. 27 at The Auditorium Theater. "I would never say it is easy, but you learn to pace yourself and take things one at a time." Fellow dancer Michael Smith, 30, agreed. This year ...


SPOTLIGHT-Teatro-Lunas-show-Putas

SPOTLIGHT Teatro Luna's show, Putas! - In a small space on North Clark Street, you are sure to be transported to Latin America by the women of El Teatro Luna, Chicago's first and only all-Latina theatre. Now in its 12th season, the theater was born from a growing concern that many of the few parts written for Latina women were often given to non-Latina actresses. Combating ...


Joel-Hall-of-fame

(Joel) Hall of fame - If you're familiar at all with dance in Chicago, you know his name. Over the last four decades he's taught thousands of students, grooming them to be the best they can be, watching them bloom into artists. Joel Hall has a number of things he's passionate about, but first and foremost is jazz dance. Hall, 63, grew up in Cabrini-Green ...


Joffrey-holds-Couture-Cocktails

Joffrey holds 'Couture & Cocktails' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Joffrey Ballet held its annual "Couture & Cocktails" recently at the McGrath Acura, 1301 N. Elston Ave. The event featured internationally known fashion designer and Joffrey women's board member Pamella Roland DeVos and a dramatic full-runway fashion show that Neiman Marcus Michigan Avenue co-presented. In addition, the Joffrey partnered with Luxury Garage Sale for a silent auction. Photos by ...


Hubbard-Streetturns-35-

Hubbard Streetturns 35 - DANCIN' FEATS - In 1977, dancer/choreographer Lou Conte (who was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 2009) ran a small dance studio downtown located at LaSalle and Hubbard streets. He started taking four of his students out to perform shows locally, and the company now known as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago was born. That same year, Russian-French artist ...


FALL-DANCE-SPECIAL-Autumnal-abundance

FALL DANCE SPECIAL Autumnal abundance - Chicago's fall dance season officially kicked off last weekend with performances at Links Hall, The Dance Center, The Drucker Center and Defibrillator Gallery. While every new season offers the promise of great dance, this fall is extremely lush. From anniversaries (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 35, Giordano Dance Chicago 50) to revivals (Joffrey Ballet presenting Kurt Jooss' 1967 The Green Table) ...


Joffrey-Ballets-Landscapes-at-Roosevelt-in-Oct

Joffrey Ballet's 'Landscapes' at Roosevelt in Oct. - The Joffrey Ballet's 2012-2013 season will start with the mixed-repertory program "Human Landscapes," which will feature three choreographers exploring principles of the human spirit through dance. Ten performances will take place Oct. 17-28 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. The Joffrey brings James Kudelka's Pretty BALLET as well as Jirí Kylian's rarely seen work Forgotten ...


River-North-Dance-Chicago-rolls-out-new-season

River North Dance Chicago rolls out new season - From a news release - CHICAGO, IL — The critically acclaimed River North Dance Chicago (RNDC) embarks on an electrifying 2012 — 2013 Season as they celebrate Artistic Director Frank Chaves's 20th Anniversary with the company. RNDC will introduce new work to Chicago audiences at three home engagements including their Fall Performance at the Harris Theatre (November 16 — 17), a spring performance at North ...


SIDEBAR-Sperling-strikes-a-pose-in-video

SIDEBAR Sperling strikes a pose in video - After 20 years, Shaun Sperling is getting his 15 minutes of fame—plus some. Sperling is the now-grown-up dancing sensation who, on March 14, 1992, strutted into the party for his bar mitzvah and went vogue. He showcased Madonna in front of family and friends—and now in front of the world. The video was posted on Perez Hilton's website this week ...


Joffrey-seeks-choreographers-of-color-for-award

Joffrey seeks choreographers of color for award - The Joffrey Academy of Dance—the official school of The Joffrey Ballet—has announced a national call for artists to submit applications for the Joffrey's Third Annual Choreographers of Color Award. The deadline for application is Sept. 1; winners will be notified by Oct. 1. Three selected choreographers will be given a minimum of 30 rehearsal hours to set their pieces with ...


Dance-For-Life

Dance For Life - Follow the link below the image for more photos - Dance for Life founder Keith Elliott began the evening of Aug. 18 by informing the crowd that "Dance for Life is legal to drink!" Indeed, since 1992, Dance for Life has raised money for various HIV and AIDS-related causes and, if the most recent event is any indication, is still a rousing success, this year raising almost $400,000. Hundreds of ...


Dance-for-Life-and-the-Chicago-Dancing-Festival

Dance for Life and the Chicago Dancing Festival - In numerous speeches since taking office in May 2011, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has declared his desire to make Chicago "an international destination for dance." With two highly anticipated major dance events this month, we're 'off to a great start. Dance For Life, an annual dance concert that brings local companies together on the same stage for a one-night-only show to ...


All-male-burlesque-group-takes-off-with-Liza-Minnelli

All-male burlesque group takes off with Liza Minnelli - PERFORMANCE: NEW YORK - All-Male Burlesque group The Stage Door Johnnies have been heating up Chicago stages since 2009. Come August, members Bazuka Joe, Ray Gunn and Jett Adore will be taking it off for their biggest gig yet: a one-night-only show at Fire Island's Ice Palace nightclub in New York alongside gay icons Alan Cumming and Liza Minnelli. Windy City Times sat down ...


Male-exotic-dancers-talk-about-their-lives

Male exotic dancers talk about their lives - The recently released movie Magic Mike has shed new light onto stripping, mostly showing off Channing Tatum's (and friend's) main assets and what life outside of the industry looks like. Missing from the movie, though, is the gay-dancing scene: a massive market where gay and straight (and in-between) work side by side, often blurring identity lines and assumptions in the ...


-DIY-dance

DIY dance - DANCIN' FEATS - Local dance troupe Thodos Dance Chicago (TDC) has had a whirlwind of a year. TDC kicked off its 20th-anniversary season with the revival of its 2011 hit The White City: Chicago's Columbia Exposition of 1893, a story ballet choreographed by artistic director Melissa Thodos and Broadway legend Ann Reinking. The ballet was also featured in a PBS documentary by Chicago-area ...


Queer-Stars-dance-dance-dance

'Queer Stars' dance, dance, dance - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times. Click below image for photospread - "Dancing with the Queer Stars Chicago 2012" took place July 7 at the Provision Theatre The annual event raises funds for the Anita Davis Dance Theatre's annual dance camp. Dancers included Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame inductee Jackie Anderson, physician Robert Garofalo, transgender activist KOKUMO and activist David Dodd, among others. C.C. Carter and Brandee "Starra" Young co-hosted. ...


Dance-for-Life-Aug-18

Dance for Life Aug. 18 - From a news release - Experience the best dance Chicago has to offer as six of the city's top dance companies join together for one spectacular night on stage in this year's Dance for Life Saturday, Aug. 18. With electrifying and poignant choreography, Dance for Life is the Midwest's largest performing arts fundraiser for HIV/AIDS, having raised more than $4 million to support care, education, ...


Dance-for-Life-holds-launch-party

Dance for Life holds launch party - by Elyssa Czynski - Dance for Life held its annual launch party in the Auditorium Theatre's Katten Landau studio June 13. Intended to kick-start ticket sales for the Aug. 18 HIV/AIDS fundraiser, the launch also raised money for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, the Dancers' Fund and Chicago Women's AIDS Project. "We have a wonderful, huge group of corporate sponsors, but of course, it's ...


Dancing-with-the-Queer-Stars-July-7

'Dancing with the Queer Stars' July 7 - "Dancing with the Queer Stars Chicago 2012" will take place Saturday, July 7, at the Provision Theatre, 1001 W. Roosevelt Rd. The reception will be at 7 p.m., with the show at 8 p.m. Dancers will include Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame inductee Jackie Anderson, actress Basha Evans, transgender activist KOKUMO and activist David Dodd, among others. C.C. ...


East-meets-West

East meets West - DANCIN' FEATS - Ten years is a big deal. Chicago modern dance group The Seldoms' 10th anniversary season started with a unique program at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance last fall. "This Is Not A Dance Concert" deconstructed an evening of concert dance by dividing the dancers and the audience into groups so that each person and performer had a different ...


David-Hernandez-Dancing-king

David Hernandez: Dancing king - NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There's a new "Dancing Queen" in town—at the Riverfront Theater. This show goes back in time, with some of ABBA's greatest hits as well as the music of Saturday Night Fever and '70s disco queens. Let the polyester rain down as headliner and American Idol alumnus David Hernandez leads the cast that will have the audience dancing in the aisles. ...


Dancing-with-the-Queer-Stars-July-7

'Dancing with the Queer Stars' July 7 - "Dancing with the Queer Stars Chicago 2012" will take place Saturday, July 7, at the Provision Theatre, 1001 W. Roosevelt Rd. The reception will be at 7 p.m., with the show at 8 p.m. The event raises funds for the Anita Davis Dance Theatre's annual dance camp. General admission is $20; VIP entry is $25 (with includes unlimited wine); tickets ...


International-flair

International flair - SUMMER DANCE ROUNDUP - Dance in Chicago goes global this summer with performances representing France, China, Japan, Africa, Argentina and Spain. The Paris Opéra Ballet takes the Harris Theater stage with three performances of the classic ballet Giselle created for them in 1841, plus three repertory shows. A live simulcast of the Wed., June 27, Giselle performance will be shown in Millennium Park. 205 ...


Joffrey-dancer-gets-Annenberg-grant

Joffrey dancer gets Annenberg grant - From a news release - CHICAGO — May 30, 2012 — The Joffrey Ballet is pleased to announce that dancer Jeraldine Mendoza has received an award of $50,000 from the prestigious national Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund in the Performing and Visual Arts. This marks the first time that the Annenberg Fellowship grant has been given to a performing artist in Chicago since the grant's inception ...







Copyright © 2014 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 



 

Halsted's Brown Elephant to move
 
Gay former college swimmer now a rising force in real estate
 
Gay men await baby girl, celebrate at Sidetrack
 
A mother reacts to gay son's marriage
 
Political Science Panel considers LGBT public policy
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now



  News Index       Archives   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds   AIDS @ 32
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video      News Videos      Nightspots Videos      Entertainment Videos      Queercast Videos      Comedy Videos     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.