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Howard-Browns-ChiQ-on-April-28

Howard Brown's 'ChiQ' on April 28 - Howard Brown Health will hold "ChiQ" ( formerly Garden of Eve ) on Saturday, April 28, 7-11 p.m., at South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr. There will be dancing, performances by Jeezy's Juke Joint, light bites and community-building. DJ All The Way Kay and DJ Sandra Suave will provide music. Admission is $75-$200 each; visit https://howardbrown.org/event/chiq/ . ...


Waa-Mu-Show-May-4-13-at-NU

'Waa-Mu Show' May 4-13 at NU - The 87th annual Waa-Mu Show—Northwestern University's student-written and -orchestrated musical presented in collaboration with the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at Northwestern University—will take place May 4-13 at Cahn Auditorium 600 Emerson St., Evanston. Undergraduate student co-chairs Maxwell Beer, Sarah Ohlson, Andrew Restieri and Kaja Burke-Williams—all Northwestern seniors—lead the 2018 production, under artistic director David H. Bell. ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "You know, and I will get fired for this, but I'm never going to say that I don't. I will get fired for that. By the way, they're both pretty substantial, I think."—Donald Trump Jr. answers Adam Carolla's question, "When you and your pops are in the shower, who's got the bigger package?" In the first place, who is in ...


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BOOKS In 'Red As Blue,' Ji Strangeway creates universe of possibilities - Ji Strangeway describes the 1980s in Denver as the "dark ages," explaining that she grew up surrounded by evangelical-sponsored billboards filled with messages of hate and intolerance and people who were equally bigoted. Strangeway said being LGBT and Asian-American only made her childhood and teenage experience harder. "I was suicidal," she said, adding that even though her family didn't ascribe ...


Springfield-drag-show-April-28

Springfield drag show April 28 - On Saturday, April 28, the Phoenix Center will present Springfield Pridefest Club LaCage Drag Show at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, Theatre III, 420 S. Sixth St., Springfield. This event is chaired by Deanna Knight. The show will feature top Springfield drag performers, many who are past and/or present title holders including: Mimi Vancartier, Sara Belle Knight, Mahogany Knight, ...


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Siskel showing 'Best of Black Harvest' - The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago announced increased funding for The Best of Black Harvest West with a grant of $8,000 as part of an overall package of $18,000 from The Allstate Corporation to support the Black Harvest Film Festival. This grant specifically supports the expansion of the Black Harvest Film Festival's ...


Ted-Allen-talks-Dining-Out-for-Life-Chopped-and-Queer-Eye

Ted Allen talks Dining Out for Life, 'Chopped' and 'Queer Eye' - Ted Allen was originally introduced to the country when he was one of the original quintet in Bravo network's television program Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which ran 2003-07. After appearing on Top Chef as a judge, Allen ( who still has ties to the Windy City, years after writing for Chicago magazine and living here throughout the 1990s ...


Stars-on-Ice-on-April-29-with-Adam-Rippon

'Stars on Ice' on April 29, with Adam Rippon - Out Olympian Adam Rippon will be among the figure skaters featured when the Stars on Ice tour comes to the Allstate Arena on Sunday, April 29, at 4 p.m. Other skaters on the tour include 2018 Winter Olympian and two-time national champion Nathan Chen; ice-dance gold medalists/Dancing with the Stars competitors Meryl Davis and Charlie White; siblings/Olympians Maia & Alex ...


-Julia-Sweeneys-show-to-start-April-24

Julia Sweeney's show to start April 24 - The Second City announced that SNL vet Julia Sweeney's one-woman show Julia Sweeney: Older and Wider will move to the theater's e.t.c. stage for a six-week run April 24-May 30. Sweeney is a writer, actor, comedian, director and monologist who is perhaps most recognized as a Saturday Night Live cast member from 1990 to 1995, during which she created the ...


Lavender-Country-performing-April-26

Lavender Country performing April 26 - The LGBT artist Lavender Country will be performing in Chicago at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., on Thursday, April 26, at 9 p.m. Lavender Country is a band featuring Patrick Haggerty, a lifelong social-justice activist and a man who many consider to be the first out gay country singer. Haggerty wrote and recorded the Lavender Country album in 1973. ...


Big-Package-Auction-April-21-at-Center

'Big Package Auction' April 21 at Center - Chicago Gay Men's Chorus will present The Big Package Auction '18, hosted by the hilarious musical duo Amy & Freddy, on Saturday, April 21, 5-8 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. There will be comedy, music, gourmet food, cocktails, and silent and live auctions—the latter featuring all-male package models. Admission is $95-$150 each, with tables for $750; ...


Bridge-Dance-Festival-through-May-6

Bridge Dance Festival through May 6 - The Bridge Dance Festival—the culmination of four years of Japanese focused programming at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave., including the National Performance Network Asian Exchange, Beyond the Box and Links to Japan—is taking place through May 6. It features Links Hall commissioned works by Kaori Seki ( Tokyo ) and Darrell Jones ( Chicago ), and J'Sun Howard ( ...


The-Roommate-June-21-Aug-5

'The Roommate' June 21-Aug. 5 - Steppenwolf Theatre Company will present the Chicago premiere production of The Roommate, by Jen Silverman and directed by Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad. The Roommate begins previews June 21, and the production runs through Aug. 5 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. The production will feature ensemble members Ora Jones ( as Robyn ) and Sandra Marquez ( ...


PFPs-His-Greatness-in-Dublin-in-May-fundraisers-planned

PFP's 'His Greatness' in Dublin in May; fundraisers planned - Pride Films and Plays' Chicago premiere production of Daniel MacIvor's His Greatness—inspired by a 'potentially true story' during the declining days of Tennessee Williams—will be performed at the 15th Annual International Dublin Gay Play Festival that will take place May 7-20 in Dublin. The entire original cast of last fall's production will travel to Dublin and will perform the play ...


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THEATER 'L'Imitation of Life' shows parody will get you everywhere - Hell in a Handbag productions are the gaudiest you'll find in Chicago, with camp parodies ranging from Golden Girls to a revisioning of A Miracle Worker, with a drag queen Helen Keller. The company returns with a remount of its 2013 production of L'Imitation of Life, playwright Ricky Graham's take on the film of ( almost ) the same name, ...


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BOOKS Nina Packenbush talks 'Girls Like Me' - Nina Packebush's first novel, Girls Like Me, breaks new ground with the story of a pregnant queer teenager, Banjo. Recently named as a recommended title by the In the Margins 2018 Book Awards, Packebush says she wrote Girls Like Me "for myself, my friends, all of the queer teen parents out there, as well as anyone who has ever felt ...


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THEATER REVIEW South Pacific - Playwright: Rodgers & Hammerstein ( music/lyrics/book ) and Joshua Logan ( book ) At: Drury Lane Theatre ( Oakbrook Terrace ) Tickets: 630-530-0111; DruryLaneTheatre.com; $47-$62. Runs through: June 17 Wherever U.S. military men and women fight bullies today—Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and The Niger ( and wherever else secretly )—they are discouraged from intimate involvement with the locals ... but ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Another-Jungle

THEATER REVIEW Another Jungle - Playwright: Kristin Idaszak At: The Buena at the Pride Arts Center, 4147 N. Broadway. Tickets: $25. Runs through: April 29 Produced by Cloudgate Theatre in collaboration with The Syndicate, playwright Kristin Idaszak's thought-provoking Chicago-based play Another Jungle starts its world premiere this month. Inspired by Upton Sinclair's 1906 novel The Jungle, which revolutionized food safety in its time, Another Jungle ...


THEATER-REVIEW-9-to-5-The-Musical

THEATER REVIEW 9 to 5 The Musical - Music and lyrics: Dolly Parton Book: Patricia Resnick. At: Firebrand Theatre at the Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $20-$45; FirebrandTheatre.org. Runs through: May 20 Here are two things about Nine to Five that have changed since its debut as a 1980 movie and reboot as a musical in 2008: Even without composer/lyricist Dolly Parton joining in, the ...


THEATER-SPOTLIGHT-Midsummer-Nights-Dream

THEATER SPOTLIGHT Midsummer Night's Dream - When the Joffrey Ballet takes on Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman's Midsummer Night's Dream, the performance will be a world away from Shakespeare's original. For one thing, Swedish indie rocker Anna von Hausswolff accompanies the ballet for three songs. For another, Ekman's telling of the Bard's into-the-woods rom-com incorporates a celebration of Scandinavian Midsummer holiday rituals, quasi-Pagan celebrations that herald the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Lettie

THEATER REVIEW Lettie - Playwright: Boo Killebrew At: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; VictoryGardens.org; $15-$56. Runs through: May 6 Sometimes a role fits an actor so seamlessly it feels as if it were written specifically for them. That's the case with Caroline Neff and Lettie, now in a gripping world premiere at Victory Gardens. In the title role, playing a ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - The Gentleman Caller, Raven Theatre, extended through May 27. You can see this play because it's so literary or because it's so gol-durn romantic, but you should also see it because it's going to launch its author and actors to stardom beyond our city limits. MSB The Rosenkranz Mysteries: Physician Magician, Royal George Theatre, through May 6. Magic is the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Ghosts-of-War

THEATER REVIEW Ghosts of War - Playwright: adapted by William Massolia, from the novel by Ryan Smithson. At: Griffin Theatre Company at The Den, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $30-$50. Runs through: May 6 At the very outset, our narrator warns us, "I am G.I. Joe Schmo. They will not make movies about me. There will be no video games revolving around my involvement in the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-33-to-Nothing

THEATER REVIEW 33 to Nothing - Playwright/Composer: Grant James Varjas At: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. Tickets: 312-943-8722; ARedOrchidTheatre.org; $30-$35. Runs through: May 27 On the heels of Steep Theatre's Birdland, A Red Orchid Theatre takes its own dive into the grungy waters of the rock-'n'-roll lifestyle. But unlike the narcissistic globetrotting star in Simon Stephens' drama, Grant James Varjas' 33 to Nothing ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Our-Great-Tchaikovsky-

THEATER REVIEW Our Great Tchaikovsky - Playwright/Performer: Hershey Felder; Music: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky At: Steppenwolf Theatre Upstairs, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650 or Steppenwolf.org; $55. Runs through: May 13 Hershey Felder has built up an impressive multi-hyphenated career as a pianist-playwright-performer-composer. From his one-man Broadway show George Gershwin Alone to others like Monsieur Chopin and Beethoven As I Knew Him, Felder has dedicated much of ...


DANCE-PROFILE-Getting-to-know-Lucky-Plush-dancer-Aaron-Raheim-White

DANCE PROFILE Getting to know Lucky Plush dancer Aaron-Raheim White - How does one go from being a quiet young boy with an unstable home to being a successful Reiki master-teacher and MFA in dance? This isn't a rags-to-riches story, energy healers and dancers being on the lower rungs of the economic hierarchy in this country. But Aaron-Raheim White—a dancer with Chicago dance-theater company Lucky Plush—has a story steeped in self-discovery, ...


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Season of Concern hosts 'Cabaret for Care' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Season of Concern's 2018 annual benefit titled Cabaret for Care came to the Goodman Theatre on April 9. The evening had donors enjoying entertainment for around 90 minutes along with a special VIP reception beforehand. Host E. Faye Butler and Honey West joked together, sang a duet of "Laughing Matters," and then took turns introducing performers. The recipient of three ...


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NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Peaches Christ, worshipping at altars of John Waters, Mink Stole - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Director John Waters has influenced and created many movie stars over the years with an iconic career. Known as the Dreamlanders, many of his actors were repeatedly used in multiple films, as in the example of Mink Stole.  Her career began as a party guest in Roman Candles and continued to Waters last film A Dirty Shame. The only films ...


SHOWBIZ-Pose-Beyonce-Days-of-Our-Lives-Serena-Williams

SHOWBIZ 'Pose,' Beyonce, 'Days of Our Lives,' Serena Williams - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Television audiences got their first glimpse of FX's hotly anticipated, history-making series Pose with the release of the show's first trailer, The Huffington Post noted. The eight-episode season will "explore the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the ball culture world, the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe and the downtown social and literary scene," ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TV-Ross-Marquand-on-his-gay-character-in-The-Walking-Dead

NUNN ON ONE TV Ross Marquand on his gay character in 'The Walking Dead' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hailing from Colorado, performer Ross Marquand grew up impersonating celebrities that eventually led to a career in voiceover work. His talents have been heard on the cartoons Robot Chicken, and Phineas and Ferb, as well as video games like Battlefield Hardline.  It was when this straight actor grabbed the opportunity to portray The Walking Dead's first openly gay character that ...


May-Pride-Film-Fest-Celebrating-Who-We-Are-May-8-

May Pride Film Fest "Celebrating Who We Are" May 8 - From a press release - Chicago, IL - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Pride Films and Plays' eighth monthly festival of LGBTQ independent films will be screened on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The theme for this 82-minute program of nine films is "Celebrating Who We Are." The screening will be held in The Broadway, Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago, beginning at 7:30 pm. 2000 ...


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Artemis Pride More Than Music concert, dance June 9 - From an Artemis press release - Artemis Singers' More Than Music Pride choral concert and community dance, will include poet e nina jay, author of Body of Rooms, and DJ OCD in the soaring gothic acoustically beautiful space of First Unitarian Church of Chicago in Hyde Park on June 9. The theme for the evening reflects that the organization goes beyond choral singing, presenting music written ...


Ex-Focus-on-the-Family-daughter-refocuses-her-life-mission

Ex-Focus on the Family daughter refocuses her life mission - In her authentically jarring memoir Refocusing My Family: Coming Out, Being Cast Out, and Discovering the True Love of God, author and activist Amber Cantorna rips the mask off the anti-LGBTQ evangelical ministry Focus on the Family—and does so from the inside. That's because from the age of three years old, Cantorna's father was an executive in the mission to ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Gentleman-Caller-

THEATER REVIEW The Gentleman Caller - By Brian Kirst - Playwright: Phillip Dawkins At: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: RavenTheatre.com; $38-$46. Runs through: May 27 Last year, American Theater Company delivered a powerful, experimental look at William Inge's Pulitzer Prize winning Picnic. This production examined the underlying sexuality in Inge's work, seemingly uncovering multiple layers of queerness. Phillip Dawkins' The Gentleman Caller, being given its world premiere at ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I would let them both die."—Kathy Griffin answers Howard Stern's question, "If you had to save Anderson Cooper's life, or Andy Cohen's life, who do you choose at this point?" When pressed to choose one, she saved the Silver Fox. PHEW. Of Cohen, she said, "I hate him. I loathe him. I think he is a talentless piece of shit." ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Rick-Astley-80s-icon-talks-touring-gay-fan-base-Boy-George

NUNN ON ONE MUSIC Rick Astley, '80s icon talks touring, gay fan base, Boy George - English singer Rick Astley broke out with the 1987 song "Never Gonna Give You Up" and after several hit songs later retired in 1993 before a comeback in 2007. Thanks to rickrolling he became an internet phenomenon. On a recent phone call, Astley mentioned he has new music coming out in the future, but plans on playing much of his ...


THEATER-Tchaikovsky-delves-into-gay-composers-symphonies-struggles

THEATER 'Tchaikovsky' delves into gay composer's symphonies, struggles - When would-be patrons from Russia approached pianist and composer Hershey Felder about performing a musical biography of Peter Tchaikovsky in the Russian-born maestro's homeland, Felder turned them down flat. "If I told Tchaikovsky's story in Russia, I would be thrown in jail because of their anti-gay laws," Felder said. Russia's ministry of culture officially and categorically denies that Tchaikovsky—the man ...


MUSIC-Cellist-Seth-Parker-Woods-discusses-gay-composer-Julius-Eastman

MUSIC Cellist Seth Parker Woods discusses gay composer Julius Eastman - Seth Parker Woods is on a first-name basis with Julius Eastman. When talking with the cellist about working with the music of Eastman, the minimalist composer who died in 1990 after years of addiction, he abandons academic courtesy and refers to the composer as "Julius." It makes sense given his years close to Eastman's work, as part of a larger ...


The-Roommate-June-21-Aug-5

'The Roommate' June 21-Aug. 5 - Steppenwolf Theatre Company will present the Chicago premiere production of The Roommate, by Jen Silverman and directed by Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad. The Roommate begins previews June 21, and the production runs through Aug. 5 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. The production will feature ensemble members Ora Jones ( as Robyn ) and Sandra Marquez ( ...


PFPs-His-Greatness-in-Dublin-in-May-fundraisers-planned

PFP's 'His Greatness' in Dublin in May; fundraisers planned - Pride Films and Plays' Chicago premiere production of Daniel MacIvor's His Greatness—inspired by a 'potentially true story' during the declining days of Tennessee Williams—will be performed at the 15th Annual International Dublin Gay Play Festival that will take place May 7-20 in Dublin. The entire original cast of last fall's production will travel to Dublin and will perform the play ...


-Cornerstone-at-ArtSpace-8-in-April

'Cornerstone' at ArtSpace 8 in April - Chicago non-profit theater company Nothing Without a Company has announced the location and cast of its next show, Cornerstone. The production will take place at ArtSpace 8, 900 N. Michigan Ave., third level. The show will run through April 29 on Thursdays-Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 6 p.m. Visit NothingWithoutaCompany.org for tickets. ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Birdland

THEATER REVIEW Birdland - Playwright: Simon Stephens At: Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn St. Tickets: 773-649-3186; SteepTheatre.com; $10-$38. Runs through: May 12 What Todd Rundgren memorably termed "the ever popular tortured artist effect" is on full display at Steep Theatre in Simon Stephens' Birdland, in which a British rock star spirals downward—and takes a few others with him—during a world tour. But though Jonathan ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Wolf-at-the-End-of-the-Block

THEATER REVIEW The Wolf at the End of the Block - Playwright: Ike Holter At: 16th Street Theater, 6420 16th St., Berwyn. Tickets: $18-$22; 16thstreettheater.org . Runs through: May 5 Ike Holter's The Wolf at the End of the Block comes suffused with a palpable sense of unease. Before the first word is spoken, you know that something bad, very bad, has happened. Something awful enough to render you fearful ...


Theater-Spotlight

Theater Spotlight - Neil Tobin's exegesis on death ( and what happens to you next ) is a fine way to celebrate the season of rebirth. The 60-minute Necromancer takes place in Rosehill Cemetery's May Chapel. Tobin's no sham spiritualist or horror schlockmeister. Pro tip: Don't bring children and don't expect ectoplasmic manifestations. Necromancer isn't about jump scares or ghoulishness, but about the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Down-the-Rocky-Road-and-All-the-Way-to-Bedlam

THEATER REVIEW Down the Rocky Road and All the Way to Bedlam - Playwright: D. Matthew Beyer At: Otherworld Theatre at Nox Arca Studio, Suite 405 at 4001 N. Ravenswood Ave. Tickets: Pay-what-you-can ( suggested price: $20 ). Runs through: May 13 Whether exemplifying the technological utopias of the 1890s, the space operas of the 1930s, the social commentaries of the 1960s or the cyberpunk nihilism of the 1990s, all science fiction must ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Gaslight-District-

THEATER REVIEW Gaslight District - Playwright: the Cast At: The Second City e.t.c. ( sic ), 230 W. North Ave. Tickets: 312-337-3992; SecondCity.com; from $21. Runs through: Open run Shakespeare called them soliloquies, when actors stepped away from their surroundings to reveal their innermost thoughts. The 19th century called them "asides," spoken for the audience's benefit. This new revue calls them "scene holes," when the ...


THEATER-The-Cake-a-very-personal-play-for-lesbian-director

THEATER 'The Cake' a very 'personal play' for lesbian director - When director Lauren Shouse came out years ago, one of the people she told was her oldest, closest friend. "At first, she was OK with it," Shouse recalled. "Then she told me she had talked to her pastor. And she had some Bible verses she wanted me to read. She finally told me we all had a choice about how ...


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'Bolder Than Out' features variety show, panel discussion - As a part of the Coalition for Justice and Respect ( CJR ) sixth annual Bolder Than Out ( BTO ) conference, "Kitchen Table Action," Chicago State University's ( CSU ) Student Government Association ( SGA ) and In Demand Entertainment ( IDE ) hosted the BTO Ball April 6 at CSU. The event featured a VIP reception, free HIV ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TELEVISION-Gay-superhero-Surge-flies-onto-small-screen

NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Gay superhero Surge flies onto small screen - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cinema's first out gay superhero Surge is flying onto the small screen, thanks to creator Vincent J. Roth. Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel follows the story of Surge battling the Metal Master in Big City. Stars from the past have joined this case, including Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols and Robert Picardo, comedian Bruce Vilanch, Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno, ...


Queer-dance-series-through-June-17

Queer dance series through June 17 - "Queer Dance Connection: A Workshop Series," with Celia Calder presenting, will take place April 15, May 20 and June 17, 3-5 p.m., at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave. This beginner-friendly movement workshop series for people of all genders, all abilities and all levels of dance experience will mix activities from various partner dances such as contact improv and queer ...


THEATER-Being-an-extra-in-An-Enemy-of-the-People

THEATER Being an extra in 'An Enemy of the People' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Forty of us troop single file down the hallway and two flights of stairs. We pass the prop construction shop with a plaque quoting A Midsummer Night's Dream, several all-gender restrooms and bulletin boards with headshots and union notices pinned three deep. As I wait with my back against the wall, I bat an origami crane, painted pink and dangling ...


LGBTQ-documentary-film-programs-to-held-on-April-16-and-17

LGBTQ documentary film programs to held on April 16 and 17 - From a Pride Films and Plays press release - Chicago, IL - The full-length feature THE LAST GOSPEL OF THE PAGAN BABIES — a documentary about a 150 year old, gender-bending, sexual outlaw community in the American south — will be screened on Monday, April 16. AN EVENING WITH MICHAEL HORVICH AND HIS FILM ALZHEIMER'S: A LOVE STORY — a screening of Horvich's short documentary and a talk by ...


SHOWBIZ-Ryan-Murphy-Universal-Love-Jay-Z-Imagine-Dragons

SHOWBIZ Ryan Murphy, 'Universal Love,' Jay Z, Imagine Dragons - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - While discussing the theme of the next American Crime Story with The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Murphy let slip a development in the cast of American Horror Story, according to Queerty. The Hollywood Reporter stated, "When it comes to Murphy's other FX anthologies, he's currently casting an eighth season of American Horror Story ( and, in classic Murphy fashion, reveals he's ...


THEATER-A-Blue-Island-in-the-Red-Sea-tackles-Chicagos-racist-history

THEATER 'A Blue Island in the Red Sea' tackles Chicago's racist history - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Here's a piece of rarely taught Chicago history: Wrigley Field was built by one of the nation's foremost Ku Klux Klan ( KKK ) members. Charles Weeghman built the field and named it after himself, opening it for baseball in 1914. Weeghman also organized the first KKK rally in Illinois, presiding over a crowd of some 12,000 Klansmen. If you've ...


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Pride Films and Plays 2018-19 season to feature Southern Comfort, Trevor - From a press release - For 2018-19, its second full season in its home at the two-stage Pride Arts Center, Pride Films and Plays will expand to a five-show season, up from the four-show schedule of 2017-18. Artistic Director Nelson A. Rodriguez today announced the company's lineup of four plays and one musical under the theme "We Are Family." Rodriguez explains, "This season we are ...


THEATER-REVIEW-LImitation-of-Life

THEATER REVIEW L'Imitation of Life - Playwright: Ricky Graham with Running with Scissors, adapted from the film Imitation of Life At: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252; HandbagProductions.org; $29-$34. Runs through: May 6 Douglas Sirk's storied run of lush cinematic melodramas ended with 1959's Imitation of Life, starring Lana Turner and Juanita Moore as two single mothers in New York—one white and striving to ...


Comics-Expo-attracts-tens-of-thousands-to-Chicago

Comics Expo attracts tens of thousands to Chicago - The cosplay and fan favorites were ever-present at the jam-packed Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, C2E2, April 6-8 at McCormick Place. Among the tens of thousands were many creative characters, plus the expected Star Wars, Wonder Woman and Black Panther. LGBTQs and people of all interests and backgrounds attended the event, which included lots of autograph sessions, panels, comic books ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Rosenkranz-Mysteries-Physician-Magician-

THEATER REVIEW The Rosenkranz Mysteries: Physician Magician - Playwright: Eugene Burger, Jessica Fisch & Ricardo Rosenkranz At: Opus Magica Music at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. Tickets: $50-$75. Runs through: May 6 If the notion of a physician who professes to believe in magic makes you uncomfortable, remember that the initial step in any scientific discovery is a perceptual one: First you observe that something ...


Springfield-Pridefest-Club-LaCage-Drag-Show

Springfield Pridefest Club LaCage Drag Show - Springfield, IL, April 2, 2018— On Saturday, April 28, 2018 the Phoenix Center will present Springfield Pridefest Club LaCage Drag Show at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, Theatre III. This event is chaired by the talented Deanna Knight. The show will feature top Springfield drag performers, many who are past and/or present title holders including: Mimi Vancartier, Sara Belle ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Spitfire-Grill

THEATER REVIEW The Spitfire Grill - Playwright: Book, music and lyrics by James Valcq and Fred Alley At: Refuge Theater Project at the Windy City Cafe, 1062 W. Chicago Ave. Tickets: $30. Runs through: May 5 The location of the diner lending our production its title is identified in the playbill as "Northern Wisconsin" (though textual clues indicate the state's southwestern counties)—specifically, an economically depressed ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "There is no hell. There is the disappearance of sinful souls. They are not punished. Those who repent obtain the forgiveness of God and enter the rank of souls who contemplate Him. But those who do not repent and cannot therefore be forgiven disappear."—Pope Francis makes heaven sound like a hot club. If you don't get past the velvet rope, ...


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PERFORMANCE '9 to 5' in the age of #MeToo: Firebrand runs problematic play - This is the era of #MeToo, Time's Up and many other "woke" movements that are changing the zeitgeist of the country, especially where women are concerned. Sexual harassment is no longer tolerated; women are, more and more, speaking up for themselves. Into this moment in time, Harmony France of Firebrand Theatre ( the company that gave us Lizzie this winter ...


BOOKS-Shears-genius-musician-on-memoir-Boys-Keep-Swinging

BOOKS Shears' genius, musician on memoir 'Boys Keep Swinging' - These days, Jake Shears is busier than ever. In addition to starring as Charlie Price in Kinky Boots on Broadway, he has an upcoming album in the works, and also recently released the frank, sexy, and very engrossing memoir, Boys Keep Swinging. In the new book, Shears chronicles his youth and life as an outsider, his struggle as an artist ...


Bolder-Than-Out-ball-April-6

'Bolder Than Out' ball April 6 - In Demand Entertainment ( IDE ) and Chicago State University ( CSU ) Student Government Association ( SGA ) will participate in the Coalition for Justice and Respect ( CJR ) Bolder Than Out ( BTO ) Conference: Bridging the Gap by hosting the "Bolder Than Out" ball on campus at 9501 S. King Dr. on Friday, April 6, at ...


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Blues exhibit to open April 7 at CHM - People will be able to explore how blues music was electrified and amplified in Chicago in the immersive and interactive exhibition, "Amplified: Chicago Blues," that opens Saturday, April 7, at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. It will run through Friday, Aug. 10. The photography of Raeburn Flerlage, a local record distributor and photographer of the city's music ...


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Ravinia season includes Diana Ross, Whoopi, Culture Club - This year's Ravinia Festival's schedule has been announced—and genres ranging from jazz to comedy to classical music to hip-hop will be part of the season. According to Ravinia's website, just a few of the highlights include Diana Ross ( June 2 ); R&B singer Anita Baker, known for her hit "Sweet Love" ( June 10 ); musician Jackson Browne ( ...


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Waithe on cover of Vanity Fair - Out actor/writer Lena Waithe—an Emmy-winning African-American who hails from Chicago and Evanston—is on the cover of the April issue of Vanity Fair. Described in the artilce as "on the butch side of queer but with delicate edges," Waithe, 33, said, in part, "I don't need an Emmy to tell me to go to work. I've been working. I've beenwriting, I've ...


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PFP's 'His Greatness' in Dublin in May; fundraisers planned - Pride Films and Plays' Chicago premiere production of Daniel MacIvor's His Greatness—inspired by a 'potentially true story' during the declining days of Tennessee Williams—will be performed at the 15th Annual International Dublin Gay Play Festival that will take place May 7-20 in Dublin. The entire original cast of last fall's production will travel to Dublin and will perform the play ...


Waa-Mu-Show-May-4-13-at-NU

'Waa-Mu Show' May 4-13 at NU - The 87th annual Waa-Mu Show—Northwestern University's student-written and -orchestrated musical presented in collaboration with the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at Northwestern University—will take place May 4-13 at Cahn Auditorium 600 Emerson St., Evanston. Patrons can reserve the seats for the production Manhattan Miracle, a fictionalized account of the origins of the American musical. Online sales for ...


LImitation-of-Life-through-May-6

'L'Imitation of Life' through May 6 - Hell in a Handbag Productions will kick off its 2018 season with a revival of its 2013 hit L'Imitation of Life—a parody of the 1959 film Imitation of Life, about race, mothers and daughters. The production will run through May 6 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. L'Imitation of Life will feature Handbag ensemble member Ed Jones as Lana ...


Frederick-Douglass-Now-April-6-at-NU

'Frederick Douglass Now' April 6 at NU - Frederick Douglass Now—a one-man show by award-winning writer/actor Roger Guenveur Smith—will take place Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in the Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Dr., on Northwestern University's Evanston campus. The show blends contemporary tropes on American race relations and politics with writings from the former slave and famous 19th-century social reformer. Smith has appeared in eight ...


THEATER-Gentleman-Caller-explores-intersection-of-art-sexuality

THEATER 'Gentleman Caller' explores intersection of art, sexuality - By Regina Victor - Director Cody Estle and playwright Philip Dawkins laugh and vibe like old friends and frequent collaborators, finishing each other's sentences and feeding off of each other's energy. Their camaraderie bodes well for The Gentleman Caller, Dawkins' new play about a fateful encounter between playwrights Tennessee Williams and William Inge. Directed by Estle, the world premiere opens April 6 at Edgewater's ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Smart-People

THEATER REVIEW Smart People - At: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. Tickets: 847-242-6000; WritersTheatre.org; $35-$80. Runs through: June 10 Writers Theatre's production of Smart People is sleek, stylish and zinging with witty repartee. It is also more of an intellectual exercise than a dramatic one. As the titular brainy folks engage in razor-sharp banter, playwright Lydia R. Diamond makes the audience privy to the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-How-I-Learned-to-Drive-

THEATER REVIEW How I Learned to Drive - Throughout the ages, love obsessive, forbidden and/or undying has been exalted in Romantic literature. Pity the man who pledges his heart to a damsel herself little more than a child, however. ( Before you go "Eeew," remember that this category includes Edgar Allen Poe, Lewis Carroll and Elvis Presley. ) Not only must he suffer the censure of society and, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Pretty-Woman-The-Musical

THEATER REVIEW Pretty Woman, The Musical - Written by Garry Marshall and J.F. Lawton, with songs by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance At: Oriental Theatre 24 W. Randolph St.; BroadwayInChicago.com. Tickets: $33-$125. Runs through: April 15 Within the first 10 minutes of the new musical Pretty Woman, a prostitute is found beaten to death in a dumpster. Everybody shrugs and moves on. This pretty much sets the ...







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