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'Call Me By Your Name' earns Oscar nods - Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced early on Jan. 23—and LGBT-themed film Call Me By Your Name was among those entries earning Academy Award nominations. Among the nominations the film received were Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role (Timothee Chalamet), Original Song ("Mystery of Love," with music and lyrics by Sufjan Stevens) and Adapted Screenplay (James Ivory). ...


2018-MFA-Lab-theater-tackles-race-culture-sexuality-Wirtz-Center

2018 MFA Lab theater tackles race, culture, sexuality Wirtz Center - From a press release - EVANSTON, Ill. —- The next generation of American theater directors and designers team up for the 2018 MFA Lab series Feb. 9 through May 27 at Northwestern University's Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts. The series includes a racially charged dark comedy, an award-winning play about an unlikely romance during the Iranian Revolution and a new adaptation of "Spring Awakening." ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Traitor-

THEATER REVIEW Traitor - Playwright: Brett Neveu At: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. Tickets: $30-$35. Runs through: Feb. 25 You see, there's this play about a doctor who discovers pollutants in his home town's main tourist attraction, but his brother's the mayor—yes, it's that one! Of all Henrik Ibsen's so-called "problem plays," An Enemy of The People, his fable of the ...


Contemporary-takes-on-legendary-playwright-William-Inge-coming-to-Eclipse-Theatre

Contemporary takes on legendary playwright William Inge coming to Eclipse Theatre - From a press release - Chicago's Eclipse Theatre Company, the only theatre company in the Midwest to focus on a single playwright each season, has announced that they will feature the works of legendary American playwright William Inge for the 26th Anniversary, 2018 Season. Eclipse plans to explore the range of Inge's canon with three full productions, readings, and public events focused on the playwright ...


Documentary-about-Miss-Continental-pageant-set-to-debut-in-Chicago

Documentary about Miss Continental pageant set to debut in Chicago - The hotly anticipated Miss Continental-focused documentary, The Queens, has been years in the making for former FOX Chicago special projects reporter Mark Saxenmeyer and his non-profit production company, The Reporters Inc. Saxenmeyer currently resides in his hometown of Minneapolis with his partner of 13 years, Adam Gower. Chicago audiences will be the first to view the documentary at the Kit ...


French-hit-Im-a-Good-Little-Devil-showing-on-Valentines-Day

French hit I'm a Good Little Devil showing on Valentine's Day - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL—Uptown Underground celebrates Valentine's Day 2018 with a one-night only showing of the French hit I'm a Good Little Devil at the venue's Kiss Kiss Cabaret. I'm a Good Little Devil, directed and produced by French star Jean-Christophe Born, takes audiences into the belle époque to follow the life of Gaby Deslys, an emancipated woman from Marseille who became ...


Dress-Code-exhibit-includes-Black-lesbians-in-South-Africa-dressing-as-a-statement

Dress Code exhibit includes Black lesbians in South Africa, dressing as a statement - From the Art Institute of Chicago website - The exhibit Dress Code at the Art Institute of Chicago shows in photos Black lesbians in their everyday attire. Runs through April 22, 2018 in Gallery 1. From the Art Institute of Chicago website: "It is through the cravat that the man reveals and manifests himself," wrote French author Honoré de Balzac in 1830, recognizing already at this early ...


WINTER-THEATER-SPECIAL-Winter-classics-true-and-reimagined

WINTER THEATER SPECIAL Winter classics "true and reimagined - The classics—usually meaning plays by dead playwrights which have withstood the test of time—sometimes can be "reimagined" ( to use an au courant term ) and reinvigorated, or simply redone and redundant. People should be leery of radical revisions, deconstructions and updates of great works unless you've seen the works in their original forms. Only then can they understand the ...


WINTER-THEATER-SPECIAL-World-premiere-plays-start-bright-and-early

WINTER THEATER SPECIAL World-premiere plays start bright and early - It might have been the mild snows in the last few years that finally persuaded theater companies to acknowledge winter as a time for people to go out, or maybe more artists willing to rehearse through the holidays. Whatever the reasons, what is undeniable is the number of world premieres in evidence during the months when playgoers were formerly presumed ...


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'Insurrection' echoes Nat Turner's life through present day - Try to define playwright Robert O'Hara's Insurrection: Holding History would likely result in confusion. "I've been describing it, like, the playwright does Roots meets The Wizard of Oz meets In Living Color. With a big gay love story between two African Americans right in the middle of everything," said leading man Breon Arzell, who plays Ron, a gay historian swept ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - BLKS, Steppenwolf Theatre, through Jan. 28. Life is never easy for young, bright, urban hipsters confronting their future in all its high-velocity kaleidoscopic contradictions, but queer playwright Aziza Barnes shows us the exhilaration in the angst. MSB It's My Penis ( and I'll Cry If I Want To ), Pride Films and Plays at The Buena at Pride Arts Center, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Insurrection-Holding-History

THEATER REVIEW Insurrection: Holding History - Playwright: Robert O'Hara. At: Athenaeum Theatre, Studio Two, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: AthenaeumTheatre.org; $22-32. Runs through: Feb. 11 Insurrection: Holding History conspicuously breaks theatrical conventions, mixing comedy, drama, history, time travel and the supernatural in ways no-one but playwright Robert O'Hara could conceive. There are comedic moments splashed around subjects where society demands sober drama, characters breaking the forth ...


TELEVISION-TV-special-Sighted-Eyes-Feeling-Heart-tells-Lorraine-Hansberrys-story

TELEVISION TV special, Sighted Eyes, Feeling Heart, tells Lorraine Hansberry's story - In high school, Tracy Heather Strain's grandmother took her to see a production of Young, Gifted and Black, a play drawn from the writings of Lorraine Hansberry. The young playwright's powerful interior monologue riveted Strain, who would grow up to become a celebrated filmmaker, and who hopes her new documentary about Hansberry—Sighted Eyes, Feeling Heart—will spark the same wonder for ...


WINTER-THEATER-SPECIAL-Queer-theater-to-chill-to

WINTER THEATER SPECIAL Queer theater to chill to - LGBTQ audiences who want to see their lives reflected onstage have plenty to choose from this winter. Productions ranges from developmental festival works to lavish and established Broadway-scale musicals. Here's a sampling of some of those productions. All shows in Chicago unless otherwise noted. Premieres of note Blue Over You, Spot On Company at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2515 Central ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Flamingo-and-Decatur

THEATER REVIEW Flamingo and Decatur - Playwright: Todd Taylor At: Block St Theatre Company at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $33. Runs through: Feb. 18 Audiences whose notions of Las Vegas are restricted to tourist brochures may encounter difficulty accepting the concept of gambling as a career choice. However, since playwright Todd Taylor admits to having himself once been a poker pro ( evidenced ...


THEATER-SPOTLIGHT-My-Kinda-60s

THEATER SPOTLIGHT My Kinda '60s - Playwright, performer and drag legend Charles Busch ( Psycho Beach Party, Die Mommy Die ) returns to Chicago to perform My Kinda '60s. With the assistance of musical director/arranger Tom Judson, Busch shines a spotlight on his difficult adolescence while also tapping into his musical memories of the era. Charles Busch: My Kinda '60s plays two shows only at 7:30 ...


Country-star-Kinder-at-Schubas-Jan-27

Country star Kinder at Schubas Jan. 27 - Country-music singer/songwriter Ryan Kinder will perform Saturday, Jan. 27, at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., at 7 p.m. In addition to headlining his own shows, he also maintains a busy touring schedule opening for such artists as Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Zac Brown Band, Brett Eldredge and Tim McGraw. Last year, he was one of the artists who performed at ...


Charles-Busch-at-Pride-Arts-Jan-21-22

Charles Busch at Pride Arts Jan. 21-22 - Tony Award nominee, Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement honoree and two-time MAC Award winner, Charles Busch, who performed two sold-out shows at Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, in January 2017, will return on Jan. 21-22 with "Charles Busch: My Kinda '60s." Weaving tales of his Manhattan childhood and adolescence raised by his indomitable Aunt Lillian through the lens of the ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "And special thanks to Armie's wife, Elizabeth Chambers, who is here tonight, as well, who is as crucial to this process as anyone. And for letting me crawl all over your husband for two months. Thank you for that."—Timothée Chalamet fondly recalls filming Call Me by Your Name with Armie Hammer. It might be a nice touch if he thanked ...


Julia-Sweeney-show-through-March-18

Julia Sweeney show through March 18 - Saturday Night Live veteran, author, actor and TED- talk veteran Julia Sweeney will make her stand-up debut this January in a new workshop production staged in Judy's Beat Lounge, 230 W. North Ave. In Julia Sweeney: Older and Wider, the Grammy-nominated comedian will tackle parenting, religion, cancer, feminism and even her iconic androgynous character, SNL's "Pat," through a 2018 lens. ...


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Siskel showing three LGBT films - The Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., is showing three LGBT films of note during January. Until Jan, 18, the center is showing the biopic Tom of Finland. The life behind the legend is the subject of this biopic of artist Touko Laaksonen ( played by Pekka Strang ), who became world famous under the pseudonym Tom of ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-COMEDY-Emma-Willmann-talks-stand-up-Louis-CK-and-more

NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Emma Willmann talks stand-up, Louis C.K. and more - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Comedian/actress Emma Willmann—who describes herself as "gender-wiggly" and "extremely gay"—is coming to Chicago for three stand-up dates. The Maine native graduated from Simmons College Boston and received a masters from The New School New York City before moving into performing. She made her television debut with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and is currently on a hot streak with ...


Sarah-DeLappes-The-Wolves-to-launch-Goodmans-2018-Owen-Theatre-season

Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves to launch Goodman's 2018 Owen Theatre season - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL ) Game on! The Chicago premiere of Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves, a "smart, hilarious, delightful meditation on society, sex and soccer" ( The Village Voice ), directed by Vanessa Stalling, launches Goodman Theatre's 2018 Owen Theatre season. A 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Wolves follows a suburban girls soccer team as they navigate life's big questions and ...


WINTER-DANCE-SPECIAL-Contemporary-dance-ballet-and-much-more

WINTER DANCE SPECIAL Contemporary dance, ballet and much more - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - One thing's for sure: dance artists are not hibernating this winter. Working with themes like perception, heritage, anger, displacement and joy, a bevy of local choreographers as well as national and international touring companies will grace Chicago stages this season. Here are some highlights: —Links Hall ( 3111 N. Western Ave.; LinksHall.org ) starts off with dance maker Paige Caldarella ...


SHOWBIZ-Oprah-RuPaul-Well-Strung-Obama-film-Modern-Family

SHOWBIZ Oprah & RuPaul, Well Strung, Obama film, 'Modern Family' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Oprah Winfrey talks with RuPaul in the February issue of O Magazine, NewNowNext.com noted. This isn't the first time the two have crossed paths. In 1995, RuPaul was on Winfrey's daytime talk show and sat down with her to discuss life and his book Letting It All Hang Out for an episode entitled "Look At Me Now." Trevor Wadleigh and ...


Artist-singer-Sandra-Antongiorgi-talks-career-upcoming-benefit-

Artist/singer Sandra Antongiorgi talks career, upcoming benefit - Puerto Rican-born singer, songwriter Sandra Antongiorgi will bring her unique brand of music to City Winery ( 1200 W. Randolph St. ) on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 6:30 p.m. with ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat, Los Pecados de Maria and DJ Cqqchifruit. The event will help raise funds to rebuild Puerto Rican farmlands that were devastated by Hurricane Maria. "Art is a ...


Chicago-based-E3-radio-goes-live-24-7

Chicago-based E3 radio goes live 24/7 - After eight years of shows, E3 Radio is going live 24/7/365 from http://e3radio.fm . "This is a very exciting time for us and we hope you are excited too," said founder Anna DeShawn, who is also president of the board of Affinity Community Services. "To launch on MLK Day is as perfect as it gets. We are playing Dr. King's ...


Tret-Fure-to-perform-folk-concert-Jan-22-at-Oak-Park-Public-Library

Tret Fure to perform folk concert Jan. 22 at Oak Park Public Library - From a press release - Tret Fure Performs Folk Concert Jan. 22 at Oak Park Public Library Folk musician Tret Fure will perform a free Folk Concert on Monday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street. The concert is free and open to the public. CDs will be for sale and signing. Tret Fure began her career at ...


Victory-Gardens-Theater-announces-2018-Next-Generation-Fellows

Victory Gardens Theater announces 2018 Next Generation Fellows - From a press release - Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater announces Jess McLeod and Aaron Todd Douglas as the 2018 Next Generation Fellows. Beginning in February 2018, the Next Generation Fellowship will provide comprehensive mentorship, requisite training, and experience for these future leaders of color, preparing them to helm arts institutions or departments on the national and local level. The program is made possible by ...


Visit-Oak-Park-Announces-First-Ever-Oak-Park-Theater-Month

Visit Oak Park Announces First-Ever Oak Park Theater Month - From a press release - OAK PARK, IL — For the first time, the Oak Park Area is celebrating its world-class theater scene with Oak Park Theater Month. Presented by Visit Oak Park, the convention & visitor's bureau for Oak Park and 18 neighboring communities in Western Cook County, the inaugural event takes place throughout the month of February 2018 and features seven discounted productions ...


Holocaust-Museum-to-debut-Speak-Truth-to-Power-touring-exhibition

Holocaust Museum to debut Speak Truth to Power touring exhibition - From a press release - ( January 12, 2018 — CHICAGO, IL ) Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center presents the Midwest debut of Speak Truth to Power, a major touring exhibition based on the book, Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World by Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. The photographic exhibition will highlight the experiences ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Light

THEATER REVIEW The Light - Playwright: Loy Webb At: The New Colony at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: TheNewColony.org; $20. Runs through: Feb. 4 Loy Webb's world-premiere drama The Light wasn't supposed to be part of The New Colony's season. But it's immediately clear why outgoing co-artistic directors Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood rushed this powerful drama into production, and the Chicago ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Jitney-

THEATER REVIEW Jitney - Playwright: August Wilson At: Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: $35. Runs Through: Feb. 11 In a time where there was no Uber, Lyft or ridesharing, people were still looking for discounts on traveling from place to place. The word "jitney" refers to transportation using a vehicle for a lower fare. The setting of August Wilson's Jitney takes ...


THEATER-REVIEW-For-the-Loyal

THEATER REVIEW For the Loyal - Playwright: Lee Blessing At: Interrobang Theatre Project at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: $32. Runs through: Feb. 4 Exhortations to be "loyal, brave and true" are commonplace in songs designed to rally the troops—military, religious or athletic—but what happens when the actions spurred by these values come into conflict? This is the query posed in this Chicago premiere ...


Resistance-songs-highlight-Artemis-Singers-Rise-Up-Concert-Jan-13

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 ...


Joffrey-Ballet-to-offer-Modern-Masters-of-dance-premieres-Feb-7-through-18

Joffrey Ballet to offer Modern Masters of dance premieres Feb. 7 through 18 - From a press release - ( January 11—CHICAGO, IL ) — For its annual winter engagement, The Joffrey Ballet presents Modern Masters, a mixed repertory program showcasing works by ballet's most celebrated contemporary icons along with today's top emerging choreographers, including the world premiere of Beyond the Shore by Joffrey Ballet Master Nicolas Blanc, the Chicago premiere of Glass Pieces by Jerome Robbins in honor ...


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THEATER SPOTLIGHT on Artemis Singers' Rise Up! - Artemis Singers, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus since 1980, presents a concert of protest songs with Rise Up! The performance features guest artist Melanie DeMore, who will also lead a vocal workshop earlier in the day. Artemis Singers' Rise Up! is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston. Concert-only tickets are $20 and ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Blue-Over-You-

THEATER REVIEW Blue Over You - Playwright: Daniel Noonan At: Spot On Company at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2515 Central Park Ave., Evanston. Tickets:BlueOverYou.com; $20-$25. Runs through: Jan. 28 You probably know of musical-theater fanatics who can break out into song at the drop of hat. So be aware that this is the kind of guy you'll be spending 90 minutes with in Daniel Noonan's world-premiere solo ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Get ready for some pounding. Some of us could see 8 inches or more. That's too much—even for me."—Virginia Beach weatherman Blaine Stewart prepares residents for the blizzard with this Tweet. During a storm last year, he predicted that Virginia would get 10 inches—"and not Grindr inches." Might I suggest a liberal portion of lube? I am by nature not ...


Comic-Emma-Willman-at-Zanies-Jan-20-22

Comic Emma Willman at Zanies Jan. 20-22 - Emma Willmann will perform stand-up at Zanies Comedy Night Club, 1548 N. Wells St., Friday-Sunday, January 20-22. The event is an 21+ show. Willmann has appeared on The Late Show with Steven Colbert and @midnight; and will appear on the upcoming seasons of HBO's Crashing and the CW's Crazy Ex Girlfriend. Also, she was featured in Time Out New York ...


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PODCASTS 'Mattachine' podcast creator brings the past back to life - Columbia College writing and production graduate Devlyn Camp is producing and hosting a 10-episode, serialized podcast, called Mattachine, that is currently available free on iTunes. The series illustrates the importance of LGBT history by spotlighting a crucial point in the modern gay-rights movement, the formation of the Mattachine Society in 1950 by Harry Hay. Using voice actors as well as ...


Sinfonettas-30th-anniv-MLK-shows-Jan-14-15

Sinfonetta's 30th-anniv. MLK shows Jan. 14-15 - Chicago Sinfonietta will present the Chicago premiere of Emmy-winning composer Laura Karpman's three-time Grammy-nominated piece, "Ask Your Mama," for its 30th anniversary MLK Tribute concert. The Sinfonietta, with conductor Mei-Ann Chen, will perform "Ask Your Mama" Sunday, Jan. 14, at 3 p.m. at Pfeiffer Concert Hall at North Central College, Naperville; and Monday, Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in its ...


Lookingglass-names-new-executive-director

Lookingglass names new executive director - Lookingglass Theatre Company's board of directors announced the appointment of the theatre's new executive director, Rachel L. Fink. Fink will begin her tenure at Lookingglass on Monday, Feb. 19. She succeeds Rachel Kraft, who stepped down as executive director after 12 years with the company. Fink comes to Chicago from the San Francisco Bay area, where she was managing director ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Kaumakaiwa-Kanakaole-Trans-Hawaiian-singer-on-home-state-final-CD

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole: Trans Hawaiian singer on home state, final CD - Transgender Hawaiian performer Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole is making a rare appearance in Chicago at the Old Town School of Folk Music. The show will combine ancestral chants, singing, and hula practice. Having been on stage since she could walk has now earned her five Hawaiian Grammy Awards and also awarded the 2015 Native Hawaiian Artist Fellowship by the Native Arts & ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Telling-gay-WWII-history

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Telling gay WWII history - Yank! A World War II Love Story is a 2010 off-Broadway musical focusing on gay, lesbian and heterosexual U.S. service members of more than 70 ago. The critically acclaimed musical penned by brothers David and Joseph Zellnik has its belated Chicago premiere this month courtesy of Pride Films and Plays at the Pride Arts Center. Music director Robert Ollis saw ...


Eye-of-the-Storm-The-Bayard-Rustin-Story-at-eta-Creative-Arts-Foundation-

Eye of the Storm: The Bayard Rustin Story at eta Creative Arts Foundation - From a press release - eta Creative Arts Foundation invites you to support their upcoming musical production by McKinley Johnson chronicling the life of Bayard Rustin, a largely forgotten but immensely influential civil-rights leader. Rustin was an African American political strategist who championed the rights of others while being denied his own because of his homosexual identity, which was highly controversial during his time. McKinley ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-POETRY-Andrea-Gibson-Gender-queer-poet-makes-inroads

NUNN ON ONE: POETRY Andrea Gibson: Gender queer poet makes inroads - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Award-winning poet Andrea Gibson is coming to town and bringing some of their best work. This genderqueer artist identifies with the pronouns they and has worked in many activist groups. In 2013, they launched a website called "Stay Here with Me" to provide support for those struggling with suicide. Their new album, Hey Galaxy, drops Friday, Jan. 12, and is ...


SHOWBIZ-NEWS-Sarah-Paulson-Amy-Winehouse-EastSiders-gay-EDM-musician

SHOWBIZ NEWS Sarah Paulson, Amy Winehouse, EastSiders, gay EDM musician - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Sarah Paulson told Town & Country Magazine that children just aren't for her, Page Six noted. "I don't want to look at my child and say, 'You're the most extraordinary thing that ever happened to me, but also the death knell,' " the actress ( currently in the Meryl Streep-Tom Hanks movie The Post ) said. "It was hard for ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Its-My-Penis-and-Ill-Cry-If-I-Want-To-

THEATER REVIEW It's My Penis (and I'll Cry If I Want To) - Playwright: Jamie Black At: Pride Films and Plays at Pride Arts Buena, 4147 N. Broadway. Tickets: $25.Runs through: Feb. 11 Don't be misled by the P-word. Even if our hero makes his entrance garbed only in his underwear ( plain white cotton jockeys, for those who care about such details ) to inform us that he used to be ...


Celebrating-David-Bowie-Feb-23-at-Vic-Theatre

Celebrating David Bowie Feb. 23 at Vic Theatre - From a press release - After performing rapturously received and critically lauded shows in early 2017, Celebrating David Bowie returns this year with a brand new Bowie show spanning his entire career, which will be stopping locally in CHICAGO on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 at the VIC THEATRE. Tickets are on sale now; links available at www.celebratingdavidbowie.com. View the CdB trailer here: http://tiny.cc/CdBNorthAmerica. More than just ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Magic-Parlour

THEATER REVIEW The Magic Parlour - Playwright: Written and performed by Dennis Watkins At: House Theatre of Chicago at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St. Tickets: $79 ( admission includes refreshments ). Open run. When we speak of "fooling" people, the term is usually associated with manipulation in service of personal gain at the expense of innocents. ( "Fool me once, shame on ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Late-Nite-Catechism-

THEATER REVIEW Late Nite Catechism - Authors: Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan At: Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-988-9000 or Ticketmaster.com; $30. Runs ongoing through 2018 "When you wear this outfit," says the imposing nun, staring us all down from the blackboard, "you get respect." And it's true, at Royal George Theatre's Late Nite Catechism. With all the commands the sister issues, ...


Final-weeks-for-Lizzie-casting-set-for-9-TO-5-The-Musical-

Final weeks for Lizzie, casting set for 9 TO 5 The Musical - From a Firebrand Theatre press release - CHICAGO ( January 2, 2018 ) — As its inaugural production Lizzie enters its final two weeks of performances, Firebrand Theatre is pleased to announce casting for the second and final production of its inaugural season, the musical comedy 9 TO 5 The Musical, playing April 7 — May 20, 2018 at The Den Theatre's Bookspan Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee ...


Flying-Elephant-Productions-to-present-anti-Trump-musical-

Flying Elephant Productions to present anti-Trump musical - From a press release - CHICAGO ( January 4, 2018 ) — Flying Elephant Productions is pleased to launch its inaugural season with the world premiere of WE THE PEOPLE: The Anti-Trump Musical, a political musical song cycle about the turbulent 2016 election, with six actors playing 55 characters. This powerful new musical features a book by Sean Chandler, music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz, ...


Cyrano-reimagined-as-part-of-BoHo-Theatre-2018-season

Cyrano reimagined as part of BoHo Theatre 2018 season - From a press release - CHICAGO — BoHo Theatre opens its 2018 season with the Chicago premiere of CYRANO, adapted by Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner, based on the play by Edmond Rostand, and directed by BoHo Artistic Affiliate Steve O'Connell. This sharp, lean, nine-person translation of the classic French love story keeps the poetry, but ditches the pretension to create a work full of ...


Cloud-Gate-Dance-Theatre-of-Taiwan-at-Harris-March-2-and-3

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan at Harris March 2 and 3 - From a press release - CHICAGO—The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago presents the return of Asia's leading contemporary dance company, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, March 2 and 3 at the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. This presentation is supported by Alphawood Foundation Chicago. Artistic Director/Choreographer Lin Hwai-min's newest evening-length work, Formosa, takes the homeland as inspiration ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - Billy Masters "I just want to take a sip of tea, if they'll let me—they told me there would be tea. Oh, it's a disaster. OK, well we'll just have to rough it. I'm gonna be just like everyone else with no hot tea!"—Mariah Carey's most memorable moment on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. Before we get to the ...


THEATER-SPOTLIGHT-The-Kiki-Queer-Comedy-and-Variety

THEATER SPOTLIGHT The Kiki: Queer Comedy and Variety - Welcome in the new year with a load of LGBTQ laughs courtesy of comics, musicians, storytellers and more appearing in The Kiki: Queer Comedy and Variety. It's hosted and produced by Scott Duff and Megan Brennan, and on the bill for the early January edition are Clare Austen-Smith, Meghan Sullivan, Marla Depew and Brittany Meyer. The Kiki: Queer Comedy with ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - Puff: or Believe It or Not, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at Greenhouse Theater, through Jan. 7, The "well-made" lay may have once been dismissed as formulaic, but this frothy madcap farce of high-society lovers and liars wholly redeems the genre. MSB Red Velvet, Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier, through Jan. 21. Not many people know that Ira Aldridge was ...


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MOVIES 'Tom of Finland' film reveals the man behind the leather - Tom of Finland, a new biopic from Finnish director Dome Karukosi, charts the evolution of Touko Laaksonen from a covert erotic illustrator—known for his graphite drawings of well-endowed men with supernaturally swollen biceps—to a world-renowned artist who became a rallying point for the freedom of sexual expression in the 1970s and beyond. Laaksonen ( 1920-1991 ), better known by his ...


Steppenwolf-to-honor-Sarah-Paulson

Steppenwolf to honor Sarah Paulson - Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning actress Sarah Paulson as the 2018 honoree at the annual Steppenwolf Women in the Arts fundraising luncheon on Monday, Jan. 22, at 12 p.m. at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Dr. ( The VIP reception will begin at 11:30 a.m. ) Paulson will join Steppenwolf Artistic Director Anna D. ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Seven-Suspects

BOOK REVIEW Seven Suspects - By Renee James. $26.95; Oceanview Publishing; 310 pages The world of fiction is filled with voices. It's a realm of stories and each one is told in a different way through a new set of eyes. Renee James's second book, Seven Suspects, re-ntroduces us to a new voice—that of a transgender woman named Bobbi Logan. James is likely not the ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Solitary-refinement

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Solitary refinement - Solo shows abound around Chicago this January. Former Saturday Night Live alumna Julia Sweeney is work-shopping standup comedy shows called Older and Wider in Judy's Beat Lounge at The Second City starting Jan. 12. Also kicking off that same date is Lifeline Theatre's presentation of the 21st annual Fillet of Solo Festival, which runs through Jan. 28. And solo shows ...


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Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole at Old Town School of Folk Music Jan. 14 - From a press release - Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole, along with guitarist Shawn Pimental, brings to the stage an immense talent as a singer, chanter, and dancer as well as a deep understanding of her Hawaiian culture and her place as a modern, transgender Hawaiian ( mahu wahine ) in this contemporary world. Her performances and music seamlessly meld Hawaiian culture and modern sensibilities, with songs that ...


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THEATER REVIEW Altar Boyz - Playwright: music by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker, book by Kevin Del Aguila At: Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at the No Exit Café, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: $34-$39. Runs through: Jan. 14 It's said that God—or gods, for you polytheists—moves in mysterious ways, but since history records the sacred and profane often meeting in mutual accord, the phenomenon ...


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SHOWBIZ 'Time's Up,' Brad Goreski, 'Hamilton' actor, Kristin Chenoweth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Shonda Rhimes and more than 300 other women are taking a stand against sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry by launching Time's Up—a movement that aims to promote equality and safety in the workplace, E! News noted. In addition to Witherspoon, Rhimes and Streep, Jennifer Aniston, Katie McGrath and J.J. Abrams, Kate Capshaw and ...


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THEATER REVIEW Bye, Bye, Liver - Playwright: Written and performed by the ensemble At: Byron Hatfield Productions at The Public House Theater, 3914 N. Clark St. Tickets: $18-$22. Runs through: Open run No bachelorette parties were in evidence the week before Christmas, but two birthdays were being celebrated at this outpost for entertainment focused on the consumption of alcoholic beverages—comedy sketches based in time-travel adventures tracing ...


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OPERA REVIEW Turandot - Libretto: G. Adami & R. Simoni; Composer: Giacomo Puccini At: Lyric Opera of Chicago at Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets: 312-827-5600 or LyricOpera.org; $20-$349. Runs through: Jan. 27 Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died in 1924 before completing his grandiose Chinese fable Turandot, leaving Franco Alfano to finish it. But, oddly, this hasn't stopped Turandot from gaining ...


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THEATER REVIEW Blue Man Group - Created and written by: Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton and Chris Wink At: Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted St. Tickets: BlueMan.com/chicago; $39-99. Ongoing Performance art, street act, vaudeville show, drum session, sketch comedy, tech fair, carnival party, science experiment, rock concert, alien sighting … Briar Street Theatre's Blue Man Group is all these things and more, wrapped tightly into a ...


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Theater Spotlight on Burning Bluebeard - Chicago's deadly Iroquois Theatre fire of 1903 is commemorated again with a limited revival of Jay Torrence's Burning Bluebeard. The acclaimed performance piece features six singed clowns and acrobats meditating on the gross malfeasance of this disaster that took the lives of 600 people ( mostly women and children ). The Neo-Futurists and The Ruffians revive Burning Bluebeard for six ...


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Theater Critics' Picks - The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes Holiday Edition, Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic, through Jan. 10. Extend the holiday season just a bit longer with David Cerda's hit parody of the beloved NBC sitcom. Laugh at all the drag, cuss words and contraband that wouldn't have made it past the network censors. SCM The Nutcracker, Joffrey Ballet ...


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THEATER REVIEW Roomies - Author: Dane A. Campbell At: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252 or Stage773.com; $25-$40. Runs through: Dec. 31 Nothing strikes as much fear in my heart as reading the words, "conceived, written, directed and filmed by" a single person. It can sometimes mean you'll be treated to a work of genius or great vanity. When it comes to ...


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THEATER REVIEW Roomies - Author: Dane A. Campbell At: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252 or Stage773.com; $25-$40. Runs through: Dec. 31 Nothing strikes as much fear in my heart as reading the words, "conceived, written, directed and filmed by" a single person. It can sometimes mean you'll be treated to a work of genius or great vanity. When it comes to ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Broadway transfers - Chicago has an established reputation as a major tryout town for Broadway musicals. Some become big New York hits ( The Producers, Movin' Out ), some are misses ( Big Fish, Sweet Smell of Success ) and some don't even make it in ( First Wives Club ). One Chicago tryout that has the all makings to be an all-audiences ...


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January's featured storytellers in Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series - The January edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, Jan. 2, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info . —Garrett Allain has been writing and performing sketch comedy for over four, and he just closed his first one-man show, Altered Boy. He's also participated in ...







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