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MOVIE-REVIEW-Hearts-Beat-Loud

MOVIE REVIEW Hearts Beat Loud - Director: Brett Haley Starring: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons and Ted Danson. Time: 96 minutes. Currently in theaters In Hearts Beat Loud, actress Kiersey Clemons stars as medical student Sam Fisher—who receives guidance from her father Frank, played by Nick Offerman, to form a band together called We're Not a Band. You can't be more artsy with a name like ...


Hell-in-a-Handbag-cast-announced-for-The-Artificial-Jungle

Hell in a Handbag cast announced for The Artificial Jungle - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 20, 2018 ) — Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to announce casting for The Artificial Jungle, the final play by the legendary master of camp, Charles Ludlam. The Artificial Jungle will feature an all-ensemble cast including Chazie Bly*, David Cerda*, Sydney Genco*, Ed Jones* and David Lipschutz*. Who better to direct this criminal tale of ...


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TELEVISION A fortified spirit, Angelica Ross of 'Pose' - Angelica Ross is busy. She's filming a movie in the fall with Whoopi Goldberg. She's the CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises, a firm she founded in 2014 that helps employ trans people. She's curating a shorts program at Outfest. And she also plays Candy Abundance on FX's new drama Pose, a series that American Horror Story's Ryan Murphy and Brad ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Trauma-Cleaner

BOOK REVIEW The Trauma Cleaner - By Sarah Krasnostein. $26.99; St. Martin's Press; 291 pages Wash your hands thoroughly. That's good advice, no matter where you are. At the risk of sounding germophobic, you never know what lurked on that which you just touched. Stay healthy, keep clean, be tidy and wash your hands because, as you'll see in Sarah Krasnostein's new book The Trauma Cleaner, ...


BENT-NIGHTS-Mavis-Staples

BENT NIGHTS Mavis Staples - It was both appropriate and depressing to have Mavis Staples close out the Thirty Fifth Annual Chicago Blues Festival on June 11. As one of the few remaining straight-up African-American soul singers who emerged in the late 1950s to change the world with their voices ( Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Patti Labelle, and Bettye LaVette being the others ) and ...


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ART Paul Heyer in solo show presented by MCA - The Museum of Contemporary Art ( MCA ) Chicago features artist Paul Heyer's first-ever solo show, "Chicago Works: Paul Heyer," through July 1. Heyer is a native of Chicago's south suburbs. Growing up in an arts appreciative household, he said art was always what he was drawn to do. "I was always one of those kids who was always drawing," ...


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THEATER 'The Cher Show' takes center stage - File this in the dreary catalogue of sentences most of us mere muggles will never be able to say: "The best conversations with Cher are the ones that happen after you've been hanging out at her house for four or five hours and she just starts meandering. Her stories are so amazing. Of course, so is her house." Director Jason ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I will see anything with Chris shirtless in a field of flowers. Or Chris looking like Jesus in the rain."—Channing Tatum's comments after seeing stills of a shirtless Chris Hemsworth in Bad Times at the El Royale. To recap, Tatum's divorcing his wife and lusting after a shirtless Hemsworth. Happy Pride! Let's start with a story about Jeff Lewis from ...


THEATER-SPOTLIGHT-Mr-Morals-Guide-to-Surviving-Dark-Times-Without-Losing-It

THEATER SPOTLIGHT Mr. Moral's Guide to Surviving Dark Times Without Losing It - A splatter anthology with a queer point of view? Bring on the blood. In El Bear Productions' Mr. Moral's Guide to Surviving Dark Times Without Losing It, audiences are treated to a quintet of playlets hosted by a Mr. Rodgers-adjacent master of ceremonies. Set in a time when bigotry is seen as downright presidential, the stories (primary writer: Rauly Luna) ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Guards-of-the-Taj

THEATER REVIEW Guards of the Taj - Playwright: Rajiv Joseph At: Steppenwolf, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; Steppenwolf.org; $20-$94. Runs through: July 22 Legend has it that after India's Taj Mahal was completed in 1648, Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan ordered the hands cut off from the 20,000 laborers who constructed the world wonder. The tale is apocryphal but enduring, a brutal addenda to an epic monument ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - The Opportunities of Extinction, Broken Nose Theatre at the Den, through June 30, A smart low-key trio of actors lend a glimmer of hope to Sam Chanse's discussion of climate change and the coming apocalypse on a cozy campsite in the Mojave desert. MSB Southern Gothic, Windy City Playhouse, extended through July 29. A summer birthday party deep in magnolia ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Wild-Women-of-Planet-Wongo

THEATER REVIEW The Wild Women of Planet Wongo - by Regnia Victor - Playwright: Dave Ogrin ( producer/music/lyrics ), Ben Budick ( lyrics ) and Steve Mackes ( book/lyrics ) At: the Basement Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. Tickets: $20-40; PlanetWongo.com. Runs through: July 14 The Wild Women of Planet Wongo is an immersive experience, best enjoyed with a group of enthusiastic friends and a couple of Wongotinis ( vodka, tequila, midori ...


THEATER-REVIEW-From-the-Mississippi-Delta

THEATER REVIEW From the Mississippi Delta - Playwright: Endesha Ida Mae Holland, Ph.D. At: Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre at the Noyes Cultural Arts Ctr, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Tickets: $15; Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre; 847-866-5915. Runs through: July 1 There is something marvelous about any story of overcoming a difficult life and finding your joy. There is something even more marvelous when the protagonist is a Black woman in the United ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Dont-Smoke-in-Bed

THEATER REVIEW Don't Smoke in Bed - Playwright: Aurin Squire At: Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $15-23; ChimeraEnsemble.com. Runs through: July 8 Even in the most liberal of environments, interracial couples still face an uphill battle. Not just with society and older generations, but within themselves: How do you navigate different upbringings, cultures and beliefs and forge a meaningful relationship of which many ...


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THEATER Sullivan, Illinois, a theater and a thruple thrive - If a theater survives five years, a theater has reached a major milestone. A decade? That's a relative rarity. Endure for 60 years and it's not so much of a stretch to say you've defied astronomical odds and all common sense. Especially if you are located in the heart of Amish country more than two hours away from a major ...


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Activities in Sullivan, Boutiques, antiques, beaches and more - Sidebar to Sullivan, Illinois, a theater and a thruple thrive - From theatergoers to campers to shoppers, Sullivan caters to tourists. The Little Theatre on the Square is the marquee attraction, but there area is burgeoning with additional options. Read on for things to do and places to go. ( For more info, go to Sullivan-chamber.com. ) —The Great Pumpkin Patch and the Homestead Bakery: 1749A CR 1900 North, Arthur Illinois ...


MORE-ON-SULLIVAN-Reminiscing-about-Sullivans-theater

MORE ON SULLIVAN Reminiscing about Sullivan's theater - VIEWPOINT BY JONATHAN ABARBANEL - When I was 19 years old I was an Equity Apprentice at the Little Theatre-on-the-Square. At that time, being an apprentice was how you became a member of Actors Equity Association, the actors' and stage managers' union. The Little Theatre was the only Equity theater between Greater Chicago and St. Louis. Guy Little Jr., the producer, was in his late ...


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'Will & Grace' revival out on DVD - The first-season revival of Will & Grace—out 10 years after the original show ended—is now out on DVD, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally reprise their respective roles as Will, Grace, Jack and Karen. Guest stars include Bobby Cannavale, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Alec Baldwin, Minnie Driver and many more. Bonus ...


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Ravinia season continues with Whoopi, Boy George - This year's Ravinia Festival's schedule has begun—in genres ranging from jazz to comedy to classical music to hip-hop will be part of the season. According to Ravinia's website, remaining shows involve quartet Well-Strung ( June 24 ); lesbian singer Janis Ian ( June 24 ); out actor/musician Alan Cumming ( July 13 ); Audra McDonald and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra ...


Queer-Ill-Okay-June-21-23

'Queer, Ill + Okay' June 21, 23 - Program Director Joseph Varisco, of Salonathon and the former Alphawood Gallery, has announced the "Queer, Ill + Okay" summer 2018 program of arts programming in partnership with multidisciplinary artist Kia LaBeija. "Queer, Ill + Okay," now in its fifth year, returns in an attempt to explore and better understand how people are living with HIV/AIDS. The programs are as follows: ...


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SHOWBIZ 'Drag Race,' NPH, Lena Waithe, Lady Gaga - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - VH1 announced that Emmy-winning show RuPaul's Drag Race has been greenlit for a new season, a press release noted. The new season will follow a record-breaking season 10, currently the most watched in franchise history. Additionally, the network renewed the aftershow, RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked, which provides an intimate look into the conversations between the queens as they await to ...


-LGBTQ-night-at-the-Shedd-June-27-among-other-themed-nights

LGBTQ night at the Shedd June 27, among other themed nights - CHICAGO — As Shedd Aquarium's popular Wednesday evening event series, Jazzin' at the Shedd, enters its 22nd year, the aquarium is introducing new, themed nights and programming throughout the summer schedule. This includes special evenings from June through September celebrating LGTBQ Pride, Shark Week and women in science and more. The new themed programming is meant to help connect new ...


-Cards-Against-Humanity-Releases-Pride-themed-Expansion-Pack

Cards Against Humanity Releases Pride-themed Expansion Pack - From a press release - CHICAGO — Cards Against Humanity announced today a new "Pride Pack," an expansion pack that contains 30 new cards about queer culture. "As a member of the queer community, it means so much to me when companies decide to put rainbows on products," Cards Against Humanity writer Eunji Kim said. "Our new Pride Pack can be enjoyed by everyone, even ...


THEATER-REVIEW-You-Cant-Take-It-With-You

THEATER REVIEW You Can't Take It With You - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart At: Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park. Tickets: OakParkFestival.com; $32. Runs through: July 22 A collection of dream-chasing free spirits, some related by blood and others merely by the bonds of friendship, gather in one communal house to face the realities of an economically challenging United States together. No, this isn't the ...


MUSIC-Out-musician-Dave-Koz-releases-his-own-Summer-sequel

MUSIC Out musician Dave Koz releases his own 'Summer' sequel - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Summer may be known for movie sequels—but out saxophonist Dave Koz is doing his own take on the phenomenon. On June 22, he'll drop Summer Horns II: From A to Z, five years after releasing Summer Horns, a Grammy-nominated album that paid tribute to classic songs featuring killer horn sections. "From A to Z" features collaborations with musicians such as ...


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NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Blake Jenner shows 'Animal' instinct in new film - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Blake Jenner first came into the spotlight with the reality series The Glee Project that led to him being a regular on the Glee television show. He broke into movies with the lead role of Everybody Wants Some!! and followed that with an indie hit, The Edge of Seventeen. His new movie, American Animals, has him playing a college ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MOVIES-Craig-Johnson-talks-directing-Alex-Strangelove

NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Craig Johnson talks directing 'Alex Strangelove' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Alex Strangelove is the story of teenager Alex Truelove, played by Daniel Doherty, who is in the process of losing his virginity. Life with his girlfriend becomes complicated when he meets a gay fellow at a party. This new movie is directed by Craig Johnson with Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films as producers. It was released June 8 on the ...


Kinky-Boots-returns-to-Chicago-in-2019

Kinky Boots returns to Chicago in 2019 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 19, 2017 ) — Broadway In Chicago and TROIKA Entertainment are thrilled to announce that back by popular demand, KINKY BOOTS, the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein ( Book ) and Grammy® Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper ( Tony Award-winner for Best Score for KINKY BOOTS ), will return to Chicago at ...


About-Face-Youth-Theater-to-present-Scarey-Stories-to-Save-Your-Life

About Face Youth Theater to present Scarey Stories to Save Your Life - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 15, 2018 ) — The About Face Theatre Youth Theatre Ensemble is pleased to present the world premiere of SCARY STORIES TO SAVE YOUR LIFE, horror-inspired tales informed by the social and political anxieties facing today's LGBTQ+ youth, devised and performed by members of the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble and directed by Associate Director of About ...


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Artists Pride features Shea Coulee of RuPaul's Drag Race and Michael Blume June 15 - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( June 7, 2018 ) — INDISTRY Media, the first-of-its kind digital subscription streaming service, has partnered with Virgin Hotels Chicago to host "Artists Pride" on Friday, June 15th from 8:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m. at Virgin Hotels ( 203 N Wabash Ave. ). The event, which celebrates Pride Month, will feature burlesque dancers and performances by Shea Couleé ...


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Chicago Pride Fest 2018 full entertainment schedule - Chicago Pride Fest returns to Boystown Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17, for another weekend filled with sun, fun and world-class entertainment. This year's headliners include Mya and Jessica Sanchez. The festival takes place on North Halsted St. from Addison St. to Grace St. There will be a $10 suggested donation. Pride Fest is produced by Northalsted Business Alliance. ...


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THEATER Summer pride shines on in five plays - Pride Films and Plays fills the summer season with five plays in PAC Pride Fest. ( The "PAC" stands for Pride Arts Center—not a political fundraising tool. ) The pieces will play in rotating rep, with the first two in the line-up—Pink Orchids and The Green Bay Tree—sharing the Buena Theater stage through early July, to be followed by Fucking ...


-Gender-JUST-shows-discusses-queer-film-Naz-and-Maalik

Gender JUST shows, discusses queer film 'Naz and Maalik' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "It's not a jazzy film," said Gender JUST's Yasmin Nair, in introducing the 2015 film Naz and Maalik as part of an event entitled "Black, Queer and Criminalized," held June 5 at the Chicago Freedom School. "It's a film that really forces you to watch." With a close, realistic focus that spans for a day, or perhaps an evening, the ...


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SHOWBIZ Barry Manilow, Kathy Griffin, Prince, LGBTA country concert - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Barry Manilow has begun a residency at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, with shows running through early October, HollywoodOutbreak.com noted. With a career to draw from that has now spanned five decades, Manilow said his fondest memories are of the decade that started it all for him: the '70s. He spent five years, 2005-2010, at the Las ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I'm gonna say one thing—'Fuck Trump!' It's no longer 'Down with Trump,' it's 'Fuck Trump!'"—Robert De Niro takes the Tonys ( and CBS ) by surprise and gets a standing ovation at Radio City Music Hall. Last week, I attended the 40th-anniversary screening of the restored version of Grease on the Paramount lot. In circumstances far too convoluted to explain, ...


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'Mamby on the Beach' June 23-24 in Chicago - Common, Russ, Spoon, Grizzly Bear, Jamila Woods, Windy City Soul Club and Snakehips are among the acts slated to perform at Mamby on the Beach June 23-24 at Chicago's Oakwood Beach in Bronzeville. This year, Mamby will expand its footprint to include a new community village dedicated to local and national nonprofit organizations with progressive missions. The village will host ...


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Queen! show with CeCe Peniston, Dajae June 22 - Red Bull Music will present "Queen!" on Friday, June 22, at 9 p.m. at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St. DJ Steve "Silk" Hurley is the headliner; special guests are slated to include dance-music star CeCe Penison ( "Finally" ), house-music artist Dajae ( "Brighter Days" ), Joe Smooth, Shaun J. Wright and Hey Rae Chardonnay. Among those scheduled to also ...


-Black-Girl-Magic-drag-show-June-26

'Black Girl Magic' drag show June 26 - "Black Girl Magic"—a show featuring Chicago drag queens—will take place at the Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., on Tuesday, June 26, at 8:30 p.m. Performers will include Asia O'Hara, Monet X Change, Monique Heart, The Vixen, Shea Coulee, Dida Ritz, Bambi Banks, Eva Styles, Lucy Stoole and Sasha Love Admission to the all-ages show is $30 each; visit http://metrochicago.com/. ...


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Sean Wiggins concerts June 15-17 - Lesbian musician Sean Wiggins will be performing throughout the Midwest in mid-June. On Friday, June 15, in Sheridan Plaza in Whiting, Indiana, she will perform community concert with Paul Houston and Janet Cramer, 6:30-9 p.m. Admission is free. Wiggins will then perform in Sawyer, Michigan, on Saturday, June 16, as part of the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Fest. Wiggins and ...


Disco-documentary-to-screen-June-15

Disco documentary to screen June 15 - The documentary Jewel's Catch One will screen Friday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S. Stony Island Ave. Acquired by filmmaker Ava DuVernay for Array, Jewel's Catch One explores the legacy of the country's oldest Black-owned disco club as well as the life of businesswoman-activist Jewel Thais-Williams. Also, she provided safe spaces for LGBTQ, ...


Elledge-at-bookstores-June-20-22

Elledge at bookstores June 20, 22 - Jim Elledge—the author of The Boys of Fairy Town: Sodomites, Female Impersonators, Third Sexers, Pansies, Queers, and Sex Morons in Chicago's First Century—will visit Chicago bookstores June 20 and 22. On Wed., June 20, he will be at a book launch at Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N. Broadway, at 7 p.m. He will appear in conversation with local LGBT historian Owen ...


Striking-Out-at-Annoyance

'Striking Out' at Annoyance - Striking Out: A Gay Baseball Musical—a two-act musical about the first straight baseball player in a world where all professional athletes are gay—is at the Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont Ave., on Saturdays at 8 p.m. thrugh June 16. Tickets are $15-$20 each; visit TheAnnoyance.com or stop by the box office. ...


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Artemisia's Fall Festival in Sept.-Oct. - Artemisia launches its 2018-19 theater season with six all-new feminist plays featured in Fall Festival 2018, which will take place Sept. 24-26 and Oct. 1-3. This year's playwrights were chosen after a search by Artemisia's artistic staff.From this lineup, one play will be chosen by Artistic Director Julie Proudfoot. Artemisia Fall Festival 2018 opens with Scratching the Surface, by Charly ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Laramie-Project

THEATER REVIEW The Laramie Project - At: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-828-9129; AstonRep.com; $15-$25. Runs through: July 8 It's been nearly twenty years since the brutal slaying of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. At a time when new public displays of hatred and bigotry—aided and abetted by the highest office-holders in the land—seem to go viral on social media every day, it's not ...


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THEATER REVIEW Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2, & 3 - Playwright: Suzan-Lori Parks At: Goodman Owen Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; GoodmanTheatre.org; $10-$40.Runs through: June 24 Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks has created worlds within worlds in the sweeping Father Comes Home From the Wars ( Parts 1, 2 & 3 ). Set during the Civil War but harkening back to the millennia-old dramas penned at the dawn of the ...


THEATER-SPOTLIGHT-Wild-Women-of-Planet-Wongo

THEATER SPOTLIGHT Wild Women of Planet Wongo - Attention People of Earth: Did you yearn for the days of Lost in Space and Attack of the 50-Foot Woman? Do you dream of life in an estrogen-based universe where the beings in charge are not unrepentant, p***y-grabbing, human dumpster fires who believe Viagara is a right and birth control is a sin? Do you love gravity-defying hair product? If ...


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THEATER REVIEW Burnham's Dream: The White City - Playwright: June Finfer ( book/lyrics ) and Elizabeth Doyle ( music/lyrics ) At: Lost and Found Productions at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; TheaterWit.org; $42. Runs through: July 1 Burnham's Dream: The White City is a sweet-sounding, sweetly sung, intelligent slice of Chicago history with melodies hinting at ragtime, blues, ballads, Irish fiddle tunes, barrelhouse polkas ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - Suddenly Last Summer, Raven Theatre, through June 17. Well-acted, well-directed, well-designed production of Tennessee Williams' psychological thriller pitting rich Mrs. Venable against her niece—and who knows what Sebastian did last summer! JA Meis Julie, Victory Gardens Theater, through June 24. Strindberg wrote about money and social class in 1888 Sweden, and Yael Farber about land rights in post-Apartheid South Africa, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Opportunities-of-Extinction-

THEATER REVIEW The Opportunities of Extinction - Playwright: Sam Chanse At: Broken Nose Theatre at the Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.. Tickets: pay-what-you-can; BrokenNosetheatre.com. Runs through: June 30 The Mojave Desert, located in the southeast corner of California, encloses within its boundaries the lowest elevations and highest heat indices in North America. These conditions endow the landscape with preservative qualities rendering it a site of natural phenomena ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Bat-Hamlet

THEATER REVIEW Bat-Hamlet - Playwright: Jordan Pulliam At: Corn Productions at the Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $10-$15; Cornservatory.org. Runs through: July 14 "Sometimes a man has to dress a certain way to do what he must do" declares our hero as he reluctantly acknowledges a universe where corruption is so widespread that only by embracing its stratagems can its defeat be ensured. ...


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Tonys feature wins, De Niro and tribute to Parkland teacher - Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban hosted the 72nd annual Tony Awards from Radio City Music Hall on June 10 in New York City. They took over the reins from embattled actor Kevin Spacey, who hosted last year's ceremony. The Band's Visit, based on a 2007 Israeli film of the same name, won 10 awards (out of 11 nominations), besting productions ...


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45th Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards announced - From a press release - RChicago, IL ( June 11, 2018 ) — The Jeff Awards announced recipients of the 45th Annual Non—Equity Jeff Awards on Monday, June 11, at the Athenaeum Theatre. Top honors were awarded to Steep Theatre Company's Lela & Co. and Griffin Theatre Company's Ragtime. Other productions receiving multiple awards included Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of ...


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AstonRep Theatre Company Presents the Laramie Project - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 8, 2018 ) — AstonRep Theatre Company is pleased to conclude its 2017-18 season with THE LARAMIE PROJECT, a community's deeply-moving response to the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, written by Moisés Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project and directed by Associate Artistic Director Derek Bertelsen. THE LARAMIE PROJECT will ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Neverwhere

THEATER REVIEW Neverwhere - Playwright: Robert Kauzlaric, adapted from the book by Neil Gaiman At: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: $20-40; 773-761-4477; Lifelinttheatre.com; Runs through: July 15 Adapting a work of speculative fiction is difficult for any theater, and Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, first produced by Lifeline Theatre in 2010, is particularly difficult due to its many eclectic locations, its monsters and the ...


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"Pink Orchids" post-show discussions on HIV planned through June - Chicago — Pride Films and Plays has announced a series of discussions in conjunction with its American premiere of PINK ORCHIDS - a British play in which five eloquently interwoven and often funny monologues explore the experience of living with HIV from the perspectives of those living with the virus and those who care for and care about HIV+ persons. ...


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Black Box Acting hires diversity director - Black Box Acting has announced Alex Dauphin as their new Director of Diversity and Inclusion. This role will help solidify and expand Black Box's commitment to diversity and inclusion as the school celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Black Box co-founder, Laura Hooper, said "Black Box believes deeply in the power of our training, but we also recognize that we are responsible ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "There was a beautiful model next to me in bed and so I did some Method acting. I got a little bit excited. The exhibitionist was acting up because there was 40 people running cameras. I used to always ask, 'How do actors do it?' But now I know how they do it."—Ricky Martin talks about shooting a sex scene ...


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Black Lesbian Archives Exhibit June 14-July 13 at Affinity - 10F0LD Productions is presenting the Black Lesbian Archives Exhibit June 14-July 13 at Affinity Community Services, 2850 S. Wabash, #108. The exhibit is being put together by Kru, an archivist, DJ and CEO of 10F0LD Productions. "The importance of exploring and preserving our history is more crucial than ever," said Kru. "During this exhibit we explore Chicago's Black Lesbian history ...


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Back Lot Bash on June 15, 22-24 - Taking place every Pride in Chicago, Back Lot Bash—which a press release called "the Midwest's most-attended women's festival," and which will take place June 15 and 22-24 in Andersonville—has announced its 2018 15th-anniversary entertainment. The headliners are DJ and lesbian icon Kate Moennig ( TV shows The L Word and Ray Donovan ), KITTENS, Brooke Candy, Chicago rapper Jade The ...


-Mirza-part-of-Red-Line-series

Mirza part of 'Red Line' series - Local Pakistani, Muslim, queer actress-activist Fawzia Mirza will be a writer on the CBS show Red Line. Ava Duvernay and Greg Berlanti are the executive producers of this Chicago-set series that looks at the lives of three families. Erica Weiss and Caitlin Montanye Parrish are co-creators. Deadline noted that Noah Wyle ( ER; The Librarians ) has been tapped as ...


TELEVISION-REVIEW-Pose

TELEVISION REVIEW Pose - Director: Ryan Murphy ( first two episodes ). Starring: Evan Peters, MJ Rodriguez and Dominique Jackson, among others. Time: Varies. Premiere date: June 3 The new FX series Pose is set in the '80s, and tells the story of slices of life in the Big Apple. In each episode the characters ( a slew of LGBTQ individuals, in a television ...


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'Queen!' to feature Steve "Silk" Hurley and CeCe Peniston - Red Bull Music will present "Queen!" on Friday, June 22, at 9 p.m. at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St. DJ Steve "Silk" Hurley is the headliner; special guests are slated to include dance-music star CeCe Penison ( "Finally" ), house-music artist Dajae ( "Brighter Days" ), Joe Smooth, Shaun J. Wright and Hey Rae Chardonnay. The event will celebrate Queen!, ...


THEATER-VIEWPOINT-Dont-just-stand-there

THEATER VIEWPOINT Don't just stand there - In the wake of an attack, non-binary actor urges allies to act Also see theater feature at http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/THEATER-Trap-Door-transcends-with-binary-breaking-French-patriot/63097.html . I was on the crowded Red Line train on my way to the third performance of Trap Door Theatre's Monsieur D'eon is a Woman when the man punched me in the jaw. It was fully unprovoked, without warning. He continued to ...


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THEATER Trap Door transcends with binary-breaking French patriot - Had ze lived in 18th-century France, David Lovejoy might well have been one of the unsung superheroes of history. As it is, the gender-fluid actor ( Pronouns: Ze, hir, hirs, hirself ) is playing one at Wicker Park's Trap Door Theatre. In Mark Brownell's comedy Monsieur D'eon is a Woman, Lovejoy steps into the heeled shoes of a gender rebel ...


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Pivot Arts Festival through June 10 - The sixth annual Pivot Arts Festival—a celebration of contemporary performances and multi-disciplinary works presented throughout Chicago's Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods—will take place through June 10. This year, the festival features the Chicago premiere of Rude Mechs, a theater collective from Austin, Texas, that has performed at major venues across the country. See PivotArts.org . ...


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GayCo's 'Party' June 22-23 - GayCo Productions will run its Pride Comedy Party ( or PCP, for short ) Friday-Saturday, June 22-23, at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted St., at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, and can be purchased at the door or in advance by visiting https://gaycopride.eventbrite.com. Attendees must be at least 21 years old. ...


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Door Kinetic to run June 11-15 - The Door Kinetic Arts Festival ( DKAF ) has confirmed its lineup up films, including Oscar winners and nominees, Wisconsin-made films and the Rainn Wilson one-man show Thom Pain, which will kick off its third annual fest June 11-15 at Bjorklunden, the northern campus of Wisconsin's Lawrence University. Wilson will host the screening of Thom Pain, a film version of ...


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THEATER REVIEW A Little Night Music - Authors: Stephen Sondheim & Hugh Wheeler At: Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336 or GreenhouseTheater.org; $25-35. Runs through: July 8 Musicals are the brazen flirt at the party who charms the room with memorized banter and a killer look, buttressed with layers of shapewear. Or, they are the keynote speaker, insisting to a flock of junior executives ...


Mies-Julie

Mies Julie - Playwright: Yael Farber ( adapted from August Strindberg's "Miss Julie" ) At: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; VictoryGardens.org; $15-$60. Runs through: June 24 Athol Fugard's portraits of apartheid-era South Africa served as the moral lens for his nation. Post-apartheid works such as 1996's Valley Song offered a hopeful look at healing the country's wounds. No such ...


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THEATER REVIEW 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas (sic) - Playwright: David Kersnar & Althos Low At: Lookingglass Theatre at Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave. Tickets: 312-337-0665; LookingglassTheatre.org; $45-$80. Run through: Aug. 19 Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas ( plural ), first published in 1869-70, featured meticulous scientific research for its time and a rip-snorting story with secretive Capt. Nemo as the antagonist. So vivid ...


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THEATER SPOTLIGHT radical queer Refrigerator - We're ceding this week's Spotlight to director Hutch Pimentel, whose points about First Floor Theater's compelling sci-fi thriller Refrigerator bear repeating: "When we lost Will Davis and American Theater Company earlier this season, there was an uproar over the lack of support for radical queer work. If you care about supporting radical queer work in Chicago then I hope you'll ...


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THEATER REVIEW Monsieur D'eon Is a Woman - Playwright: Mark Brownell. At: Trap Door Theatre at Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland Ave. Tickets: $20-$25; TrapdoorTheatre.com. Runs through: June 30 Chevailere D'eon has to be one of history's most fascinating figures. A soldier and a spy for King Louis XV of France in the 18th century, she charmed and intrigued Russia's Elizabeth I and England's King George III. ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - Damascus, Strawdog Theatre Company, through June 23. A terrorist bomber and an airport shuttle-driver on a night drive from Minneapolis to Chicago makes for an edge-of-your-seat thriller in this word premiere from Bennett Fisher. MSB A New Attitude: Tribute to Patti LaBelle, Black Ensemble Theater, through June 17. Geechie, geechie, ya-ya tata! Even the audience was doing pre-curtain vocal warm-ups ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Revolutionists - Playwright: Lauren Gunderson At: Organic Theater Company at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $25; OrganicTheater.org; 773-404-7336. Runs through: July 8 The first thing we hear is a female quartet crooning a song extolling the value of "stories." The second is the ominous crunch of a guillotine blade. The third is a cheerful young woman dressed in fashions of ...


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THEATER REVIEW Bette Davis Ain't for Sissies - Playwright: Jessica Sherr At: Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: $26-36; AthenaeumTheatre.org; 773-935-6875. Runs through: June 17 Jessica Sherr is a one-woman revolution. Her original show Bette Davis Ain't for Sissies began as an acting-class exercise in Sherr's home base of New York City. After acclaimed runs off-Broadway, in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Sherr brought Bette ...







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