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Priscilla, The Nance part of Pride Films and Plays 2016-17 season - From a press release - Pride Films and Plays' 2016-17 season will include two Chicago premieres of Tony Award nominated shows and two world premieres, Executive Director David Zak and Artistic Director Nelson Rodriguez announced today. Under the theme, "Let in the Light," the season will open with the previously announced world premiere Resolution at Rivendell Theatre from October 21 to November 20, 2016. In ...


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Chicago International Film Festival in October, honoring Bogdanovich, McQueen - From a press release - Chicago ( August 25, 2016 ) - The Chicago International Film Festival today announces the first film selections to be featured at the 52nd edition, October 13-27. Additionally announced is Peter Bogdanovich as recipient of the Festival's Gold Hugo Lifetime Achievement Award and A Tribute to Steve McQueen in conjunction with the 20th Anniversary of the Festival's Black Perspectives program. ...


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Working in America featuring Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Lynsey Addario to open - From a press release - CHICAGO — August 15, 2016 — As election season heats up, a multimedia exhibit focused on issues of work in America will open Sept. 14 at Chicago Public Library's Harold Washington Library Center. Inspired by the anniversary of Studs Terkel's 1974 book "Working" and created by Project&, the exhibit features photographs by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and Project& Fellow Lynsey Addario. ...


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Visibility: Art AIDS America exhibit converts Chicago bank into gallery - Beginning in June 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control ( CDC ) began to gather reports of "19 cases of biopsy-confirmed Kaposi's sarcoma ( KS ) and/or Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia ( PCP ) among previously healthy homosexual male residents of Los Angeles and Orange counties." One month later, on July 3, the CDC noted in its Morbidity and Mortality ...


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GayCo, Second City comedienne Fabjance leaves legacy of laughter - Described by her fellow members of the legendary comedy club Second City as "an absolute paragon of a human being with the heart of a lion beating beneath that sweet veneer," beloved Chicago comedienne Judy Grace Fabjance passed away Aug. 20 after waging an eight-year war with breast cancer that, according to her sister Cathi, "astounded her team of doctors ...


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Theater spotlight on Dementia Me; Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight Texas transplant and gay performance artist John Michael recounts his two years working in a "memory care center" for senior citizens in his self-produced one-man show Dementia Me. Hear how Michael tried to enliven the remaining days of his many fading residents with balloon-filled parties and other activities. Dementia Me continues at 8 p.m. Mondays only through Sept. ...


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Clea DuVall: Out actress turns writer-director with 'The Intervention' - It took an intervention for Clea DuVall to finally come out of the closet publicly. While she's played queer characters throughout her career as actress —in 1999's But I'm A Cheerleader and HBO's Veep, most recently—DuVall's delightful directorial debut, The Intervention, finally gave her a chance to play a lesbian character that she related to, as well as feel comfortable ...


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THEATER REVIEW Mame - Playwright: Jerome Lawrence/Robt. E. Lee ( book ), Jerry Herman ( music/lyrics ). At: Light Opera Works, Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston. Tickets: 847-920-5360; LightOperaWorks, com; from $34. Runs through: Aug. 28 Hello, Dolly! and La Cage Aux Folles have been produced frequently by area theaters while Mame—an equally-fine Jerry Herman oeuvre—has gone unstaged seemingly forever. Light Opera Works ...


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THEATER REVIEW Bloodshot - Title: Bloodshot Playwright: Douglas Post. At: Solo Celebration at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $42-$48. Runs through: Sept. 10 To create a good hard-boiled noir whodunit, you need a good story—preferably involving murder, money, mysterious temptresses, duplicity and double-crosses, shady jamokes from all levels of society and plenty of surprise twists. What you also need, however, is ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Good Person of Szechwan - Playwright: Bertolt Brecht, adapted by Tony Kushner. At: Cor Theatre at A Red Orchid Theatre, 1351 N. Wells St. Tickets: $25. Runs through: Sept. 11 Ever since Bertolt Brecht's plays were declared safe for classroom curricila, young theater companies have eagerly embraced his aesthetic precepts, based in intellectual detachment, austerity and didacticspeak as dry as week-old toast. Tony Kushner knows ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A refined 'P.I.M.P.' - Broadway veteran André De Shields has built an impressively long performing career as a multitalented actor-singer-dancer-director-choreographer. De Shields was twice nominated for Tony Awards for starring in the musicals Play On! and The Full Monty, while his turns in the 1978 Fats Waller revue Ain't Misbehavin' and as the title role in The Wiz in 1975 are both the stuff ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "And while my sister Madonna wanders around Cuba in a red caddy ... lets hope that she remembers the oppression of the press, political opposition, the gay community and the anti hero Che....who was just as brutal and murderous as Stalin....he just didn't have as many people to kill...thats all."—Christopher Ciccone's Facebook post about Madonna visiting Cuba. Frankly, I'd rather ...


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Dancing About Architecture: Pieces of Glory on Britney's new album - Do you want a piece of her? That's what she asked in a previous single and in her Vegas show, as if we all had our expectations from a pop artist who has worked ( bitch ) for us for almost 20 years in the recording studio. If you ask a Britney fan, they all have their own favorites: Classic ...


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'Fun Home' national cast announced - Broadway In Chicago and Producers Fox Theatricals ( Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson ) and Barbara Whitman announced casting for the first national tour of the Tony-winning musical Fun Home. The tour will premiere in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., Nov. 2-13. Robert Petkoff ( Broadway's Ragtime, All The Way, Anything Goes ) will play Bruce, Chicago ...


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'Bette, Live' runs through Sept. 10 - Hell in a Handbag Productions is bringing back Bette, Live at the Continental Baths. It will run for nine performances through Sept. 10 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Handbag Diva and ensemble member Caitlin Jackson returns to pay tribute to the Divine Miss M's legendary cabaret act at the equally legendary Continental Bathhouse in New York City. The ...


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Dance for Life celebrates record-breaking silver anniversary - The 25th anniversary of Dance for Life ( DFL ), Chicago's annual dance fundraiser raising money and awareness for HIV/AIDS, kicked off with a star-studded gala at the Hilton Grand Ballroom on Michigan Avenue. Guests were treated to stiff cocktails and a gourmet grilled-cheese bar in addition to hugs and laughter as dancers, administrators and philanthropists from DFL's history came ...


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Entertainment news: Naomi Campbell, Ricky Martin, 'Xena,' Aretha Franklin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Empire co-stars Naomi Campbell and Jussie Smollett spoke to Attitude magazine recently, according to a Deccan Chronicle item. In part, Campbell said, "I have been surrounded by gay men my entire life, and because I have grown up working in the creative and fashion industries, many of them have become like family to me. Without gay men, I wouldn't be ...


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Two Chicago theatre legends to announce Jeff Awards Equity noms - From a press release - August 22, 2016 - Chicago, IL. Chicago theatre greats Deanna Dunagan and Mike Nussbaum will announce the nominations for the 48th Annual Joseph Jefferson Awards, recognizing excellence in Chicago theatre, on a video to be released Tuesday, August 30 at www.jeffawards.org. Ms. Dunagan and Mr. Nussbaum have often graced the Jeff Awards ceremonies as nominees and recipients during the course ...


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World premiere: Considering Matthew Shepard to be released Sept. 9 - From a press release - On September 9, 2016, Harmonia Mundi will release Considering Matthew Shepard, composed and conducted by Grammy®-winner Craig Hella Johnson, Founder and Artistic Director of Conspirare, Austin's acclaimed world-class professional choir. BUYCD Matthew Shepard was a young, gay college student at the University of Wyoming who in 1998 was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in ...


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NUNN ON ONE: INTERNET The fringe 'Benefits' of Kurt Conroyd - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Kurt Conroyd plays a gay man named River Manning in the web series The Benefits of Gusbandry. This Portland based comedy series also stars Brooke Totman from MADtv as his best friend. The title refers to a gay husband or gusband and follows the duos adventures together. Conroyd is known for movies such as Wild, Birds of Neptune and ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Jake Miller plays Market Days and 'Rumors' game - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pop singer Jake Miller is bringing sexy back, hailing all the way from Weston, Florida. After being signed to Warner Bros. Records, he released a debut album called Us Against Them. Now with a new EP called Overnight he heads out on the road with hitmakers Fifth Harmony for The 7/27 Tour. Windy City went behind the scenes of a ...


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Streisand to release 'ENCORE' Aug. 26 - Columbia Records has announced Barbra Streisand's "ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway" album will debut Friday, Aug. 26. The CD will feature 10 new Streisand duets of Broadway classics with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood. The new musical partners include Alec Baldwin, Antonio Banderas, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Seth MacFarlane, Melissa McCarthy, Chris Pine, Daisy Ridley, Patrick ...


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Comic Con welcomes thousands, honors heroes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Aug. 18-21, thousands of science-fiction and pop-culture fans attended Wizard World Comic Con at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Vendors of practically every stripe, artists and celebrities were on hand to greet the attendees. Among the highlights were Star Wars' Carrie Fisher ( Princess Leia ) joining the Back to the Future trio of Michael ...


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Reeling: Chicago LGBTA+ Int'l Film Fest lineup includes Hurricane Bianca, King Cobra - ( August 22, 2016 - Chicago, IL ) Chicago Filmmakers and Showtime Networks are pleased to present the 34th edition of Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival. The second-oldest LGBTQ film festival in the world and a beloved Chicago cultural institution for more than 30 years, Reeling returns September 22-29, 2016 with an exciting slate of movies that showcases ...


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Theater spotlight on LaChanze, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight For its first season benefit, Chicago Theatre Workshop is going big with Broadway talent by featuring Tony-wining star LaChanze in her solo Windy City debut. Not only is LaChanze famous for originating the role of Ti Moune in Once on this Island, but she also won her Tony Award for creating the role of Celie in The Color ...


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Billy Masters - "I think the way David just described it was flawless. The fact that I was going into this event knowing that my identity is rooted in Christ and not what the result of this competition is just gave me peace."—Steele Johnson ( a porn name if ever there was one ) talks about winning the silver medal in synchronized diving ...


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Out singer Anne Steele reacts to Orlando tragedy with 'Love' - "When the Orlando shooting happened, I was devastated—as we all were," Anne Steele said. "I didn't know how to react. I was on my way to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, to do a concert at The Blue Moon and my wife, Kelli, and I listened to the coverage all the way there. I knew I had to get on stage that next night and ...


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MOVIES A moment with Meryl Streep - Acting luminary on love of gay people,, her LGBT roles - Meryl Streep is laughing her signature laugh. You know it: Sometimes light and airy, sometimes a surge of boisterous euphoria that carries well into the next question—but always unmistakably Meryl. Cinema's grand dame cracks one of her warm, famous chortles during our recent interview while entertaining the idea that her latest chameleonic role, as real-life opera diva Florence Foster Jenkins ...


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Auditorium Theatre names new CEO - The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University has named Tania Castroverde Moskalenko as its chief executive officer. Castroverde Moskalenko is currently the president/CEO of The Center for the Performing Arts and the Great American Songbook Foundation in Carmel, Indiana. She joined the Center in June 2012. Henry Fogel, who has been interim CEO since April of this year, will return to ...


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THEATER REVIEWS Planted; Pen; The Transcivility of Albert Cashier - At: Chicago Musical Theatre Festival at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000 or cmtf.org; $20 per show. Runs through: Aug. 24 ( Cashier ); Aug. 25 ( Planted ) Aug. 26 ( Pen ) I probably shouldn't be writing this triple review of Planted, Pen and The Transcivility of Albert Cashier, three new LGBTQ shows in Underscore ...


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THEATER REVIEW Three Hotels - Playwright: Jon Robin Baitz. At: Bluebird Arts at The Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6875; AthenaeumTheatre.org; $25. Runs through: Sept. 17 This excellent production reminds me of the power and deeply woven texture of this frequently produced 80-minute tragedy. Kenneth Hoyle ( Dave Belden ) is broken, but we don't know that at first. Addressing us directly from a ...


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The Promise of a Rose Garden - Playwright: Dustin Spence. At: Babes With Blades Theatre Company at City Lit, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: $22. Runs through: Sept. 10 In stories about men and war, the soldiers squabble among themselves, raise ruckus out of sheer boredom, but stand shoulder-to-shoulder on the battlefield, only to be haunted in later years by memories of horrors witnessed. In ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Jackie Wilson Story - Playwright: Jackie Taylor. At: Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: $55-$65. Runs through: Sept. 4 Matinee audiences frequently are slower to warm up than evening crowds, daylight hours tending to discourage suspension of disbelief. At the remount of this, Black Ensemble's most successful show—its second since premiering in 2000—almost a whole 15 minutes went by before spontaneous applause ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER 'THIS' and that: Menninger directs diverse play - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Mix a gay director, a gay character and a bisexual all together and what do you get? The answer is THIS, a production at Windy City Playhouse. While the main story is centered around a straight couple, it is easy to see what people in the LGBT community have contributed to the end product. The production centers around four New ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Out rapper Big Dipper provides the scoop - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Queer rapper Big Dipper is returning to Chicago and bringing some heavy-handed tunes with him. Starting with his YouTube hit "Drip Drop," Dipper made a name for himself and never looked back. Songs like "Thick Life" and "Free Money" continue the trend of mixing free speech with hip hop beats. Windy City called up the Evanston native to discuss his ...


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Casting set for first National Tour of Fun Home, on stage in November - From a press release - CHICAGO ( August 16, 2016 ) — Broadway In Chicago and Producers Fox Theatricals ( Kristin Caskey, Mike Isaacson ) and Barbara Whitman are thrilled to announce casting for the first National Tour of Fun Home, the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning Best Musical. The tour will premiere in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre ( 24 W. Randolph ) for a limited ...


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SHOW REVIEW Todrick Hall entertains in 'Straight Outta Oz' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Tarina Hargrays - On Aug. 9, multitalented performer and YouTube personality Todrick Hall brought his musical tour, Straight Outta Oz to Chicago's historic Thalia Hall. Musical-goers ranged from all ages and demographics. The house was packed with hundreds of people as Hall and his crew took the stage. The musical is based off of the famous movie The Wizard of Oz. It tells ...


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SHOW REVIEW Dolly keeps it pure and simple at Ravinia - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Most of Boystown traveled up north to Highland Park on Aug. 7. Ravinia Festival filled to the brim in a sold-out show featuring Dolly Parton with her large lesbian and gay fan base. Parton kicked things off with "Why'd You Come in Here Looking' Like That," bringing high energy with a signature smile as well as a hunky cowboy assistant. ...


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Harris Theater, Lyric Unlimited announce the return of Beyond the Aria - Featuring RenĂ©e Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Eric Owens - From a press release CHICAGO ( August 10, 2016 ) The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, in association with Lyric Unlimited, has announced the return of Beyond the Aria — the highly acclaimed performance series produced by the Harris Theater which pairs internationally celebrated opera singers of Lyric's mainstage alongside rising stars from The Patrick G. and Shirley W. ...


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Entertainment news: Beyonce's 'Becky,' Hugh Jackman, Big Freedia - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Broadway musical theater producers Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley will be honored at the 2016 National LGBTQ Task Force Gala—Miami, according to a press release. The annual fundraising gala will take place Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Rudetsky and Wesley will be presented with the National Leadership Award for their work to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Dance for Life marks 25 years, plans for future - Twenty-five years ago, dancers Keith Elliott and Todd Keich put on a sold-out dance concert raising money to do something about the AIDS epidemic, which, in 1992, was heavily impacting Chicago's dance community. The formula was simple and effective: Put great dance onstage, and donate the revenue to HIV/AIDS research and advocacy organizations. Since its humble beginnings, Dance for Life ...


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Theater Spotlight on Bette, Live at the Continental Baths and Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Bette Midler is readying her Broadway return in a high-profile revival of the musical Hello, Dolly! this season. Yet you can see another take on Midler in her early career with another revival. Hell in a Handbag Productions is bringing back its hit 2015 musical tribute Bette, Live at the Continental Baths. Caitlin Jackson once again inhabits the ...


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THEATER REVIEW Einstein's Gift - by David Mccann - Playwright: Vern Thiessen. At: Genesis Theatrical Productions at The Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N. Southport. Tickets: at 773-935-6875 or Athenaeumtheatre.com; $30. Runs through: Aug. 28 Noted Canadian playwright Vern Thiessen crafted this accessible 2003 drama about two Nobel Prize-winning scientists as a memory play. It's a story about two friends who, despite working in similar fields of science at the same ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Anton Chekhov Book Club Returns - Playwright: text by Anton Chekhov. At: Moving Dock Theatre Company at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $17.50-$19.50. Runs through: Sept. 23 ( Fridays only ) Anton Chekhov is mostly known for his plays, not for the hundreds of short stories serving as a kind of verbal photo album of his society as he viewed it. Moving Dock ...


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THEATER REVIEW Mother (and Me) - Sean Margaret Wagner - Playwright: Melinda Buckley. At: The Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336 or GreenhouseTheater.org; $25-$30. Runs through: Aug. 14 "Mother," Writer/Performer Melinda Buckley says, and the floor lights up with the word beneath her as thunder rolls, "It's a big word." With that edict, we are whisked into the lives of Melinda and her mother Eileen, two uproariously ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Merchant of Venice - Playwright: William Shakespeare. At: Shakespeare's Globe at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier. Tickets: 312-595-5600; ChicagoShakes.com/merchant. Runs through: Aug. 14 This 10-day run is sold out but seek tickets anyway, perhaps cancellations or the waiting list. The Merchant of Venice is freshly deep, darkly lavish, tensely acted and revealing, as carefully edited and crisply directed by Jonathan Munby. Its buoyant comic ...


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'Transparent' director talks 'More Than T' documentary series - Beginning with a brightly animated title Trans 102, a nearly two minute Public Service Announcement ( PSA ) released in late June contains a cast of celebrated transgender and gender nonconforming individuals representing the full scope of the community's beautifully multifaceted spectrum. They each deliver a collage of voices to a succinct, powerfully written message sometimes highlighted by a perfectly ...


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Market Days talent unveiled - Northalsted Market Days has announced the musical acts for the Aug. 13-14 event that will take place on North Halsted Street between Belmont Avenue and Addison Street, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Among the acts performing Aug. 13 are Deborah Cox ( "Nobody's Supposed To Be Here," at 8:45 p.m. on the Belmont Stage ), Diana King ( "Shy Guy," 4:30 p.m. ...


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'Wink and a Nod' at Driehaus - The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St., will present the special exhibition "With a Wink and a Nod: Cartoonists of the Gilded Age," has opened. The exhibition features 74 rare original drawings created for Puck magazine, as well as published cartoons and more than 20 vintage publications. According to a press release, "the pages of Puck are a ...


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'BITE' running thru Aug. 14 - Pride Films and Plays ( PFP ) will complete its summer in Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St., with the world premiere of BITE: A Pucking Queer Cabaret, PFP Artistic Associate Derek Van Barham's pop-rock ode to A Midsummer Night's Dream. BITE: A Pucking Queer Cabaret runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. The ...


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Carrie Fisher, 'Back to Future' stars at Comic Con Chicago - Wizard World, Inc., announced that Star Wars' Carrie Fisher will make her first Wizard World appearance ever in Chicago, where she will join the Back to the Future trio of Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and Lea Thompson. Also, The X-Files' Gillian Anderson will join the previously announced David Duchovny, Mitch Pileggi and William B. Davis for a cast reunion ...


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Coming up: Disco legend Clifford, LGBT Milwaukee, Numbers Nerds, Musically Human Theatre - Disco legend Clifford in concert Aug. 26 Disco legend Linda Clifford will be in concert at Unity in Chicago, 1925 W. Thome Ave., on Friday, Aug. 26. There will be a meet-and-greet with Clifford at 7 p.m., followed by a concert at 8 p.m. Clifford is known for such hits as "Runaway Love," "If My Friends Could See Me Now" ...


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NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Trans speaker Jackson Bird flies into Nerd Comedy Fest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 4th Annual Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival returns this August and geeks are going wild. For four days socially awkward friends can celebrate with workshops, performances and special events. Transgender speaker/video creator Jackson Bird is headlining the festival along with another online sensation, Team StarKid. Jackson Bird is the spokesperson and communications director for the Harry Potter Alliance where he ...


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Nelson Rodriguez named Artistic Director of Pride Films and Plays - From a press release - CHICAGO - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Nelson Rodriguez, a Chicago-based actor and writer of Puerto Rican descent who has been an ensemble member of Pride Films and Plays since August 2012, has been named the company's first Artistic Director, Executive Director David Zak announced today. "Nelson's contributions to the company as an actor, production manager and curator of our film ...


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NUNN ON ONE Hailee Steinfeld shows 'True Grit' in acting, music - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld is determined to sell out stadium's on her own but in the mean time she will get by with a little from her friend Meghan Trainor. As a young actress Steinfeld was nominated for an Oscar and a slew of other awards for the movie True Grit. She went on to various other roles in ...


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Entertainment: Drag Race, Jared Leto, Melissa Etheridge, Where the Bears Are - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars season two debuts Thursday, Aug. 25, with a 90-minute episode, a press release stated. For the first time in "Drag Race" history, the full season will simulcast on Logo and VH1. Joining the main stage panel of Todrick Hall, Carson Kressley, Michelle Visage and RuPaul will be Raven-Symone, Ross Mathews, Jeremy Scott, Nicole Scherzinger, Graham ...


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CONCERT ROUNDUP Lovato, Jonas make it hot for the summer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas have left their Disney beginnings behind in exchange for a full scale Future Now Tour that arrived in Rosemont, Illinois, Aug. 2. Opener Mike Posner got emotional talking about his mom and performed his radio hits "Please Don't Go" and "I Took a Pill in Ibiza." Jonas began his set with "Levels." He has learned ...


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New book looks at German LGBT life during 1880-1945 - Clayton J. Whisnant's newest book, Queer Identities and Politics in Germany: A History, 1880-1945, is an examination of LGBT life during a time of great scientific discovery as well as changing social and political climates. According to the book, it explores "the emergence of various queer identities," specifically what it meant to be LGBT in Germany from 1880 to 1945, ...


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Billy Masters - "I'm killing myself for this tour because there's a painting I want!"—Barbra Streisand explains the impetus behind this latest concert tour. Singers typically have a short professional life. Beverly Sills sang her last opera at 51, while Callas was only 42. When Judy Garland died at 47, she had already been in vocal decline for several years. And let's not ...


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Zumanity's Edie at Davenport's Aug. 18 - Drag sensation Edie—who just marked her 4,000th show as the Mistress of Sensuality in Cirque du Soleil's show Zumanity—will perform at Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave., on Thursday, Aug. 18, at 8 p.m. The showgirl will sing and dance her way through an hour of original songs and standards all with her signature '60s go-go style. ...


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SAVOR Fig & Olive; Taste of A'ville coming up - Elegant Gold Coast restaurant Fig & Olive ( 104 E. Oak St.; FigAndOlive.com ) is still bringing the goods, this time with its summer menu. Watermelon and asparagus are among the items emphasized on Fig & Olive's current menu, available through late September. Things started off well with a raspberry mojito that was just on the right side of tartness—and ...


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Vives Q features trans activists Parker and Betancourt - by Nina Matti - The National Museum of Mexican Art was busy and lively Aug. 2 for Vives Q's First Tuesday event. Attendees gathered at the Pilsen museum to snack, chat and learn from the evening's special guests, Joe Betancourt and Channyn Lynne Parker. One of Vives Q's cofounders, Emmanuel Garcia, conducted interviews with the two influential trans activists about their careers, lives and ...


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Upcoming in theater: In the Next Room at TimeLine, Trio A/Trio B at Links Hall - 'In the Next Room' cast announced Chicago Inclusion Project Founder and Producer Emjoy Gavino has announced the cast of the next of The Chicago Inclusion Projects reading series, In the Next Room, or the vibratory play by Sarah Ruhl. The reading, presented in partnership with TimeLine Theatre Company and The League of Chicago Theatres, will take place Tuesday, Aug. 9, ...


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Lily Tomlin to be honored with 2016 SAG Life Achievement Award - From a press release - LOS ANGELES ( Aug. 4, 2016 ) — Lily Tomlin — an entertainment maverick whose talents put her at the pinnacle of comedy, acting, writing and producing — has been named the 53rd recipient of SAG-AFTRA's highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Tomlin will be presented the performers union's most prestigious distinction at ...


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The Color Game: whitewashing Latinx stories at Victory Gardens Aug 9 - From a press release - Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater and Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists ( ALTA ) Chicago, along with Chicago Inclusion Project, Congo Square, Teatro Vista, Silk Road Rising, and La Cooperativa of Latina/o Theatre Artists ( La Co-Op ) will host The Color Game: whitewashing Latinx stories onAugust 9, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. at Victory Gardens Theater. The Color Game serves ...


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Windy City Theater Series 2016 tickets on sale - Click on the link for full schedule: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/WCT_TS2016-17_ad_v04.pdf . ...


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OUTspoken! marks two years of community stories - About 150 participants have, since 2014, taken to the stage at Sidetrack for OUTspoken!, the monthly storytelling program for members of the LGBT community, according to its co-emcee Kim Hunt. August marked the two-year anniversary of OUTspoken! Hunt, who is executive director of Pride Action Tank, reflected on its significance in her opening remarks at the August 2 installment. "They ...


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Numbers Nerds, Almost All-Girl Math Challenge workshop show - From a press release - CPA Theatricals' workshop production of Numbers Nerds, or the Almost All-Girl Math Challenge, was selected to be produced at the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival Aug. 13 at noon and Aug. 27 at noon. Numbers Nerds is the story of an all-girl math team from Our Lady of Perpetual Chastity ( now a charter school ) in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The mathletes ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT New things to sing - The history of musical theater teems with boy-meets-girl stories. So you can't blame LGBTQ fans of the genre who grumble about the paucity of new musicals that reflect the diversity of their lives on stage. Three of the 14 new musicals debuting at Underscore Theatre Company's 3rd annual Chicago Musical Theatre Festival ( CMTF ) seem poised to do some ...


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THEATER REVIEW Douglass - Playwright: Thomas Klingenstein. At: The American Vicarious at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; TheaterWit.org; $25. Runs through: Aug. 14 A theatrical tribute to Frederick Douglass is appropriate as his bicentennial nears ( probably born 1818 ). This remarkable American, born a slave, became an internationally revered advocate for freedom and justice and a charismatic writer and speaker. ...


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THEATER REVIEW Direct from Death Row: The Scottsboro Boys - Playwright: Mark Stein, music and lyrics by Harley White Jr. At: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: $42. Runs through: Aug. 27 The title references a real-life chapter in our nation's history, but this is not another cut-and-dried, preserved-under-glass docudrama. Likewise, its subtitle promises "An Evening of Vaudeville and Sorrow," but don't worry—the sorrow doesn't come until after ...


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Billy Masters - "When I was dating a guy I was hiding everything that I did because everything personal felt like it was immediately trivialized, so I didn't like it. ... But then it changed when I started dating a girl. I was, like, 'Actually, to hide this provides the implication that I'm not down with it or I'm ashamed of it', so ...


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SAVOR Lark - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Boystown restaurant Lark ( 3441 N. Halsted St.; LarkChicago.com ) basically has something for everyone. As for the name, owner Mark Liberson—who seemingly owns half of the Boystown strip—told Windy City Times, "Lark was inspired by the idea of bringing people together, like 'birds of a feather flocking together,' and having a lark, engaging in mischievous, light-hearted fun together. In ...


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The Black Slot in world premiere with AstonRep Theatre Co. - From a press release - CHICAGO ( August 1, 2016 ) — AstonRep Theatre Company is pleased to open its 2016-17 season with the world premiere of THE BLACK SLOT, Warren Hoffman's hilarious and biting satire about racial politics in the American regional theater, directed by Associate Artistic Director Derek Bertelsen*. THE BLACK SLOT will play September 1 — October 2, 2016 at The Raven ...


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Casting announced for Hell in a Handbag's world premiere of Skooby, Don't - From a press release - CHICAGO ( August 2, 2016 ) — Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to announce casting for its world premiere Skooby, Don't, David Cerda's uproarious parody of a beloved cartoon classic, directed by Derek Van Barham. Just in time for Halloween, follow the adventures of four adults — Scaggy, Fredd, Velva and Daffy — who wear the same clothes ...







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