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THEATER-REVIEW-Sir-Gawain-and-the-Green-Knight-A-Rock-n-Rock-Musical

THEATER REVIEW Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A Rock 'n' Rock Musical - Book by: John C. Ashton. Music and lyrics by: Foreigner, Scorpions, Great White and more At: Raven Theatre Complex, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: greenknight.brownpapertickets.com; $25 Runs through: Dec. 17 At a monastery in 14th-century medieval England, an unknown author sat down to pen an epic poem. Luckily, the romantic manuscript survived the ages and is now known as one ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - I've said it before, but one of the best shows every year is the "Divas Simply Singing" AIDS benefit. This year, Sheryl Lee Ralph completely reinvented the enduring event as an elegant, swanky reception, dinner and concert. The evening began with a VIP reception and book-signing with my dear friend, Jenifer Lewis. At the concert, I was onstage singing and ...


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MOVIES John Ridley covers L.A. Riots, lesbian officer in 'Let It Fall' - Although he has been a part of Hollywood for some time, John Ridley cemented his status as a force to be reckoned with when he won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film 12 Years a Slave. Now, he's back, as the director and screenwriter of the documentary Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982—1992—an unflinching look at ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Surpassing-Certainty-By-Janet-Mock

BOOK REVIEW Surpassing Certainty By Janet Mock - $24.99; Atria; 228 pages When you were 20, you wanted only to impress. If people looked at you, wasn't that good? You wanted to be seen, watched, adored by those you saw as desirable. But what, exactly, did you want people to notice? Was it your hair, your body or, as in Surpassing Certainty, by Janet Mock, was the whole ...


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Lakeside Pride honors Strawn - Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles members presented Member Resources Director Brandon Strawn with its Founders Award in recognition of his longtime contributions to the organization. The presentation came near the conclusion of Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band's Fall 2017 concert, which was held the afternoon of Nov. 12 at the Athenaeum Theatre. The concert, titled "State of the Union," featured pieces by ...


Drag-Race-queens-in-Chicago-Dec-21

Drag Race' queens in Chicago Dec. 21 - The queens of RuPaul's Drag Race are spreading cheers and queers throughout the world this holiday season in their new musical-comedy show, Christmas Queens. They will be in Chicago on Thursday, Dec. 21, at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., at 8 p.m. Michelle Visage will host with live performances by Manila Luzon, Ginger Minj, Jinkx Monsoon, Sharon Needles, Phi ...


MUSIC-Matisyahu-talks-new-CD-religion-LGBTs

MUSIC Matisyahu talks new CD, religion, LGBTs - Matisyahu ( nee Matthew Paul Miller ) definitely made an impression when the public got to know him more than a decade ago. Not only was he an Orthodox Jew who adhered to the tradition of wearing a long beard, etc., but he blended religion-based themes with musical genres such as hip-hop and reggae—but he produced several hits, including "King ...


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NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Michael Stuhlberg, Making his 'Name' known - Actor Michael Stuhlbarg has two new movies with gay content debuting this month at Landmark Theatre in Chicago: The Shape of Water and Call Me By Your Name. Back in 2009, he rose to attention playing a university professor named Larry Gopnik in A Serious Man. Notable parts in the movies Blue Jasmine, Trumbo, Steve Jobs and Doctor Strange followed. ...


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Theater Spotlight on Sadhaus A Christmas Carol - See what happens when members of the drag troupe Sadhaus get their bedazzled press-on nails on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in their spoof show SAD Christmas: A Holiday Dragstravaganza. It features characters like Wanda Scrooge, Tiny Tuck and even Santa Claus himself. SAD Christmas: A Holiday Dragstravaganza plays 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15 and 16, at GMan ...


Critics-Picks

Critic's Picks - Quixote: On the Conquest of Self, Writers Theatre through Dec. 17. Henry Godinez as the mad knight, Don Quixote, is brilliant, skilled, assured, funny, physical and profound in this less-than-perfect 90-minute contemporary Mexican play with a sappy Peter Pan-ish ending. JA The Book of Will, Northlight Theatre, Skokie, through Dec. 17. It's a foregone conclusion that the collected plays of ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Wicked-

THEATER REVIEW Wicked - Playwright: Winnie Holzman ( book ), Stephen Schwartz ( music & lyrics ) At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com; $62-$212. Runs through: Jan. 21 It seems impossible that it's been 12 years since Wicked first came to Chicago for an historic multi-year run. For this seven-week return visit ( not the first ), the opening-night audience ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Carol connections - The Goodman Theatre is currently celebrating the 40th anniversary of A Christmas Carol. Through the decades, this popular perennial stage adaptation of Charles Dickens' most famous novella has featured hundreds of actors. Two such performers are the couple Molly Brennan and Malic White. Both starred opposite each other earlier this year in American Theater Company's non-binary cast revival of William ...


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LETTER Halberstam update - Note: Michael Halberstam, the longtime artistic director for Glencoe-based Writers Theatre, was accused by a former subordinate of harassment and lewd behavior. The statement below is from the company: As you may be aware, Writers Theatre recently learned of a sexual harassment claim via social media involving our co-founder and Artistic Director Michael Halberstam. Because some of you have previously ...


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Showbiz news: Laverne Cox, 'Queer Eye,' Patti LaBelle, Rogers-Berlanti wedding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Emmy Award nominee Laverne Cox is set to host the Lifetime beauty-competition series Glam Masters, set to air Wed., Feb. 28, a press release noted. The eight-episode series ( which has Kim Kardashian West and Diana Madison as executive producers ) puts beauty influencers through themed challenges in order to impress Cox, celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic, YouTube makeup expert ...


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Resistance songs highlight Artemis Singers "Rise Up" Concert Jan. 13 - From a press release - EVANSTON, Ill. Artemis Singers, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will present "Rise Up," a call-to-action concert of progressive, energizing music, with guest artist Melanie DeMore and students from Evanston Township High School ( ETHS ) at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at ETHS, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, Ill. DeMore, an Oakland, California vocal activist and choral conductor, will also lead ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Wicked-

THEATER REVIEW Wicked - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Winnie Holzman ( book ), Stephen Schwartz ( music & lyrics ) At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com; $62-$212. Runs through: Jan. 21 It seems impossible that it's been 12 years since Wicked first came to Chicago for an historic multi-year run. For this seven-week return visit ( not the first ), the opening-night audience ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Sir-Gawain-and-the-Green-Knight-A-Rock-n-Rock-Musical

THEATER REVIEW Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, A Rock 'n' Rock Musical - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Book by: John C. Ashton. Music and lyrics by: Foreigner, Scorpions, Great White and more At: Raven Theatre Complex, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: greenknight.brownpapertickets.com; $25. Runs through: Dec. 17 At a monastery in 14th-century medieval England, an unknown author sat down to pen an epic poem. Luckily, the romantic manuscript survived the ages and is now known as one ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Violet

THEATER REVIEW Violet - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Music by Jean Tesori, book and lyrics by Brian Crawley At: Griffin Theatre Company at the Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $42. Runs through: Jan. 13 The sight greeting us upon our entering the Den's second floor auditorium is that of a plain wooden bench occupied by a shabbily dressed young woman with the face of an ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Little-Red-Cyrano

THEATER REVIEW Little Red Cyrano - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Aaron Sawyer At: Red Theater Chicago at Strawdog Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice Ave. Tickets: $40. Runs through: Jan. 7 According to Red Theater's playbill, the author of its play completed his script after grappling with issues of linguistic accessibility, cultural appropriation and the female objectification shared by lovestruck suitors and sexual predators alike. His contemplations led him to ...


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MUSIC Matisyahu talks new CD, religion, LGBTs - Matisyahu ( nee Matthew Paul Miller ) definitely made an impression when the public got to know him more than a decade ago. Not only did was he an Orthodox Jew who adhered to the tradition of wearing a long beard, etc., but he blended religion-based themes with musical genres such as hip-hop and reggae—but he produced several hits, including ...


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Deeply Rooted's 'Deeply Free' in Dec. - As the culminating event of its 20th-anniversary season, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater ( DRDT ) will present "Deeply Free," opening with a program featuring the premiere of South African choreographer Fana Tshabalala's INDUMBA and continuing with performances showcasing works that span the company's history. Performances are Dec. 8—10 at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts on the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Altered-Boy

THEATER REVIEW Altered Boy - Written and Starring: Garrett Allain. Directed by: Jeff Bouthiette. Music Direction: Robbie Ellis. At: The Buena at Pride Arts Center, 4147 N. Broadway. Tickets: PrideFilmsandPlays.com: $25. Runs through: Dec. 30 Garrett Allain stars in his autobiographical one-man show Altered Boy, at the Pride Arts Center. The show dodges and weaves through his coming of age as a gay man in ...


Theater-Spotlight-on-Songs-from-My-Holiday-Closet

Theater Spotlight on Songs from My Holiday Closet - Singer/songwriter Larry Todd Cousineau returns to perform Songs from My Holiday Closet. The musical revue features Cousineau's funny and touching "HoliGay" songs, performed by the author and other guests. Songs from my Holiday Closet plays 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway. Tickets are $20 and $25; visit UptownUnderground.net. ...


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THEATER REVIEW Puff: Believe It or Not - Playwright: Eugene Scribe, translated by Ranjit Bolt At: Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; RemyBumppo.org; $42.50-$52.50. Runs through: Jan. 7, 2018 You've driven 500 miles to meet someone. When your car breaks down, the very person you've come to meet magically stops to help you. Your twin brother, MIA in Afghanistan for 10 years, ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - The Book of Will, Northlight Theatre, Skokie, through Dec. 17. Playwright Lauren Gunderson has fun dramatizing the difficulties along the way to get book published in this solid Midwest premiere overseen by director Jessica Thebus. SCM I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn't Even Smile, Redtwist Theatre, through Dec. 18. Absent external circumstances of tragic proportions, the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-A-Dickens-Carol-

THEATER REVIEW A Dickens Carol - Playwright: Ned Crowley At: Oak Park Festival Theatre at the Madison Street Theatre, 1010 Madison St., Oak Park. Tickets: $30. Runs through: Dec. 24 "Dickens was dead, to begin with," proclaims the conductor employed by London's South Eastern Railway—and yes, you heard that correctly. It's said that drowning victims see their lives flash before their eyes, so when, at 9:39 ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Partying-away-in-BLKS

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Partying away in 'BLKS' - Poet-playwright Aziza Barnes was inspired to write the play BLKS as a reaction to two very different experiences. The unflinching comedy focusing on young and queer African-Americans receives a world-premiere production this week at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Barnes spent a semester studying in Ghana while attending New York University. Instead receiving a welcoming embrace in Africa, Barnes was prodded to ...


Queer-Theatre-Kalamazoo-to-stage-play-by-Corinne-J-Kawecki-in-January-

Queer Theatre Kalamazoo to stage play by Corinne J. Kawecki in January - From a press release - KALAMAZOO, MI — December 06, 2017 — Queer Theatre Kalamazoo ( QTK ) continues its season into 2018 with The Days are Shorter by Corinne J. Kawecki. The Days are Shorter will run Jan. 11-14, 2018 in Kalamazoo, MI. Produced by Laura Kay Henderson and Directed by Sarah E. MacLean, the production stars Shannon Fleckenstein, Ellen Bennett, Katie Houston, and ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I don't know if I'm gonna make a pitcher or catcher out of you."—Robert Reed to the child version of John Travolta in The Boy in the Plastic Bubble. If one believes the testimony of numerous masseurs, the answer is catcher! Don't fuck with Dr. Seuss. The dearly departed doyenne of radio Lynn Samuels was given to reading from Horton ...


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NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Lois Smith In her 'Prime' - The legendary actress Lois Smith continues to have a career that just keeps getting better. She trained at the legendary Actors Studio, with Lee Strasberg, and she made her Broadway debut at age 22 in the play Time Out for Ginger. She returned to Broadway with The Iceman Cometh; then, The Grapes of Wrath earned her a Tony Award for ...


Baryshnikov-in-Chicago-Feb-2-4

Baryshnikov in Chicago Feb. 2-4 - ‹‹‹‹‹Cherry‹‹‹‹‹ Orchard ‹‹‹‹‹Festival‹ will present ‹‹‹‹‹the ‹‹‹‹‹Chicago ‹‹‹‹‹premiere ‹‹‹‹‹of‹‹‹‹‹ the one-man‹‹‹‹ ‹‹‹‹‹play Brodsky/Baryshnikov—conceived‹‹‹ and‹‹‹ directed‹‹‹ by ‹‹‹Alvis ‹‹‹Hermanis,‹‹‹‹ and starring Mikhail‹‹‹‹‹ Baryshnikov—Feb.‹‹‹ 2-4,‹‹‹‹‹ 2018,‹‹‹‹‹ at ‹‹‹‹‹the‹‹‹‹‹ Harris Theater ‹‹‹for ‹‹‹Music‹‹‹ and ‹‹‹Dance, ‹‹‹205‹‹‹ E.‹‹‹ Randolph ‹‹‹Dr. This ‹‹‹limited‹‹‹ Chicago ‹‹‹engagement‹‹‹ caps ‹‹‹the three-city‹‹‹ North ‹‹‹American ‹‹‹tour ‹‹‹of ‹‹‹the‹‹‹ production that ‹‹‹The ‹‹‹New ‹‹‹Riga ‹‹‹Theatre ‹‹‹and Baryshnikov‹‹‹ Productions co-produced. Performed‹‹‹‹‹ in ...


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MoCP exhibit looks at gender, sexuality - The Museum of Contemporary Photography ( MoCP ), 600 S. Michigan Ave., will host the exhibition "Disruptive Perspectives" through Friday, Dec. 22. "Perspectives," according to the museum's website, "explores gender, sexuality, and identity. The artists included use photography to articulate an expansive range of identities that cannot be sufficiently characterized using simplistic binaries. "Rather than rendering identity as fixed, the ...


We-Three-Shows-Dec-11-at-Thalia-Hall

'We Three Shows' Dec. 11 at Thalia Hall - ‹‹‹‹‹Members of the national touring companies of Wicked and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical as well as Hamilton Chicago company members will host "We Three Shows: A Broadway Holiday Benefit," a cabaret concert benefitting Chicago House and Social Service Agency and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The event will take place Monday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Hall, 1807 ...


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MOVIES In good 'Shape': Richard Jenkins on his latest film - Director Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water is a loving, emotional, witty and sometimes gory homage to old Hollywood creature features and romance with its 1962-set tale of a mute cleaning woman, Elisa ( Sally Hawkins ), who falls in love with a Creature from the Black Lagoon-like monster ( played by Doug Jones, Star Trek: Discovery's alien Science ...


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'Vibrators and Vino' event Dec. 12 - "Vibrators and Vino: A Feminist Evening with Vibrator Nation" will take place Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m., at Early to Bed, 5044 N. Clark St. The reading/discussion will center around Lynn Comella's book Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure. In Vibrator Nation, Comella tells the history of how sex-toy stores raised sexual consciousness, redefined the ...


Magic-Cabaret-closing-Dec-27-

Magic Cabaret closing Dec. 27 - After a decade-long run, The Magic Cabaret is ending. David Parr and Joe Diamond are wrapping up the run with four more performances at Greenhouse Theater Center on Nov. 29 as well as Dec. 13 20 and 27. Tickets are $25; visit MagicCabaret.com or call 773-404-7336. ...


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DANCE Love and marriage: Hubbard Street couple dance together - By Joanna Furnans - The story goes that Glenn Edgerton, the artistic director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Tom Mossbrucker, the artistic director of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, have been best friends since they danced together at the Joffrey Ballet. So when the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet toured to Chicago in 2013, Edgerton threw a party for the company and invited the Hubbard ...


How-Hansel-Became-Gretel-Dec-7-10

'How Hansel Became Gretel' Dec. 7-10 - On Dec. 7-10, tap dancers of jorsTAP chicago will take the stage at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave., to premiere "Hansel and Gretel: How Hansel Became Hansel." "jorsTAP Chicago is a 501( c )( 3 ) non-profit organization that was established in 2012 to disrupt the preconceived notions of tap dance," according to ...


WeFest-at-Pride-Arts-Center-on-Dec-11

'WeFest' at Pride Arts Center on Dec. 11 - WeFest ( formerly SheFest and LezFest )—Pride Arts Center's' semi-annual celebration of Chicago's queer female, non-binary and trans artists that is being presented in partnership with the Center on Halsted—will take place Monday, Dec. 11, at the Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway. It will begin with a music salon at 6:30-7:30 p.m, continue with a variety show at 7:30-9 ...


Artemisia-accepting-submissions-for-next-year

Artemisia accepting submissions for next year - Artemisia is now accepting submissions from playwrights who are represented by an agent or reside in the greater Chicago area to be considered for Fall Festival 2018. The annual fall festival features six female-driven plays presented as staged readings from which the audience chooses Artemisia's world-premiere productions. There is no fee to submit and complete submission guidelines can be found ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-WEB-Kit-Williamson-experiences-LA-in-EastSiders

NUNN ON ONE: WEB Kit Williamson experiences L.A. in 'EastSiders' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Set in Los Angeles, the series EastSiders is the story of Cal, played by Kit Williamson, who learns that boyfriend Thom, actor Van Hansis, has been cheating on him. They continue in the relationship afterwards and the show follows the adventures of their surrounding friends who tag along for the ride. First presented on YouTube, then streaming on Logo TV's ...


Joffrey-Ballet-presents-ewly-reimagined-holiday-classic-The-Nutcracker

Joffrey Ballet presents ewly reimagined holiday classic The Nutcracker - From a press release - CHICAGO ( November 9, 2017 ) — Following a wildly successful world premiere in December 2016, The Joffrey Ballet will present its newly reimagined holiday classic The Nutcracker by Tony Award®-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon in 33 performances only, at the historic Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago at 50 East Congress Parkway, December 1-30, 2017. "This stunning version ...


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Showbiz news: Ryan Murphy, Mariah Carey, MIssy Elliott, Armie Hammer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Producers Guild of America ( PGA ) has selected Ryan Murphy as the recipient of its 2018 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, Variety noted. Murphy will receive the award at the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 20 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. He has won four Emmys and two PGA Awards; also, he was the recipient ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Buttcracker-A-Nutcracker-Burlesque

THEATER REVIEW The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Nutcracker Burlesque Playwright: Music by Peter Ilyich Tschaikovsky, choreography by Darling Shear At: Tom Boi Theatricals at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway. Tickets: $25-$30. Runs through: Dec. 20 The Nutcracker has figured in the repertoire of family-friendly Yuletide-season relics ever since its premiere in 1892. The boldness of Tom Boi Theatricals gender-fluid casting can thus be said to ...


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Blue Over You (A Mysterious One-Man Love Story with Musical Bits), Jan 5 - 28 - ( Evanston, Ill. ) - Spot On Company debuts the World Premiere of "Blue Over You" ( A Mysterious One-Man Love Story with Musical Bits ) written by Daniel Noonan and directed by Sarah Whitney, co-founders of Spot On Company. Chicago theater favorite Michael Joseph Mitchell stars in the company's fledgling production. "Blue Over You" runs January 5-28, 2018, at ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Book-of-Will

THEATER REVIEW The Book of Will - BY SEAN MARGARET WAGNER - Author: Lauren Gunderson At: Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets: 847-673-6300 or Northlight.org; $30-$76. Runs through: Dec. 17 Most theaters use this time of year to trot out family-friendly versions of A Christmas Carol or the Nutcracker; however, Northlight Theatre is hoping mature audiences will be just as endeared to Lauren Gunderson's The Book of Will. This midwest premier ...


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Theater Spotlight on Hellcab - The Agency Theater Collective puts a new spin on Will Kern's Chicago holiday classic Hellcab. Director Sommer Austin adds a different gender dynamic by casting Rusty Schwimmer as the lonely Windy City cab driver who faces an oddball assortment of passengers in the days leading up to Christmas. Agency Theater Collective's revival of Hellcab continues through Sunday, Dec. 17, at ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Queer and present: An LGBTQ holiday theater preview - 'Tis the season for perennial holiday favorites like A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker, It's a Wonderful Life, The Christmas Schooner and all of their many iterations and variations. But the end of the year is also bountiful in the number of productions with LGBTQ ties with lots of drag and other irreverent humor. Here's a roundup of some of those ...


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Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: December's featured storytellers - The December edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info. —William Gordon managed public libraries in Washington State, Idaho, Minnesota and Maryland and was then selected to be the Executive Director of The American Library Association, ...


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'Cards Against Humanity' Dec. 1 - Cards Against Humanity: Late Night Writers Room returns for one night only on Friday, Dec. 1, at 10 p.m. at The Greenhouse Theater Center ( downstairs mainstage ), 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. The night of improv comedy ( for those 18 and older ) is inspired by the popular and politically incorrect party game Cards Against Humanity. Chicago drag sensation ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Rayna rules with LCD Soundsystem - The synthesizer player and composer Gavin Rayna Russom continues to evolve as an artist and person. Eventually becoming a member of the band LCD Soundsystem was just the beginning for the transgender performer. This technical wizard works by blending soundscapes, leading to intense solo work and occasionally playing DJ to the crowds most recently at Chicago's Berlin Nightclub. What started ...


We-Three-Shows-Dec-11-at-Thalia-Hall

'We Three Shows' Dec. 11 at Thalia Hall - ‹‹‹‹‹Members of the national touring companies of Wicked and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical as well as Hamilton Chicago company members will host "We Three Shows: A Broadway Holiday Benefit," a cabaret concert benefitting Chicago House and Social Service Agency and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The event will take place Monday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Hall, 1807 ...


Artemisia-accepting-submissions-for-2018

Artemisia accepting submissions for 2018 - Artemisia is now accepting submissions from playwrights who are represented by an agent or reside in the greater Chicago area to be considered for Fall Festival 2018. The annual fall festival features six female-driven plays presented as staged readings from which the audience chooses Artemisia's world-premiere productions. There is no fee to submit and complete submission guidelines can be found ...


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GLAAD releases TV diversity report - GLAAD has released its annual "Where We Are on TV" report. The report analyzes the overall diversity of primetime scripted series regulars on broadcast networks and assesses the number of LGBTQ characters on cable networks and original streaming series on the services Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix for the 2017-18 TV season. This marks the 22nd year that GLAAD has tracked ...


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Siskel to show drag-ballet film, plus 'Tom of Finland' - The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., is presenting the Chicago premiere of Rebels on Pointe through Nov. 30. Rebels on Pointe is a 2016 documentary about ihe New York-based Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo—the gay, all-male dance troupe that has, for 40 years, satirized ballet classics. Clips provide a look at the onstage action as the ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MOVIES Stephen Cone and the 'Cyd' effect - After Stephen Cone moved to Chicago in 2004, he taught himself to make movies and changed the course of his life. He began by writing the short film Church Story; then a medium-length film called The Christians came next. Several more followed, with In Memoriam, about a group of students; then, The Wise Kids, a coming-of-age drama that did well ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Vampire's Protege - By Damian Serbu. $13.99; Ninestar Press; 296 pages Charon is young, attractive, gay ... and calloused to the point of narcissism. Men are his prey, but Charon's brash personality leads him to become prey himself one night when singled out by a vampire in a Wilton Manors gay bar. Styx's plan: to enter Charon in a competition to become ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Hope-Store

BOOK REVIEW The Hope Store - By Dwight Okita. $13.95; Createspace; 256 pages. Imagine if hope was a tangible thing, a commodity to be bought and sold. Local author Dwight Okita imagines a slightly altered reality where a Hope Store—part medical clinic, part relaxation studio—is open in Andersonville. His story is told from the perspectives of Jada, a woman literally born without hope, and Luke, the ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - Billy Elliot, Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center, extended through Dec. 31. Porchlight's new venue provides space for this big dance show and it's gangbusters! It features an excellent cast, outstanding band, fine choreography and Elton John's finest theater score in the tale of a Brit coal miner's son who discovers ballet. JA Breath, Boom, Eclipse Theatre at Athenaeum ...


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MOMBIAN 2017 gift guide to books for LGBTQ families - This year saw a terrific crop of books for and about LGBTQ families. Here are some of my favorites. Children's books The grande dame of LGBTQ-inclusive kids' books, Lesléa Newman ( author of Heather Has Two Mommies ), this year applied her sparkling prose to Sparkle Boy, about a gender creative boy who loves glittery things. His parents and ...


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World AIDS Day street fest Nov. 30 - The inaugural "World AIDS Day benefit: STAND UP FOR RED Indoor Street Fest" will be presented by Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS/Chicago ( DIFFA/Chicago ) on Thursday, Nov. 30, 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. The event will showcase DIFFA's Excellence In Care Award grantees, AIDS Chicago Foundation PrEP4LOVE, as well as have a special interactive ...


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WBEZ's Podcast Passport goes queer with 'Nancy' - Nancy, the LGBTQ-focused podcast from WNYC that debuted earlier this year, isn't just operating with only one community in mind. Co-hosts Kathy Tu and Tobin Low, both Asian-American, wanted to create space for voices that don't always get heard. "I really wanted to signal to the world that we weren't just going to be a stereotypical public radio show, where ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I don't know why people keep telling me that Whitney's family asked her to sing. Whitney's family is also the reason Whitney's dead in the first place. Why y'all keep mentioning them to me like they know what's best? They don't. They didn't. Or she would be alive now. Happy Thanksgiving."—Frenchie Davis on the American Music Awards tribute to The ...


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Showbiz news: Armistead Maupin, Wendy Williams, Taylor Swift, 'House of Cards' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jennifer M. Kroot's The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, winner of an Audience Award at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, will premiere on Independent Lens on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, a press release noted. The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin examines the life and work of one of the Tales of the City storyteller, following his evolution from a conservative ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER My breakfast with Andre (Ward) - Calling all Parrotheads! Escape to Margaritivalle is taking audiences on a vacation in Chicago. Mixing Jimmy Buffett's classic tunes with a Tony Award winning director Christopher Ashley to form a new musical sounds like a recipe for a good time. Margaritaville is a place where people can escape and fall in love or make new friends. Andre Ward joins the ...


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How Hansel Became Hansel, fairytale to be reimagined in tap dance - From a press release - Chicago —Experience the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale story we grew up reading, but with a new twist: Hansel was born a girl. This December, the tap dancers of jorsTAP chicago will take the stage at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, one of Chicago's most inclusive museums, to premiere Hansel and Gretel: How Hansel Became Hansel. This family-friendly ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Minutes - Playwright: Tracy Letts At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; Steppenwolf.org; $20-$105. Runs through: Jan. 7 Big Cherry is a small city somewhere in oil country, although there are no regional dialects ( Western or Southern, say ) among the characters, among whom are the mayor ( William Petersen ), nine councilmen and the town clerk ( Brittany ...


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THEATER REVIEW I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn't Even Say Hello - Playwright: Suzanne Heathcote At: Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: $35-$40. Runs through: Dec. 18 It's been said that unhappy families are unique in their afflictions, so what could be unhappier than a middle-class, middle-America, mostly-middle-aged clan so undistinguished that their author doesn't even deem them worthy of a surname? Is it any wonder that they look ...


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THEATER REVIEW Wild Boar - Playwright: Candace Chong At: Silk Road Rising at the Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St. Tickets: $35. Runs through: Dec. 17 Every dictatorship boasts of the peace and stability enjoyed by its subjects, compared with the dissent-fueled unrest prevalent in unruly democracies. After violent upheavals of foreign invasions and internal strife, what person wouldn't willingly sacrifice a few individual ...


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'WeFest' at Pride Arts Center on Dec. 11 - WeFest ( formerly SheFest and LezFest )—Pride Arts Center's' semi-annual celebration of Chicago's queer female, non-binary and trans artists that's presented in partnership with the Center on Halsted—will take place Monday, Dec. 11, at the Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway. It will begin with a music salon at 6:30-7:30 p.m, continue with a variety show at 7:30-9 p.m. ( ...


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Pride Films and Plays' offers monthly festival of LGBTQ independent films - From a press release - Pride Films and Plays' monthly festival of LGBTQ independent films, which was launched in October, will continue with its third monthly festival on Tuesday, December 12. The four films to be screened all reflect on the theme "The Families of the LGBT Community." Understanding our family members, revealing who we are as individuals and who we are as families. The ...


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STRUT: The 9th Annual World AIDS Day Fashion Show Nov. 26 - From a press release - STRUT: The 9th Annual World AIDS Day Fashion Show will be Nov. 26 at The Promontory Chicago in Chicago's trendy Hyde Park neighborhood. This year the show features designers from 5 different countries. Showtime is 6pm. Doors open 4:30pm. General admission tix are only $25. VIP seating & tables are sold out. Portions of the proceeds will benefit South Side ...


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THEATER REVIEW Escape to Margaritaville - Score: Jimmy Buffett; Book: Greg Garcia & Mike O'Malley At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000 or BroadwayinChicago.org; $35-$115. Runs through: Dec. 2 There no doubt about the target audience for Escape to Margaritaville. This Broadway-bound jukebox musical is centered around the tropical rock hits of Jimmy Buffett, and is custom-made to capitalize on his legions of loyal ...


Tis-the-Seasonal-Depression

'Tis the Seasonal Depression - By Sean Margaret Wagner - Authors: Sarah Collier, Katie Cutler, Evan M. Duggan, Julie Fishbach, Clay Goodpasture, Christopher "Tito" Thies Lotito, Greg Phelps and Laurel Posakony. At: Pride Arts Center Broadway Theater, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: GayCo.com; $12-$20. Runs through: Dec. 22 The ensemble at GayCo Productions is bringing all the wonder and dread of the holiday season to life with 'Tis the Seasonal Depression, ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - Becky Shaw, Windy City Playhouse, through Dec. 17. "Love is a by-product of Use" says a cynical cad in Gina Gionfriddo's slyly Machiavellian comedy, before leaving us to guess he difference between the lovers and the users. MSB Bobby Pin Girls, Nothing Without a Company at the Chicago Mosaic School, through Dec. 3. The authenticity reflected in Janey Bell's screwball ...







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