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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Summer theater's hottest picks - For those of you preferring a Windy City "staycations" to a traveling vacation, here's a selected look at live indoor theater options for the summer. All shows in Chicago unless otherwise noted. Of LGBTQ interest —Loud & Proud, MCL Chicago, 3110 N. Sheffield Ave. Musical acts, comedy sketches and more are a part of this LGBTQ variety show co-hosted ...


Spotlight

Spotlight - Lesbian love songs are in the mix of Things to Ruin: The Songs of Joe Iconis. Refuge Theatre Project presents the local premiere of this "theatrical rock concert" in a venue that describes itself as "Chicago's Original Punk Bar since 1981." Things to Ruin: The Songs of Joe Iconis continues through Sunday, June 18, at Exit Chicago, 1315 W. North ...


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THEATER REVIEW Ideation - Written by: Aaron Loeb. Directed by: Gus Menary. At: Jackalope Theater Company Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway. Tickets: JackalopeTheatre.org: $15-25. Runs through: June 17 What if you were assigned a task at work that could potentially kill other human beings? That is the premise behind Ideation, Aaron Loeb's drama/comedy being produced by Jackalope Theater company at the Broadway Armory. ...


Critics-Picks

Critics Picks - 3C, A Red Orchid Theatre, through June 4. David Adjmi's comically critical deconstruction of the TV series Three's Company can be unbalanced, but an outstanding acting ensemble shows how there can be palpable pain behind all those sitcom laughs. SCM Into the Beautiful North, 16th Street Theatre, Berwyn, through June 3. A young woman travels north seeking heroes to protect ...


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THEATER REVIEW Little Miss Sunshine - By Sean Margaret Wagner - Authors: William Finn ( music and lyrics ) and James Lapine ( book ). At: The Edge Theatre, 5451 N. Broadway. Tickets: 773-999-9541 or ChicagoTheatreWorkshop.org; $32.50-$42.50. Runs through: June 4 There's something very savvy on paper about Chicago Theatre Workshop's Chicago premiere production of Little Miss Sunshine, a musical retelling of the 2006 indie movie. Director Maggie Portman and Music ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Radiant

THEATER REVIEW The Radiant - Playwright: Shirley Lauro. At: Genesis Theatrical Productions at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: $32. Runs through: June 11 In recent years, plays about working women have evolved from waitresses, hairdressers and secretaries obsessed with personal family issues to female CEOs, senators and nuclear physicists obsessed with personal family issues. Traditional gender assumptions die hard,you see, making even women ...


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THEATER REVIEW Black Pearl: A Tribute to Josephine Baker - Playwright: Daryl Brooks. At: Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: $55-$65. Runs through: June 18 An Art Deco motif nowadays considered only fit to be invoked in the rarefied environment of museums is that of a smiling young African girl wearing a bikini-length skirt fashioned of bananas and very little else. Far from being an anonymous colonialist ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "If he took a dump on his desk, you would defend it."—Anderson Cooper chastises Jeffrey Lord after the political commentator once again defended Donald Trump—this time, in light of the Russian inquiry. Coop later apologized for the statement: "I regret the crude sentence I spoke earlier tonight and followed it up by apologizing on air. It was unprofessional. I am ...


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House-music film looks at gay origins - A new two-part documentary by the British television broadcaster Channel 4—entitled I Was There When House Took Over the World—is coming out this month, according to teleSUR.tv. The film will highlight the origins of house music: the Black gay scene in Chicago's South Side. "House Was Born" focuses on the social and cultural environment that gave rise to the genre, ...


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Cinema/Chicago promote Kutza, Plauche - Cinema/Chicago, the parent organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, announced the promotion of two longtime employees. Mimi Plauche has been named artistic director of the Chicago International Film Festival and Cinema/Chicago, effective immediately. Michael Kutza, who founded the festival in 1964 and has since served as artistic director, will continue to serve as the president and CEO. The 53rd ...


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Chicago Underground Film Festival May 31-June 4 - The Chicago Underground Film Festival will showcase more than 100 unique visual works May 31-June 4 at the Logan Theater, 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave. Among the LGBT movies that will part of the festival are Whatever Happened to Gelitin, The Magic Hedge and Cruising Elsewhere. "Gelitin" ( 82 minutes ) features artist/art dealer/actor Salvatore Viviano setsting out on a cinematic ...


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Chicago Home Theater Festival through May 29 - The Chicago Home Theater Festival will take place through May 29 in various spots around the city. Some of the featured artists will include xicana cultural producer Afr@cubarican DJ and performance artist Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero ( CQQCHIFRUIT ), transfeminine dance artist Darling Shear and Surviving the Mic Executive Director Nikki Patin. International women's-rights advocate Bernardine Dohrn and writer and activist ...


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SUMMER MOVIE SPECIAL Aliens, apes, Annabelle all part of summer's box office - Chicago is finally heating up, with the summer movie season now in full swing. There are many new releases primed and ready for the air-conditioned theater. Every year there is a variety of big budget popcorn flicks mixed with a few possible special-effect Oscar contenders. This list will give an idea of what to see—and possibly what to skip. ...


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Musician Chelsea Shag wants to spread the love - With her new single "One Kiss," musician Chelsea Shag wants to spread a message of universal love. Shag released a video recently for the song that shows a mix of diverse couples sharing a kiss. The couples include a lesbian couple, a gay couple and two mixed-race straight couples. I think it's important in this time," Shag said. "I'm all ...


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WCT writer in Steppenwolf event - Windy City Times senior entertainment writer Jerry Nunn will be part of "You're Being Ridiculous: PRIDE," which will take place the first three Wednesdays ( 7, 14 and 21 ) of June at 8 p.m. at Steppenwolf Theatre's 1700 Theatre, an 80-seat cabaret-style space connected to Steppenwolf's Front Bar: Coffee and Drinks at 1700 N. Halsted St.. Nunn plans to ...


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'Black Pearl' benefit June 3 - A benefit performance of Black Ensemble Theatre's Black Pearl: A Tribute to Josephine Baker will take place Saturday, June 3, at 8 p.m. at the theater, 4450 N. Clark St. The $50 ticket includes a private reception preceding the performance and premium seating. Proceeds benefit The Legacy Project, which educates the public about the many roles LGBT people have played ...


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New CSO album out June 16 - The Chicago Symphony Orchestra ( CSO ) is releasing its eighth recording with Music Director Riccardo Muti on its own CSO Resound label—Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor ( $19.99 )—worldwide via retail and online outlets on June 16. Anton Bruckner's Ninth Symphony was recorded live in June 2016 at Orchestra Hall. Muti dedicated the performance to "all the ...


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SUMMER DANCE SPECIAL Dance heats up this summer - by Joanna Furnans - Although summer doesn't officially begin for another couple of weeks, the 2017 Chicago summer dance season wastes no time getting started. Here's what should fill your dance card this season: —The free grand-finale performance of the Chicago Human Rhythm Project's third annual "STOMPING GROUNDS" series will celebrate five of Chicago's percussive dance companies. This is an exciting opportunity to see ...


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Spacey honored while Billings hosts Steppenwolf gala - There were two major theater fundraisers on May 13 in Chicago. One celebrated one of the most respected actors working in movies today, and the other a multifaceted actress returning to her roots in a city that sparked her bright career. Kevin Spacey received the Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award at the Four Seasons Chicago after a cocktail reception ...


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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Chicago theaters offer warm staycations - Your favorite neighborhood playhouses don't close from Memorial to Labor Day, like they did when many of them didn't have air-conditioning. However, the summer season also hosts a number of theatrical entertainments suited for balmy temperatures and lengthy daylight hours. Here are some of them. ( *= free event ) One-stop destinations First Folio Theatre, Peabody Estate at ...


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Five Worth Finding: Popcornopolis, The Baton Show Lounge and more - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Popcornopolis ( Popcornopolis.com ): Garrett is not the only popcorn master, apparently. Popcornopolis has an incredibly tasty line of offerings, including Zebra Chocolate Peanut Butter, Three Cheese, Zebra Chocolate Striped, Pesto Mozzarella, White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice and Karamel Kiss. In addition, the company has staunchly been behind a cause: Popcornopolis has raised more than $10 million for non-profit groups by ...


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Entertainment: Mary Lambert, Jussie Smollett, Manning CD, Harry Styles - From a press release - Lesbian "Same Love" singer Mary Lambert has revealed that she was gang-raped as a teen, according to Page Six. In addition to suffering abuse in her home, Lambert said she was gang-raped at 16 after sneaking into an Army barracks. "You kind of go into survival mode and are like, 'OK, how do I navigate this situation?'" she said to ...


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Kate Clinton to be honored at Levity & Justice June 22 in New York - From a press release - Washington, DC ( April 27, 2017 ) — LPAC, the national grassroots lesbian political action committee supporting pro-LGBTQ and pro-women's equality candidates, is hosting its second annual benefit comedy show at Carolines on Broadway on June 22. This year's show will feature some of the top LGBTQ women's comics today including Janine Brito, Erin Foley, Dana Goldberg, Brittani Nichols, Renée ...


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Nothing Without a Company Announces 2017-18 Season - From a press release - CHICAGO, May 17, 2017 - Chicago non-profit theatre company Nothing Without a Company has announced their 12th season, "Identity." The season will feature three plays: Bobby Pin Girls, Cornerstone, and Not One Batu. These productions show characters figuring out their artistic and personal identities, trying to find themselves in larger social structures, and establishing new relationships as people in recovery ...


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Performance of Black Pearl, A Tribute to Josephine Baker, to benefit Legacy Project - From a Legacy Project press release - Kick-Off LGBT Pride 2017 with us on Saturday, June 3rd with a special Legacy Project Benefit performance of Black Ensemble Theatre's acclaimed "Black Pearl: A Tribute to Josephine Baker." $50 ticket ( $15 below market value ) includes a private reception preceding the performance and premium seating. Indoor valet parking is available for an additional $10. See the Legacy Project's ...


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'Pickers' in Illinois throughout June - The show American Pickers—a documentary series that explores the world of antique "picking"—will be filming throughout Illinois in June. The History Channel show follows Mike and Frank, two skilled pickers, as they hunt for the country's most valuable antiques. They find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them. Those with large private collections of antiques that the ...


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Feminist Frequency sets its sights on Trump in new show - San Francisco, CA—Today, Feminist Frequency premieres the second episode of their brand new series, The FREQ Show! In "The Unmanning of Trump," host Anita Sarkeesian examines how so much of the humor used to criticize and mock our 45th president resorts to homophobic and body-shaming rhetoric, or reinforces the very ideas of traditional masculinity that helped propel Trump to the ...


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'Rent' leaves a legacy of love - Many cast members of the Rent 20th Anniversary Tour were in Chicago on May 8 and stopped by Musical Monday at Sidetrack for a benefit concert titled A Season Of Love. The cast performed cabaret-style renditions of a variety of songs to raise money for The Legacy Project Chicago. Among the songs were Sting's "All This Time," jazz standard "All ...


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NUNN ON ONE: OPERA Richard E. Grant: Movie/theater actor makes 'Fair' case - English actor Richard E. Grant tackled his first musical ever with the role of Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady first at the Opera Australia; now, he is in the sam production at the Civic Opera House. He began his career in his native South Africa, where he founded the multiethnic Troupe Theater Company. His first film, Withnail & I, ...


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THEATER REVIEW We're Gonna Die - Playwright: Young Jean Lee. At: Haven Theatre at the Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $18. Runs through: June 4 Whether you think that life is a "walking shadow" like in Shakespeare, or a "vale of tears" like in the Bible, or just an old-fashioned unvarnished bitch, there's no disagreement on its ending. Oh, sure, we may invoke the D-word ...


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THEATER REVIEW Tight End - Playwright: Rachel Bykowski. At: Twenty Percent Theatre Company at the Pride Arts Buena, 4147 N. Broadway. Tickets: $20. Runs through: June 3 "I'm a physical education teacher. My job is to protect the students," declares the coach of the Westmont High School Titans. "In a small town like this, football is life," insists the widow of former champion Adam Miller. ...


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THEATER REVIEW Objects in the Mirror - Playwright: Charles Smith. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn Ave. Tickets: $20-$75. Runs through: June 4 Our play's author is Charles Smith; its director is Chuck Smith. If you confuse these two names, you will probably find yourself addressing the wrong person. This illustrates the importance of names, long before the house lights signal the start of our fable. More ...


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DANCIN' FEATS J'Sun Howard: Learning to excavate joy - by Joanna Furnans - J'Sun Howard did not grow up dancing—or he did, but not in a traditional dance studio. Raised in Tennessee, the young, introverted Howard taught himself to dance by feverishly studying the choreography in hip-hop and R&B videos. Originally thinking he would pursue a college degree in accounting or biochemistry, Howard eventually declared to his mother that he was going to ...


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Dick O'Day's Big Lovely bingo to benefit Pride Action Tank - From a press release - After his historic return to the Annoyance Theater ( 851 W. Belmont ) in 2015, Dick O'Day is back for one show only Sunday, May 21, 5 — 7 pm with a special edition of his one of a kind bingo experience. Welcome to Dick O'Day's Big, Lovely Countdown to Summer Bingo, the show that has played the heartland ( ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I don't think about it. It's not a thing. I go to work. I manage a lot of people. I cover the news. I deal with holy hell around me. I go home to the man I'm in love with."—And with that, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith comes out. No time for idle chit-chat. I've got twice as many stories ...


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BOOKS 'Doll Parts': Talking with Amanda Lepore - Nightclub superstar and trans-visibility pioneer Amanda Lepore has just released her heavily illustrated and visually luscious new memoir, Doll Parts. In the book, Lepore tells the harrowing story of being a New Jersey child growing up with a mentally unstable mother and absentee father who trusts the vision she has of herself from a very young age. Windy City Times: ...


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Theater spotlight on Token, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight In Token, actress/comedian Kaye Winks shares lifelong tales of being that lone Black person in a world of white. This 60-minute one-woman show features Winks portraying family, friends, strangers, foes and more to examine what it can feel like to being a token Black person. Token plays 7:30 p.m. Fridays through June 9 at Judy's Beat Lounge on ...


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THEATER REVIEW Paradise Blue - Playwright: Dominique Morisseau. At: TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave. Tickets: 773-281-8463; TimelineTheatre.com; $38-$51. Runs through: July 23 Paradise Blue is a challenging play that TimeLine meets admirably—if not quite perfectly—under veteran director Ron OJ Parson. The play seems part realism and part impressionism, with characters who are moods as much as real people. As Paradise Blue concerns late-1940s jazz ...


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Entertainment: Robin Roberts, Frank Ocean, Jim Parsons, Flash co-star - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced that award-winning broadcast journalist Robin Roberts of ABC News' Good Morning America will be honored with the HRC Visibility Award at the 2017 HRC Louisiana Gala Dinner on Saturday, June 17, in New Orleans, according to a press release. A two-time cancer survivor, Roberts came out publicly in 2013. Also, in a ...


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Trans film makes splash at Chicago Latino Film Festival - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Elia Schneider's film Tamara closed the 33rd Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival this year. The film chronicles the real-life story of Tamara Adrian, Venezuela's first transgender person elected to that country's National Assembly. In the process, she encounters the difficulties of making that decision with a government and community that does not support her. Adrian's story continues, as Venezuela currently ...


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MUSIC CGMC artistic director talks philosophy and a British invasion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by David McCann - With the arrival of spring comes a couple of new concerts by the artists of Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ). After serving as artistic director of the organization for two years, Jimmy Morehead is once again at the helm of another colorful event. This year the group will also perform with some international guest stars. Windy City Times: ...


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'Wright Plus 150' housewalk May 20 - The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust is kicking off a year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Frank Lloyd Wright with special features for the annual housewalk Wright Plus 150, on Saturday, May 20, in Oak Park. Wright Plus 150 includes: —Four private Wright homes: The Laura Gale House ( 1909 ), the Arthur B. Heurtley House ( ...


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Special 'Serial Mom' Blu-ray now out - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Scream Factory is presenting the Serial Mom Collector's Edition Blu-ray for a standard retail price of $34.93. It includes bonus content such as new interviews with John Waters, Kathleen Turner and Mink Stole, special featurettes and much more. Available for the first time on Blu-ray in North America, this definitive collector's edition contains a collectible cover art featuring newly rendered ...


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FILM REVIEW Alien: Covenant - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Director: Ridley Scott. Starring: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterstone, Billy Crudup. Running time: 123 min. Release Date: May 19 Five years after Promotheus, the sequel is finally crashing into theaters for this summer. It is the second part to an Alien prequel series that is intended to recharge the franchise. The story follows a crew ready to land after an early ...


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Manilow shows postponed - Iconic musician Barry Manilow has postponed his May 17 concert that was slated to be performed at Allstate Arena. Manilow announced via Facebook that his concerts this week in Rosemont, Illinois, and Los Angeles will be rescheduled for the summer. His physician apparently recommended that the "Mandy" singer rests a sprained vocal cord. Ticketholders for the Allstate show will be ...


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Pride Arts Center celebrates year with 'Nearly 50' - On the cusp of the 50th anniversary of the gay play The Boys in the Band, Pride Arts Center will present "Nearly 50"—a slate of readings, productions and special events that look at gay works past and present. Staged readings are The Boys in the Band by Mart Crowley ( 1968 ) and Jumpers for Goalposts by Tom Wells ( ...


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Chicago BearFeat plans nightly parties for Memorial Day Weekend - From a press release - For many years bears and their fans from across the country and even around the world have gathered in Chicago over the Memorial Day weekend for fellowship, fun and yes, sex, too! This year will be no exception. A group of local businesses, Touché — home of the Great Lakes Bears, The Call, Hamburger Mary's, Mary's Attic and The Andersonville ...


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Collaboraction Theatre season focuses on racism and healing in Chicago - From a press release - Collaboraction Theatre Company will now have a new annual theme each season; The 2017-18 focus is "The Reality of Racism and Envisioning Racial Healing in Chicago" launching with PEACEBOOK Festival at the Goodman Theatre on August 26 with tours to Englewood, Austin and Hermosa. CHICAGO, May 12, 2017 - Collaboraction Theatre Company, Chicago's contemporary social issue-driven theatre, announced today a ...


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The Radiant on the life of Madame Marie Sklodowska Curie - From a press release - The Radiant, by Shirley Lauro. Directed by Kaitlin Taylor. A bio-drama of Marie Sklodowska Curie. Chicago Premiere Thursday, May 18, 7:30 pm. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Set one hundred years ago in Paris, The Radiant centers on the true, tempestuous, and love-torn life of Madame Marie Sklodowska Curie. Widowed at thirty-nine, with two young children to raise ...


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David Cerda to be honored with Non-Equity Special Jeff Award - More than 200 members of the Chicago theatre community signed a recommendation that the 2017 Non-Equity Special Jeff Award be bestowed on David Cerda, the co-founder and artistic director of Hell in a Handbag Productions, for his theatrical and charitable contributions. The Jeff Awards Committee concurred. Cerda will receive the award at the 44th Annual Non-Equity Awards ceremony on Monday, ...


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Victory Gardens Theater to present the Chicago Premiere of Native Gardens - From a press release - Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater continues its 42nd season with the Chicago Premiere of Native Gardens, written by Karen ZacarÃas and directed by Marti Lyons. Native Gardens runs June 2 — July 2, 2017, with the press performance on Friday, June 9, 2017, at 7:30 pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. Pablo, a high-powered lawyer, and his ...


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TRAVEL IN ILLINOIS Four towns in DOWNSTATE ILLINOIS well worth the time - Vacations don't need to be expensive. Road trips can be thrilling, educational, and most importantly, a lot of fun. Exploring the sights, sensations, and hidden treasures of almost anywhere can be an unforgettable experience. Recently I took a drive through Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. On my return trip I drove north through southern Illinois. So many places downstate were full ...


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TRAVEL: Getting Out: LGBTQ events and mainstream treats - TRAVEL IN ILLINOIS - Chicago is not just a city of neighborhoods—it is also a city of festivals, from major downtown venues to local street fairs, block parties, and other special events through the city and suburbs, and across the state of Illinois each year. 2017 has been designated the Year of Public Art in Chicago, and the area is also celebrating Wright 150, ...


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SheFest, performance art celebrates Chicago's queer female, non-binary artists - From a press release - SheFest ( formerly LezFest ) is Pride Arts Center's' semi-annual celebration of Chicago's queer female and non-binary artists. SheFest showcases the diverse range of queer female and non-binary artists in Chicago as well as the diverse stories and experiences of queer femininity. The sixth installment of the festival, this year's SheFest, will be hosted by stand-up comedian Shannon Noll, and ...


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Billy Masters - "I didn't know how babies were made until I was pregnant with my fourth child."—Loretta Lynn. And we send our best wishes to the Coal Miner's Daughter, who recently suffered a stroke. United Airlines, you've gotta get it together. First there was the passenger being dragged off violently. Then there was the scorpion in someone's dinner. Now, there's a dead ...


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NUNN ON ONE Bob the Drag Queen talks comedy, 'Race' - Bob the Drag Queen—also known as Christopher Caldwell—has big hair and a big personality. He took home the crown on the eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. Hailing from Georgia, he moved to the Big Apple to take over the nightlife scene. He wound up fighting for LGBT rights and being arrested before competing on the hit reality show. Last ...


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Entertainment news: House of Cards, GLAAD Awards, Richard Simmons - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The new trailer for the upcoming season of Netflix's House of Cards has dropped—and astute viewers can catch a hint of bisexuality in the preview, LGBTQ Nation noted. Kevin Spacey's character, U.S. President Frank Underwood, has been shown having bisexual trysts before—notably with a Secret Service agent; however, the identity of the new lover isn't disclosed in the trailer. Season ...


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Spotlight on King of Filth, Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Cult filmmaker and self-proclaimed "King of Filth" John Waters serves as the inspiration for Jim & Melissa's new sketch comedy revue Freaky Nasty Trash. Written and performed by Reilly Willson and Shelby Quinn, the adults-only show touches upon topics ranging from pegging to ingesting body hair. Freaky Nasty Trash continues through Thursday, June 8, at Stage 773, 1225 ...


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THEATER REVIEW Steamworks the Musical - Playwright: Stephanie McCullough, Mike Gifford, Parker Callahan & the cast. At: Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-697-9693; TheAnnoyance.com; $20. Run: Fridays through June 16 Long-partnered as I am, I didn't realize that bathhouse culture still flourishes in Chicago, or at least in Boystown, as the very funny Steamworks the Musical makes clear. This is an expanded version ( ...


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THEATER REVIEW My Name Is Annie King - Playwright: Music and lyrics by Aaron Albert and Katy Rea, book by Krista Pioppi. At: Underscore Theatre Company at Pride Arts Broadway, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: $20-$30. Runs through: May 28 According to their playbill bios, the authors met at a BFA program in New York City, eventually collaborating on this musical about religious cults in Appalachia—not the region as ...


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THEATER REVIEW My Fair Lady - Music: Frederick Loewe; Book and Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner. At: Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets: 312-827-5600 or LyricOpera.org; $22-$199. Runs through: May 21 No doubt some audiences watching My Fair Lady at the Lyric Opera of Chicago may wonder why designer Tim Hatley's imposing sets are so dominantly white. From the grubby markets of Covent Garden ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Pride, past and present - Pride Films and Plays Executive Director David Zak is making sure that the two-theater Pride Arts Center will be buzzing for its first Pride Month. "If you want to see a film, see a play, go to a cabaret concert like we recently had with a star like Charles Busch, there are lots of options that the building gives us ...


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Anne Steele at Uptown Underground May 21 - From a press release - Multi- Award winning New York City singer/ songwriter and recording artist Anne Steele is returning to Chicago with her '80s show, The Mixtape of My Life, Sunday, May 21, 8 p.m., $15-$30. Experience what it was like for Anne to grow up in small town Indiana during the 1980s. Steele is known for weaving hilarious stories from her life into ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Jackie Evancho's 'Heart'-felt thoughts - The phenomenal singer Jackie Evancho rose from a talent competition into a break out touring performer. After attracting attention on YouTube, she landed at second place in the fifth season of America's Got Talent at the young age of 10. Her holiday release, O Holy Night, made her the best-selling debut artist of 2010. Her latest work, Two Hearts, is ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Dionne Warwick talks Elvis, Aretha and 'Human First' - The iconic singer Dionne Warwick has worked for more than 50 years in the entertainment business, breaking down barriers in the process. Her music is the soundtrack for generations with a multitude of hits including "I Say a Little Prayer," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" and "( Theme from ) Valley of the Dolls." Her '80s collaboration ...


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'Lives: Visible' film screening May 13 - There will be a screening of the lesbian-themed film Lives: Visible on Saturday, May 13, 7-9 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Lives: Visible centers on thousands of photographs that a lesbian couple named Norma and Virginia took from 1939 through 1975 and "explores the ephemeral nature of culture and the power of the images we make," ...


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Web series looks at South Side, queer women of color - Quare Life is a comedy web series centering the lives of a group of Chicago queer women of color on the city's South Side. The series centers on Michelle Jones ( played by Ambria Sylvain ) who has a nice home, a girlfriend, and a foot on the rung of professional ascension. When her marriage proposal is rejected and work ...


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THEATER REVIEW Lady X: The Musical - Playwright: music by David Cerda and Scott Lamberty, book and lyrics by David Cerda. At: Hell In A Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets: $26-$30. Runs through: June 8 Gangland-crime buffs may detect traces of Charles "Lucky " Luciano's arrest in this musical adaptation of the 2010 romp-in-pumps burlesque from Hell in a Handbag productions, just ...


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Chicago Home Theater Festival May 14-29 - From a press release - In a world of binaries and borders, how does art create sanctuary? Chicago Home Theater Festival ( CHTF ) invites strangers into each other's homes to share a communal meal, experience transformative art, and build intentional community across lines of difference. Spend an evening in the home of lifelong activists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn and explore Kenwood through intersections ...


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"Secs and Execs" Reunites Lesbian Actress Bernhard with "Roseanne" writers James Berg and Stan Zimmerman - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA - tello films announced the release of the brand new six-episode office comedy "secs & EXECS". Starring lesbian comedian Sandra Bernhard, Olivia D'Abo ( The Wonder years ) and Mindy Sterling ( Austin Powers ), "secs & EXECS" is set at Kathletics, a women's wear comedy owned by Bernhard's character, Kath Fairchild. The series follows four bosses ...


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Sense8 Season One Soundtrack Released - From a press release - ( MAY 5, 2017 — Los Angeles, CA ) WaterTower Music has announced the release of the soundtrack to the first season of Netflix original series, Sense8, the innovative, dramatic thriller created and written by the brilliant and beloved minds of The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski. Sense8 is a powerful series delving into the exploration of themes of identity, ...


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Cinema Q VI Film Series spotlights queer activism, free screenings - The Queer Film Society ( QFS ) in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and in association with Chicago Filmmakers ( the presenting organization of Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival ), and The Legacy Project present Cinema Q VI, the sixth annual film series celebrating outstanding LGBT movies. The free screenings will take ...


Writers-Theatre-to-present-Parade

Writers Theatre to present Parade - From a press release - Glencoe, IL— Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, concludes its 2016/17 season with the musical Parade, with book by Alfred Uhry and music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, co-conceived by Harold Prince. The Writers Theatre production of Parade is directed by Gary Griffin and features musical direction by Michael ...


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Hir, a subversive comedy, opening at Steppenwolf Theatre - From a press release - CHICAGO ( May 5, 2017 ) — Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the Chicago premiere production of Hir, a subversive comedy by celebrated playwright, actor, singer-songwriter and performance artist Taylor Mac. Directed by Steppenwolf Artistic Producer Hallie Gordon, the cast features ensemble members Francis Guinan ( Arnold ) and Amy Morton ( Paige ) with Em Grosland ( Max ) and ...


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Pride Arts Center begins Pride programming - From a press release - Chicago, IL - F On the cusp of the 50th Anniversary of the seminal gay play The Boys in the Band, Pride Arts Center presents a slate of readings, productions, and special events that look at gay works past and present. Staged readings are The Boys in the Band by Mart Crowley ( 1968 ) and Jumpers for Goalposts by ...







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