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NUNN-ON-ONE-CUISINE-Chef-Cat-Cora-cooks-for-Culinary-Council

NUNN ON ONE: CUISINE Chef Cat Cora cooks for Culinary Council - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - Macy's continues to not only be a retail outlet but an ambassador for food. Celebrating a record 125 years of service, Macy's recently served a brunch with Cat Cora and other fellow Culinary Council chefs Tom Douglas, Johnny Iuzzini and Takashi Yagihashi. Catherine "Cat" Cora was the first female Iron Chef on the Food Network and the first female to ...


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BOOK REVIEWS How Long Will I Cry?; Anatomy of a Girl Gang - How Long Will I Cry? edited by Miles Harvey Free ( from BigShouldersBooks.com ); Big Shoulders Press; 244 pages Anatomy of a Girl Gang by Ashley Little $13.77; Arenal Pulp Press; 253 pages Two books shed a light on violence and youth—one a compilation of real stories, the other fictional. One centered on what happens in Chicago, the other Vancouver. ...


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Knight at the Movies: Summer LGBT movie preview - The release of Mad Max: Fury Road, The Avengers: Age of Ultron and San Andreas within a couple of weeks of each other can only mean one thing: Summer is here and the latest crop of gut-busting action flicks is about to roar into theaters. Happily, there's plenty of queer stuff ( some within those mega-blockbusters, some playing at our ...


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SUMMER DANCE SPECIAL Summer is for lovers of dance - Summer is about food, fun and community. Even though there are Lollapolooza, Taste of Chicago, Jazz Fest, Rib Fest, Bacon Fest, BBQ Fest, Midsommerfest and Pride, dance is not immune to Chicagoans' need for summertime congregation—and with performances going on all across the city, indoors and out, there is no time like the present to see dance. —Running Aug. 25-29, ...


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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Classics and revivals for all ages (and tastes) - A "revival" production, technically, is a show whose premiere run ended less than two years before its remount, the latter featuring all or most of the same cast. Nowadays, it can also refer to plays not yet old enough to be called "classics"—a term most often applied to plays over fifty years past their inception. What, then, are we to ...


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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL What's new this summer - This has been a tough few weeks for the Chicago and national theater scenes. The recent cancer death of longtime Chicago Dramatists artistic director Russ Tutterow was extremely saddening. And then local theater fans were shocked by the news that American Theater Company artistic director PJ Paparelli died following injuries sustained in a car accident while he was on vacation ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Dozens of performances and events are featured in the 3rd Annual Pivot Arts Festival, including a few queer-friendly shows like the performance-art-group-band BAATHHAUS in concert and a remounting of About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble's 2014 drama on immigration called Checking Boxes. There's also plenty of family-friendly events and other boundary-pushing pushing performances in the mix. The Pivot Arts Festival runs ...


THEATER-REVIEW-MIRACLE

THEATER REVIEW MIRACLE! - Playwright: Dan Savage. At: Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets: 800-838-3006 or www.handbagproductions.org; $17-$35. Runs through: July 10, with an American Sign Language-interpreted performance 7:30 p.m. on June 6 Leave it up to someone like famed sex-advice columnist and activist Dan Savage to reset The Miracle Worker in a gay drag bar. The ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Cowboy-Versus-Samurai

THEATER REVIEW Cowboy Versus Samurai - Playwright: Michael Golamco. At: A-Squared Theatre Workshop at the Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-231-0832; www.a-stw.org; $25. Runs through: June 7 Volumes have been written about the struggle of young white men to find their own identity, as opposed to that imposed upon them by their families, culture or social position. Non-WASP males in fiction, by contrast, are assumed ...


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THEATER REVIEW Shining Lives: A Musical - Playwright: music by Andre Pluess and Amanda Dehnert, lyrics and book by Jessica Thebus, based on the play by Melanie Marnich. At: Northlight Theatre at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd. in Skokie. Tickets: 847-673-6300; www.northlight.org; $25-$78. Runs through: June 14 Audiences subscribing to Edgar Allen Poe's conviction that romance lies in tales of young, ...


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THEATER REVIEW Belfast Girls - Playwright: Jaki McCarrick. At: Artemisia, A Chicago Theatre at the Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 832-819-4336; www.artemisiatheatre.org; $25. Runs through: June 14 The Orphan Emigration Scheme probably seemed a good idea when Earl Grey first hatched it in 1848: The predominantly male British colonies in Australia wanted the stabilizing influence of females, so young orphanage-raised women of good character ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Toni, you need to start using your vagina more."—Toni Braxton shares some advice her doctor gave her. She went on to add that she hasn't used "it" in more than two years—which I assume also includes taking it out for a solo. Like Tony Geary's summers in Amsterdam, my frequent forays to Europe are shrouded in mystery. What I can ...


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Gay Black comic has concert film - In August 2013, Sampson McCormick became the first openly gay, Black stand-up comedian to headline the Howard Theater in Washington, D.C., where a new LGBT comedy concert was filmed entitled "That Bitch Better Be Funny." The concert covered topics such as conservative media, being from the South, coming out, gentrification and religion. It is currently available as an album on ...


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Entertainment: GLAAD honors Ripa, Roberts; Rock 'n' Roll May 30; 'Queer Qomedy' - GLAAD honors Kelly Ripa, Thomas Roberts GLAAD Media Award recipients were announced in 15 of this year's 31 media categories at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Waldorf Astoria New York on May 9. Television journalist Thomas Roberts received the Vito Russo Award ( with Lynda Carter presenting ) while Kelly Ripa was honored with the Excellence ...


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Israeli filmmaker talks about attitudes toward LGBTQ people - Recently, groundbreaking Israeli LGBTQ filmmaker Gal Uchovsky provided an audience at the Landmark Theatre in Chicago with an intimate and candid look at his work and how film and media in general have helped spur a growing and even right-wing acceptance of the LGBTQ community in his home country. Uchovsky is the writer of the 2002 war drama Yossi & ...


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Deborah's Place marks 30 years fighting for homeless women - The Old Testament tells a story of a powerful woman of Israel named Deborah who one day saw the terrible oppression of her people and set out to raise an army of 10,000 to combat it. In her song she says that the "villagers in Israel would not fight; they held back until I, Deborah, arose—a mother in Israel." When ...


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TELEVISION Gethin Anthony dives into Manson role in 'Aquarius' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It's the Age of Aquarius for Gethin Anthony, who plays Charles Manson in the NBC series Aquarius. After conquering the HBO series Game of Thrones ( as gay character Renly Baratheon ), he set his sights on an indie film called Copenhagen. Anthony's theater credits include Boris Godunov at the Royal Shakespeare Company and In the Vale of Health at ...


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American Library Association designated June GLBT Book Month - From a press release - CHICAGO — The American Library Association ( ALA ) has designated June 2015 as GLBT Book Monthâ„¢, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. GLBT Book Monthâ„¢ is an initiative of the ALA and is coordinated through its Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services ...


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In theater: ATC artistic director dies; Barrel of Monkeys ED steps down - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - ATC's Paparelli dies at 40 PJ ( nee: Paul Joseph ) Paparelli, the artistic director of the American Theater Company, has died at age 40 after being involved a car accident while on vacation in Scotland, The Chicago Tribune noted. He was vacationing with his close friend, David Charles Goyette, an assistant theater professor at Truman State University. Goyette ...


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In entertainment: Elton John; Wanda Sykes; 'American Horror Story' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - An on-stage Elton John bio-musical has its eyes set on Broadway and then London's West End, Broadway.com reported. The project, currently titled Rocketman the Musical, will feature the classic rock legend's canon and has Tony-winning Billy Elliot book writer Lee Hall on board. Mad Max: Fury Road's Tom Hardy has been tapped to headline the film version. John, born Reginald ...


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'Peep Show' at Links Hall June 1 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Monday, June 1, "Peep Show: The Instant Choreography Series" will continue at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave., at 7 p.m. ( The first show took place May 4. ) Peep Show is collaboratively produced by Striding Lion Performance Group and Links Hall + Constellation. The festival features music by composers whose experimental practices create works that aim to ...


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Women For Women at Center June 13 - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Center on Halsted opens its doors for another By Women For Women ( BWFW ) community event! Hosted by the Women's Action Committee of Center on Halsted, By Women For Women: Everything Old is New Again is bringing in some of the hottest female DJ's in the LGBTQ community for an evening of music and dance! The ...


Five-Worth-Finding

Five Worth Finding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality: In this compelling book, New York Times ( and Pulitzer Prize-winning ) investigative reporter Jo Becker takes a look at the recent pivotal years regarding the battle for same-sex marriage to be legalized in the United States. She was granted access to rooms where strategies were plotted, from the initial efforts ...


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BENT NIGHTS Walk off the Earth; Cathy Richardson, Katie Todd - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For anyone still wondering when summer will finally arrive in Chicago, I have to tell you it got here last week with two action packed events wrapped in small packages. First up was Canadian folk/rock/pop collective Walk Off the Earth's sold-out gig at The Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., in support of its upcoming CD, Sing it All Away ...


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ROOF on theWit unveils menu, hosts runway show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On May 21, ROOF on theWit, 201 N. State St., offered a sneak peek of its spring menu, courtesy of Executive Kevin Atkinson and Pastry Chef Toni Roberts. Items included fried calamari, cilantro falafel cakes, jerk-chicken flatbreads and macaroons, among other items. In addition, there was a Banana Republic ROOF runway show. Photos and text by Andrew Davis ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "It wasn't a match on a lot of levels. My biggest complaint was the feeling that she kinda shit all over my mother's legacy in her statement on leaving."—Melissa Rivers speaks frankly about Kathy Griffin's disastrous run on Fashion Police. The Wall Street Journal recently published the findings of a survey showing that 61 percent of Americans would favor a ...


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Knight at the Movies: The Rose is still THE Rose - Mary Rose Foster aka The Rose ( Bette Midler ) gives a tour de force performance in Mark Rydell's 1979 movie of the same name, which the Criterion Collection has just released in a new, remastered version. The Rose—a fictional queen of rock loosely based on Janis Joplin—is a cyclone of conflicted feelings as she embarks on what will prove ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Twisted-Melodies

THEATER REVIEW Twisted Melodies - Playwright: Kelvin Roston, Jr. At: Congo Square Theatre at Athenaeum Studio 2, 2936 N. Southport. Tickets: 773-935-6875; www.congosquaretheatre.org; $19.50-$37. Runs through: June 14 The reel-to-reel tape recorders, the old radio and the hero wearing modified Superfly clothes were sufficient evidence that Twisted Melodies was set in the '70s. Then the hero began to sing and it was clear that it ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Inana

THEATER REVIEW Inana - Playwright: Michele Lowe. At: Timeline Theatre Company at Baird Hall, 615 W. Wellington Ave. Tickets: 773-281-8463; www.timelinetheatre.com; $39-$52. Runs through: July 26 Technically, the McGuffin driving our plot is a graven idol, but this is no Maltese falcon, coveted by its pursuers solely for its material value. Instead, Michele Lowe's play opens in 2003, in a London hotel room where ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Coming soon: More 'Sweet Tea' - A lot of Southerners will argue about the perfect recipe or the proper method for making sweet tea. In a similar vein, professor/playwright/performer Dr. E. Patrick Johnson has made many adjustments in his pursuit of finding the right formula for his stage play based upon his award-winning 2008 scholarly book titled Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South. "We've ...


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Safe by Donna Hoke wins 2015 Great Gay Play Contest - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Pride Films and Plays has for the last five years celebrated unique voices in the annual Great Gay Play And Musical Contest with a festival of staged readings in the Hoover-Leppen Theater at Center on Halsted. This year, four new plays and one new musical were performed as enhanced staged readings to enthusiastic audiences. And as the ...


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SAVOR: Brunch at Wood - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - The website for Boystown restaurant Wood ( 3335 N. Halsted St.; http://woodchicago.com/ ) boasts that the site has noted for three consecutive years as a Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient, which identifies eateries that offer two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for a maximum of $40, not including tax or gratuity. ( A few of the other local ...


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Gay HIV-positive singer lives life out loud - As a back-up vocalist, out singer/songwriter Billy Newton-Davis has worked with Gloria Gaynor. As a Broadway performer, he has appeared in shows such as Eubie! and Bubbling Brown Sugar. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, the Canadian resident is a four-time Juno Award-winning—Canada's version of the Grammys—R&B and house music artist. Diagnosed with HIV in 1986, Newton-Davis lives his life on his ...


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Kenny Porpora writes emotionally wrenching memoir - Kenny Porpora was often told that he should write his memoirs, that his life would be a hard-to-believe, gripping book—and probably a movie, too. He's only 28, yet lived a life few can comprehend. He grew up in a down-on-their luck, fractured family, riddled with addiction and chronic heartache and heartbreak—from many family members. Many have died. His mom was ...


Spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

Spotlight and Critics' Picks - The company that launched the acclaimed Stonewall Riots drama Hit the Wall is getting experimental with their latest world premiere called The Salts. The Inconvenience debuts an experimental contemporary dance project by collaborators Erin Kilmurray and Molly Brennan that also features pre- and post-show entertainment by a roster of local bands. The Inconvenience's The Salts continues through Sunday, May 24, ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Little Foxes - Playwright: Lillian Hellman. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; www.goodmantheatre.org; $25-$81. Runs through: June 7 Lillian Hellman never pulled her punches, instead calling out advocates of injustice and inhumanity with a ferocity that made producers nervous, hence the frequent bowdlerization of her more candid dramatic themes ( e.g., lesbianism in The Children's Hour ). The standard formula ...


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THEATER REVIEW Our New Girl - Playwright: Nancy Harris. At: Profiles Theatre's The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: 773-549-1815; www.profilestheatre.org; $35-$40. Runs through: June 28 Irish playwright Nancy Harris knows how to grasp an audience's attention in her 2012 play Our New Girl, now making a powerful Midwest debut courtesy of Profiles Theatre. Harris' modern-day drama opens with an unsettling sequence of an 8-year-old boy ...


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Harris Theatre unveils 2015-16 dance season - The Harris Theater for Music and Dance President and Managing Director Michael Tiknis announced the dance performances for the 2015—16 "Harris Theater Presents" season. The 2015—2016 season at the Harris will begin with the Harris debut of AXIS Dance Company on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. AXIS Dance Company has become one ...


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DIVERSIONS Shedd opens exhibit on amphibians - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In an exhibit it calls "toadally ribbiting," Shedd Aquarium has opened "Amphibians." The exhibit, which runs through 2017 and which Walgreens is sponsoring, features 40 species of salamanders, frogs, toads and wormlike caecilians. Some parts of the exhibit are interactive, while other areas showcase animals such as tadpoles, sirens, an African bullfrog, the cane toad ( which weighs up to ...


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Upcoming: Midler; Skrebneski; Taste; NYT columnist; Queer Qomedy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bisexual NYT columnist at library May 26 The Chicago Public Library and Chicago Urban League are partnering to present a lecture in commemoration of the life and legacy of Mayor Harold Washington. The lecture will be delivered by best-selling author Charles M. Blow, who is also widely known as a New York Times columnist and CNN commentator. In his ...


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Entertainment: Robin Williams; Nate Berkus; Jill Soloway; Paris Is Burning - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Starz Digital has picked up the North American rights to Robin Williams' final film, Boulevard, according to NewNowNext.com. Directed by Dito Montiel ( A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints ), the film sees Williams as married but closeted Nashville bank manager Nolan Mack, whose life is forever changed when he picks up young hustler Leo ( Roberto Aguire ). However, ...


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Matt and Kim shine with a new 'Glow' - Straight out of Brooklyn, duo Matt and Kim are heading to the Windy City. Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino grew out of the indie-music scene years ago but still are creating homemade tunes. Their fifth album, New Glow, was released this year with single "Get It." They have supported tours for My Chemical Romance, Blink-182 and Passion Pit. They now ...


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MUSIC:'X Factor' winners Alex and Sierra feel the LGBT love - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton won the third and final season of X Factor USA. In the process, they wowed mentor Simon Cowell as well as American audiences with covers of Britney Spears' "Toxic" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines." Their debut album, It's About Us, was released last year, teaming them with artists such as Jason Mraz and John Legend. ...


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Local singer wins grant from Chicago to further career - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Chicago native, Marisol Velez—known professionally as Pinqy Ring—released her first album ( Herstory: The Lost Chapters ) in mid-May … with a little help from the City of Chicago. Make that, a lot of help from the city. She won a grant from the City of Chicago to further pursue her music career. "I'm very excited about," the 17-song ...


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CONCERT REVIEW Chicago Gay Men's Chorus camps it up - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - So gay. Dear God, that was so gay. I've seen Liberace descend from a Lucite trapeze dressed in an ermine robe, covered in glitter and that was less gay than this show. But that's precisely what the new artistic director, Jimmy Morehead, was going for and, luckily for the audience, he pokes fun at himself and all the glorious camp ...


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BENT NIGHTS Leon Bridges; Passion Pit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In the wake of all the hype surrounding Sam Smith snatching up a horde of Grammy gold, it was obvious that the emergence of one Leon Bridges would go unnoticed. Like Smith, fellow Brits Adele and George Ezra, and the homegrown Alabama Shakes, Bridges ( who hails from Fort Worth, Texas ) brings something new and refreshing to current music ...


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'Taste for the Arts' gala draws hundreds - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On May 12, The Chicago Academy for the Arts ( The Academy ) brought a night of food and entertainment to the Millennium Park Terrace and Harris Theater with the "Taste for the Arts" gala. Beginning with a VIP tasting courtesy of Chef Cardel Reid of The Signature Room, guests were moved from the reception to the theater for a ...


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TELEVISION Out director Dee Rees talks 'Bessie,' Queen Latifah - Knight at the Movies extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - The film world is littered with also-ran second efforts from directors whose debut features took the world by storm but whose follow-ups missed the mark. There are simply too many to count. But with Bessie—the biopic of renowned 1920s-era blues singer Bessie Smith that premieres on HBO this Sunday, May 16—out writer-director Dee Rees can set that worry aside. Rees's ...


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Cinema Q V Film Series through May - The free film series Cinema Q returns ( and celebrates five years ) with four film screenings Thursdays throughout May at 6:30 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. The movies slated to be shown are Violette ( May 14 ), about the personal life and work of bisexual French feminist writer Violette Leduc; Beautiful Boxer ( ...


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McEntire on her first gay wedding, LGBT rights, being a redhead - Even by phone, Reba McEntire makes you feel right at home. "Thanks for the visit; I've enjoyed visitin' with you!" the singer drawls, wrapping up our conversation as if I'd just stopped by for buttered grits and a cup of hot coffee. A music, television, film and theater superstar with a trove of prestigious awards, McEntire is enormously famous, but ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Chicago dance is super-gay - I feel really fortunate to be a small part of Dancin' Feats' nearly 10-year legacy profiling dancers and topics of interest from the LGBTQ community, and we are still finding plenty of "gay dance things" to cover. [Editor's note: Windy City Times is 30 years old this year, and has covered dance all of that time. The column Dancin' Feats ...


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THEATER REVIEW Melancholy Play: a chamber musical - Book and Lyrics: Sarah Ruhl; Music: Todd Almond. At: Piven Theatre Workshop, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Tickets: 847-866-8049 or www.piventheatre.org; $20-$35. Runs through June 7 Former Chicago-area playwright Sarah Ruhl is famous ( some would say infamous ) for the large amount of whimsy infused throughout her writing. It's certainly the case with Piven Theatre Workshop's Midwest premiere of Melancholy ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - If you somehow missed Jersey Boys during its previous runs in Chicago between 2007 to 2010 and for two months in 2012, it is back again as part of a national tour. Bop along to tunes like "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man" and more as you learn about the unlikely rise to pop stardom fame of Frankie Valli and The ...


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THEATER REVIEW Bad Jews - Playwright: Joshua Harmon. At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.theaterwit.org; $20-$36. Runs through: June 7 A chai is a kind of Jewish medallion, belonging, in this case, to a recently deceased clan patriarch and thus, coveted by two of his grandchildren, not for its material value, but for what it symbolizes—and therein lies the source of the ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Project(s) - Playwright: PJ Paparelli ( also director ) and Joshua Jaeger. At: American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. Tickets: 1-773-409-4125; www.atcweb.org; $43-$48. Runs through: June 21 The Project( s ) will surprise you with what it has to say and the entertaining, compassionate way in which it's done. Still, it feeds its own stereotype ( see the end of this ...


THEATER-REVIEW-White-Road

THEATER REVIEW White Road - Playwright: Karen Tarjen. At: Irish Theater of Chicago at the Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-398-7028; www.irishtheatreofchicago.org; $26-$30. Runs through: June 13 Prevailing commercial practice dictates that stories set in exotic climes still revolve on human relationships—falling in love, coming of age, settling old scores—with their environment relegated to background decoration or propulsive coincidences. Karen Tarjen's account of Ernest ...


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DISH: SAVOR Piccolo Sogno Due; Hugo's Frog Bar - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For years, Piccolo Sogno has enticed patrons with its Italian cuisine. However, more recently, Piccolo Sogno Due ( 340 N. Clark St.; http://piccolosognodue.com/ ) has opened in the River North area, and has unveiled its spring menu. Due is just as beguiling as the original restaurant, even though the spinoff sports more of a coastal Italian cuisine. Affable Chef/Partner Tony ...


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THEATER REVIEW: NYC Fun Home - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Book and Lyrics: Lisa Kron; music: Jeanine Tesori. At: Circle in the Square Theatre, 235 W. 50th St., New York City. Tickets: 212-239-6200 or http://FunHomeBroadway.com; $75-$150. Runs through: Open run Trying to harness the "fun" in "funeral home" is bound to be misguided. But for the Bechdel family, it's a way of redirecting attention to something, anything, but family secrets. ...


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CONCERT ROUNDUP Rufus Wainwright does not disappoint - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Openly gay musician Rufus Wainwright has released seven studio albums and two live albums to date. He performed sold-out shows to Chicago's City Winery on Randolph Street on May 4-6. While changing up the set list a bit from other nights, Wainwright joked about this being a greatest-hits tour with no actual radio hits. The evening was kept in his ...


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Dining news: A'ville wine walk; National Burger Month - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The 9th annual Andersonville Wine Walk will take place Sunday, May 17, 3-6 p.m. This event will feature two routes, each including 11 retail stores transformed into tasting destinations. Each route ( North and South ) features 33 wines provided by participating distributors including H2Vino, Cream, Heritage, Vinejoy, Winebow, Candid and more. Event tickets cost $35 per person in advance ...


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PASSAGES Author Nikki Rashan dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lesbian author Nikki Rashan Jenkins, 42, died May 4 of complications from breast cancer. She wrote four novels; Double Pleasure Double Pain, You Make Me Wanna, Cyber Case and The EXchange. She also wrote Sugar on the Side, which was included in Carl Weber's Full Figure series and Crossing Layne which was featured in the anthology Les Tales: Tempted to ...


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MBC opens advertising icons exhibit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In a first-of-its-kind exhibition in Chicago, the Museum of Broadcast Communications ( MBC ), 360 N. State St., will present "A Salute to Advertising's Greatest Icons," running through Oct. 31. Among the "30-second stars" and brands being showcased during the exhibition are General Mills' Pillsbury Doughboy and Jolly Green Giant; Kellogg's Tony the Tiger ( Frosted Flakes ), Snap, Crackle ...


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Upcoming: Anne Steele; CGMC honors Sondheim; Chicago Artists Chorale goes Brit - Anne Steele Anne Steele, award winning out singer from NYC has = a brand new EP, "What's Mine". On May 15-16, she will share old and new stories in an night of song. $22. 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Davenport's Piano Bar and Cabaret, 1383 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Tickets can be had at the link: http://reservations.davenportspianobar.com/events/anne-steele/ . CGMC shows ...


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Billy Masters - "@Louis_Tomlinson Remember when you had a life and stopped making bitchy comments about mine?"—Zayn Malik tweets a response to one of his former One Direction bandmates. With this much bitchiness, we've now answered the question if there is a gay guy in the group. The better question is this: Is there a straight guy in the bunch? After two decades ...


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LGBT cabaret focus of upcoming Guild Literary Complex benefit - Six years ago, the Guild Literary Complex ( the Guild ) conceived of an annual benefit where social and literary themes could be explored in a fun setting. Last year's event, REVEAL 25, celebrated the Guild's 25th anniversary with a focus on 25 writers. This year's event, "Wink & Whisper: A 1920s LGBT Cabaret," will take place Sunday, May 17, ...


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NUNN ON ONE Sutton Foster grows 'Younger' on TV, will entertain at Goodman Gala - NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION - Broadway baby Sutton Foster just keeps getting Younger. However, she now tackles a TV show. Many fans know her humble beginnings from a breakthrough role in Thoroughly Modern Millie that won a Tony Award for Best Performance. She took home another Tony for Anything Goes, with multiple nominations over the years for parts in The Drowsy Chaperone, Shrek the Musical ...


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Upcoming: Pride 5K; Comics; Brave Face; Lambda Literary awards; HER app - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pride 5K run/walk June 25 in Boystown The second annual Pride lakefront party and Pride5K run/walk will take place Thursday, June 25. The race kicks off at 7:30 p.m. near the Lakefront at Fullerton Avenue and Lake Shore Drive. When the run is over, DJs Matthew Harvat and Adam LeBlanc of Sixteen Candles will be the featured entertainment. The fee ...


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MOVIES Thomas Miller creates an unforgettable 'Limited Partnership' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Acclaimed filmmaker Thomas Miller captures the discriminatory nature of U.S. immigration policy against same-sex binational couples in his latest documentary Limited Partnership. The central foci of the feature are Filipino-American Richard Adams and his Australian husband, Tony Sullivan. Adams and Sullivan were legally wed in Boulder, Colorado, in 1975, making them one of the first same-sex couples in the world ...


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LeAnn Rimes puts on rare club show at Roscoe's - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer LeAnn Rimes made a rare club appearance at Roscoe's Tavern on May 8—or technically May 9, since she arrived after midnight fighting the moonlight. Actor-husband Eddie Cibrian was along for the ride that evening to keep her company. She hit the stage with two local backup drag queens, Teri Yaki and Debbie Fox, as dancers. Rimes continues to tap ...


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Food news: Goddess and Grocer; James Beard winners - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Goddess and Grocer opens in Gold Coast Gold Coast residents and visitors have another place to get their food, as Goddess and Grocer has opened its newest branch at 1127 N. State St. ( Other locations at 1649 N. Damen Ave., 901 N. Larrabee St. and O'Hare International Airport Terminal 5. ) Stopping by the store before its official ...


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Entertainment: Andy Cohen; 'Chocolate City'; Taryn Manning; 'Empire' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live, Bravo host Andy Cohen turned the tables and had Real Housewives of New York star Sonja Morgan grill him with a list of revealing questions, E! Online reported. It wasn't long before Cohen revealed he's had sex with ... Lance Bass. In a video of the moment, Morgan also asks Cohen ...


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Sweet Tea, play explores blackness, sexuality and Southern hospitality - From a press release - "Johnson takes a risk and plunges head first into the difficult subject matter of gay Black men living in Southern states. This one-man show answers the questions many are afraid to ask". — The Washington Post Chicago, IL - Jane M. Saks and Project& bring Dr. E. Patrick Johnson's hit one-man show Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South ...


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Stage Left Theatre announces Season 34 - From a press release - Chicago, May 8, 2015 — Stage Left Theatre is pleased to announce the programming for its 34th season, which will feature three regional premieres. The season begins with the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of The Firestorm by Meridith Friedman. The Firestorm was developed in part through Stage Left's new play development program, Downstage Left. As part of ...


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MBC to exhibit icons of advertising - In a first-of-its-kind exhibition in Chicago, the Museum of Broadcast Communications ( MBC ), 360 N. State St., will present "A Salute to Advertising's Greatest Icons," running through Oct. 31. Among the "30-second stars" and brands being showcased during the exhibition are General Mills' Pillsbury Doughboy and Jolly Green Giant; Kellogg's Tony the Tiger ( Frosted Flakes ); Snap, Crackle ...


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Woman Made Gallery studies gender representation in major galleries - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL- In conjunction with its forthcoming exhibition The Gallery Tally Poster Project, Woman Made Gallery has issued a Report on Gender Representation in US Commercial Galleries, based on data collection conducted by WMG staff in 2013. The resulting Report is a team effort on the part of WMG staff and Board: Former Gallery Coordinator Ruby Thorkelson led the study ...







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