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MUSIC The Sound of von Trapps hitting Evanston - The next generation of the iconic family von Trapps ( immortalized in the film The Sound of Music ) is banding together to create a whole new sound. Siblings August, Amanda, Melanie and Sofia are the great-grandchildren of the Captain and Maria von Trapp, who many know from the musical. Dancing in Gold is the first of three EPs of ...


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Sean Hayes on Who Do You Think You Are? Sunday - From a press release - Sean Hayes' estranged father has a troubled past, so Sean goes on a journey to discover the root of the problem on Who Do You Think You Are?, airing this Sunday, March 29 at 10/9c on TLC. Sean's journey takes him to Chicago where he uncovers the sad details of his grandfather's early death on skid row. Sean then follows ...


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Quare Square event with Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, M. Shelly Conner - From a press release - Quare Square Collective, Inc. presents a reading by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan from her debut short story collection Blue Talk and Love ( 2015 ). The event will also feature M. Shelly Conner reading an excerpt from her novel everyman. Gallery 400, located at 400 S. Peoria, will host the event from 3-5 p.m. April 11. Blue Talk and Love will ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Taryn Manning dishes on new music, 'Orange Is the New Black' - Taryn Manning is a multitalented machine. From her breakout role in the film Crazy/Beautiful to Hustle & Flow, she has played interesting parts with vulnerability and grace. She worked with music stars like Britney Spears in the movie Crossroads and Eminem in 8 Mile, all the while performing as a singer herself, having just released a new song this year ...


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Elaine Dame hosts Matthew Shepard Foundation benefit - From a press release - Jazz vocalist and bandleader Elaine Dame will be holding down a Thursday night residency at SIP ( aka Southport & Irving ), 4000 N. Southport in Chicago, in April. The residency, which begins on Thursday, April 2 at 8 p.m., will be followed by a benefit for the Matthew Shepard Foundation Sunday, May 3, 6-10 p.m., which Dame will host. ...


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BOOKS Chelsey Clammer gets personal with 'BodyHome' - by Daniela Costa - After honing her craft over the last several years, award-winning essayist Chelsey Clammer is out with her first collection of essays, BodyHome. Sex, addiction, mental illness and assault—she covers these and more with an honest voice that will have readers laughing at times and completely silenced at others. Windy City Times spoke with the writer about her process and the ...


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Knight at the Movies: Spring LGBT movie preview - In spring this middle-aged gay man's fancy turns to—what else?—movies. Looking over the crop of releases over the coming season, the number of LGBT-tinged films seems a bit low. But fear not, there are plenty of enticing titles to look forward to ( and a nice group of queer-themed movies is heading our way by the end of the year ...


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Theater Spotlight, Critics' Picks - Lyric Opera of Chicago general director Anthony Freud has reteamed the collaborators behind the world's first mariachi opera ( Cruzar la Cara de la Luna ) to create the second one, El Pasado Nunca se Termina ( The Past is Never Finished ). Set in 1910 on the eve of the Mexican Revolution, this work by librettist/director Leonard Foglia and ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Mecca Tales - At: Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave. Tickets: 312-633-0630; www.chicagodramatists.org; $18-$40. Runs through: April 12 The pilgrimage to Mecca, the Hajj, is one of the holiest obligations of Islam; a journey—with rituals and prayers—to be completed by every devout Muslim. The Hajj today is inseparable from overbooked, under-facilitated religious tourism, but that's a fact of the play and not its ...


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THEATER REVIEW Picture Imperfect - Playwright: Richard J. Zieman and Joel Z. Cornfield. At: Bread and Roses Productions at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6875; www.athenaeumtheatre.org; $20-$30. Runs through: April 4 Its publicity leads us to expect another jeremiad involving first-world families fretting over less-than-perfect offspring, but while its personnel includes a little boy afflicted with autism, the play is not about him. ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Hammer Trinity - Playwright: Nathan Allen and Chris Mathews. At: House Theatre of Chicago at the Chopin, 1543 W. Division St. Tickets: 773-769-3832; www.thehousetheatre.com; $30-$65. Runs through: May 3 The Hammer Trinity myth is based on two assumptions: First, that what we call "history" is actually nothing more than stories, their adherence to facts determined by the storyteller—ahem, historian—and, second, that the dramatic ...


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THEATER REVIEW Two Trains Running - Playwright: August Wilson. At: Goodman Thaetre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800 or www.goodmantheatre.org; $37-$80. Runs through April 19 The Goodman Theatre lays claim to being the first theater in the world to stage all 10 of August Wilson's plays exploring African-American lives, each set in a different decade of the 20th century. A couple of those plays ( Seven ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Travis Turner heads 'Upstairs' - Gay actor Travis Turner is relishing his chance to return to The Upstairs Concierge, which is about to make its official world premiere at the Goodman Theatre. Travis previously appeared in the modern-day farce by Kristoffer Diaz ( a Pulitzer Prize finalist for the comedy The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety ) when it played the Goodman's New Stages Festival ...


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'Mahogany' 40th-anniv. DVD out May 5 - Mahogany: The Couture Edition—marking the 40th anniversary of the movie Mahogany—will be out on DVD May 5 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Academy Award nominee and iconic singer Diana Ross stars as a secretary who becomes a high fashion model and world-famous designer in this dramatic tale directed by Motown legend Berry Gordy. This love story—filmed in Chicago and Rome—also ...


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Waikiki Beach has a welcome rainbow for the LGBT community - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - HONOLULU—The epicenter of gay life here is near the intersection of Kalakaua and Kapahulu Streets—about a minute walk away from Waikiki Beach, in the second-story, open-air, scenic spot known as Hula's Bar & Lei Stand. Located inside the Waikiki Grand Hotel, Hula's is a national treasure of the gay community, not just a local stop for mai tais, $6 pitchers ...


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Billy Masters - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "I don't know if he's gay or not, but I admit I did say if he's not gay he spends an awful lot of time in the gym. I don't know a lot of straight guys who go to the gym and parade around with their shirts off."—Barney Frank shares his impressions on Aaron Schock. And there may be something ...


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GLAAD honors Kerry Washington, 'Transparent' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actress Kerry Washington, director Roland Emmerich and TV hits like How to Get Away with Murder were honored in Beverly Hills on March 21, as GLAAD held its annual Los Angeles Media Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, according to TheWrap. Washington accepted the Vanguard Award from presenter Ellen DeGeneres, a prize handed to a significant ally of the ...


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Upcoming: Wainwright at Winery; Madonna at UC; Lake FX Summit; Cinema Q; "Deadly" exhibit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Third Rufus Wainwright show added at Winery A third show featuring out singer Rufus Wainwright has been added to the slate at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St. Wainwright will also perform Monday, May 4. Tickets are $80-$90 each; see www.CityWinery.com. The May 5 and 6 shows are sold out, according to the website. Wainwright has released seven studio albums ...


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Entertainment: Andy Cohen; Cheyenne Jackson; Chaz Bono; Jussie Smollett - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Andy Cohen, popular late-night talk-show host of Watch What Happens Live on Bravo, will now also executive-produce an all-new channel featuring entertainment personally curated and presented by Cohen exclusively on SiriusXM, according to a press release. In addition to producing the new SiriusXM channel, Radio Andy, Cohen will also host a weekly radio show exclusively on the 24/7 channel for ...


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Baconfest taking place April 17-18 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This year's Baconfest Chicago will take place Friday-Saturday, April 17-18, at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd. ( Depending on demand, a fourth session may be added on Sunday, April 19. ) There will again be three sessions: Friday dinner ( 6-7 p.m. for VIPs; 7-10 p.m. for general admission ); Saturday lunch ( 11 a.m.-12 p.m. for VIPs; ...


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Cinema Q V: Free film series celebrates half a decade with screenings - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Queer Film Society ( QFS ) in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and in association with Chicago Filmmakers ( the presenting organization of Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival ), and The Legacy Project present Cinema Q V, the fifth annual film series celebrating outstanding LGBT movies. The free screenings will take ...


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Chicago-made Huntington's doc 'Quicksand' screens April 9 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( March 18, 2014 ) — Black Cat Productions will be screening the documentary A Mind in Quicksand—Life with Huntington's to promote its May broadcast release to public television stations nationwide. The film will be hosted by Columbia College Chicago at Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, April 9 at 6 p.m. Q&A with Huntington's community members will immediately ...


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SPRING THEATER PREVIEW: LGBTQ works for the spring - There's comedy and tragedy in store this spring for plays and musicals featuring LGBTQ characters or those created by LGBTQ artists. All locations in Chicago unless otherwise noted. Legacies of Hope, Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire at St. James Episcopal Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St. Reflect on the consequences of bullying with the Midwest premiere of ...


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SPRING THEATER PREVIEW: Bring on the premieres! - It will be an invigorating spring if we judge by the number and range of the world-premiere plays and musicals offered by Chicago theater companies. Islam and Judeo-Christianity nearly come into contact in the first two plays on our list, while African-American history also figures strongly. The new musicals favor the women, with Jane Austen and 1920s factory girls taking ...


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Theater Spotlight, Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight The backstage world of a traveling 1930s circus troupe is revealed to be quite a tawdry and sinister affair in Chicago Tap Theatre's new show TightWire. The production features a script by Marc Kelly Smith, original music by Kurt Schweitz and choreography by Mark Yonally and the Chicago Tap Theatre ensemble. TightWire plays from Friday, March 20, through ...


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THEATER REVIEW Garage Rep 2015 - Playwright: Steven Simoncic, Topher Payne, Taylor Mac. At: Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20 ( or all three for $45 ). Runs through: April 26 The annual Garage Rep—in which three young, small and diverse theater troupes are hosted and marketed by Steppenwolf Theatre Company—is one of the most worthwhile artistic endeavors the 'Wolfies have undertaken ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Full Monty - Playwright: music and lyrics by David Yazbek, book by Terrence McNally. At: Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.kokandyproductions.com; $38. Runs through: April 12 Upstarts triumphing over adversity against seemingly impossible odds are a favorite theme of audiences in the United States, a country founded upon just such audacity. Our applause is even greater when ...


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THEATER REVIEW 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Playwright: adapted by Clint Sheffer and Ann Sonneville from the novel by Jules Verne. At: Strawdog Theatre, 3829 N. Broadway. Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.strawdog.org; $15 . Runs through: April 7 The late Victorian period was the age of science and industry, all sorts of inventions opening new possibilities for the improvement of humanity. With hitherto unimagined concepts becoming manifest almost daily, ...


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THEATER REVIEW First Wives Club: The Musical - Book: Linda Bloodworth Thomason; Score: Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland. At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000 or www.broadwayinchicago.com; $33-$100. Runs through March 29 The producers behind the Broadway-aimed musical First Wives Club are certainly tenacious. After a 2009 San Diego tryout of the show faltered, First Wives Club was heavily revamped for its current Chicago ...


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MUSIC Anne Steele shows listeners 'What's Mine' - Anne Steele's new album, What's Mine, paints a picture of a seasoned songstress in the throes of overcoming life's little treasures—such as heartbreak, loss and finding the courage to try again. The award-winning songwriter met her wife of five years, Kelli Carpenter, while performing on a cruise with R Family Vacations in 2010 and it's been smooth sailing ever since. ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "The only thing I would like is to go out one day, without being recognized, and go to a pizzeria for a pizza!"—Pope Francis told an interviewer the one downside to being pope—as if they don't have Domino's in Rome! I want to discuss a topic that's been bothering me for quite some time—actors who cap their teeth. Don't get ...


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Upcoming: Willa Taylor honors; GayCo event; Sculpture exhibit - Rivendell to honor Willa Taylor Rivendell Theatre Ensemble will hold its 2015 Salon fundraiser—to benefit programming at Rivendell Theatre—on Thursday, March 19, at Level Office, 73 W. Monroe St., at 6 p.m. Willa Taylor—director of education and community engagement at the Goodman Theatre, U.S. Navy veteran and discussion panelist for Rivendell's production of Women at War—will be honored with the ...


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SPRING DANCE PREVIEW Chicago Dance Month and much more - April is Chicago Dance Month, with several particularly jam-packed weeks of dance leading up to National Dance Week on April 24-May 3. It's the time of year in which we are still high from inspiring performances by our big resident companies such as The Joffrey Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago—whose spring programs brought audiences quickly to their feet—and from ...


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Anchor study seeks answers to link between HIV, HPV - Anal dysplasia is on the rise for people living with HIV. Because people with HIV are now living longer, patients are facing a new set of health risks such as heart disease and now anal cancer. A national study has been launched, the Anchor Study, to examine the link between HPV and HIV, coinciding with the upcoming anal cancer awareness ...


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SPRING THEATER PREVIEW The long and short of it: Classics and near-classics - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playgoers impatient for destination summer festivals in Spring Green, Bloomington or Ontario's Stratford can get in practice at currently running double- or even triple-feature "marathon" events. These would include the nine-hour Hammer Trinity—House Theater of Chicago's compilation of its 2012 The Iron Stag King, 2013 The Crownless King and now-concluding The Excelsior King—or Steppenwolf's Garage Repertory Series, featuring a revolving ...


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Into the Woods' out on disc March 24 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The movie Into the Woods will be out on Digital HD/SD, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Disney Movies Anywhere ( DMA ) on Tuesday, March 24. Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep leads an all-star cast ( including Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Emily Blunt ) in this twist on popular fairy tales. Iconic characters such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, ...


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Baconfest hosting Bacon Month events - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In celebration of April being Bacon Month, there will be bacon-related activities throughout late March and all of April. Among some of the activities will be: —Bacon Month Kickoff Party ( March 31, 7-10 p.m. ): Baconfest Chicago and the ACME Hotel Company, 15 E. Ohio St., are hosting the event, which will take place in the Berkshire Room. The ...


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Fifth Harmony in sync with fans - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singing group Fifth Harmony picked a wild day to arrive in Chicago for its Reflection Tour. On March 14, Chicagoans dyed the river green, threw a parade and drank themselves silly to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The group sold out the too-small Riviera Theatre, which has a capacity of 1,400 people. A crowd mostly made up very young girls, their ...


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BENT NIGHTS Mike Maimone; Brazilian Girls - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As if fronting local scruffy hard-rock trio Mutts was not enough, out vocalist and piano man Mike Maimone kicked off his monthly residency at the High Hat Club, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd., on March 5, with tongue firmly out of cheek. The show was billed as "Mike Maimone and 'Friends,'" but the title barely hinted at what this gig ...


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Lakeside Pride gets into 'Jazz Age' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles held its third annual benefit, "Champagne Showcase: A Night in the Jazz Age," March 7 at Center on Halsted. The event featured shhh...OUT! Lakeside Pride Jazz Ensemble as well as two brand-new groups: the Strayhorns Jazz Combo and Wilde Cabaret. All proceeds from this event benefited the general operating fund of Lakeside Pride. Photos by Chuck ...


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Entertainment: Madonna; Matt Bomer; Billie Jean film; Josh Groban - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "People are a lot more open-minded to the gay community than they are to women," Madonna has claimed, according to Pink News. In an interview to Out magazine, the pop star said: "Women are still the most marginalized group. They're still the group that people won't let change. Gay rights are way more advanced than women's rights. People are a ...


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Kinsey Sicks campaign on Kickstarter funds trip to Scotland's "Fringe" - San Francisco ( March 17, 2015 ) - One week after The Kinsey Sicks announced a month-long campaign to raise $24,500 to attend and conquer the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, they achieved their goal. The campaign was highlighted on Kickstarter's front page. Fans have until March 26 to contribute. Participating in The Fringe will still cost the gals approximately $16,000 more ...


-Out-Chicago-live-from-Boystown-March-22

Out Chicago live from Boystown March 22 - Out Chicago, the city's only LGBT-themed traditional radio program, will host a 'super-sized, star-studded' live radio broadcast from D.S. Tequila, 3352 N. Halsted, Sunday, March 22. "We have always described the show as Sunday brunch with your gay best friends," said comedian Scott Duff, the show's producer and host. "To kick off our second year, we have taken that to ...


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About Face Theatre celebrates 19th year at Wonka Ball: Worhol - From a press release - CHICAGO ( March 11, 2015 ) — Come claim your 15 minutes of fame at About Face Theatre's annual gala WONKA BALL: WARHOL, where guests are invited to step into Warhol's infamous factory for one night only. This year's highly-anticipated soiree takes place Friday, April 10, 2015 at 8 pm ( VIP Cocktail Reception at 7 pm ) at Moonlight ...


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Entertainment: Kerry Washington; Alexander McQueen;'The Fosters'; Mario Lopez - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLAAD will honor Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated actress Kerry Washington at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on March 21, according to a press release. Washington will receive GLAAD's Vanguard Award, which is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality. Previous Vanguard Award honorees include Jennifer Lopez, ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I don't know that my family nor soul could take it."—Neil Patrick Harris answers the question if he would host the Oscars again. Of course, there's a bigger question—would he be asked! Life has a funny way of putting things into perspective. Last weekend, I was down in South Florida attending the Winter Party, an annual fundraiser for the LGTBQ ...


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TELEVISION Kevin Bacon talks 'The Following' and kissing James Purefoy - The third time is a charm for this season of the Fox television series The Following. The show began with FBI agent Ryan Hardy ( played by Kevin Bacon ) trying to recapture serial killer Joe Carroll ( James Purefoy ). Season two covered a new cult trying lure to Carroll out of hiding and introduces twins Mark and Luke ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Royal Society of Antarctica - Playwright: Mat Smart. At: Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-283-7071 or www.thegifttheatre.org; $25-$35. Runs through: April 26 Chicago audiences probably want to get as far away from the cold after the recent winter we've had. But there are wonderful rewards in store by visiting the polar cold of The Royal Society of Antarctica, now having its world premiere ...


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THEATER REVIEW One Came Home - Playwright: Amy Timberlake. At: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: 773-761-4477; www.lifelinetheatre.com; $40. Runs through: April 5 What we have here is a historical-environmentalist fable set in Wisconsin as it was in 1871, before the extinction of the passenger pigeon. What we also have is a whodunit mystery, precipitated by the disappearance of a young lady and later discovery ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Diary of Anne Frank - Playwright: Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Wendy Kesselman. At: Writers Theatre, Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe. Tickets: 1-847-242-6000; www.writerstheatre.org; $35-$70. Runs through: June 28 The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the 20th-century's most universally known literary works. It's iconic like Hamlet: People know of it even if they haven't read it or viewed it on stage or ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Art imitates life, captures imagination - On March 7, 1965, several hundred people gathered in Selma, Alabama, to march to the capital of Montgomery protesting African-American citizens' right to vote. A few months later, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law in an effort to enforce the 15th Amendment, giving all U.S. residents the right to vote. Considering the civil-rights movement in ...


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NBCUniversal partners with Second City - culminates in a showcase performance at The Second City. This fellowship program will begin April 7. —NBCUniversal Second City Emerging Voices Scholarship Awards: Three scholarships, one in each of the cities with The Second City training programs—Chicago, Toronto and Hollywood—will be awarded for one year of advanced improvisation or sketch writing training. Applications are particularly welcome from candidates from diverse ...


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Rosy outlook for Chicago Flower & Garden Show - Roses have been growing since last December, so they will be in bloom and ready to dazzle at the annual Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano's, that runs March 14-22 at Navy Pier. There will be a variety of rose colors and numerous types, including a focus on many disease-resistant roses and easy-to-grow roses. There will be two ...


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Upcoming: Homestretch screening; honors to Taylor, Mirza; Human First gala; voting - Wed., March 11 Navigating Your Senior Rights Learn about powers of attorney and living wills, as well as how to access Social Security benefits and health care. Free. Questions to Jane Merrill, jmerrill@centeronhalsted.org 6:00pm - 7:00pm Center on Halsted 3656 N Halsted Chicago http://www.centeronhalsted.com . Living For Madonna: Album Release Party Official album release party for Madonna's Rebel Heart. Videos ...


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'Empire' actor: 'There's never been a closet' - In a new interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Empire actor Jussie Smollett ( who plays gay brother Jamal on the show ) opened up about his personal life and addresses ongoing rumors surrounding his sexuality, ETOnline.com revealed. "There's never been a closet that I've been in," the 31-year-old actor told the talk show host backstage. "So that's why I choose not ...


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Kelly Clarkson: 'Miss Independent' talks anthem, 'Kezbo' following - Before catapulting to pop stardom, Kelly Clarkson was one of us. In many ways, she still is. The original American Idol—who memorably erupted into waterworks when she won the first season of the reality show in 2002—wasn't always able to muster the willpower she's instilled in the gay community through her uncompromising persona and liberating pop anthems, including those on ...


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Knight at the Movies: She's Beautiful When She's Angry - "You can't convince me you can't change the world because I saw it happen," Chicago-based feminist Mary Jean Collins comments proudly at one point in She's Beautiful When She's Angry. And director Mary Dore's documentary history of the women's-liberation movement, roughly 1966-1971, backs up that assertion. Beautifully researched, enlivened by interviews with passionate and feisty survivors of the movement, and ...


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Windy City Performing Arts to remember Tyler Clementi at event - Windy City Gay Chorus ( WCGC ) and Windy City Treble Quire ( WCTQ ) will deliver an evening of meaningful musical messages as they present "Legacies of Hope" on March 21 at St. James Episcopal Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St. "Legacies of Hope" sets out to honor the lives of at-risk LGBTQ youth. In doing so, it will also ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Grant James Varjas pens gay-bar drama - Continuing its 22nd season, A Red Orchid Theatre brings the Chicago Premiere of Accidentally, Like a Martyr to the stage. The story of a gay bar in Manhattan gives strong messages about ageism through the ages. The partying lifestyle is explored through humor and drama in flashes of time. with Red Orchid ensemble member Shade Murray directing, Martyr looks to ...


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Theater Spotlight; Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Seven world-class magicians team up to appear in the international hit and 2014 Broadway success The Illusionists—Witness the Impossible. See America's Got Talent alumni like Dan Sperry and Kevin James, comic illusionist Jeff Hobson and "2014 Magician of the Year" Yu Ho-Jin from South Korea and more. The Illusionists—Witness the Impossible continues through Sunday, March 22, at the ...


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THEATER REVIEW Titus Andronicus - Playwright: William Shakespeare. At: Babes With Blades Theatre Company at City Lit, Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-904-0391; www.babeswithblades.org; $22. Runs through: April 4 Long before Quentin Tarantino, David Cronenberg and Mehron Squirt Blood, there was Titus Andronicus, William Shakespeare's attempt to cash in on the fashion for lurid sensationalism selling tickets in 1593. Featuring a ...


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Mister E Machine sings against anti-LGBTQ bullying - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Live it, learn it, perform it. Chicago-based indie group Mister E Machine rocks out with a gay perspective. In summer 2014, lead vocalist, primary songwriter and LGBTQ activist Manny Capozzi and producer/drummer Chuck Harling teamed up and established the band. Now as a quartet that also includes David Ladon on bass and backing vocals and Perry Simmons on backing vocals, ...


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THEATER REVIEW Fit to be Tied - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Nicky Silver. At: Benevolent Theatre at Angel Island, 731 W. Sheridan Rd. Tickets: 773-871-0442 or www.benevolenttheatre.com; $15-$20. Runs through March 15 Comedy often needs a crowd to succeed. So it's unfair to review Benevolent Theatre's production of Fit to be Tied on a cold night where the audience barely outnumbers the actors onstage. But even with a packed house, ...


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Dining news: Smylie Brothers dinner; St. Patrick's Day items - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —On Wed., March 18, at 7 p.m., Evanston's Smylie Brothers Brewing Company is hosting its March beer dinner, "Bacon, Bourbon & Beer." Smylie Brothers' Executive Chef Grant Carey, Head Brewer Brad Pulver and FEW Spirits' Founder/Distiller Paul Hletko will mingle with guests and sample bacon-centered bites paired with the brewpub's seasonal beers and FEW's bourbon whiskey. Tickets are $50; call ...


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Five Worth Finding - —The Human Agenda: Conversations about Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity: In this very revealing book, writer/activist Joe Wenke interviews a variety of LGBT people about the title subjects, including author Andrew Solomon; comedian Ian Harvie; hip-hop artist Y-Love; Rabbi Amy Bernstein; author and San Francisco Sheriff's Department Captain Kevin Fisher-Paulson; and performer Carmen Carrera, among others. —Food Should Taste Good ...


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Exhibition: History of LGBTQ Life at the University of Chicago - From a press release - From lesbian relationships in the early 1900s to the founding of Chicago Gay Liberation in 1970 to today, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning individuals have long been part of the University of Chicago's history. More than 95 oral histories gathered from alumni, faculty and staff join with archival and donated materials to tell those stories in this exhibition. Drawing ...


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Windy City Gay Idol 2015 announcement - After a dozen years of hosting Windy City Gay Idol, Windy City Times newspaper and Nightspots magazine are announcing they will not be programming the annual event in 2015. Started in 2003 as a takeoff on the popular American Idol TV show, the contests have been held throughout the city and suburbs, crowning winners based on the votes of a ...


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Local entertainment: Queen Latifah; Madonna; Gay horror-movie screening; gay marriage exhibit - Queen Latifah starring in 'Bessie' May 16 HBO has confirmed the debut date for Bessie, with the HBO Films presentation scheduled to debut Saturday, May 16, at 7 p.m. CT. Starring Oscar nominee Queen Latifah ( Chicago ) in the title role, Bessie focuses on legendary blues singer Bessie Smith's transformation from a struggling young singer into "The Empress of ...


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Billy Masters - "She's a hard act to follow! I just relate to that character, and I've loved it since I was a little girl."—Kelly Clarkson puts it out there that she'd be interested in headlining a Broadway revival of Funny Girl. And it might be fate—she shares a birthday with Babs. We'll share a video of her singing "My Man" in concert ...


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MUSIC Jimmy Somerville celebrates disco, Bronski Beat past - Last year marked the 30th anniversary of the song "Small Town Boy," the breakthrough hit by Bronski Beat. Former lead singer Jimmy Somerville is back with a brand-new disco beat and is set to release his new CD, Homage, on March 10. Windy City Times spoke with Somerville about his love of disco, being openly gay at the start of ...


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Local entertainment events: Homestretch; Tret Fure; Louder than a Bomb; African-American films - 'The Homestretch' screening March 14 Community Cinema, WTTW, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the Polk Bros Foundation are presenting an advance screening of The Homestretch, a film by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly. The screening will take place Saturday, March 14, 2-3 p.m., at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. ( A ...


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MOVIES Documentary looks at women's-rights movement - As the hot-button topic of same-sex marriage wiggles its way into the mainstream at an ever-hungry pace, there is another movement doing quite the same, albeit with far less fanfare. The women's-rights movement took off in the '60s and yet, nearly 50 years later, female workers still do not get paid the same wage as their male counterparts, their childbearing ...


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MOVIES 'Honest Liar' a revealing doc with gay magician - By Gary M. Kramer - There's a sucker born every minute, perhaps, but there are all too few people who try to expose the swindlers, charlatans and con men who deceive them. A magician, like James "The Amazing" Randi the subject of the fantastic documentary, An Honest Liar, is one such debunker. Directors Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein show how Randi relentlessly challenged the fake ...


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NUNN ON ONE Michael Urie airs his 'View' - Actor Michael Urie brings his past movie, WTC View, back to life this month with new distribution. Originally released in 2005, the film tells the story of gay photographer Eric—who has an apartment with a view of the World Trade Center—searching for a roommate in the weeks following 9/11. Known from his breakout role on Ugly Betty as Marc St. ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Fans of 1980s pop music and films by director John Hughes like Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and more won't want to miss the immersive concert experience For the Record: Dear John Hughes. Originally staged in Los Angeles, the Chicago run notably features some Hollywood glamour since Rumer Willis ( daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis ...







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