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Entertainment: Jennifer Holliday, Jim Parsons, stars say goodbye to Obama - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Jan. 14, singer Jennifer Holliday released a letter addressed to the LGBT community announcing that she will no longer be performing at the presidential inauguration concert, apologizing for what she called a "lapse of judgment," The Daily Beast noted. She cited a Daily Beast article in her letter, saying that after she read it she realized that "my only ...


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WINTER THEATER SPECIAL World and local premieres abound - There are plenty of offerings this winter for theater lovers who prize new-to-Chicago and never-seen-before works. Here's a sampling of world and local premieres to watch out for. All shows in Chicago unless otherwise noted. World premieres Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno, Second City e.t.c., 1608 N. Wells St. You can bet that this 41st revue will feature ...


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WINTER THEATER SPECIAL The winter classics: Old and not-so-old - Classics... The very word is an attraction for some but a turn-off for others, which is understandable if an old play is presented as a stodgy museum piece, or used as a springboard for some ill-conceived deconstruction. Fortunately, the finest and greatest theater pieces remain pulsing and pertinent for contemporary audiences through the universality of their characters, stories and ...


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Theater spotlight on Chicago Children's Theatre, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight Chicago Children's Theatre is simultaneously celebrating its future and its past this month. The recent opening of Chicago Children's Theatre's new headquarters for classes and small-scale shows in the former 12th District police station in the West Loop conincides with the revival of one of the company's biggest hits. Back in 2009, Ralph Covert ( Ralph's World ) ...


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Charles Busch in Chicago Jan. 29-30 - Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, will present Charles Busch: That Girl, That Boy on Jan. 29-30 in The Broadway in the center. This is the first time this theatrical legend will play his solo show in Chicago. And this is the first of what will be quarterly Pride Arts Center Presents events featuring prominent performers from the world of ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I'm going to give America a happy ending."—The newest Bachelor, Nick Viall, discusses his hopes for love the fourth time around. I'm gonna hold him to that. I'm disappointed in Jennifer Holliday. For those of you who may be out of the loop, Donald Trump is having a devil of a time booking performers for the inauguration. An inquiry went ...


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Cartooning AIDS' at Gerber/Hart - A new major exhibition is in the new Sandfield Exhibition Gallery at Gerber/Hart Library, 6500 N. Clark St. "Cartooning AIDS" features the political cartoons of Danny Sotomayor and looks at how issues surrounding AIDS were engaged through political cartoons, comic books, trading cards and 'zines for the purpose of political critique, education, and awareness. The exhibition will be open through ...


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Laura Jane Grace in Chicago on Feb. 5 - On Sunday, Feb. 5, trans singer Laura Jane Grace will perform at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., at 8 p.m. Grace is a musician best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me! Her solo debut EP, Heart Burns, was released in 2008. In 2012, she publicly came out as transgender, ...


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Bill T. Jones to speak at DuSable - Art AIDS America and the DuSable Museum of African American History are hosting dancer/activist/Tony-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones at the museum, 740 E. 56th Pl., on Friday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. Jones, who is a passionate HIV-positive artist, will offer a one-night-only presentation ( entitled "Return" ) touching on his decades-long relation to HIV/AIDS. This program is free and ...


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WINTER THEATER SPECIAL LGBT plays to chase away the darkness - Don't put away that gay apparel yet. After a stressful 2016, it's time to rally around LGBT plays to raise consciousness and morale while having a good time as well. Gay history The Temperamentals, About Face at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Before Stonewall sparked the creation of Gay Alliances, Coalitions or Liberation Fronts, the Mattachine Society ...


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LGBT critics to announce Dorian Award nods - The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association ( GALECA )—composed of more than 170 film/TV critics and entertainment journalists across the U.S., Canada and the U.K.—revealed its nominees for the best in film and television of 2016. The selections come across 24 categories, and are mainstream and LGBTQ-focused, with 20th Century Women and The Lobster among the titles in the ...


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Siskel's Oscar panel Jan. 24 - The Gene Siskel Film Center ( GSFC ) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago ( SAIC ), 164 N. State St., will present the 89th Academy Awards® Nominations Panel on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m. A reception will follow. Associate Artistic Director of the Chicago Humanities Festival Alison Cuddy will moderate a panel discussion about this year's ...


-National-comedy-benefit-Jan-19-21

National comedy benefit Jan. 19-21 - In response to what the event's organizers have called President-elect Donald Trump's "repeated threats on human rights," comedians in more than 20 cities are coordinating shows to raise money for the ACLU on Inauguration Day Weekend for the WHAT A JOKE Comedy Fest, organized and produced by New York comedians Jenn Welch ( The New York Comedy Festival ) and ...


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Goodman to light up new marquee - Goodman Theatre will illuminate its brand-new marquee for the first time during a public ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 5:30 p.m. The illumination event is aligned with The Ghostlight Project, a national effort of U.S. theater. The iconic vertical marquee above the Goodman's Dearborn Street main entrance will match the look and dimensions of the original sign, which was ...


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Wayne Brady joining 'Hamilton' - Five-time Emmy Award winner and Grammy nominee Wayne Brady is joining the Chicago cast of Hamilton ( as Aaron Burr ) Jan. 17-April 9 at The PrivateBank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St. Brady will return for his eighth season as the host of CBS' Let's Make A Deal as well as the fifth new season of Who's Line Is it ...


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THEATER REVIEW Her America - Playwright: Brett Neveu. At: Solo Celebration at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $34-$48. Runs through: Feb. 12 In theater jargon, the term "vehicle" indicates a play or production designed to showcase the talents of a particular artist, often—but not always—at the expense of other dramatic factors ( plot, character, plausibility, etc. ). Brett Neveu's conveyance for Chicago icon ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Sundial - Playwright: adapted by Paul Edwards, from the novel by Shirley Jackson. At: City Lit Theatre at the Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: $29. Runs through: Feb. 12 In an uncertain world, rarely is there a shortage of free-floating dread ( dubbed "anxiety" by the shrinks ). Since putting a name to unseen terrors provides an illusion ...


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WINTER DANCE SPECIAL Winter dance is warming up - This year is shaping up to be mellower one for many local dance companies, many of which are still recovering from a prolific fall dance season filled with ambitious projects and world premieres—scaled back, perhaps, but no less exciting for all brands of dance fans. —The Harris Theater has a very full calendar this winter, of which the notable engagements ...


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Von Teese tour to kick off Feb. 1-3 - Burlesque icon Dita Von Teese is set to kick off her striptease spectacle, "The Art of the Teese," Feb. 1-3, 2017, at Chicago's House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St. In this all-new burlesque revue, Von Teese is performing some of her best-loved acts that have never been seen on tour before, including a fresh version of "Lazy" that she ...


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'Love Is Love' at Sidetrack on Jan. 20 - Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., is throwing a " Make J20 Great Again = Love Is Love" party all day and night on Friday, Jan. 20. Coinciding with the date of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, Sidetrack's event is meant, according to a press release, " for people to come together and reminding all of us that love is still love, ...


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BENT NIGHTS Mutts, Archie Powell, Hemmingbirds and Jesse W. Johnson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I should have learned from the recent past to pay attention to omens. Not one month after reviewing a show jam-packed with surprises and unexpected dangers ( Foxing, Tiny Moving Part, etc. in the Dec. 28 edition of Bent Nights ), I found myself at an equally loaded show with three of Chicago's most beloved bands. When Mutts frontman Mike ...


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TRAVEL Miami Beach has arts, culture and beaches with flair - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - That wicked, pre-Christmas winter punch to the face from Mother Nature made me wish I was back in Miami Beach. Forget the layers and layers of clothes needed, and the fact you're still ridiculously cold when Chicago hit single-digits in mid-December, and the temperature even dipped below-zero. Forget the horrendous terms "polar vortex" and "real-feel temperature." Forget the nasty look ...


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KaraokeCares Presents the anti-inauguration party Jan. 20 at Davenport's - On Friday, January 20, performers will be hosting more than five hours of karaoke in one of the most beautiful bars in Chicago, Davenport's. The event is to counteract the inauguration that many people in Chicago are looking to avoid. The event will be 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m., 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave. Sonic Lizard Karaoke has hosted karaoke in this venue ...


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'The Dolphin Show' running 'Little Shop' Jan. 20-28 at NU - The Dolphin Show—advertised as this country's largest student-produced musical—announced that Little Shop of Horrors will be its 75th annual ( "Diamond Dolphin" ) show at Northwestern University. Little Shop of Horrors is directed by Northwestern School of Communication senior Maggie Monahan and co-produced by School of Communication senior Janie Dickerson and Weinberg School of Arts and Sciences senior Bailey Sutton, ...


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GayCo to present Cntrl+Alt-Right+Delete - CHICAGO—-In a world run by a man with tiny, quick thumbs, and a sidekick as terrifying as a broken condom, GayCo has managed to dismantle the alt-right movement in 3 simple keystrokes: CNTRL + ALT-RIGHT + DELETE. GayCo is back with a brand new show to take down the alt-right movement in a battle of sass, wit and sexual innuendos. ...


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PASSAGES Bronski Beat keyboardist dies - Larry Steinbachek, a former keyboardist with 1980s synthpop group Bronski Beat, has died at 56. Steinbachek's sister Louise Jones told BBC News he died in December 2016 after a short battle with cancer, with his family and friends at his bedside. Steinbachek formed the group with musician Jimmy Somerville and Steve Bronski in 1983, and they had chart success with ...


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Movement Matters: An interview with Andy Karol - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This is an excerpt from Movement Matters, an interview series from the arts publication Sixty Inches From Center, by writer Michael Workman; it investigates art at the intersection of dance, performance, politics, policy and issues related to the body as the locus of these and related socio-cultural dialogues on race, gender, and ability. This installment touches on the topics of ...


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NUNN ON ONE: CELEBRITY Meiling Jin travels from China to 'Chop Chop' - Meiling Chin has created an empire in media in just a short time. While born and raised in China, Chin eventually arrived in America to make her mark. In high school she began writing for QQ.com, the sixth-largest website in the world, and by the age of 21 she had garnered 100 million hits on various websites with celebrity interviews ...


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NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Jeremy Ashley Owens riffs on Cher and being ridiculous - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Jeremy Ashley Owens is showing the funny side of life with his popular Chicago series You're Being Ridiculous. In the show, a different topic is featured each run. Currently, family is front and center, with games, choices and lightbulbs all planned for the future. Sounds ridiculous? It is all part of the fun. Founded in 2010 by Owens, the cast ...


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Local theaters to participate in The Ghostlight Project - From press releases - CHICAGO ( January 13, 2017 ) — Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro and Executive Director David Schmitz announce Steppenwolf's participation in The Ghostlight Project, an evening of advocacy at theater companies across the country to demonstrate a shared commitment to greater inclusion, participation and compassion in our theaters and our communities. On January 19, 2017, beginning at 5:15pm, Steppenwolf Theatre ...


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Music video entries to be considered for Elton John: The Cut - From a press release - Three of today's most innovative minds are lending their expertise to select the final three winning entries for "Elton John: The Cut supported by YouTube" - a global competition to create the official music videos for three of the singer's most iconic songs - "Bennie and the Jets," "Rocket Man" and "Tiny Dancer." Submissions are open until Jan. 23, 2017. ...


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Theater Spotlight on Fillet of Solo, Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight There are plenty of LGBTQ artists featured in the 20th Annual Fillet of Solo Festival, which celebrates the breadth of Chicago's storytelling and live literature scene. GayCo, OUTspoken, You're Being Ridiculous and the Sweat Girls are just a few of the 15 storytelling collectives gathered together for this three-week theatrical event. The 20h Annual Fillet of Solo Festival ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Rosenkranz Mysteries - Playwright: Eugene Burger, Jessica Fisch, Ricardo Rosenkranz. At: Opus Magna Musica at the Royal George, 1641 N. Halsted St. Tickets: $50-$75. Runs through: Jan. 22 It's not merely the nimble fingers—the mechanics are the same, whether the perpetrator is a professional illusionist charging hefty admissions in Las Vegas or a bartender short-changing an unwary customer. What makes us eager to ...


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THEATER REVIEW Women - Playwright: Chiara Atik. At: The Cuckoo's Theater Project at Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 312-882-8201 or TheCuckoosTheaterProject.com; $20. Runs through: Feb. 4 On the surface, the premise for Chiara Atik's world-premiere comedy Women sounds like so many Saturday Night Live sketches that run out of steam. Luckily with Women, that isn't entirely the case. Women is ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Before Stonewall - Right-wing conservatives are notorious for trying to blot out any mention of gay history in schools. Even so, most people know that the Stonewall Riots of 1969 were the flashpoint that kicked off the modern equal rights movement for LGBTQ people. "Our history is so important to us. In our current state, we're doing a much better job of tracking ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I just got off the phone with Mariah Carey, and she thinks that Dick Clark Productions sabotaged my monologue."—Jimmy Fallon's quip after his TelePrompter failed during the Golden Globes monologue. Awards season is finally here. Popular opinion is that the Golden Globes are a barometer for the Oscars. If that's the case, then it should be a pretty cheery couple ...


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National comedy benefit Jan. 19-21 - In response to what the event's organizers have called President-elect Donald Trump's "repeated threats on human rights," comedians in more than 20 cities are coordinating shows to raise money for the ACLU on Inauguration Day Weekend for the WHAT A JOKE Comedy Fest, organized and produced by New York comedians Jenn Welch ( The New York Comedy Festival ) and ...


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Sinfonietta's MLK concerts Jan. 14-16 - Chicago Sinfonietta, led by Music Director Mei-Ann Chen, continues its 2016-2017 season with its annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—a Sinfonietta tradition since its founding in 1987 by late maestro Paul Freeman. The concert will be performed three times: first, in the Sinfonietta's debut at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie on Saturday, Jan. ...


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Lesbian movie to premiere at SXSW - Jennifer Reeder's coming-of-age Muslim melodrama Signature Move, starring Chicago lesbian actress Fawzia Mirza and featuring trans actor Malic White, will have its world premiere at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival. The plot is as follows: A secret new romance with Alma forces Zaynab to confront her complicated relationship with her recently widowed mother. In this coming-of-age Muslim melodrama, Zaynab copes ...


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Sinfonietta's MLK concerts Jan. 14-16 - Chicago Sinfonietta, led by Music Director Mei-Ann Chen, continues its 2016-2017 season with its annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—a Sinfonietta tradition since its founding in 1987 by late maestro Paul Freeman. The concert will be performed three times: first, in the Sinfonietta's debut at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie on Saturday, Jan. ...


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Wachowski's art captures lost trans lives in vivid emotion - With 2017 only eight days old, two transgender individuals have already been slain in the United States; Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow of Sioux Falls, North Dakota, and Mesha Campbell of Canton, Mississippi. The exhibit "Say Our Names," on display at the Howard Brown Health Sheridan Road clinic until Friday, Jan. 20, has thus further expanded in profound importance. Set against ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Legend Honey West does Priscilla in Chicago - Before the popularity of To Wong Foo and The Birdcage there was a little movie called The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert that became a cross dressing cult hit. It was eventually transformed into a Broadway musical that went on tour. The story followed three friends on a bus nicknamed Priscilla driving in the middle of the Australian ...


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(Beat) play to benefit homeless - On Jan. 13-15, the ( Beat ) Theatre Collective will present four public performances after a two-week development workshop for a new work, Hope Wanted, a play that aims to spark an awareness of the issue of homelessness and those affected by it. Hope Wanted will run in in The Vault Theater at Collaboraction Studios on the third floor of ...


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'Gender Breakdown' Feb. 16-March 19 - Gender Breakdown—Collaboraction Theatre Company's first world premiere of 2017, that's a response to the lack of gender equity on and offstage—will take place Feb. 16-March 19. According to the Dramatist's Guild, only 14 percent of plays produced in regional theaters were by U.S. white women in 2015. Only 3.4 percent were written by U.S. women of color. Dani Bryant is ...


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THEATER REVIEW Tony and Tina's Wedding - Playwright: Artificial Intelligence. At: Chicago Theater Works, 1113 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $75. Runs through: April 29 Here's the premise: Anthony Angelo Nunzio and Valentina Lynne Vitale are getting married. Their families are not happy with the match. The groomsmen and bridesmaids also have mixed feelings toward the impending nuptials. The caterer is anxious to promote his business and the ...


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Entertainment: Rosie O' Donnell, Vivica A. Fox, Neil Patrick Harris - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rosie O'Donnell, Debra Messing, Joe Dante and Ed Asner are among the celebrities who have signed on to an anti-Donald Trump effort calling his pending presidency "illegitimate" and for a month of resistance to stop what it sees as a move toward fascism, according to Variety. The group RefuseFacism.org published a full-page ad in the New York Times on Jan. ...


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THEATER REVIEW Vanya (Or, 'That's Life!') - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Lavina Jadhwani. At: Rasaka Theatre Company at The Edge Theatre, 5154 N. Broadway. Tickets: http://rasakatheatre.com; $15-$30. Runs through: Feb. 3 Rasaka Theatre Company offers a delightful new spin on an old Russian standby with their canny adaptation Vanya ( Or, "That's Life!" ). Director Kaiser Ahmed and author Lavina Jadhwani breathe a lot of modern language, modern music and ...


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Chicago rapper/ally depicts city's realities in new music video - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Mike Parrish, also known as rapper/hip-hop artist and comedic lyricist Mikey to the P, loves Chicago and in his newly released music video for his song "Big City" he focuses on the beauty and violence his favorite city holds. "It's my love letter to Chicago and when I see it, it ties together everything that I feel is me, everything ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TV Chicago native Law Roach on judging 'Next Top Model' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Stylist Law Roach is hitting the big leagues these days. Hailing from the South Side of Chicago, this fashionista is changing the way celebrities are viewed. After taking over singer Celine Dion's wardrobe, the media has taken notice and applauded the change for the icon. Roach has designed for performer Zendaya since she was 14, turning the Disney star into ...


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About Face Theatre appoints Alana Parvey Zalas managing director - From a press release - CHICAGO ( January 6, 2017 ) — About Face Theatre is pleased to announce the appointment of Alana Parvey Zalas as its new Managing Director. Zalas succeeds Dean Carpenter, who stepped down in 2016. Comments Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff, "We are thrilled to welcome Alana to the About Face team. Her precision and strong finance skills will be a huge ...


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Sec. Kerry apologizes for 1950s, 1960s anti-LGBTQ witch hunt in State Department - From an HRC press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) praised outgoing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for apologizing to LGBTQ employees and their families who were targeted, harassed, and fired as part of the infamous "Lavender Scare" witch hunt in the 1950s and 1960s. "Although it is not possible to undo the damage that was done decades ago, ...


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Anthology of GLBT writing to be launched with open mic - The NewTown Writers will present a live lit and open mic event on Jan. 19 to celebrate the publication of the group's latest Off the Rocks anthology. This edition, volume 20 in the series, has been organized around the theme of "Coming Out on Stage" by editor Allison Fradkin. It features both local and national LGBTQ writers exploring the community's ...


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'Moonlight,' 'La La Land' tops at Globes - The 74th Golden Globes, held at the Beverly Hilton, featured wins by the films La La Land and the LGBT-themed Moonlight. La La Land, the musical that's a love letter to Hollywood, broke a Golden Globes record with seven wins ( out of seven nominations ), including best picture in the comedy or musical category, best director for Damien Chazelle, ...


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Chicago D(ART) to present David Rush's Police Deaf Near Far - ( Chicago, January 9, 2017 ) Chicago D( ART ), or Deaf ART, is proud to announce the launch of its inaugural season with David Rush's Police Deaf Near Far. Loosely based on actual events — Police Deaf Near Far follows the parallel stories of a young Deaf rights activist and two police officers as their worlds tragically collide. Police ...


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Fifty Shades of Shakespeare At Mary's Atticin February - From a press release - Chicago, IL— Back by popular demand, ( re )discover theatre presents Fifty Shades of Shakespeare, now in its fourth year! An orgy of hilarious, powerful, and revealing explorations of gender roles, sexuality, kink, and relationships, all told through the bard's sexiest scenes… stripped down to 4 actors, 12 scenes and 23 roles. The only question is: How do you want ...


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Evening with Chicago Filmmaker Ky Dickens - From a Chicago Filmmakers press release - The Chicago Filmmakers will present a conversation with Ky Dickens, Chicago director of the documentary Sole Survivor ( 2013 ) shown on CNN; LGBTQ+ festival favorite Fish Out of Water ( 2009 ) and her upcoming documentaries Zero Weeks ( 2017 ) and The City That Sold America ( 2017 ). Dickens will discuss her journey as a documentary storyteller ...


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Winter salsa event Jan. 13 - ALMA ( Association of Latino/a's Moving Action ) is hosting a winter salsa fundraiser Fri., Jan. 13, 7 p.m.-12 a.m., at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 4046 W. Armitage Ave. At this event, ALMA is honoring CALOR with a "Community Service" award for serving the Latinx and LGBTQ community for more than 25 years, providing HIV education, prevention and support ...


OPERA-REVIEW-The-Magic-Flute

OPERA REVIEW The Magic Flute - Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder & Carl Ludwig Giesecke. Score: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. At: Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets: 312-827-5600 or LyricOpera.org; $20-$299. Runs through: Jan. 27 "Eurotrash" is a label that traditionalist opera fans often use to disparage way-out directorial productions that disproportionately play on the other side of the Atlantic. But those hard-liners will have to ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Winner-of-Our-Discontent

THEATER REVIEW The Winner ... of Our Discontent - Playwright: Various individuals. At: Second City at Piper's Alley, 1616 N. Wells St. Tickets: $19-$46. Runs through: Open run When the 105th Second City Revue opened a bare four weeks after the presidential election, there was no hiding its hasty response to what appeared a reversal of hitherto-unquestioned assumptions regarding the demographic their satire targeted. Audiences attending the performance on ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Mr-and-Mrs-Pennyworth

THEATER REVIEW Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth - Playwright: Doug Hara. At: Lookingglass Theatre Company at the Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. Tickets: $40-$75. Runs through: Feb. 19 Lookingglass playwright Doug Hara is not the first to observe that what scholars smugly call "history" is rooted in pre-literate parables, recounted by elders instructing future generations in lessons for surviving defeat, achieving triumph and preserving peace. The cultural ...


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THEATER REVIEW Thrones! The Musical Parody - Playwright: Chris Grace, Zach Reino, Al Samuels and Dan Wessels. At: Apollo Theater Chicago, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave. Phone: 773-935-6100; $36-$59. Runs through: Feb. 12 Written and produced by the creative team that brought Chicago Baby Wants Candy and 50 Shades! The Musical Parody, there is now the similarly titled Thrones! The Musical Parody. Our adventure begins in a living ...


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Entertainment: Matt Bomer, George Michael, 'Sister Wives,' Jillian Michaels - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It now looks like the mother of vamp fiction, Anne Rice, has set her cold-blooded sights on out actor Matt Bomer, MoviePilot revealed. Adapted into 1994's Interview with the Vampire and 2002's Queen of the Damned, it appears the live action versions of Rice's work are far from dead and buried. The vamp-fan and erotic fictional novelist has already confirmed ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I don't vote with my vagina—this is bigger than that."—Susan Sarandon. So if you've got a problem with how the election turned out, reach out to Sarandon. Apparently her vagina is big enough to grab. As we look back on 2016, I want to start—selfishly, perhaps—with a story about me. Many people were taken aback when I discussed my decision ...


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ART REVIEW Art AIDS America/Chicago - The entryway walls are emblazoned with bold monochromatic photos from ACT UP/Chicago demonstrations. The tone is set immediately. Memories consumed me as soon as I stepped inside: memories of devastating loss; of the silence of Reagan and his vile administration; of governmental bureaucracy; of church indifference and hypocrisy; of the greed of pharmaceutical and insurance companies. It all came flooding ...


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Theater Spotlight, Critics' Picks - Spotlight The 16th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival features more than 1,000 artists performing in more than 180 shows spread out over eight days. A sampling of the troupes include The Cool Table from Los Angeles, Pop Roulette from New York ( featuring Saturday Night Live writer Sudi Green ), Hot Raw Fire from Montreal and Chicago's own GayCo. The ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Exploring masculinity - As the new artistic director of American Theater Company, trans artist Will Davis opted to run with and emphasize the organization's revised 2002 mission statement. It begins with the question: "What does it mean to be an American?" But in regards to Davis' first official production for ATC, that mission statement question could be altered to "What does it mean ...


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Activist discusses her work, music and hopes for the future - Social-justice activism has been in Jasamine "Tweak" Harris' blood since she was in high school. Since then she's been on the front lines fighting for the now approved trauma center at the University of Chicago and against police brutality across the city. "I became an activist and organizer in 2010," said Harris. "My best friend at the time was telling ...


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Jim Theologos art opening at Center on Halsted Jan. 6, 2017 - From a press release - Chicago, IL . The Center on Halsted will present an art exhibit with pastel paintings by Jim Theologos, who resides in Costa Rica. The opening will be on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. Mr. Theologos' life has been an astonishing journey. From the time he was able to hold a pencil and paper, Mr. Theologos, a ...


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Theater Spotlight, Critics' Picks - Spotlight Pride Films and Plays teams up with members of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals to see out 2016 and look toward 2017 with the revue 525,600 Minutes: A Cabaret. Denis McGowan hosts the show with Beckie Menzie at the piano. Confirmed artists for the evening include Joan Curto, Tom Michael, Hilary Feldman and more. Also on the bill is Jordan ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Hunter and the Bear - Created by: PigPen Theatre Company. At: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. Tickets: 847-242-6000 or WritersTheatre.org; $35-$80. Runs through: Jan. 22 Supernatural forces are at eerie play in The Hunter and the Bear, a world-premiere ghost story by PigPen Theatre Co. at Writers Theatre in Glencoe. Many theatrical flourishes are also deployed that wow in the moment but, upon reflection, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Honky-Tonk-Angels

THEATER REVIEW Honky Tonk Angels - Playwright: Ted Swindley. At: Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at the No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave, Tickets: $34-$39. Runs through: Jan. 29 There's these three young women hoping to make it in show business, see. Since Angela is from East Texas, Darlene from West Virginia and Sue Ellen from Houston by way of Los Angeles, "show business" means Nashville, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Phantom-of-the-Opera

THEATER REVIEW The Phantom of the Opera - by Eric Karas - Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lyrics: Chris Hart, with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe. Book: Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber. At: Cadillac Palace Theater. Tickets: BroadwayInChicago.com: $50-140. Runs through: Jan. 8 Watch out for falling chandeliers! Phantom is back in Chicago for a four-week engagement at the Cadillac Palace. This is the reimagined staging and scenic design version for the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Weir

THEATER REVIEW The Weir - Playwright: Conor McPherson. At: Irish Theatre of Chicago at The Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $26-$30. Runs through: Jan. 22 Our locale is a tavern in rural Ireland, close enough to seaside Ulster counties to attract summer vacationers, but this is not the nostalgic-mythic Ireland beloved of tourists. Pubkeeper Brendan may live on the premises—indeed, own the surrounding farmland—but ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I don't vote with my vagina—this is bigger than that."—Susan Sarandon. So if you've got a problem with how the election turned out, reach out to Sarandon. Apparently her vagina is big enough to grab. As we look back on 2016, I want to start—selfishly, perhaps—with a story about me. Many people were taken aback when I discussed my decision ...


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Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: Storytellers to be featured in January - The January edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, January 3, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. Speakers are Liz Baudler, Ann Marie Carrothers, Lily Jean, Peter Kim, Paul Lisnek, Ezra Solomon. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info . ...







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