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Theater spotlight on Too Much Light, Critics' Picks - Spotlight on Too Much Light The Neo-Futurists Andersonville home known as The Neo-Futurarium isn't exactly accessible to those with mobility issues. So as a way to make up for that, The Neo-Futurists offer its second-ever "Neo-Access" performance of its long-running flagship show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at the Biograph Theater operated by Victory Gardens Theater. The ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Connected

THEATER REVIEW Connected - Playwright: Anthony Moseley. At: Collaboraction at Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 312-226-9633 or www.collaboraction.org; $15-$30. Runs through: May 29 The sentiments expressed in Collaboraction's world premiere Connected are certainly noble. Created by artistic director/writer Anthony Moseley to celebrate Collaboraction's 20th anniversary, Connected makes no bones about being an expansively reflective work stressing the importance of storytelling ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Dry-Land

THEATER REVIEW Dry Land - Playwright: Ruby Rae Spiegel. At: Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: 773-334-7728; www.RivendellTheatre.org; $32-$35. Runs through: May 28 Elsewhere this week I review Taste, in which two men perversely bond over a blood sport with psychosexual manifestations. Just blocks away from Taste, Rivendell Theatre's Dry Land concerns two adolescent women who bond over blood—a harrowing DIY abortion—although without ...


THEATER-REVIEW-180-Degree-Rule

THEATER REVIEW 180 Degree Rule - Playwrights: Barbara Lhota and M.E.H. Lewis. At: Babes With Blades at City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-904-0391 or www.babeswithblades.org; $14-$22. Runs through: May 21 It's generally poor taste to speak ill of the dead. But in the case of Babes With Blades' world-premiere lesbian mystery drama 180 Degree Rule, I'm sorry to suggest that one major ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Lorraine Hansberry and Five Lesbian Brothers get new productions - Two theater directors currently working in Chicago are on a mission. Their goal: To expose audiences to plays that they both feel are wrongfully neglected and to rethink playwrights who have been pigeonholed. Out director Bonnie Metzgar is doing her part to highlight the satiric and subversive feminist work of the collective known as The Five Lesbian Brothers by staging ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "He loved to play with his snake."—Gloria Vanderbilt tells Andy Cohen what her son Anderson Cooper was like as a child. After watching 20/20's report on the new book by the father of David Miscavige, head of the so-called Church of Scientology, one impression was seared into my brain. In the numerous photos they showed of Miscavige and Tom Cruise, ...


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Writer Jewelle Gomez to receive award - Lesbian writer Jewelle Gomez will receive the Golden Crown Literary Society ( GCLS ) 2016 Trailblazer Award July 9 in Alexandria, Virginia. Gomez is the author of seven books, including the double Lambda Literary Award-winning, Black lesbian vampire novel The Golda Stories, in print from Firebrand Books continuously since 1991. Her play about an imagined moment of indecision in the ...


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Knight at the Movies: Viva; Janis: Little Girl Blue - Transformations The urgent desire to transform, and the absolute need to become someone else and leave behind emotional abuse at home or school—often lived out on stage—that transcends an emotionally crushing reality are feelings that have long been familiar to Our People. They also apply, most palpably, to the central figures in a duo of new movies—the Cuban familial drama ...


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MUSIC Nick Jonas: N.C. law, new CD and getting personal - Usually, singer/actor Nick Jonas is known for what he accomplishes—but recently he's been in the headlines for something he's not doing. Jonas and tourmate Demi Lovato announced that they will not be performing a pair of North Carolina shows to protest the new anti-LGBT law House Bill 2 ( HB2 ), also known as the "bathroom bill." In so doing, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Taste

THEATER REVIEW Taste - Playwright: Benjamin Brand. At: Red Theatre Chicago & Aperture. Entertainment at Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: www.redtheater/org/tickets; FREE ( donations accepted ). Runs through: May 22 How many people would you trust with your life, seriously? One, two, none? Rarer still, how many people would you trust to take your life, assuming you wanted it taken? Those ...


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Staceyann Chin coming to Chicago with 'MotherStruck!' - From a press release - CHICAGO—"MotherStruck!," written and performed by Staceyann Chin, co-produced in New York by Rosie O'Donnell, Robert Dragotta and Culture Project, and originally directed by Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award-winner Cynthia Nixon begins Greenhouse Theater Center's "Solo Celebration" at the Greenhouse ( 2257 N Lincoln Ave ). This audaciously funny and powerful off-Broadway hit explores Chin's deeply personal journey to motherhood, as ...


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Judith A. Markowitz Emerging Writer Award Winners announced - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA - Lambda Literary, the nation's leading national nonprofit organization promoting LGBTQ literature, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Judith A. Markowitz Emerging Writer Award. This year Lambda recognizes Bryan Borland and JP Howard. The judges for the prize were award-winning authors Reginald Harris and Lee Lynch. In a joint statement they said of this ...


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Entertainment news: Dustin Lance Black, Lady Gaga, 'Dreamgirls,' 'Frozen' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - WME has signed writer-producer-director Dustin Lance Black, who won the Original Screenplay Oscar in 2009 for penning Milk, Deadline reported. He most recently created and wrote the upcoming seven-episode ABC event series When We Rise, about the gay-rights movement. He will also direct the final two episodes, with Milk director Gus Van Sant, Dee Rees and Thomas Schlamme also taking ...


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GLAAD Hatter Brunch on May 15 - The GLAAD Hatter Brunch and Tea Dance will take place Sunday, May 15, at Pasteur, 5525 N. Broadway. The brunch will be 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; the $80 admission includes the food buffet, bottomless mimosas, Ketel One Bloody Marys, coffee and tea. The tea dance, 2-5 p.m., will be $20. A brunch-and-tea bundle is $95. The grand marshal will be Emerson ...


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'Hamilton' receives record 16 Tony nods - Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit Broadway musical "Hamilton" leads the race for the 70th annual Tony Awards with a record 16 nominations, including Best Musical. Shuffle Along received 10 nominations, while the musical She Loves Me followed with eight. In the Best Musical Category, Hamilton will compete against Bright Star, School of Rock, Shuffle Along and Waitress. The previous record for most ...


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Chefs and the City to benefit Heartland Health Outreach - From a press release - CHICAGO—Savor the flavor of a great cause! Heartland Alliance and Heartland Health Outreach, Inc. ( HHO ) are delighted to announce the return of its annual Chefs and the City tasting event at the fabulous Montgomery Club ( 500 W Superior ) on Thursday, June 2 from 6:30 P.M. until 9:30 P.M. Featuring delicious bites ranging from fine dining to ...


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The fairy gardener - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Here are at least three garden myths: —Myth: There is a type of person I call a "horc" which is short for "horticulturally correct." The horc is a country cousin of the politically correct, those sanctimonious people who know they are always right and you are wrong. The horc's biggest myth is the idea of the invasive alien plant. ( ...


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Alice Walker withdraws from event; Sandburg Awards - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Due to personal reasons, author Alice Walker will not come to Chicago on May 25 for an appearance at the Harold Washington Library Center. Walker is being honored with the Carl Sandburg Literary Award. The event at which she was to be honored has been canceled. This fall, Sandburg Awards will be presented to best-selling authors Erik Larson ( Devil ...


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Comedian Tig Notaro at BookCon in Chicago May 14 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Stand-up comedian Tig Notaro is taking the stage May 14 in Chicago at BookCon, the annual celebration of books, to discuss her upcoming memoir I'm Just a Person. During an "in conversation" panel, Notaro will take fans on a journey through the darkest year of her life—the year she was diagnosed with cancer. Notaro will discuss how she channeled her ...


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Mary Lambert talks music, emotions at NU event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 26, the Northwestern University Arts Circle hosted a live interview featuring out singer-songwriter/Grammy nominee Mary Lambert and celebrated music journalists Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis at Lutkin Hall on the school's Evanston campus. Kot, who is the popular music critic for the Chicago Tribune, and DeRogatis, a noted author and former music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, are ...


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GLAAD's Studio Responsibility Index: Glaring lack of LGBT images in 2015 films - From a press release - New York, NY — GLAAD, the world's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) media advocacy organization, today released its fourth annual Studio Responsibility Index ( SRI ), a report that maps the quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBT people in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios and their subsidiaries during the 2015 calendar year. GLAAD ...


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At Gayby Baby screening, focus on LGBTQ families - When Maya Newell, the director of the new documentary Gayby Baby, saw the 2010 movie The Kids Are Alright, it was the first time in 23 years she'd ever seen her family on the big screen. "Gayby Baby came from wanting to give voice to kids from families like mine," said Newell, an Australian filmmaker with lesbian parents. She recorded ...


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Jewelle Gomez named Golden Crown Literary Society Named 2016 Trailblazer - Jewelle Gomez ( Cape Verdean/Ioway/Wampanoag ), the Golden Crown Literary Society 2016 Trailblazer Award winner, is the author of seven books including the double Lambda Literary Award-winning, Black, lesbian vampire novel, The Golda Stories, in print from Firebrand Books continuously since 1991. Its 25th anniversary special edition was published City Lights Books in April 2016. Her adaptation of the book ...


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Chicago Rhythm Fest at Auditorium Theatre - From a press release - The Auditorium Theatre presents Chicago Rhythm Fest, the culminating performance of Chicago Human Rhythm Project's two-month, citywide festival STOMPING GROUNDS, on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 7:30PM. STOMPING GROUNDS is a showcase of events, mini-concerts, lecture-demonstrations, and master classes celebrating the diversity of the percussive arts, highlighting some of the city's premier dance groups. Tickets to Chicago Rhythm Fest start ...


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Nominees Announced For the 43rd Non-Equity Jeff Awards - From a press release - The Jeff Awards Committee have announced 121 nominations in 24 categories for the 43rd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards for productions that opened between April 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016. The Non-Equity Awards honor excellence in Chicago theatres not under a union contract. Jeff judges attended opening nights of 148 productions offered by 67 Non-Equity producing organizations. The Jeff Committee ...


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Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2016: The Ava Plays - The fourth annual Indie Boots Theatre Festival celebrates new short plays with underrepresented perspectives on whose stories are worth telling, what's funny, and how the world works. From hilarious comedies to thoughtful dramas, from angsty realism to sci-fi adventures, the plays and their characters grapple with love, feminism, LGBTQ communities, friendship, history, intricacies of language, activism, and a missing vibrator. ...


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Harris Theater Presents Music & Dance 2016-17 Season - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Harris Theater for Music and Dance is pleased to announce its thirteenth season of Harris Theater Presents performances spanning the farthest reaches of artistry, both from the United States, and globally. Bringing two Chicago Debuts for international companies, and presenting seven Chicago Premieres of new works, two Harris Theater commissions for Chicago-based dance companies, two World Premieres, ...


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Billy Masters - "There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate. There has been so little trouble."—Donald Trump voices his opposition to North Carolina's so-called bathroom law. Who would have thought the voice of reason in the Republican Party would be Donald Trump? Picture it—a world where being in a ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Producers

THEATER REVIEW The Producers - Book: Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan; Music and Lyrics: Mel Brooks. At: Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-325-1700 or www.mercurytheaterchicago.com; $30-$65. Runs through: June 26 Once again, director L. Walter Stearns shows what a master he is at refitting big and brassy musicals into smaller intimate spaces. Banish now any doubts you may have had about Stearns ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Sender-

THEATER REVIEW Sender - Playwright: Ike Holter. At: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. Tickets: 312-943-8722; www.aredorchidtheatre.org; $30-$35. Runs through: May 29 Jeez—what is it about these self-absorbed millennials? Don't they know it's about me? So, exactly one year ago Lynx ( Steve Haggard ) disappeared. His girlfriend Tess ( Mary Williamson ), her best bud Cassandra ( McKenzie Chinn ), Lynx's ...


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THEATER REVIEW In the Time of the Butterflies - Playwright: Caridad Svich, from Julia Alvarez's novel. At: Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.teatrovista.org; $25-$30. Runs through: May 22 Caridad Svich has written remarkable plays—but I don't think this is one of them. It does, however, tell a story about remarkable people: the Mirabal sisters, martyred in 1960 in the bloody struggle against Rafael ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Neo-Futurists on film - Sharon Green made a scoffing laugh when asked about a detail in her alumni bio on the The Neo-Futurists' website. It was the parting-shot sentence of: "She currently resides in Los Angeles with her wife, Logan, where the two of them are preparing to embark on a career as a feature film-making power couple." "I don't know who wrote that ...


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Harris appoints 1st choreographer in residence - The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., has appointed choreographer Brian Brooks its first-ever choreographer in residence. This residency provides $600,000 over three years that will fund choreographer compensation, commissioning and production support. The new residency will provide encouragement and allow choreographers to focus on creating one to three new works each season. The first three ...


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Upcoming: Chicago House spring brunch, 'I Am Jazz,' fashion awards, - Chicago House's annual spring brunch May 1 Chicago House's 2016 spring brunch and fashion show will take place Sunday, May 1, at Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan St. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m., with the brunch/fashion show commencing at 11:45 a.m. This year's event takes on a special meaning, as it will also serve as a farewell to Executive ...


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Upcoming: Tegan and Sara, Children's museum, Garden of Eve, Personal PAC panel - New Tegan and Sara songs out, album soon In anticipation of their forthcoming album Love You to Death, Tegan and Sara have launched their album pre-order and released debut single "Boyfriend." "Boyfriend" and brand-new track "U-turn" are available for sale and streaming now, and Love You to Death is available for pre-order via all digital service providers. Fans who pre-order ...


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THEATER The end of adolescence: Ike Holter looks at aging hipsters in 'Sender' - Late in Ike Holter's play Sender, 20-going-on-30 Jordan, in a burst of pantheistic zeal, hurls his cigarettes off the third-floor back porch to the street below. Almost immediately, he regrets his action, lamenting, "I just threw my addiction off the roof!"—to which his companions reply, "The only addiction you need now is us." The awakening of aging adolescents caught up ...


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Knight at the movies: 'The Meddler' and other mothers - Mom is just a phone call away If there's one thing I love it's a good mother-daughter movie. And with Mother's Day approaching, there are lots to choose from to celebrate. Mommie Dearest, Postcards from the Edge, the animated Brave, The Kids Are All Right, Freaky Friday, Stella Dallas and even The Exorcist are just a few favorite suggestions. This ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Lily-and-Dunkin

BOOK REVIEW Lily and Dunkin - By Donna Gephart. $16.99; Random House Books; 352 pages In her first foray into LGBT children's literature, award-winning author Donna Gephart's book Lily and Dunkin tells the story of protagonists Lily Jo McGrother and Dunkin Dorfman as they navigate the eighth year at Gator Lake Middle School in South Florida. The book alternates between Lily and Dunkin's points of ...


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Mama, Mi'Jo, and Me: Ana Castillo explains herself in memoir 'Black Dove' - Celebrated Latina author and feminist Ana Castillo is a woman of many identities—some acknowledged and lauded, some unspoken. "I'm not really sure what it was about the public that insisted in, first of all, boxing me into Chicana; then I was a woman—and they still see me that way," Castillo said. "They don't see me as an American writer. I ...


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Theater spotlight on In the Heat of the Night, Critic's Picks - In the Heat of the Night Contemplate the current U.S. state of race relations and policing by looking back to the 1960s with Shattered Globe Theatre's production of In the Heat of the Night. This stage adaptation by Matt Pelfrey is drawn from the novel by the late author John Ball, and it explores what happens when an African-American ...


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THEATER REVIEW Even Longer and Farther Away - Playwright: Chelsea Marcantel. At: The New Colony at Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.thenewcolony.org; $20-$25. Runs through: May 15 There are a lot of well-worn character stereotypes and storytelling tropes in Even Longer and Farther Away, Chelsea Marcantel's world-premiere drama for The New Colony. Yet director Thrisa Hodits' displays a clever way of rethinking a Den Theatre space ...


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BENT NIGHTS Prince, June 7,1958 - April 21, 2016 - "My name is Prince and I am funky... My name is Prince, the one and only..." By the time Prince sang those lyrics in 1992, it was a fact and he was not just boasting. As vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, quasi-movie star and shameless Svengali, Prince Rogers Nelson ascended from relative obscurity in such a short period ( 1980-1986 ) with ...


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Lipstick City premiere - Chicago drag performer Shea Coulee is set to premiere her short fashion film, Lipstick City, May 1 at 7 pm at Soho House Chicago, 113-125 N. Green St. The film features the majority of Chicago's finest drag performers, including Kim Chi, current season-8 contestant on LogoTV's Rupaul's Drag Race. The event will feature performances by Coulee, Valentine Addams, DiDa Ritz, ...


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Joffrey Ballet closes 60th season with Ashton's Cinderella - From a press release - The Joffrey Ballet celebrates the culmination of its 60th Anniversary Season with the return of Sir Frederick Ashton's dazzling three-act ballet, Cinderella, which the Company last performed here in 2010. Set to Sergei Prokofiev's classic score performed live by the Chicago Philharmonic, this enchanting fantasy is full of splendor, humor and magic, and is widely considered one of Ashton's greatest ...


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NU student group presents 'Queertopia,''Queergasim' - On April 16, the Northwestern University Queer Pride Graduate Student Association presented Queertopia 2016 at the Graduate Commons on the Evanston campus. For this ninth edition of the event, titled "Troubling Queerness: New Directions in Queer of Color Critique," the conference addressed the separation of queerness and race, with an emphasis on the anti-Black movement. The event—co-sponsored by the Northwestern ...


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Five Worth Finding: Black Deutschland, Pretty Little Liars, Panes cafe - Special to the online edition of Windy City Time - —Black Deutschland: Darryl Pinckney's intriguing novel focuses on Jeb, a Black Chicagoan who flees to Berlin, Germany. He indulges his fantasies—but can't avoid certain issues he attempts to escape. ( Note: Pinckney will discuss the book at the Chicago Humanities Festival's "Margo Jefferson & Darryl Pinckney: Style and the Black Bourgeoisie" on April 30. See ChicagoHumanities.org . ) —Pretty Little ...


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Entertainment news: Ricky Martin, Mariah Carey, Wendy Williams, Anderson Cooper - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A female fan got to kiss singer Ricky Martin—for $90,000, according to NewNowNext.com. Paola Diniz was the highest bidder at an auction raising money for AIDS charities at the amfAR Inspiration Gala in Sao Paulo, Brazil—and Martin made sure she got her money's worth though, as he passionately put his arms around her and gave her a kiss to remember. ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Kata Hay soars on 'The Voice' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 10th season of The Voice premiered in February on NBC with judges Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Christina Aguilera. In a pivotal moment during the blind auditions, Levine turned his chair and contestant Kata Hay jumped on him in excitement. She described Aguilera as her first girl crush then kissed her before ultimately choosing her team. Hay ...


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Gay artist and noted historian hold talk at NU - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 20, The Mary and Leigh Block Museum at Northwestern University presented a discussion and question-and-answer session with noted avant-garde artist, professor and influential Fluxus Movement member Geoffrey Hendricks and noted art historian/author David Getsy. The event—in conjunction with the ongoing exhibit "A Feast of Astonishments," also at the museum—looked at the Fluxus Movement in the 1970s and how ...


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International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association Makes History in Cape Town - From a press release - Cape Town ( 25 April 2016 )—The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association's 33rd Annual Global Convention, held 14-16 April in Cape Town, was not only the first LGBT tourism conference on the African continent, but also the association's largest event outside of North America. More than 300 delegates from 26 countries participated over the three-day event at the Belmond ...


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Jennifer Hudson, Harvey Fierstein in "Hairspray Live" to air Dec. 7 - From a press release - UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — April 25, 2016 — Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG and Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson and multiple Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein will headline the cast of NBC's "Hairspray Live!," the network's next live Broadway musical holiday event following the phenomenal success of "The Wiz Live!" Also joining the creative team will be acclaimed television director Alex Rudzinski, who ...


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Music icon Prince dead at 57 - By Matt Simonette Rock superstar Prince, whose music and work inspired many in the LGBT community—even as he courted controversy with them—died April 21. He was 57. His body was found in an elevator his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota. An autopsy was performed on the singer, according to reports, but coroners said an official cause of death was likely ...


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Theater spotlight on Cabaret, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight on Cabaret If you missed the recent acclaimed touring revival of Roundabout Theatre Company's landmark 1998 revival of Cabaret, you can at least see Kander and Ebb's show itself in a suburban community theater production courtesy of Big Noise Theatre. Cabaret plays through Sunday, May 8, at the Prairie Lake Theater, 515 E. Thacker St., Des Plaines. Performances ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Mitera

THEATER REVIEW Mitera - Playwright: Maria Burnham. At: Strangeloop Theatre, Berger Park North Mansion, 6219 N. Sheridan Rd. Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2502445; $18. Runs through: May 14 Playwrights have been fascinated with unmarried sisters for 2,500 years. Consider: The Suppliants ( Aeschylus ), Three Sisters ( Chekhov ), The House of Bernarda Alba ( Garcia Lorca ) and Nunsense ( just kidding ). Maria Burnham follows ...


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From Berlin to Tinseltown - Barbara Lhota and M.E.H. Lewis deliver a thriller of Nazis, Hollywood and forbidden love in '180 Degree Rule' "Three-named people are like three-legged dogs—stubborn and scrappy!" an Englishman declares upon meeting Ruth Alice Bennett. His assessment is correct. After the young photographer's proper Yankee family and fiance disapprove of her nude self-portraits—this is 1930, by the way—her quest for a ...


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Skin is in at the 'Naked Magic Show' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There's a new show hitting Chicago from Down Under that goes down under—literally. The Naked Magic Show is literally losing its pants on tour with magicians Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler. Flying in all the way from Australia, these two are making their way to the Windy City. Wayne began as magician for a kids TV program before having his ...


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BENT NIGHTS Eli 'Paperboy' Reed; Chairlift - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - BWhat has defined and separated Eli "Paperboy" Reed from the growing pack of soul revivalists is his lack of pretension. Where critics and fans stumble over themselves blessing Leon Bridges and Adele for resurrecting icons of yore ( Sam Cooke and Dusty Springfield, respectively ), Reed loves to get down and dirty from the word "go." His music and vocals ...


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Joffrey announces 'Nutcracker' team' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Joffrey Ballet, led by Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Executive Director Greg Cameron, announced the artistic team for the world-premiere production of The Nutcracker by Christopher Wheeldon, winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Choreography for the Broadway hit An American in Paris. Among the members of the team are Tony-nominated set and costume designer Julian Crouch, author ...


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Entertainment news: Ruby Rose, Viola Davis, N.C. and performers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In an interview with Galore, Orange Is the New Black co-star Ruby Rose said she has no problem being compared to Justin Bieber or Leonardo DiCaprio, The Huffington Post noted. The 30-year-old star, who identifies as gender fluid, also sounded off on what it feels like when she's told that she's turned "straight girls gay" after becoming their "girl crush." ...


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New Tegan and Sara songs out, album soon - In anticipation of their forthcoming album Love You to Death, Tegan and Sara have launched their album pre-order and released debut single "Boyfriend." "Boyfriend" and brand-new track "U-turn" are available for sale and streaming now, and Love You to Death is available for pre-order via all digital service providers. Fans who pre-order Love You to Death in advance of its ...


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Upcoming: Bollywood dance, JD Glass concert, Mudderella, Mary Lambert - Mary Lambert at NU April 26 Grammy nominee Mary Lambert—possibly best known for singing with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on the song "Same Love"—will discuss the art of songwriting (along with a special performance). The free event will take place Tuesday, April 26, 7-8:30 p.m., on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University at Lutkin Hall, 700 University Pl. Jim DeRogatis ...


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Upcoming: Black Playwrights Fest, PFP film fest - Black Playwrights Festival April 24-27 Black Ensemble Theater has announced its 11th annual Black Playwrights Festival, to be held April 24-27 as part of the company's Black Playwrights Initiative ( BPI ). The festival will take place at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark St. The 2016 BPI Black Playwrights Festival opens on Sunday, April 24, at ...


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Archivist talks documenting leather, S&M and fetishism history - For more than four decades, Gayle Rubin has been uncovering documents and artifacts pertaining to leather, S&M and fetishism culture, ensuring this important piece of history isn't lost to time. Rubin—who is an archivist and associate professor of anthropology and women's studies at the University of Michigan—didn't set out to become one of the country's top archivists of these materials. ...


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Out local poet on his first book, awards and Jimmy Carter - Poet Ralph Hamilton recently released his first book of poems, entitled Teaching a Man to Unstick His Tail. The book addresses the spectrum of love and its coupling with pain, and Hamilton tackles issues of love and loss and opens up about the people that have touched his life. The Evanston resident talked with Windy City Times about who inspired ...


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NUNN ON ONE Vanessa Williams talks gay classmates, fashion, 'Ugly Betty' - Vanessa L. Williams, not to be confused with the actress Vanessa A. Williams, is more than just a triple threat. The actress, singer, and dancer is now branching into fashion with V. by Vanessa Williams. She also adds writer to the list with a book teaming her up with mother Helen Williams. Williams is a Grammy nominated singer for hits ...


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DOUBLE REVIEW Dreamgirls. Trash - Dreamgirls Book and Lyrics: Tom Eyen; Score: Henry Krieger. At: Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252 or PorchlightMusicTheatre.org; $35-$51. Runs through: May 22 Trash Playwright: Johnny Drago. At: New American Folks Theatre at Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: NewAmericanFolktheatre.org; $20 Runs through: May 15 The pursuit of fame and celebrity can ...


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THEATER REVIEW Mary Page Marlowe - Playwright: Tracy Letts. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650 or www.steppenwolf.org; $20-$89. Runs through: May 29 Tracy Letts' world-premiere drama Mary Page Marlowe for Steppenwolf Theatre Company will likely divide audiences. Those expecting a sprawling three-hour epic in the vein of Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning family drama August: Osage County might be disappointed by this compact one-act focusing ...


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THEATER REVIEW Carlyle - Playwright: Thomas Bradshaw. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 773-443-3800; www.GoodmanTheatre.org/Carlyle; $10-$40. Runs through: May 1 Main character Carlyle Meyers goes from Democratic to Republican beliefs and we, as an audience, are along for the bumpy ride in the world premiere of Carlyle. From bullying to gun control, nothing is off limits in a story where being a ...


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'Chicago Med' actress talks diversity, diabetes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - S. Epatha Merkerson may not be a household name but, judging from her resume, she should be. Her debut on TV came as Reba the Mail Lady on Pee-Wee's Playhouse, leading to small parts on other programs like The Cosby Show. Her portrayal of NYPD Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on Law & Order had her appearing on the hit drama ...


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Hannah Free re-release celebration includes Sharon Gless - Sharon Gless, star of the feature film Hannah Free, shot in Chicago in 2008, was in town for a special re-release party and screening at the Gene Siskel Film Center April 16. Several of the stars of the film, directed by Wendy Jo Carlton and written by Claudia Allen, were at the event. Pictured front are Gless ( Cagney & ...


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Comedian Tig Notaro at Bookcon in Chicago May 14 - Stand-up comedian Tig Notaro is taking the stage May 14 in Chicago at Bookcon, the annual celebration of books, to discuss her upcoming memoir I'm Just a Person. During an "in conversation" panel, Notaro will take fans on a journey through the darkest year of her life—the year she was diagnosed with cancer. Notaro will discuss how she channeled her ...


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POV gets rights for broadcast premiere of 'Memories of a Penitent Heart' on PBS - From a press release - New York, N.Y. — April 15, 2016 — POV ( Point of View ), American television's longest-running independent documentary series, has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to Cecilia Aldarondo's Memories of a Penitent Heart, a co-production of ITVS. The film has its world premiere tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival and will have its national broadcast premiere on POV in ...


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'Gayby Baby' film screens in Chicago - From a press release - Our Families: A Conversation, a special screening of the film Gayby Baby followed by a discussion, will happen in two showing Saturday, April 30 in Chicago. The goal of the event is to create a community-building opportunity and discussion for LGBTQ+ families who often do not see themselves reflected in the world around them, and sometimes feel their voices are ...


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Pride Films and Plays' Queer Bits AltReels Film Festival offers short films - From a press release - Chicago, IL —Pride Films and Plays announces five short films receiving their Chicago premieres during Queer Bits AltReels Film Festival at the Public House Theatre ( 3914 N Clark ) on April 25th, 2016. Pride Films and Plays' Queer Bits AltReels Film Festival will showcase five short films that test the boundaries of traditional filmmaking. The program includes a powerful ...


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Vanessa Williams performs at UNICEF gala - On Saturday night, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF hosted the 9th annual UNICEF Hope Gala at The Geraghty in Chicago, raising funds to support the organization's work. The gala's "Imagine" theme aimed to inspire guests to imagine a world in which no child dies of a preventable cause. During the event, guests enjoyed a performance by Vanessa Williams, a seated ...







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