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Michael Pacas named Mr. Leather64TEN 2015 - From a press release - Eric Kugelman and Michael Syrjanen, owners of Leather64TEN, Chicago's custom-made leather shop, are proud to announce Michael Pacas as the first Mr. Leather64TEN 2015. He will be entered into International Mr. Leather 2015, to be held Friday, May 22, through Monday, May 25, 2015 ( Memorial Day weekend ), in Chicago. A resident of Chicago, Pacas is a founding member ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "This one won't come out. It's like the Queen Latifah of kittens."—Jennifer Coolidge's quip as Sophie on 2 Broke Girls while aiding a pregnant cat. Ironically, Latifah will be appearing in the upcoming HBO biopic Bessie, about jazz singer ( and lesbian ) Bessie Smith. My God—Latifah has been preparing to play this role for 40 years! The big news ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Breaking it down with singer-activist Lila Downs - Grammy Award winner Lila Downs is making her Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University debut for one night. This artist continually celebrates her Mixtec heritage by telling stories through song while supporting political change in the process. Downs latest endeavor Bullets and Chocolate was just released on RCA Records. The new music has her working with Latin music innovators like Juanes, ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Raul Castillo: From 'Lampshade' to 'Looking' - Teatro Vista is bringing a new production to life with the help of actor/writer Raul Castillo. Set in a trailer home, Between You, Me and The Lampshade tells the story of immigration, ghosts and drugs—complete with a healthy mix of family drama. Castillo comes from a vast theater background including the Goodman Theater and Primary Stages. He is currently developing ...


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A Mind In Quicksand - Life With Huntington's premieres on WTTW-11 May 3 - From a press release - Produced by Black Cat Productions, Inc. and presented and distributed nationally by American Public Television ( APT ), A Mind In Quicksand - Life With Huntington's premieres on WTTW-11 May 3rd at 2 p.m. May is Huntington's Disease Awareness Month. A Mind In Quicksand - Life With Huntington's, is an award winning feature documentary that examines what it is like ...


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THEATER REVIEW Lips Together, Teeth Apart - Playwright: Terrence McNally. At: Eclipse Theatre Company at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6875; www.eclipsetheatre.com; $28. Runs through: May 24 Sensitive artist Sally is married to blue-collar Sam. Sam's amateur-actress sister Chloe is married to preppy academic John. John and Sally are sleeping together and think their spouses don't know. The two couples are spending their Fourth of ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT The scene in Texas - Friends find it ironic that as a working theater critic, I often take vacations to other cities to see theater. That happened again this past weekend in Texas when I tried to see three intriguing regional premieres in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that hopefully will make their way to Chicago soon. Big-time football With the NFL draft invading the Windy ...


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THEATER REVIEW A Funny Thing Happened... - Playwright: Burt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart ( book ), Stephen Sondheim ( music & lyrics ). At: Porchlight Music Theatre, Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. Tickets: 1-773-327-5252; www.porchlightmusictheatre.org; $39-$45. Runs through: May 24 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a greatly amusing show which pays homage to baggy pants comedy, derived from burlesque and farce ...


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Theater news: 'East of Eden' cast; Wonka Ball raises $60K - 'East of Eden' cast announced Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced the full cast for the first show of its 40th-anniversary season—the world-premiere production of John Steinbeck's East of Eden. The cast features ensemble members Kate Arrington as Cathy Trask, Francis Guinan as Samuel Hamilton, Tim Hopper as Adam Trask and Alan Wilder as Dr. Murphy and Mr. Bacon. The production is ...


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BOOKS Actress Maria Bello talks 'Love Is Love' - By Gary M. Kramer - Maria Bello may be known for her roles in films such as A History of Violence, and The Cooler, but she garnered considerable attention for her essay "Coming Out as a Modern Family," when it appeared in the "Modern Love" column in The New York Times. In the essay, Bello explained how she told her son, Jack, about her relationship ...


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BOOK REVIEW This Book Is Gay - By James Dawson. $15.99; Sourcebooks Fire; 272 pages   I came out many, many, many moons ago—in fact, so many moons ago that the moon was physically smaller than it is today. Sure, we had sex ed in school. It was the most awkward sex ed that anyone has ever taken. I went to Catholic school, and being taught about ...


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Out on DVD: Selma; Masters of Sex - 'Selma' out on Blu-ray May 5 Director Ava DuVernay's drama Selma debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand May 5, courtesy of Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and won the Oscar for Best Original Song for John Legend and Common's tribute, "Glory." DuVernay chronicles how Dr. Martin Luther ...


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THEATER REVIEW Sounds So Sweet - Playwright: Rueben D. Echoles. At: Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-769-4451; www.blackensemble.org; $55-$65. Runs through: May 31 Weddings, funerals and class reunions have supplied authors with opportunities for dramatic conflict since the advent of lineage-based fiction. The occasion precipitating the reunion of the Harrison clan in Ellisville, Mississippi, is the death of its beloved matriarch—but don't arrive ...


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Pride Films to run 'Breakdown' - Pride Films and Plays will celebrate Pride with a 20th-anniversary production of Guillermo Reyes' one-man show Men On The Verge Of A His-Panic Breakdown. The collection of monologues features PFP Artistic Associate Nelson Rodriguez directed by Sandra Marquez. Performances are at the Apollo Studio Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave. The official opening is Thursday, June 25, at 7:30; it runs ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - If you missed the October 2014 premiere of Tales of a Stage 4 Cancer, it's being revived by lesbian comics Judy Fabjance and Kelly Beeman before an anticipated tour to New York and Los Angeles. This "one plus one woman show" is based on Fabjance and Beeman's life as newlyweds facing the ongoing struggle of breast cancer. Second City faculty ...


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The Bloodhound Law - Playwright: Kristine Thatcher. At: City Lit Theater at Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-293-3682 or www.citylit.org; $25-$29. Runs through: May 24 You can bet that U.S. history teachers would love to get their hands on Kristine Thatcher's The Bloodhound Law as a teaching aide. Now making its world premiere courtesy of City Lit Theater as the ...


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Anne Balay, Daisy Hernandez Lambda Literary's Emerging Writer Award Winners - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA - Lambda Literary, the nation's leading national nonprofit arts organization promoting LGBTQ literature and writers, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award. This year the Emerging Writer Award recognizes Anne Balay and Daisy Hernandez. The judges for the Dr. Betty Berzon prize were award-winning writers/poets Achy Obejas and Eduardo ...


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Noel Coward's Design for Living part of Pride Films & Plays season - From a press release - Chicago, IL - Pride Films & Plays is excited to announce a new production of Design for Living, a sexy and seductive revival of this Noel Coward classic which will be directed by PFP Artistic Associate Derek Bertelsen, and running at Rivendell Theater from October 22 to November 22. The press opening is Saturday, October 24 at 7:30. From 1930's ...


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DISH: SAVOR Southport & Irving (SIP) - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - I immediately noticed a change upon a return visit to Southport & Irving ( 4000 N. Southport Ave.; http://southportandirving.com/ )—a new entrance. That doorway at Southport & Irving ( which goes by the acronym SIP, named for the cross-streets of Southport Avenue and Irving Park Road ) is literally the gateway to a flurry of changes that has taken place ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Better than Ezra's Kevin Griffin lives the 'Good' life - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer Kevin Griffin led the Louisiana band Better Than Ezra to big success with the number one hit "Good" in the '90s. Continuing that trend into the next decade with big songs like "Extra Ordinary" and "Juicy" once again brought more fame currently with the eighth album for the group All Together Now in 2014. Many artists have performed his ...


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Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy K. Smith visits W&CF - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Tracy K. Smith, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her book, Life on Mars, read from her latest work, Ordinary Light, at the Women and Children First bookstore on April 23. Ordinary Light is a memoir that tells the story of her growing up in a large and loving family. It's a story of faith, race, and Smith's ...


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Heroes assemble at comics convention - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Since 2010, comic fans have been treated to a pop-culture explosion at McCormick Place for C2E2, the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. April 24-26 had the large venue overrun with heroes and villains collecting comics, toys and video games throughout the weekend. There were Q&A panels in various rooms, along with movie screenings. The popular horror movie Insidious immersed fans ...


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Indie LGBTQ graphic novel series to release release "Flutter" - From a press release - This July, 215 Ink will release Flutter, Volume Two: Don't Let Me Die Nervous, the latest in the indie LGBTQ graphic novel series by Jennie Wood and Jeff McComsey. Flutter is about a girl who shape-shifts into a boy to get her dream girl. Over the course of the series, she learns that pretending to be someone she's not has ...


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42nd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards announces 118 nominations - From a press release - {Updated April 25] Saturday, April 25, 2015 - Chicago, IL. Early Friday, April 24, 2015, Sean Graney, who recently returned to Chicago to resume his post as Artistic Director of The Hypocrites, informed the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee that he just learned the theater company had been operating under an Equity CAT-N contract for the duration of the 2014-2015 Non-Equity ...


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Option Up! Chris' Birthday Belt-Fest to benefit Howard Brown - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Option Up!, the acclaimed musical theater cabaret and talk-show, celebrates co-host Christopher Pazdernik's birthday with Chris' Birthday Belt-Fest, a concert to benefit Howard Brown Health Center on Sunday, May 10 at 7:30 in The Cab at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago. Featuring award-winning musical theater performers from across Chicago, the evening will be music directed ...


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MUSIC Lesbian fronts band Fit for Rivals - Sounding like a mix of Tegan and Sara, Joan Jett and Finland's heavy metal outfit H.I.M., the seven-year-old rock/punk/pop band Fit For Rivals is fronted by out lesbian singer/songwriter Renee Phoenix. Her vocals pack serious punch—and more than a pinch of androgyny—while the first singles and videos from upcoming 2015 album Freak Machine, "Hit Me" ( www.youtube.com/watch ) and "Freak ...


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Knight at the Movies: 'First Period' and second and third and... - If John Waters were to direct a John Hughes film, First Period would be it. New girl Cassie ( former Chicagoan Brandon Alexander III, who scripted ) and outcast Maggie ( Dudley Beene, who produced )—drag-queen variations on the ditzy duo Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino played in Romy & Michelle—are easily the most awkward pair of girls in high ...


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Josh Groban's new CD out April 28 - Multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban will release a new album, Stages, on April 28 via Reprise Records. Stages features songs from such productions as Les Miserables, Sunday in the Park with George, Phantom of the Opera, Into the Woods and The Fantasticks. The album also features duets with Kelly Clarkson, Audra McDonald and trumpeter Chris Botti. The album is available ...


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Entertainment: Andrew Rannells; Cher; Hugh Jackman; 'Orange Is the New Black' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Andrew Rannells ( Girls ) is set to write and star in a new Judd Apatow movie with his real-life boyfriend, Mike Doyle ( Law and Order: SVU; the film Jersey Boys ), according to NewNowNext.com. Apatow is branching out; for example, although he has produced female-driven projects, he recently branched out by directing his very own female-centric film ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Opera star Fredericka von Stade previously announced that she had retired from all stage performances. Yet, von Stade has gone back on her word to star in the new 2014 opera A Coffin in Egypt, written specifically for her by gay composer Ricky Ian Gordon with librettist/director Leonard Foglia. The work is based upon a play by the late Pulitzer ...


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THEATER REVIEW Billy Elliot - Music: Elton John; Book and lyrics: Lee Hall. At: Drury Lane Theatre, 10 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Tickets: 630-530-0111 or www.drurylane.com; $45-$60. Runs through June 7 Despite the boatloads of Olivier and Tony Awards won by Billy Elliot, the hit 2005 musical adaptation of the 2000 British film has a disappointing reputation in the Windy City. That's because a sit-down ...


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THEATER REVIEW Between You, Me and the Lampshade - Playwright: Raul Castillo. At: Teatro Vista in the Richard Christensen Theatre at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.victorygardens.org; $25-$30. Runs through: May 10 The premise of Raul Castillo's play—a fugitive seeking sanctuary among strangers encounters unexpected hospitality—has provided laughs since antiquity. Its characters are likewise generic: the feisty widow Jesse and her meek teenage son Woody, handsome-but-dumb ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Grown-Up - Playwright: Jordan Harrison. At: Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; $33. Runs through: May 23 A journey through one man's life in a series of fleeting snapshots, The Grown-Up is a frighteningly realistic portrayal of time as much as it is a time-traveling fantasy. Shattered Globe Theater has found a sharp, imaginative and heartfelt ...


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THEATER REVIEW Carousel - Playwright: Richard Rodgers ( music ), Oscar Hammerstein II ( book/lyrics ). At: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets: 312-827-5600; www.lyricopera.org/tickets; $29-$199. Runs through: May 3 The orchestra began the slow, haunting "Carousel Waltz"—that evocative Richard Rodgers melody channeling Mozart and Strauss—and the curtain rose ... and there was no carousel! Instead, there was a tawdry little carnival with ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT 'Look'-ing at Laura Jacqmin's production - When Chicago playwright Laura Jacqmin got word that Rivendell Theatre Ensemble would produce the world premiere of her drama Look, we are breathing, there was only one person she wanted to helm the production—lesbian director Megan Shuchman. "I just love working with [Shuchman]," Jacqmin said. "I think she's one of the smartest directors in Chicago." Shuchman previously directed Jacqmin's plays ...


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Baconfest: The annual meat-and-greet - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - For two days, throngs of people pigged out at Baconfest Chicago, conveniently located at the UIC Forum. April 17-18 were busy days, with both lunchtime on Saturday and dinner sessions on Friday and Saturday—all with lines down the block. Bacon-loving fans waited to visit more than 170 various chefs at their booths as the place was packed, with 4,500 guests ...


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The Baton becomes 'Transformative' - Chicago's Baton Show Lounge has entertained crowds for more than 46 years with female impersonators. Now the producers of a new endeavor called Transformative are hoping to capture that success in a unique way. Tibsen Entertainment Productions and 47th Street Studios have collaborated on a new project that aims to not only entertain but inform people on the daily life ...


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Sonoma to host LGBT business expo - Out in the Vineyard—an experiential LGBT wine event and travel company based in California's Sonoma Valley—has announced the first LGBT Business Expo in Sonoma as part of Gay Wine Weekend 2015. The LGBT Business Expo will be held at Gay Wine Weekend's luxury host hotel, MacArthur Place Inn & Spa, June 19-21. In addition, Out in the Vineyard is partnering ...


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Lakeside Pride salutes 'Mr. Holland's Opus' - On April 18, The Lakeside Pride Music Ensemble presented "Mr. Holland's Opus: A 20th Anniversary Tribute" at Northside College Prep. The concert, which featured The Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band, touched on the movie Mr. Holland's Opus ( which was a surprise hit when it was released at Christmas of 1995 and featured performances from Oscar winners Richard Dreyfuss and Olympia ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Old Deep and Dark - By Ellen Hart, $25.99; Minotaur Press; 296 pages Your favorite Hollywood star is in the headlines—again. By now, it shouldn't surprise you. He's in some sort of scrape a couple times a year, probably just so he can keep top-of-mind. Staying in the news: that's the way stardom works. Then again, as you'll see in the new mystery The ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Herd - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Rory Kinnear. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20-$86. Runs through: June 7 The household upheaval inspired by the introduction of a baby therein generally diminishes after three or four years, while that of an elderly baby—a cognitively regressive parent, perhaps—still carries with its obligations an expectation of eventual cessation. The dependency engendered by severe ...


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The Bitchfest Club: A New Musical - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Nicolas Reinhart and Kyle Blair. At: Hydrate Nightclub, 3458 N. Halsted St. Tickets: www.midtangent.com; $20. Runs through: May 17 The '80s are an easy target, from the bright neon fashions to the sometimes dramatic songwriting. The Bitchfest Club from MidTangent Productions follows an age-old story of an awkward teen trying to fit in with the popular crowd. Instead of ...


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BENT NIGHTS The Ting Tings; 'The Devil's Cabaret' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For those who just wouldn't embrace The Ting Tings' third CD, Super Critical, as fully as the first two, you can't say you didn't know better. The Brit duo's ( Katie White on vocals/guitar/percussion and Jules De Martino on vocals and drums ) band name translates from mandarin as "the sound of innovation on an open mind," so you had ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Yeah, I do my best work naked. ... It's all downhill from there."—David Burtka discusses his thoughts on appearing nude in plays. As I always say, know your strengths. This column is being filed to you from the friendly skies. Alas, I'm not flying out of Denver, where they get very friendly with you as you go through security. Last ...


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Upcoming: Bon Foster; Wainwright; Fashion; Lean Times dance; more - Bayard Rustin event April 25 at church An event focused on civil-rights icon Bayard Rustin will take place 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. Walter Naegle, Rustin's partner, will be the keynote speaker. Panelists Jamie Frazier of The Lighthouse Church of Chicago, Kim L. Hunt of Affinity Community Services and community organizer ...


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Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble members reunite for new season - From a press release - CHICAGO ( April 20, 2015 ) — Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today the full cast for the first show of its 40th Anniversary Season, the world premiere production of John Steinbeck's sweeping masterpiece East of Eden, adapted by ensemble member Frank Galati and directed by Steppenwolf co-founder and ensemble member Terry Kinney. Galati's 1988 adaptation of Steppenwolf's The Grapes of ...


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Vicci Martinez releases new EP "I Am" - From a press release - Known for her powerful vocals, unique style, and magnetic charisma, Vicci Martinez is releasing her first new music since Vicci was released in 2012. The internationally acclaimed songwriter and performer was highlighted by a Billboard Top 20single in "Come Along" featuring Cee Lo Green. Vicci marked Martinez's evolution from a Pacific Northwest music mainstay and a fan favorite on the ...


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Sonoma Valley welcomes LGBT wine travelers - From a press release - SONOMA, Calif. ( April 14, 2015 ) — Out in the Vineyard, an experiential LGBT wine event and travel company based in Sonoma Valley, is pleased to announce it's partnership with Sonoma legendary icons, Williams-Sonoma and Chateau St. Jean Winery for Gay Wine Weekend's "Legendary Sonoma Winemaker Dinner" - a five course culinary adventure, hosted by Chateau St. Jean's award ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Bird Feeder Doesn't Know - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Todd Bauer. At: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-338-2177; www.raventheatre.com; $36. Runs through: May 16 The playbill gives the period as 2006, but in Herman and Ingrid's cozy countryside living room, it might as well still be 1962. This is because the sweethearts who met while serving in the Korean war vowed that their marriage, like the ...


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NUNN ON ONE Cody Jamison Strand plays it by the 'Book' - Brought to you by the South Park team Trey Parker and Matt Stone along with Robert Lopez, of Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon as a musical has entertained packed houses since opening in 2011. The story of missionaries in Uganda attempting to convert natives has had people rolling in the aisles with off color humor for years now. The ...


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THEATER REVIEW Murder Ballad - Playwright: book and lyrics by Julia Jordon, music and lyrics by Juliana Nash. At: Bailiwick Chicago at the Flat Iron Arts Center, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-969-6201; www.bailiwickchicago.com; $30-$40. Runs through: May 9 We know upon entering the Flat Iron Arts Center's smaller studio—reconfigured into the King's Club on Manhattan's Lower East Side, complete with drinks, tables and a ...


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THEATER REVIEW An Issue of Blood: An Historical Parable - Playwright: Marcus Gardley. At: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000 or www.victorygardens.org; $15-$60. Runs through May 3 Marcus Gardley's world premiere drama An Issue of Blood: An Historical Parable is sure to inspire some heated debate—especially over the final tableau with a button-pushing audio montage. Many will see this coda as heavy-handed and obvious, while others will ...


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Upcoming: Steppenwolf gala; Sculpture exhibit - Steppenwolf annual gala on May 9 Steppenwolf Theatre Company will join more than 600 members of Chicago's corporate, civic and cultural communities for "Gala 2015" on Saturday, May 9, at Steppenwolf, 1650 N. Halsted St., at 6:30 p.m. The event will offer guests a unique opportunity to connect with Steppenwolf ensemble members in their artistic home while enjoying a preview ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Eclipse focuses on McNally - Eclipse Theatre Company frames each of its seasons around the work of just one playwright. Throughout the company's 23-year history, award-winning gay playwright Terrence McNally was frequently under consideration, but it wasn't until 2015 that Eclipse finally chose him. "Coming off of a really exciting, successful season with playwright Lynn Nottage, there a sense of wanting to shift gears a ...


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Report: Manilow married last year - After years of keeping their relationship secret, People.com confirmed that singer Barry Manilow married his longtime manager, Garry Kief, in a private ceremony in Palm Springs, California, last year. The affair was a surprise even to the couple's 20 to 30 guests, who attended what they thought was a lunch at Manilow's sprawling Palm Springs estate. Manilow's longtime friend and ...


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BOOK REVIEW Frank - By Barney Frank. $28; Farrar, Strausand Giroux; 387 pages   According to what you read in the check-out line at the grocery store this week, another celebrity has released a tell-all. The thing is, you're sure nothing in it will be surprising, nor are you scandalized. Really, is anything private anymore? Can anyone keep a secret for long? Read Frank, ...


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Billy Masters - "I don't care if Bruce Jenner is transitioning from one gender to another, one political party to another, one religion to another. What I do care about is that Jenner has been a passive participant in what can best be described as a cultural crime that has gone on for years."—Sam Rubin, an L.A.-based entertainment reporter, shares his views on ...


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SAVOR: Atwood - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - With Windy City Times unveiling its re-designed look in print this week, it seems like the perfect time to discuss a restaurant that's also undergone a renovation: Atwood ( 1 W. Washington St.; http://www.atwoodrestaurant.com/ )—which also has a brand-new look on its website. Atwood has reopened its space in what is now known as Kimpton's Hotel Burnham ( formerly known ...


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MOVIES Mo'Nique: On Queen Latifah, 'Blackbird' and honest mothers - Oscar-winning actress and comedienne Mo'Nique throws the word "baby" around a lot—as a term of affection, for comedic effect, and when discussing motherhood of her own children and onscreen spawn. During a phone interview about director Patrik-Ian Polk's ( Noah's Arc; The Skinny ) acclaimed gay-themed feature Blackbird, which she executive-produced with husband Sidney Hicks and stars in, Mo'Nique also ...


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Skilling to receive film honor - Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival announced that iconic WGN meteorologist Tom Skilling will be honored at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards Ceremony Wed., April 22, at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile, 633 N. St. Clair St. Skilling joins previously announced post-production house Whitehouse Post, advertising legend Tom Burrell and investigative reporter Jay Levine as distinguished ...


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THEATER Denis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson talk 'The Good Book' - A gay and a lesbian are holding court this spring and tackling one of the best-selling books of all time. The Bible is explored with the team that originally brought theater audiences the very successful An Iliad in 2012. The people behind the world premiere of The Good Book hopes for another big hit after recently opening on the South ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Upstairs Concierge - Playwright: Kristoffer Diaz. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 1-312-443-3800; www.GoodmanTheatre.org; $10-$40. Runs through: April 26 With roots going back more than 2,000 years, farce is the most difficult type of drama to write. The most successful farce authors—among them Britain's Alan Ayckbourn and France's Georges Feydeau—make it their specialty, but non-specialists are drawn to farce as moths ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Emily Deschanel makes no 'Bones' about it - The crime drama Bones has brought skeletons out of the closet for 10 seasons on Fox Each episode centers around a mystery of human remains investigated by FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth played David Boreanaz and forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan played by Emily Deschanel. Hailing from Los Angeles, with a BFA in theater at Boston University, Deschanel has ...


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Entertainment news: GLAAD Awards; Ellen; Dirk Shafer; Zachary Quinto - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The New York leg of the GLAAD Media Awards are May 9, and the LGBT watchdog group has just announced Jason Collins, Jeffrey Tambor, Jonathan Groff, Judith Light and Laverne Cox will be in attendance, NewNowNext.com reported. They're among the nominees, as well, with Tambor and Light co-starring in Transparent, Groff appearing in the recently canceled Looking, and Cox producing ...


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Critics' Picks and Theater Spotlight: Down the Moonlit Path - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The nomadic experiential theater troupe Nothing Without a Company opens its 10th-anniversary season with the world premiere of Rachel Staelens and Tate A. Geborkoff's Down the Moonlit Path. This immersive and interactive production dramatizes nine traditional folktales from cultures around the world. Down the Moonlit Path plays in previews before its official opening night on Friday, April 17, at the ...


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Writers Theatre presents "Doubt: A Parable" - From a Writers Theatre press release - Glencoe, IL— Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce the Writers Theatre production of Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley , directed by William Brown. The show runs April 28 — July 19, 2015 at Glencoe Union Church, 263 Park Ave, Glencoe. The Press Openings are Wednesday, May 6 and Thursday, May 7. Writers Theatre ...


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Upcoming entertainment: Armatrading; Lakeside Band; Big Package - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Joan Armatrading at City Winery in April, Oct. Musician Joan Armatrading will perform at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., on April 23-24 as well as Oct. 7-8. Over her 42 years of touring, the West Indies-born British singer-songwriter has never done a solo world tour. For her last major tour, which kicked off in Britain in September, the three-time ...


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Artist-activists talk '50 Shades of Gay,' other projects - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Artist activists and straight allies Derrick Procell ( singer and music producer ) and Grammy-winner Terry Abrahamson ( song writer ) met each in the one of the most unlikely places, the jingle business. This occurred years ago during Chicago's reign as America's jingle capital. "I was introduced to Derrick since it was suggested to me that he had the ...


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Steppenwolf, About Face host festive events - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Steppenwolf Theatre Company is busy this spring season throwing specialized events such as the current hit production Marie Antoinette's inspiration on fashion during which five local designers worked the runway on April 9 at a rehearsal hall for fans. The following evening, Steppenwolf's Auxiliary Council held a Red or White Ball at Venue One on Randolph Street. VIP donors were ...


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'Dancer as Insurgent' part of queer-themed Hull House event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Dancer as Insurgent," which took place at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum on April 8, was a multipart affair focusing on the idea of "chosen family." Five-year University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) undergrad Michael Ramirez used the term while giving the audience a tour of Hull House, the community settlement that Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr ...


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Exhibit shows history of UChicago LGBTQ life - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Jonathan Jones - From lesbian relationships in the early 1900s to student activists struggling with the AIDS crisis to a five-star rating from the Campus Pride Index, LGBTQ life at the University of Chicago ( UChicago ) has been a part of its fabric since the beginning. "Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles," a project directed by the University of Chicago's Center for the Study ...


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Robin Roberts on cover of AARP Magazine - From an AARP press release - ASHINGTON, DC—Robin Roberts, who at 54 enjoys so much personal and professional success, has also overcome a great deal of adversity along the way. The first to admit that she never dreamed she'd go so far, so fast, Roberts opens up in an emotional interview with AARP the Magazine, in which she reminisces about some of her most memorable experiences. ...


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Limited Partnership on Independent Lens, PBS, June 15 - From a press release - ( San Francisco, CA ) — Limited Partnership chronicles the 40-year love story between Filipino-American Richard Adams and his Australian husband, Tony Sullivan. In 1975, thanks to a courageous county clerk in Boulder, Colorado, Richard and Tony were one of the first same sex couples to be legally married in the world. Richard immediately filed for a green card for ...


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Knight at the Movies: 'Boy Meets Girl' and then some - What gives Boy Meets Girl a fresh spin on its Southern-fried, coming-of-age tale from writer/director Eric Schaeffer is not just that Ricky, the teen in question, has already come to terms with her sexuality but that she's also comfortable being transgender. It also doesn't hurt that Michelle Hendley, the trans actress who plays Ricky, is refreshingly down-to-earth. Droll but not ...


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TELEVISION Jussie Smollett and Yazz: Lyons rule 'Empire' - In only a few short months, the Fox television show Empire, created by openly gay producer and director Lee Daniels, has conquered the world. The story centering around a dying music mogul named Lucious Lyon played by Terrence Howard and his broken family has struck a chord with many viewers. The network has already announced renewal of the show for ...







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