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Chicago trans residents Davis and Brady part of MTV VMAs - Chicago transgender residents Precious Davis and Myles Brady were part of the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards ( VMAs ). Davis and fiance Myles Brady were part of a transgender contingent that introduced host Miley Cyrus' newest single. Cyrus herself recently came out as pansexual. Davis captioned one Facebook photo of her and Brady thusly: " @mrmylesbrady and I at ...


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THEATER REVIEW After Miss Julie - Playwright: Patrick Marber, adapted from the play By August Strindberg. At: Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway. Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.strawdog.org; $28. Runs through: Sept. 26 It was 1945 when England's Labour Party scored a victory over the Conservatives in the general election—translated for Yanks, this meant that the rich lazy aristocrats had been toppled by the poor working blokes, who ...


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THEATER REVIEW Conjoined anew - When Porchlight Music Theatre included the critically acclaimed Broadway musical Side Show as part of its 2015-16 season, it was initially announced that it would be the original 1997 version and not the thoroughly revised 2014 revival edition overseen by Academy Award-winner Bill Condon ( Gods and Monsters, Chicago ). But it was Side Show's book writer and lyricist, Bill ...


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Play to mark 10th anniv. of Katrina - The Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St., will observe the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with The Play About My Dad. The Play About My Dad, by Boo Killebrew, opened at New York's 595 E 59 Theatres in June 2011. It tells of the author's father—a doctor in Gulfport, Mississippi—who stayed behind to take care of patients as the storm ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight The sex-positive variety show Menage-A-Hah returns for another stint at Mary's Attic, this time featuring standup comedy sets from Zach Peterson and Shannon Noll, burlesque stripping from Stephanie Hawking, a rope-bondage demonstration from BadKitty Bondage and the chance to win prizes from The Pleasure Chest. Mary Zee and Eric Barry are the co-hosts. Menage-A-Hah plays 8 p.m. Thursday, ...


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THEATER REVIEW October Sky - Playwright: Aaron Thielen ( book ), Michael Mahler ( music/lyrics ) At: Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. Tickets: 1-847-634-0200; www.MarriottTheatre.com; $50-$55. Runs through: Oct. 11 This world premiere musical is based on a popular 1999 movie and, in turn, an autobiographical novel by Homer Hickam. It tells of four teenage boys—with Homer as hero—who rebel against limited expectations imposed ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Price - Playwright: Arthur Miller. At: TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave. Tickets: 773-281-8463 or www.timelinetheatre.com; $38-$51. Runs through Nov. 22 The instant you walk into TimeLine Theatre's production of The Price, you're confronted by stacks of antique furniture piled up haphazardly to the ceiling by scenic and lighting designer Brian Sidney Bembridge. And soon enough, all that left-behind excess turns out ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Black drag queen comes in and saves all the white folk ... that doesn't happen often!"—Billy Porter encapsulates the plot of Kinky Boots during his show at the Crown & Anchor in Provincetown. Over this column's long history, the line between celebrity and porn has been blurred beyond recognition. While prostitution and porn are not necessarily the same thing, there ...


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Dancing About Architecture - Rihanna and the lost album saga - Recently, our beloved Rihanna tried very hard to break out of her pop shell and go with an "edgier" sound, via Kanye West, and failed. All three singles off of the planned R8 album tanked, despite the help of a Beatle, an epic Tarantino-esque video for "Bitch Better Have My Money" and a warm reception for the politically relevant—but tepid—"American ...


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Chicago Opera Theater gets largest single gift - Andreas Mitisek, general director of Chicago Opera Theater ( COT ), announced that the company has received a $1.5-million gift from Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson. Their gift is the single largest contribution in the company's 42-year history. Combined with a recent, anonymous $500,000 gift, this gift brings COT $2M closer to meeting its goal of raising an additional $5M ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Jacksonian - Playwright: Beth Henley, At: Profiles Theatre Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: 773-549-1815; www.profilestheatre.org; $35-$40. Runs through: Oct. 11 Beth Henley's plays have always hinted at the dark side of the rural/tribal values lingering at the cultural roots of our country's southern regions, but smug Yankee directors and audiences usually prefer to chuckle complacently at the droll antics of their ...


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Reeling LGBTQ+ film fest offers movies showcasing queer diversity - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL ) Reeling, the second-oldest LGBTQ+ film festival in the world and a beloved Chicago cultural institution for more than 30 years, is back with an exciting slate of movies that showcases the diversity of the queer experience. From the hilarious gay dude comedy FOURTH MAN OUT on Opening Night, the hotly anticipated Julianne Moore-Ellen Page real-life drama ...


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Entertainment: Ricky Martin; Marc Jacobs; Maria Bello; Timberlake - Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin has criticized presidential candidate Donald Trump for "continuing to gratuitously harass the Latin community," Gay Star News reported. "The fact that an individual like Donald Trump, a candidate for the presidency of the United States for the Republican party, has the audacity to continue to gratuitously harass the Latin community makes my blood boil," Martin ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Leona Lewis on U.S. market, new CD and drag queens - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The British bombshell Leona Lewis exploded on television almost a decade ago, winning the third season of The X Factor in 2006. That led to a million-dollar recording contract on Simon Cowell's record label Syco Music. Her cover of Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" climbed the UK singles chart to number one. Lewis then signed on with J Records, ...


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Theater, now on stage and soon to come - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Addresses in Chicago unless otherwise noted Now on stage: Not Suitable For Textbooks. Improvised omissions and additions from history. At Under The Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport, Chicago. $12. Saturdays through September 5. Tickets www.undertheguntheater.com or ( 773 ) 270-3440 . SMUT: The Improvised Romantic Book Club. Improv/comedy. By Corn Productions at Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln. $10. Runs through 9/18 ...


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Androgynous model aims to change world through fashion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - She might have been joking when she said her ultimate goal was "world peace," but androgynous and agender model Rain Dove does hope to use her burgeoning modeling career to support her activism. During her interview with Windy City Times, Dove was in the midst of a photo shoot in San Diego for Dapper Boi, a clothing company making clothing ...


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MUSIC Singer Greg Holden talks 'American Idol,' 'Boys in the Street' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Scottish-born singer-songwriter Greg Holden has taken center stage in his career due in part to the song "Boys In The Street." The song tells the story of a father who, at first, denounces his gay son, but eventually comes to accept him. Holden talked with Windy City Times about the response to "Boys In The Street" from the LGBTQ community, ...


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Petterino's celebrates 8th anniversary of Monday Night Live Sept. 14 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( August 2015 )—Petterino's ( 150 N. Dearborn St., at Randolph in the heart of the theater district ), is celebrating eight smashingly successful years of its impromptu musical showcase Petterino's Monday Night Live on Monday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m. Since its debut in September 2007, more than 700 singers have graced the stage for Petterino's' Monday Night ...


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Actor Lily Tomlin talks 'Grandma,' 'Grace' and being grateful - How delightful is it to see Lily Tomlin, one of the heroes of Our Community, having such a good year? First, there has been her reteaming with Jane Fonda ( her onscreen pal from the adored feminist comedy 9 to 5 ) in the Netflix series Grace and Frankie, in which Tomlin brings her endearing character, an aging hippie, depth, ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - Filth: disgustingly offensive dirt, garbage, anything viewed as grossly indecent or obscene. That's how Mr. Webster defines "filth," and who would argue with him? With that definition and those words, this column was launched 20 years ago. Back then, it was called "Filth" and it was supposed to be a temporary gig. But here I am, two decades later, wondering ...


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Gilded lilies: Lily Tomlin, Laverne Cox unite in 'Grandma' - A pair of LGBT icons from different generations—beloved septuagenarian Lily Tomlin and more recently minted trailblazer Laverne Cox—come together in the acclaimed feature dramedy Grandma. It's certainly an apropos collaboration, since one of the Sundance Film Festival hit's themes is how generations collide and, despite some friction, can potentially join forces in the spirit of support for a mutual cause. ...


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Upcoming: Fashion Fest; 'Downton' exhibit; Jeff Awards; Haymarket reading - Haymarket Riot reading Aug. 29 In commemoration of the 130th anniversary of Chicago's Haymarket Riot, there will be a table reading of Bloody Haymarket on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 11 a.m. at the Irish-American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave. Actors Ben David Garza and Eric J. Coleman will be bringing to life an original theatrical performance of the grisly ...


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Knight at the Movies: Lily Tomlin; the late, great Laird Cregar - Lily plays a grandma In Grandma, from writer-director Paul Weitz, Lily Tomlin plays a character who is a lesbian—a big one. Elle Reid is a loud, proud, majorly out lesbian who is unapologetic in her feminist, humanist views and isn't exactly shy about expressing them to all and sundry. Tomlin has played a lesbian character before—in Tea with Mussolini, co-starring ...


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THEATER REVIEW Chicago's Role in the Crime of the Century - Playwright: Hillel Levin. At: The Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State St. Tickets: 800-838-3006; www.assassinationtheater.com; $49. Runs through: Nov. 7 Even with the current fashion for talking-heads symposiums posing as docudramas ( but leaving out the drama ), Hillel Levin's decision to present his journalist's investigation of the role played by organized crime in the 1963 assassination of U.S. ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Fringe options - The Chicago Fringe Festival is back for its sixth season, returning again to the Jefferson Park neighborhood at five different venues. This time the Fringe features nearly 50 companies presenting 198 performances from Thursday, Sept. 2, to Sunday, Sept. 13. As in past years, all the shows selected were by lottery and a few are of likely interest to LGBTQ ...


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BOOKS Angela Koenig: Lesbian Chicago novelist on works, influences - Chicago lesbian novelist Angela Koenig grew up in rural Nebraska and lived in Sioux City, Iowa. Then, she lived in Denver and San Francisco for a number of years before returning to the Midwest. She's the author of Rebellion in Ulster, a novel that followed a dashing lesbian scholar's path to becoming a revolutionary. Its sequel, Rendezvous in the Himalaya, ...


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BOOKS New book spotlights out high-school and college athletes - Jeff Sheng played tennis his first three years at Thousand Oaks High School in California, but opted not to play as a senior. He was closeted, afraid to come out at the time. Now 34, and still based in Southern California, Sheng is back on the court. He's not holding back his swing, nor his sexual orientation. After all, he ...


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MOVIES Becoming 'Friends' with Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski, Max Joseph - There's a new group of Friends in town and this time there is a musical spin to it. Max Joseph, from MTV's Catfish, is directing the new film We Are Your Friends. The story surrounds Cole Carter, played by actor Zac Efron ( Hairspray; Neighbors ), who's to be a DJ from celebrity musicmaker James Reed. Emily Ratajkowski—who many know ...


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THEATER REVIEW Patchwork Drifter - Playwright: Jennifer L. Mickelson. At: Babes With Blades Theatre Company at City Lit in Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-904-0391; www.babeswithblades.org; $22. Runs through: Sept. 19 Wyoming granted women the right to vote and to serve as court officers more than 50 years before the 19th Amendment was ratified, so it's appropriate that Jennifer L. Mickelson's ...


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Entertainment: Josh Hutcherson; 'Atlanta'; Zachary Quinto; Adam Lambert - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson has said he wishes he could shut down Straight But Not Narrow, an LGBT charity he helped co-found in 2011, as a way to combat homophobia in schools, and "positively influence the perception of and behavior towards LGBTQ peers," NewNowNext.com. The organization is still going strong, but he's hoping that one day soon, it won't ...


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Theater in Chicago: Opening soon and now on stage - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Addresses in Chicago unless otherwise noted Opening dates August 25, 2015 Mom? A Comedy of Mourners. Clown siblings Victoria, Frank and Mango mourn the loss of their mother. By Box of Clowns at Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Tickets at www.gorillatango.com or ( 773 ) 598-4549 . August 27, 2015 Glory Days. Broadway musical nailing ...


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THEATER REVIEW Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight - Playwright: Peter Ackerman. At: Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Road. Tickets: 773-891-8985 or www.windycityplayhouse.com; $25-$60. Runs through Oct. 4 Peter Ackerman's 1999 New York sex comedy Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight, now being revived in a strongly acted production at the swanky Windy City Playhouse, certainly begins with a great premise. How do you react when your ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Rise and Fall of Little Voice - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Jim Cartwright. At: No Stakes Theater Project at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 1-773-975-8150; www.theaterwit.org; $13.50-$34.50. Runs through: Sept. 5 Steppenwolf Theatre Company produced this play 21 years ago utilizing an enormous set with a moving house that swallowed the play alive. It still requires a two-story house ( Grant Sabin, set designer ) but this intimate ...


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Theater Spotlight on Bad Jews; Critics' Picks - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The kvetching continues since Theater Wit's acclaimed production of Joshua Harmon's scathing comedy Bad Jews is back again in its fifth extension and third venue. So if you missed seeing this play involving three cousins doing battle over a family heirloom, then you can choose your favorites and take sides now in the intimate cabaret space of the Royal George ...


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Bryan Safi has it made in the 'Shade' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bryan Safi seems to be everywhere lately. The openly gay Emmy winner has done everything from writing on The Ellen DeGeneres to being a writer/performer on the website Funny or Die to acting in the Lifetime movie A Deadly Adoption ( with Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell ) and the ABC Family series Young and Hungry. Then, there are his ...


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Celebrate with caution - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times, by Michael Kearns - This speech was in acceptance of the Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award "for groundbreaking and distinguished achievement in the LGBTQ playwrighting and arts advocacy." Presented to Michael Kearns by Celebration Theatre on Aug. 11, 2015, at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers. Celebration Theatre, during its halcyon days, was located on Hoover Street in Silver Lake, not in the land ...


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Comic Con hosts thousands of fans - Hordes of comic-book, sci-fi and pop-culture enthusiasts were present in Rosemont, Illinois, as Wizard World Chicago Comic Con took place Aug. 20-23 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Among the stars who appeared were two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner, Nathan Fillion ( TV's Castle and Serenity ), Ben McKenzie ( TV's Gotham ), Burt Reynolds, Stephen Amell ( TV's ...


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BENT NIGHTS Coin; Ezra Furman - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Of the seemingly endless string of new and unheard of bands that land on major record labels, Nashville rockers Coin seem oddly proud of their love for the past. Without pretense, these guys pride themselves on their love for '90s alternative rock and I almost hate to tell them that they've picked the wrong decade. After just one listen to ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC How Swede it is: Talking with singer Tove Lo - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Swedish songstress Tove Lo has taken the world by storm recently. After signing to Island and Polydor Records, her debut studio album , Queen of the Clouds, spawned the hit singles "Habits ( Stay High )" and "Talking Body." Lo was featured on DJ Alesso's song "Heroes ( We Could Be )" that was on constant radio rotation and ruled ...


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Jeff Awards Equity nominations honor 2014-2015 productions - From a press release - Friday, August 21, 2015 - Chicago, IL — Chicago stage, TV and film star Michael Shannon did the honor of announcing the nominees for the 2014-2015 Equity Jeff Awards. A video of the presentation is available at www.JeffAwards.org. Six world premiere plays, three world premiere musicals, and three new adaptations seen first by Chicago audiences were among those receiving Jeff ...


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Poet Kit Yan performs Queer Heartache at Chicago Fringe - From a press release - Chicago, IL: From September 3-13, Kit Yan, a transgender, queer, Asian American poet from Hawaii, will be performing his show Queer Heartache at the Chicago Fringe Festival. Queer Heartache is a one-person SLAM POETRY theater show about the micro-aggressive societal failures that break our queer hearts. The show follows Kit from his childhood in Hawaii as a poor child of ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT SNL dreams - Don't be deceived by the title of John Loos' SNL Showcase, now playing at the Annoyance Theatre. Despite its abbreviated moniker, it's not an actual audition showcase by the Chicago-based gay comedian for the long-running NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live. "It's a way to frame my one-man show—actually a one-man play about auditioning for Saturday Night Live, which I ...


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Knight at the Movies: Blackbird; Olive Films - Blackbird Patrik-Ian Polk has been dubbed "The father of gay Black cinema"—a title he is only too happy to claim, as he told The Guardian in a recent interview. The 42-year-old filmmaker has been a torchbearer in that area for close to 20 years beginning, with his film Punks in 2000, although it was Noah's Arc, his series for Logo ...


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Theater Spotlight, Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight If you missed the the national tour of Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage the last time it played Chicago in 2008, then you can catch up with the international hit show once again. So see Baby fall in love with Johnny in the 1960s, complete with anachronistic songs written for the beloved 1987 film like "Hungry ...


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THEATER REVIEW The History of Alcohol in Chicago: A Drinker's Guide - Playwright: Andrew Thorp. At: Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark Street. Tickets: 1-800-650-6449; www.publichousetheatre.com; $15. Runs through: Sept. 27 ( Sundays only ) The theater venue that long housed Live Bait Theatre, and later the Artistic Home, has been the Public House Theatre for several years now, acquiring a cabaret license to allow drink service during performances of varied sketch ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Dueling Gentlemen - Playwright: conceived and written by Marvin Eduardo Quijada. At: Silent Theatre at the Athenaeum, 2836 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6875; www.athenaeumtheatre.org; $17-$27. Runs through: Sept. 20 Theater companies founded on a narrow repertory—Commedia, Operetta, the collected works of Shakespeare/Shaw/Sondheim—might survive for a time on their appeal to a select audience but, sooner or later, will find it necessary to deviate ...


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THEATER REVIEW Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities - Devised and directed by: Michel Laprise. At: Cirque du Soleil at United Center, 1901 W. Madison St. Tickets: $35-$270; 877-924-7783 or www.cirquedusoleil.com/kurios. Runs through: Sept. 20 There are plenty of recurring hallmarks for Cirque du Soleil shows and there are many to be found in Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities. The show debuted in Montreal in 2014, and now it has ...


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Upcoming events: TransReelization; Rodeo Round Town - TransReelization fest Aug. 29 The second annual TransReelization film fest will take place Saturday, Aug. 29, at Kinowerks Studio, 5645 N. Ravenswood Ave. The VIP reception is 6 p.m., with the general-admission part of the evening starting at 7:30 p.m. This evening of cocktails, celebrities and film supports the critical work of the Chicago House—TransLife Center. The studio is the ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Jordin Sparks: On '90s music, looking fit, new CD - Singer Jordin Sparks' career took off after winning season six of the television show American Idol. Her music career broke out with hits "Tattoo" and "No Air." Then, she released Battlefield, which gave her her first number-one hit, "S.O.S. ( Let the Music Play )." She sizzled in acting roles like the remake of Sparkle, playing opposite the late Whitney ...


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Chicago Dancing Festival Aug. 25-29 - The ninth annual Chicago Dancing Festival will take place Aug. 25-29 at various downtown Chicago venues. With choreographer Lar Lubovitch and Chicago dancer Jay Franke co-producing, the event aims to bring together leading ballet, modern and contemporary dancers from Chicago and across the country to present the largest dance festival in the nation. The event will mark the festival debuts ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Caitlyn's a Republican, she's on a reality show, and she's a Kardashian. We can't make fun of him or her?"—John Waters questions the political correctness of not making fun of Caitlyn Jenner. If it's good enough for John Waters, it's good enough for me. You fans are insatiable. Our server for BillyMasters.com was flagged as possibly being attacked by a ...


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The Chicago Fringe Festival announce times, places - From a press release - Over Twelve Days, 47 Companies Gather in Jefferson Park to Offer 198 Performances, Including All New Kids Fringe, September 3-13, Tickets Go On Sale Saturday, Aug. 1 CHICAGO — The Chicago Fringe Festival is proud to announce its line up for the 2015 festival. Performances in the sixth annual Chicago Fringe Festival take place in five venues in Jefferson Park, ...


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Dance for Life: Annual benefit draws record attendance - More than 2,000 people ( a record number ) flooded the Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University Aug. 15 for the 24th annual Dance for Life Chicago, presented by Chicago Dancers United. The yearly concert and gala event invites some of Chicago's best and brightest dance companies to share the stage in order to raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDS. While ...


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Theater in Chicago: Now on stage and opening soon - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Addresses in Chicago unless otherwise noted Now on stage: Improvised Twilight Zone. A new Twilight Zone-inspired scenario every show. At The Annoyance Theatre and Bar, 851 W. Belmont, Chicago, 773-697-9693. Wednesdays, 8 pm. Runs through August 19, 2015. Tickets at the door or at https://theannoyance.com . Live at the Continental Baths. Musical tribute to Bette Midler focusing on ...


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Entertainment news: Ellen; Eddie Redmayne; Dolly Parton; Sam Smith - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hillary Clinton, Caitlyn Jenner and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai will kick off the 13th season of Ellen DeGeneres' The Ellen Show," according to Page Six. "These 3 women are changing the world," The Ellen Show tweeted along with a photo of the trio. The new season of the show premieres Sept. 8 on NBC. Speaking of DeGeneres, she's ...


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THEATER REVIEW Art - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. At: Amazing Sammo Productions at Gorilla Tango, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-598-4549; www.gorillatango.com; $18. Runs through: Aug. 29 ( Saturdays only ) Seldom has the adage about beauty and the eye of the beholder been illustrated more often, or in as many ways, as it has since Yasmina Reza wrote her deceptively ...


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Upcoming: Cho to marry couples; Chicago Fashion Fest; Horror-film fest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cho to marry couples on 'PsyCHO' tour Comedian Margaret Cho is marrying couples on stage as part of her "PsyCHO" tour. Cho is a certified officiant through the American Marriage Ministries. A winner will be selected in each city during the Tour. Qualified participants must submit a homemade video. The homemade video must answer "Why I want you to #MarryMeMargaret." ...


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NUNN ON ONE Amanda Lepore gives WCT some lip -- in a good way - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Luscious-lipped Amanda Lepore returns to Chicago for a club appearance, and the night promises to be plastic fantastic. A notable figure in the transgender world Lepore has appeared in numerous advertising campaigns, among them M.A.C. Cosmetics and Swatch. She is regularly featured in the photography of David LaChapelle and Terry Richardson. With the help of gay rapper Cazwell, she released ...


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Iddy Id Design holds 'A.U.C.T.I.O.N.' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Aug. 14, Iddy Id Design held "A.U.C.T.I.O.N."—a group exhibition of new works featuring mixed media, visual and performing artists—at Space 1858, 1858 W. Grand Ave. Several artists were featured, including Iddy Id Design, Ayodele Drum and Dance, Nish Hamilton, Alycia Davis, Jeremy Royster, Wanda Rosado-Johnson, Kia Givhan and Kim Ferguson, among others. In a pre-event release, organizers stated, "The ...


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Open TV's 'Nupita Obama Creates Vogua' explores queer love - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As a network executive for Open TV, an online platform for indie arts and artists, Aymar Jean Christian would rather promote the careers of others than worry about himself. But even he admitted that the network's latest pilot, Nupita Obama Creates Vogua, which he wrote and directed, was influenced by his own affairs. The episode ( https://player.vimeo.com/video/134807299?color=c1f9bb, https://vimeo.com/134807299 ) explores ...


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Dining news: Free pizza at Bar Toma; 86-cent donuts - —To give guests a first taste of Bar Toma's pizza before reopening, Chef Tony Mantuanois offering free slices at 4-5:30 p.m. on Aug. 19-20 on the patio. ( There's a limit of one slice per person. ) To receive the pizza, guests must follow @BarTomaChicago on Instagram, Twitter ( @BarToma ) or on Facebook. The free pizza week comes in ...


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Capitol Records honors Sam Smith for record breaking album sale - From a press release - Capitol Records presented Sam Smith with a plaque commemorating four million adjusted album sales of his GRAMMY-winning debut album, In The Lonely Hour, at a ceremony at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA. The young U.K. artist made his U.S. debut at the legendary venue with two sold-out shows on December 2 and 3, 2013. By January 2015, Smith was ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Dancer's long road back; Joel Hall marks 40 years - For nearly a quarter-century, Chicago dance in August has been perhaps best known for the annual Dance for Life gala and benefit concert. Dance for Life brings together many of the city's premiere dance companies, who donate their performances to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and funds for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and The Dancers' Fund. The Dancers' Fund was originally ...


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TransReelization fest Aug. 29 features stars of Wachowski's Sense8 - The second annual TransReelization film fest will take place Saturday, Aug. 29, at Kinowerks Studio, 5645 N. Ravenswood Ave. The VIP reception is 6 p.m., with the general-admission part of the evening starting at 7:30 p.m. This evening of cocktails, celebrities and film supports the critical work of the Chicago House—TransLife Center. The studio is the production company of siblings ...


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Billy Masters - "Dude ... No underwear and pierced ... F—- me.. You never showed me that shit."—Steven Tyler texts his love/envy/astonishment at Lenny Kravitz's exposed private parts. But more on that later—or on BillyMasters.com. This week we have a plethora of penises. I almost called them a gaggle—but I know better than to underestimate my fans' gag reflex! While that surely whets ...


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Upcoming: Dancing Fest; Chicago Fringe; Treasure Island; Bette; WildClaw - Chicago Dancing Festival Aug. 25-29 The ninth annual Chicago Dancing Festival will take place Aug. 25-29 at various downtown Chicago venues. With choreographer Lar Lubovitch and Chicago dancer Jay Franke co-producing, the event aims to bring together leading ballet, modern and contemporary dancers from Chicago and across the country to present the largest dance festival in the nation. The event ...


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Theater spotlight and Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight The Mayne Stage teams with Cult Camp Productions to stage the hit 2005 off-Broadway musical Altar Boyz, which is all about a fictitious Christian boy band on the last night of its "Raise the Praise" tour. See if the boys can stay together or if the lures of celebrity, sexuality or the hope of solo career will break ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Boy from Oz - Playwright: book by Martin Sherman and Nick Enright, music and lyrics by Peter Allen. At: Pride Films and Plays at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252; www.stage773.com; $25-$40. Runs through: Aug. 30 Few would argue Australian-born singer/songwriter Peter Allen's inclusion in the pantheon of American pop music, so why does Martin Sherman's adaptation of Nick Enright's original biodrama ...


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THEATER REVIEW Zelda at the Oasis - THEATER REVIEW Zelda at the Oasis Playwright: Patricia Lin - Playwright: Patricia Lin. At: Genesis Theatrical Productions at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: 1-773-338-2177; www.genesistheatricals.com; $30. Runs through: Aug. 23 By the early 1930s, the celebrated marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald was beyond repair. He was an alcoholic, she was bipolar. Each accused the other of infidelities. He wrote relentlessly, frequently to her exclusion. She ...


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THEATER REVIEW We Gotta Bingo! - Playwright: conceived by Bill Collins and written by WGB Creative. At: Chicago Theater Works, 1113 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 312-391-0404; www.wegottabingo.com; $49. Runs through: open run The notion of audiences at a play sitting still and attending to every minute of the onstage agenda is a relatively new practice, as accounts of theatrical performance in, say, Cyrano de Bergerac, or ...


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THEATER REVIEW Stanley in the Name of Love - Book: Mr. Margaret Svetlove; Score: The Delicious Moons. At: The New Colony at Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.thenewcolony.org; $20-$25. Runs through: Aug. 29 Hey, you young queer club kids who worship at the altar of contemporary pop music! If ever there were a musical written to target your demographic, then that show would be The New Colony's ...


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Shakespeare in the Parks thru Aug. 16 - Chicago Shakespeare Theater ( CST ), the City of Chicago, Chicago Park District and Boeing partner to present the annual citywide summer tradition, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks. This summer, 24 performances of Shakespeare's Greatest Hits travel to 17 neighborhood parks across Chicago, free for all, July 19—Aug. 16. In its fourth year, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks inaugurates cultural ...


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Billy Strayhorn events in the fall - Several events this fall will celebrate Billy Strayhorn, the late jazz musician who was openly gay, according to a Chicago Tribune item. A citywide Billy Strayhorn Festival will run Sept. 4-Nov. 21 in clubs, concert halls, community centers and other venues. In addition, the new book Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life will feature historic images and commentary from Ramsey Lewis, Nancy ...


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Christy Webber subject of CNBC series - Christy Webber, founder of Chicago's Christy Webber Landscapes, is one of several entrepreneurs featured on CNBC's new primetime show, Blue Collar Millionaires. Blue Collar Millionaires, according to CNBC's press release announcing the shows debut, "celebrates the men and women who've gotten rich by getting their hands dirty." The eight-part series premiered July 15; Webber's episode, "Through the Roof," aired July ...


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OUTspoken! marks one year with rousing stories - Appearing before a packed house, emcees Kim Hunt ( outgoing executive director of Affinity Community Services ) and Art Johnston ( co-owner of Sidetrack ) kicked off OUTspoken!'s one-year anniversary celebration Aug. 4 at Sidetrack. The event featured stories by Tracy Baim ( Windy City Times publisher ), Bea Cordelia ( playwright, slam poet, essayist, performer and researcher ), LeVan ...







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