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Knight at the Movies: 'Take Me to the River,' horror hags and sequel summer - Back to Nebraska The absolute last thing that Ryder ( Logan Miller ), a sullen teenager from California with a thatch of curly golden locks and a permanent pout, wants to do is go with his parents to a reunion in Nebraska. But if he has to go he'll be damned if he's going to apologize for being gay or ...


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Summer movie preview - A bounty of sequels, prequels, franchises, tent-poles, and still more sequels can only mean that the summer movie season is upon us. Although a few of the releases over the next three months have some queer content, the majority do not. I have been writing these roundups for more than a decade, always tagging them "The Summer LGBT Movie Preview," ...


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SUMMER MUSIC Tegan and Sara show us the 'Love' - Are Canadian synthpop wonders Tegan and Sara trying to tell us something with their catchy new single, "Boyfriend?" Has one of the openly queer Quin twins switched teams since their multiple award-winning 2013 record, Heartthrob? Tegan, older by eight minutes, assured that the answer is no, and that the song and its title was inspired by her sister's epiphany during ...


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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Theater in the great outdoors - When warm weather arrives we remind readers about theater in the Great Outdoors, and list a few of the many possibilities in the city, suburbs and beyond. We don't know if warm weather actually will arrive this year, but tradition says it must if we're just patient a little longer. On that assumption we offer our guide to Theater Under ...


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NUNN ON ONE Legendary designer Bob Mackie talks sequins, coming out - The legendary designer Bob Mackie has created garments for a huge list of spectacular entertainers, including Judy Garland, Madonna, Bette Midler and Elton John. He was the costume designer for The Carol Burnett Show during the entire 11-year television run, and he then moved to the spinoff Mama's Family. Mackie was nominated for an Oscar for Best Costume Design in ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT What's new this summer - With the promise of warmer weather this summer, Chicagoans can't be blamed for spending as much time outdoors. But Chicago-area theaters promise plenty of great reasons to stay indoors for live entertainment. Below is a list of shows with LGBTQ content, plus a looks at world premieres and works new to the Windy City. All shows listed are chronological and ...


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Theater spotlight, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight Sean Graney directs and adapts a modern take on Christopher Marlowe's The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus for The Hypocrites called Johanna Faustus. The hour-long piece deploys six actors who also serve as the design team in this morality play questioning how a woman trades away her soul for success and power. Johanna Faustus continues at the Den ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Body of an American - Playwright: Dan O'Brien. At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. Tickets: 773-975-8150 or TheaterWit.org; $20-30. Runs through: June 19 The Body of An American needs to be tackled by actors but absorbed by the audience, and Stage Left Theatre gives this deceptive yet engrossing work a riveting Midwest debut at Theater Wit. The play simultaneously manages to start without preamble but ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson... - Playwright: Scott Carter. At Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets: 847-673-6300; Northlight.org; $25-$79. Runs through: June 12 Playwright Scott Carter spent years exploring his own Christian beliefs and, in the process, found that Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Leo Tolstoy all wrote their own highly personal versions of the New Testament gospels. In Discord, Carter throws the three ...


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THEATER REVIEW DISENCHANTED! - Playwright: Dennis T. Giacino. At: Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com; $35.75-$78.75. Runs through: June 5 An all-female cast brings the musical DISENCHANTED! to reality, with some mixed results. Princesses from the past are placed in a talent show, trying to impress the audience. Even the title tries a bit hard, with all ...


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THEATER REVIEW Haymarket: The Anarchist's Songbook - Playwright: Alex Higgin-Houser ( book, lyrics ), David Kornfeld ( music ). At: Underscore Theatre Company at The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway. Tickets: 312-646-0975; Underscoretheatre.org; $20-$25. Runs through: June 12 On May 4, 1886, a bomb went off during a labor rally near Randolph and Des Plaines streets in what is now the West Loop. The bomber never was ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I'm not opposed to anything. But if you're gonna pull your dick out, it'd better be from an Academy Award-winning movie."—Zac Efron lets us know what it would take to see him naked on film, which I'm guessing means he'll never appear naked on film—unless in some alternate universe, Neighbors 2 is considered an art film! I'd like to kick ...


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Upcoming: Tribute to P!nk, Groban, McLachlan, Trikone screening - Tribute to P!nk May 30 at Underground Firebrand Theatre will present the tribute concert "P!nk: Sung by Her" on Monday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Underground Lounge, 952 W. Newport Ave. "P!nk: Sung by Her" will feature Chicago performers Kasey Alfonso, Angela Alise, Neala Barron, Karla L. Beard, Emily Berman, Sydney Charles, Lara Filip, Harmony France, Jess Godwin, Emily ...


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Theater briefs: Jeff nods, Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, Writers Theatre does 'Company' - Writers Theatre running 'Company' Glencoe's Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., concludes its 2015/16 season with Company, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The show runs June 15—July 31 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre. Winner of seven Tony Awards, Company looks at contemporary relationships and features some of Sondheim's best-known songs, ...


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Joffrey receives $200K grant - The Joffrey Ballet, led by Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Executive Director Greg Cameron, announced that the Joffrey Academy of Dance has been awarded a $200,000 challenge grant from the Reva & David Logan Foundation. The grant is meant to expressly to support a new initiative aimed at annually funding more than $400,000 in scholarships for talented and motived youth ...


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SUMMER DANCE SPECIAL Festivals are in the summer forecast - During summers in Chicago, festivals are king. Dance is no exception; several multi-performance series in venues all over the city—many of which are free—offer great opportunities for dance newbies to become familiar with all this city has to offer. For those ready to sink their teeth into the scene, a number of fantastically fun performances from Chicago's mainstay dance companies ...


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Carol Burnett reflects at The Chicago Theatre - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Entertainer Carol Burnett packed up her movie projector with scenes from her historic Carol Burnett Show that kept her on TV for 11 seasons for three presentations of "An Evening of Laughter and Reflection" at the Chicago Theatre on May 17, 19 and 20. Having seen her standard Q&A show in the past, this was not a drastic change from ...


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Entertainment news: 'Looking' movie, Maroon 5, 'Grey's Anatomy,' Whoopi - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - HBO has confirmed the debut date for Looking: The Movie, with the feature-length presentation scheduled to debut Saturday, July 23 exclusively on HBO, a press release stated. Starring Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett, Looking: The Movie wraps up the story of three close friends living in San Francisco who explore the options available to a new generation ...


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BENT NIGHTS Parker Milsap; Pansy Division - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Of the seemingly endless horde of emerging male singer/songwriters who present something new by refashioning something old ( among them Hozier, Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Sam Smith, and Leon Bridges ), Parker Millsap is clearly the most startling. Born and raised in Oklahoma in the Pentecostal Church, his take on Americana roots music is not only distinctive for its sound but ...


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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Summery theater treats in the city - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Summer theater" usually suggests Shakespeare-under-the-stars, song-and-dance spectacles in a barn or retro-cabaret on the patio. The city offers some of these citronella-circuit treats, but you can also find plenty of serious warm-weather thrills, too—and you don't need to wear bug repellent or sunscreen to the theater. Light and sweet: Once in a Lifetime, Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway. ...


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Demi Lovato Wears Support For Trans Community During Billboard Awards - LAS VEGAS, MAY 22, 2016 — Multi platinum-selling recording artist Demi Lovato wore her support for the transgender community during the 24th Annual Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, once again taking a strong stand against North Carolina's anti-LGBT law known as HB2. At the Billboard Music Awards, broadcast May 22 on ABC, women were in the spotlight. Madonna paid tribute ...


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Marion Street Market; Chefs and the City - The Dish: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Oak Park's Marion Street Market ( 100 S. Marion St.; MarionStreetMarket.com ) is just as quaint and welcoming as the suburb in which it is situated. By the way, it's a good thing the venue has rebranded from its original name of Marion Street Cheese Market—because there's a restaurant that made the trip out there certainly worth it. Stopping by ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "You ain't nothing to me but a disappointment. And the day you die from AIDS, I'm gonna celebrate."—Lucious Lyon's response to his gay son on Empire. Excuse me—is it 1986? Why not have Alexis walk in wearing a hat with a veil and sunglasses? It would have fit in just as well—and been just as relevant. Is anyone in the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Secretaries

THEATER REVIEW: The Secretaries - Playwright: The Five Lesbian Brothers At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; AboutFaceTheatre.org; $20-$35 Runs through: June 12 About Face Theatre ( AFT ) camps out for its premiere of The Secretaries with some bloody results. From the spooky intro, we can immediately tell we're not in Kansas anymore—it's actually Oregon, and Big Bone to be specific. The ...


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Hillbilly music, British style - Skiffle blues in Court Theatre's One Man, Two Guvnors - In the United States—particularly in the Southern mountain regions—it's known as "gutbucket" music, based in Appalachian string-band harmonies ( guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica ), but frequently augmented by instruments improvised from implements indigenous to the immediate environment. These may encompass spoons, saw blade, cowbell, duck call, bottle-neck tuba, comb-and-tissue kazoo, washboard-and-thimble percussion, coffee-can drum or just about anything that ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Chimerica

THEATER REVIEW: Chimerica - Playwright: Lucy Kirkwood At: TimeLine Theatre, 615 Wellington Ave. Tickets: 773-281-8463 or TimelineTheatre.com; $38-$51 Runs through: July 31 Damaging and deadly East-West misunderstandings color Lucy Kirkwood's Chimerica, a very substantive 2013 Olivier Award-winning drama by British playwright Lucy Kirkwood that is now making an engrossing slow-burn Chicago debut courtesy of TimeLine Theatre. Kirkwood starts her drama with the iconic 1989 ...


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THEATER REVIEW: The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window - Playwright: Lorraine Hansberry At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 773-443-3800; GoodmanTheatre.org; $20-$75 Runs through: June 5 The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window is not the catchiest title and neither is this production of the last work of Chicago playwright Lorraine Hansberry. The drama is piled on high with a dash of humor. There are some meaty moments, though, ...


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THEATER: Critics' Pics - 180 Degree Rule, Babes With Blades at City Lit Theater, through May 21. The Babes keep the glamor-noir flowing in this romantic tale of lesbian love and murder in Weimar Berlin and Hays Code Hollywood. MSB Once in a Lifetime, Strawdog Theatre Company, through June 4. What could be more appropriate for a final farewell to this venerable loft theater ...


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THEATER REVIEW: Little Shop of Horrors - Book and Lyrics: Howard Ashman; Music: Alan Menken At: American Blues Theater at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336 or AmericanBluesTheater.com; $19-$49 Runs through: June 26 Comedies with a high gay camp sensibility often don't break through to become mainstream successes. But that certainly wasn't the case with the musical phenomenon Little Shop of Horrors. The smash-hit ...


THEATER-Spotlight

THEATER: Spotlight - Not everyone has time to see a six-hour theater marathon. But if you do, be sure not to miss Chicago Shakespeare Theater's massive undertaking called Tug of War: Foreign Fire. The first part is director/adaptor Barbara Gaines' take on the plays Edward III, Henry V and Henry VI, Part 1 staged this spring. Then in the fall, Tug of War ...


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Midwest women's weekend rebrands - A new annual women's weekend is coming to the Midwest in June. Go Girl Saugatuck will take place June 3-5 at The Dunes Resort in Saugatuck, Mich., which is a gay-owned resort catering to the LGBT community and located in one of Michigan's most LGBT-friendly beach towns. Go Girl Saugatuck will feature DJ All the Way Kay from Chicago and ...


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Four gay Black men host groundbreaking radio show The Sip - It's no secret that representations of LGBT people have been largely whitewashed. Though media visibility and representation has steadily increased over the past two decades, LGBT people of color have often felt ignored and invisible. It's a disparity that journalist Lennox Magee set out to correct with The Sip, a new radio show by Black gay men and about Black ...


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Artemis Singers concerts in June - Drawing its inspiration from today's headlines, lesbian feminist chorus Artemis Singers will devote a whole concert to songs about social justice, freedom and peace June 11 and June 18 in its Pride concert/dance, "Voices of Joyful Rebellion." The June 11 show will take place at Broadway United Methodist Church, 3338 N. Broadway, at 7 p.m. The June 18 event will ...


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NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY: W. Kamau Bell on his name, CNN show and housing benefit - Comedian W. Kamau Bell is hitting it big on the new series United Shades of America, currently running on CNN. Before that many watched him on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. He has been featured on many podcasts and publications over the years. Bell made his first comedy album, One Night Only, in 2007 and his follow-up, Full of ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Tim Cain: Boys' Entrance and Bear Radio - Members of political pop band Boys' Entrance is returning to Chicago after a five-year hiatus to celebrate their 25th anniversary and catch up with old friends. OutMusic Award winner Tim Cain is no stranger to the scene in the Windy City, having established himself here years ago. The latest project, Tunnelvision, tackles a doomed relationship in the wake of the ...


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BENT NIGHTS: mtvghosts, Lincoln Durham - After watching them cut up onstage at last months Glitter Creeps blow-out at The Empty Bottle ( April 20 ), I still can't figure out local punk-poppers mtvghosts. Fronted by vocalist Donnie Love, who performs in drag ( well, he is pretty ), the band wallows in '60s pop while demonstrating a deft art-rock edge. I can't tell if this ...


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Dining news: Italian restaurant's renovation, Craft Beer Week - —Italian restaurant Piccolo Sogno Due, 340 N. Clark St., has closed. However, Chef Tony Priolo will bring back a new concept, Nonnina, at the same address. Nonnina will be under the culinary direction of Chris Macchia. The original restaurant—Piccolo Sogno, at 464 N. Halsted St.—is still open. —Roti Modern Mediterranean will open a new downtown Chicago location at the MetraMarket ...


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Entertainment news: Mariah Carey, Gus Van Sant, Azealia Banks, Wilson Cruz - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLAAD honored Robert De Niro, Mariah Carey and the best in film, television, and journalism at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Waldorf Astoria New York. Jennifer Lawrence, Aziz Ansari, Connie Britton, Diane Sawyer, Caitlyn Jenner, Tamron Hall, Noah Galvin, Andrew Rannells, Andreja Pejic and Jason Biggs were among the special guests. Recording artists Alex Newell and Bebe ...


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Free film series celebrates queer royalty in honor of Gay Pride month - From a press release - The Queer Film Society, in association with The Chicago Public Library present QUEER KINGS & QUEENS, a free series celebrating Victorian era LGBT movies in honor of Gay Pride month. The series comprises four free screenings taking place on the first four Mondays in June at the Bezazian branch ( 1226 W. Ainslie ) of the Chicago Public Library at ...


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Joffrey Ballet receives $200 challenge grant - From a press release - May 16, 2016 — The Joffrey Ballet, led by Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Executive Director Greg Cameron, announced today that the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet has been awarded a $200,000 challenge grant from the Reva & David Logan Foundation expressly to support a new initiative aimed at annually funding more than $400,000 in ...


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AROUND CHICAGO: Hotel bar Raised opens at Renaissance - A sure sign of summer is when hotel bars open, welcoming patrons to enjoy ( hopefully ) warmer weather. Raised: An Urban Rooftop Bar had its official opening May 12 at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, 1 W. Wacker Dr. Perched on the third floor of the hotel ( which prompted a partygoer to ask, "Does that really make it ...


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Trans actress Shakina Nayfack, out in the open - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Shakina Nayfack has starred in two autobiographical rock musicals, and played the role of the Statue of Liberty in Manuel Versus the Statue of Liberty. She is also the founding artistic director of Musical Theater Factory, and the first transgender woman to receive a Lilly Award. Nayfack will have a new addition to her long list of accomplishments this July, ...


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TV personality 'New York' gets real on 'Family Therapy' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Tiffany Pollard has become a staple in reality television. From a girl who was spotted on the street by a casting director in L.A., she has come a long way. Her big break began on VH1's Flavor of Love where she was given the nickname New York by rapper Flavor Flav then named herself "Head Bitch in Charge" ( HBIC ...


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Latest 'RuPaul's Drag Race' winner crowned - Out of 12 competitors in season eight of the Logo show RuPaul's Drag Race, it all came down to Naomi Smalls, Chicago's Kim Chi and Bob the Drag Queen. In the end, Bob the Drag Queen prevailed. "Winning is a dream come true and a great opportunity," Bob The Drag Queen said in a news release, according to Entertainment Weekly. ...


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Trans author Chase Joynt discusses his latest work - Toronto's Chase Joynt just published a new work titled You Only Live Twice. In the book, while coming together over the films of Chris Marker, Joynt corresponds with HIV-positive Canadian filmmaker Mike Hoolboom. Since being diagnosed, Hoolboom has made dozens of films, two of which won Best Short Film at the Toronto International Film Festival. Joynt is a multimedia artist ...


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NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY W. Kamau Bell on his name, CNN show and housing benefit - Comedian W. Kamau Bell is hitting it big on the new series United Shades of America, currently running on CNN. Before that many watched him on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. He has been featured on many podcasts and publications over the years. Bell made his first comedy album, One Night Only, in 2007 and his follow-up, Full of ...


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Staceyann Chin's 'Motherstruck!' in June - "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 Cynthia Nixon—begins Greenhouse Theater Center's "Solo Celebration" at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., on Saturday, June 11. The off-Broadway hit explores Chin's deeply personal journey to motherhood as a single woman, lesbian and activist who does not ...


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Billy Masters - "My presence was used for my celebrity, not my talent. I'm not surprised."—Jennifer Hudson talks about the snub for a Tony Award, but seems to be implying that she was cast in The Color Purple solely because her name recognition would get people to buy tickets. And that's a bad thing? During my years as an avid theatergoer, I've pored ...


Upcoming-entertainment

Upcoming entertainment - Chicago Filmmakers fundraiser May 14 Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N. Clark St., will hold a firehouse capital campaign fundraiser—complete with a sneak-peek video—on Saturday, May 14. The social hour starts at 7 p.m., with the screening starting at 8 p.m. The 2016 program includes Chicago filmmakers and Dyke Delicious favorites Coquie Hughes; Fawzie Mirza, Lisa Donato and Allie Fohrman; Jenny Hagel ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Chicago's Kim Chi makes top three of 'Drag Race' - Korean-American contestant Kim Chi has decimated the competition of RuPaul's Drag Race on the eighth season of the hit television show from the Logo Channel. Beginning her drag career in 2012, this queen has come a long way from Neverland parties in Chicago to now being globally recognized. As one of two Chicago players this season, Chi has proven to ...


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Web series features gay men of color in Chicago - by M Shelly Conner - Patrick Battle intends to place Chicago gay men of color at the forefront with REVERb, his Web series that follows three gay men of color as they navigate dating and life in the Second City. The series aims to highlight issues that disproportionately affect Black gay men, such as HIV and PREP treatment, sex-related issues and drug use as they ...


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MUSIC Cyndi Lauper: A new type of Dixie chick on fame, going country - It's not just about having fun anymore. For Cyndi Lauper, music runs deeper than her '80s-era eccentricities may have seemed to suggest. A collection of classics from the Great American Songbook, deep Memphis-based blues, the feel-good Broadway romp Kinky Boots, which won her a Tony in 2013 for best score—Lauper changes musical guises like she changes dye jobs. The 62-year-old ...


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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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LGBT authors at Printers Row Lit Fest - The Printers Row Lit Fest, now entering its 32nd year, is the Midwest's largest literary event. Hundreds of authors and booksellers appear over the two-day street festival on Saturday-Sunday, June 11-12. The festival takes place on Dearborn Street, from Balbo Avenue to Congress Parkway, with additional programming at the Harold Washington Library Center and Jones College Prep High School. The ...


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ART Riva Lehrer and the evolution of 'Risk' - Riva Lehrer's career in portraiture has been long, and over time her discomfort with it grew. "It was really clear to me from the beginning that the people I was working with shared a really formative experience in my own life, which is that we'd almost all been stared at and screamed at and insulted and abused on a regular, ...


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Comedy festival applications open - Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., announced that applications are open to participate in the 4th Annual Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival, Aug. 11-14. To further foster this mission, NerdFest will host free monthly performances through August. To apply, now through June 1, or to participate in the free monthly events, visit http://stage773.com/CNCFShows. The 2016 Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival board includes ...


Entertainment-headlines

Entertainment headlines - '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. The nominations were announced May 3. 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, ...


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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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THEATER Getting sketchy with Peter Kim - Hollywood filmmakers may still be roiling from accusations about the lack of diversity in light of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that hovered over the 2016 Academy Awards. But the comedy makers of The Second City can boast about its long-standing outreach initiatives to attract and promote diversity within its ranks, and it's reflected in The Second City e.t.c.'s critically acclaimed 40th ...


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THEATER REVIEW Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody - Created by: Tim Ryder and Tim Sniffen; Written by: Tim Sniffen. At: Writers Theatre Gillian Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe. Tickets: 847-242-6000 or WritersTheatre.org; $35-$80. Runs through: July 31 Writers Theatre already inaugurated its new multimillion-dollar two-theater complex in Glencoe with Tom Stoppard's heady time-shifting drama Arcadia. Now comes the silly stuff to open the venue's more flexible Gillian Theatre ...


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THEATER REVIEW Mike Mother - Playwright: Jessica Anne. At: Neo-Futurists, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. Tickets: 773-275-5255; Neofuturists.org; $20. Runs through: June 4 Mike Mother is the second two-person performance piece in a row I've seen at the Neo-Futurists, who seem to be devoting much of its mainstage season to autobiographical auteurist works. The value of your experience at such performances probably will depend on the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Bloody-Haymarket

THEATER REVIEW Bloody Haymarket - Playwrights: Eric J. Coleman. At: Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave. Tickets: BrownPaperTickets.com; $20. Runs through: May 28 ( Saturdays only ) When intermission was declared, I saw that Act I had run about 70 minutes, a reasonable length for a play. But it had felt like forever, so ponderous was the production. Knowing that Act II was ...


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OPERA REVIEW The King and I - Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II; Music: Richard Rodgers. At: Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets: 312-827-5600 or LyricOpera.org; $29-$199. Runs through: May 22 If the Lyric Opera of Chicago's presentation of The King and I had bowed at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, it's likely that critics and audiences would fall over themselves to offer endless ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Adamczyk takes road back to the stage in Ashton's 'Cinderella' - As the Joffrey Ballet brings its 60th anniversary season to a close, veteran dancer Matthew Adamczyk's season is just getting started. Adamczyk, who joined the Joffrey Ballet in 2003 under Gerald Arpino, returns to the stage after a year away to play the role of Father in Sir Frederick Ashton's "Cinderella," running May 11-22 at the Auditorium Theatre. Adamczyk, a ...


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Upcoming: Black feminist symposium. Queer Prom - Black feminist symposium May 20-21 The Black Feminist Futures Symposium will take place Friday-Saturday, May 20-21 at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston. University of Southern California professor Kara Keeling, Rutgers University professor Nicole Fleetwood, University of Chicago professor Cathy Cohen and George Mason University assistant professor Zakiyyah Jackson will ...


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Chicago History Museum OUT event looks at history of hooking up - From a press release - CHICAGO ( May 11, 2016 ) — New technology has introduced innovative and unexpected ways of bringing LGBTQ people together. Explore this fascinating history at "Looking? The History of Hooking Up" on Thursday, May 19 at the Chicago History Museum. Brian Mustanski, director of the new Northwestern Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, moderates a talk about ...


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About Face The Secretaries now playing - From a press release - CHICAGO ( May 11, 2016 ) — About Face Theatre is pleased to continue its 20th Anniversary Season with the Chicago premiere of the dark comedy THE SECRETARIES by The Five Lesbian Brothers aka Maureen Angelos, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey and Tony® Award winner Lisa Kron ( Fun Home ). Directed by Bonnie Metzgar, THE SECRETARIES will play ...


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Chicago-connected EXPOSURE in Concert in NYC - From a press release - New York, NY - Feinstein's/54 Below will host EXPOSURE in Concert, featuring an exciting ensemble of Broadway stars performing selections from the powerful new musical conceived and created by Cathy Nathan, with original music and lyrics by Erik Della Penna, musical direction by Doug Peck, and photography by Sandro. EXPOSURE in Concert will play Feinstein's/54 Below, 254 W 54th St., ...


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South Side Swell LGBTQ event May 20 at Jeffrey Pub - The inaugural South Side Swell will be held on May 20, 5pm-8pm at the historic Jeffrey Pub, 7041 S. Jeffrey, Chicago IL 60649. The evening will provide an opportunity for LGBTQ individuals and organizations based on Chicago's vibrant south side to network in a casual atmosphere. South Side Swell seeks to connect providers and organizations new to the area such ...


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Billy Masters - "My presence was used for my celebrity, not my talent. I'm not surprised."—Jennifer Hudson talks about the snub for a Tony Award, but seems to be implying that she was cast in The Color Purple solely because her name recognition would get people to buy tickets. And that's a bad thing? During my years as an avid theatergoer, I've pored ...


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Dancing About Architecture - Purple Influence - First, let me state that this space is, was and always will be a Prince-heavy zone, so pardon me for writing on such a rich topic two issues in a row. Second, after losing David Bowie within the same short calendar year, the following topic has been covered before. That said, I can't think of two bigger influences on the ...


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MUSIC Band Las Cafeterias breaks down barriers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicano band Las Cafeteras mixes styles, from spoken word to Mexican folk music, creating something fresh and unique. After meeting at a coffee shop as students, the group came up with their name from an organization where they took classes. In addition, to honor women they changed their name to the feminine version of the word. Their music covers a ...


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Entertainment : Jennifer Hudson, Colton Haynes, Sir Ivan, Caitlyn Jenner - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson tweeted her reaction to being left off the list for the 70th Tony Awards, nominations for which were announced May 3, according to Entertainment Weekly. Hudson did not receive a nod, although co-stars Cynthia Erivo ( Actress in a Leading Role ) and Danielle Brooks ( Actress in a Featured Role ) each earned ...


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Chad Sell's art at Sidetrack in lead-up to RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8 viewing May 16 - From a press release - Sidetrack is pleased to announce an art instillation throughout their bar areas from local artist Chad Sell featuring the Queens of RuPaul's Drag Race. Chad exhibits and sells his work online and at conventions like C2E2 and RuPaul's DragCon. Sidetrack will be featuring Chad's art in the bar through the Season Finale the week of May 16. Each bar features ...


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Filmmakers Sets Digital Media Scholarships for LGBTQ+ Youth - From a press release - Chicago Filmmakers is proud to launch The LGBTQ+ Youth Media Project — a free educational program for LGBTQ+ identified, gender non-conforming, and allied teens. During the course of the program, students will get hands-on digital filmmaking experience while focusing on media literacy - specifically the roles and effects of identity and representation in mainstream media. There are three upcoming sessions ...







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