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About-Face-Theatre-Artistic-Director-Andrew-Volkoff-to-step-down

About Face Theatre Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff to step down - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( March 23, 2017 ) — The Board of Directors of About Face Theatre announced today that Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff will step down at the conclusion of the company's 2016-17 season. AFT's Board has formed a committee to conduct a national search for Volkoff's successor and to oversee the leadership transition. A detailed job description and instructions ...


Hell-in-a-Handbag-Productions-presents-Lady-X--A-Musical

Hell in a Handbag Productions presents Lady X " A Musical - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( March 22, 2017 ) — Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to open its 15th season with the world premiere of Lady X — A Musical, a shocking exposé ripped from the headlines of yesteryear, playing from April 21 — June 10, 2017 at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. in Chicago. Single tickets and season ...


DOUBLE-REVIEW-Spamilton-10-Out-of-12

DOUBLE REVIEW Spamilton, 10 Out of 12 - Spamilton Creator: Gerard Alessandrini. At: Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-988-9000 or Spamilton.com; $59-$99. Runs through: May 28 10 Out of 12 Playwright: Anne Washburn. At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150 or TheaterWit.org; $24-$36. Runs through: April 23 Two recent acclaimed off-Broadway shows making strong Chicago debuts are allowing audiences to feel like the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Kid-Thing

THEATER REVIEW The Kid Thing - Written by: Sarah Gubbins. Directed by: Jake Fruend. At: Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd. Tickets: NothingWithoutACompany.org: $20. Runs through: April 15 Nothing Without a Company presents Sarah Gubbins' play The Kid Thing—the first time it has presented a known work over a new one. It's easy to see why Gubbins' play about two lesbian couples debating parenthood ...


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THEATER REVIEW Sycamore - Playwright: Sarah Sander. At: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark. Tickets: 773-338-2177; RavenTheatre.org; $46. Runs through: April 29 I don't understand this play's title. No one is named Sycamore, or lives on Sycamore Lane, or talks of sycamore trees. What the play does have is a helluva lot of angst. Only one character appears angst-free, and that may be because she's ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Wiz

THEATER REVIEW The Wiz - Playwright: Music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, book by William F. Brown. At: Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $33-$38. Runs through: April 16 If the brothers and sisters of Huckleberry Finn, Peer Gynt, Alice Liddell or Ebenezer Scrooge were not to be found in every culture the world over, their stories would have faded from ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Alessandrini riffs on 'Spamilton' - Started in New York by author Gerard Alessandrini, Spamilton has now moved to Chicago in a cabaret space. This hilarious production takes the popular Hamilton and lampoons it along with dozens of other musicals in 90 minutes. The story begins with Barack and Michelle Obama listening to the Hamilton soundtrack before they go to sleep, and the jokes keep coming ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - If you're anything like me ( and I believe at least some of you are ), you can never have enough Tennessee Williams. Recently, I dashed back to Boston to see Night of the Iguana with Elizabeth Ashley, Amanda Plummer and James Earl Jones. Last week, it was a play about Tennessee Williams at the Pasadena Playhouse starring Al Pacino, ...


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Children's Museum hosts inclusive castle exhibit - Children's Museum hosts inclusive castle exhibit Chicago Children's Museum ( CCM ) invites young imaginations to reign in a castle fit for royalty at their new Once Upon a Castle, now open. In this original exhibit, children hold the power to play in a castle complete with secret tunnels, a rope bridge, tower, dungeon, throne room, wizard's room, kitchen, feasting ...


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Newton-John in Joliet on May 8 - Olivia Newton-John will perform at Joliet's Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., on Thursday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. Newton-John's career includes include four Grammys; numerous Country Music, American Music, Billboard and People's Choice awards; an Emmy; 10 number-one hits; and more than 15 top 10 singles. Among her many hits are "Physical," "Magic" and "Make a Move on ...


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Television festival through March 23 - Cinema/Chicago announced initial programming details for the 53rd Chicago International Television Festival, which runs March 21-23 at AMC River East, 322 E. Illinois St. Called a "micro-festival," the event celebrates the best in local, national and international television and advertising productions with free screenings and insightful panel discussions. The festival culminates with an awards night honoring the achievements of producers, ...


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'More Than a Letter,' Picnic present queer voices this spring - Internationally acclaimed and award-winning transgender pianist Sara Davis Buechner is more than happy to be a part of the Chicago Sinfonietta's upcoming concerts of "More Than a Letter: A Celebration of LGBTQ Artists." Buechner came aboard at the invitation of guest conductor Michael Morgan, who is music director of the Oakland Symphony and a former assistant conductor of the Chicago ...


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Strawdog moves to North Center - Strawdog Theatre Company announced that the company has signed a three-year lease for the former Signal Ensemble Theater, 1802 W. Berenice Ave. The space was also briefly home to Oracle Productions following Signal's closure, and has a 99-seat venue. Strawdog's 30th-anniversary season, to be celebrated during 2017-18, is to be announced. Strawdog Theatre Company's final production of the 2016-17 season ...


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'Carmen' ends March 25 - Lyric Opera of Chicago will run the story of a deadly love triangle in Bizet's Carmen, directed by Tony and Emmy Award-winning director/choreographer Rob Ashford, who returns to Lyric after Carousel. Carmen runs through Saturday, March 25, at Lyric's Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets start at $34; visit LyricOpera.org/Carmen or call 312-827-5600 . ...


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Party Noire events all about female Black joy - Chicagoans can dance it out when Party Noire plays Black joy on repeat. Party Noire is a dance party that began as an idea to bring Black creative millennials together for the celebration of "melanin+women," as the organizers call the concept. Lauren Ash, Nick Alder and DJ Rae Chardonnay co-founded Party Noire and kicked off the series in September 2015 ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Chicago's Coulee competes for the crown on 'Drag Race' - The drag scene in Chicago continues to grow each year and Hollywood has taken notice. RuPaul's Drag Race has cast several of our dolls in past seasons, starting from the very first with Jade Sotomayor. Over the years the Windy City has been represented with fierce competitors like DiDa Ritz, Monica Beverly Hillz and Phi Phi O'Hara. Pageant queen Naysha ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Former Saturday Night Live star Rachel Dratch, former 30 Rock star Scott Adsit and Community creator Dan Harmon are the headliners for the 20th Annual Chicago Improv Festival. More than 145 improv groups from the U.S., Canada and India are in the mix, including returning troupes like Frangela, SIRENS and Damaged Goods. The 20th Annual Chicago Improv Festival ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Phantom-Pain

THEATER REVIEW Phantom Pain - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Barbara Lhota. At: Organic Theater Company at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $25. Runs through: April 2 Barbara Lhota's fondness for procedurals is no secret to playgoers familiar with the canon of this prolific playwright. Although employed most often in crime stories, this literary construct may be applied to any plot proposing a riddle at the outset ...


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BENT NIGHTS The Growlers; Meat Wave - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - How California rockers The Growlers suddenly became the latest "it" band is rather unclear. The act's latest full-length, City Club ( on Cult Records ), is hardly a departure from its previous five, and the involvement of co-producer and Strokes front man Julian Casablancas counts as irrelevant. ( He has been involved with the band for years. ) What is ...


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Pride Films and Plays announces the Great Trans* Play Contest^ - From a press release - Chicago, IL - The Chicago-based performing arts company Pride Films and Plays announces its inaugural The Great Trans* Play Contest. The international competition is open exclusively to playwrights who are transgender, gender queer, gender fluid, non-binary, or of other gender nonconforming identities, all referred to here as "trans*." The mission of this new competition is to specifically encourage new stories ...


FILM-REVIEW-Beauty-and-the-Beast-

FILM REVIEW Beauty and the Beast - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Director: Bill Condon. Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans. Running time: 129 min. Release date: March 17 Beauty and the Beast is a "tale as old as time," but this time out there are some new nuances that are expanded on, such as Belle's father Maurice played by Kevin Kline role being meatier. The Beast even sports a man-braid ...


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Entertainment: Billie Jean King, 'Outpost,' John Barrowman, RuPaul - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Forty-two years after co-founding World Team Tennis ( WTT ), Billie Jean King announced she will step away as the majority owner of the organization, ESPN.com reported. King, 73, said she was selling her share to Mark Ein, founder and owner of the Washington Kastles, and Fred Luddy, owner of the San Diego Aviators. King will continue to serve as ...


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BAD TASTE: A Revue of Queer Camp Curiosities on stage March 22 - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( March 15, 2017 ) — Hell in a Handbag Productions and Mo Less presents BAD TASTE, a revue of queer camp curiosities, featuring a line-up of Chicago's most hilarious, outrageous and shocking performers. BAD TASTE dares to defy expectations of what can be put on stage, revealing horrors beyond your darkest imagination: Profanity! Bodily fluids! Strange odors! ...


Concert-for-America-to-include-stars-from-Chicago-Fire-Glee-Hamilton

Concert for America to include stars from Chicago Fire, Glee, Hamilton - From a press release - CHICAGO — Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! is proud to announce that Torrey Devitto ( Chicago Med ), Colin Donnell ( Chicago Med ), Yuri Sardarov ( Chicago Fire ), Alex Newell ( Glee ), Christine Pedi ( Spamilton, Forbidden Broadway ), and Chicago Children's Choir will join the previously announced cast of performers and presenters, including Chita ...


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SPRING THEATER PREVIEW Classics, revivals offer breath of fresh air - It might not all be jam and sunshine yet, but after the ominous rumblings of 2016, anything not heralding apocalypse is enough to lift the spirit. Classic plays serve to remind us of hard times that we survived, so restore your morale at some of these: Born Yesterday, Remy Bumppo Theatre at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. A corrupt ...


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AIDS care nurse's life is rendered in comic-book form - For most people who have spent even a short stretch as a patient in a hospital ward, the nurse is the most important person in their lives. Doctors and residents often spend a few perfunctory emotionally distant minutes, usually in the early morning, and family and friends come and go until, in many hospitals, they are barred completely in the ...


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THEATER REVIEW Skin for Skin - Playwright: Paul Pasulka. At: Agency Theater Collective at Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: 773-680-4596; WeAreTheAgency.org; $28. Runs through: April 2 This world premiere is a disturbing play, and partly effective because of that, but it isn't a good play. The plot and characters are thin and it's one-sided in the extreme. Skin for Skin is set in Bagdad ...


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Theater spotlight on Victory Gardens' A Jewish Joke, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight A Hollywood comedy writer in the 1950s faces a crisis of conscience when he's asked to name names before Sen. Joe McCarthy's House Committee on Un-American Activities in A Jewish Joke. The comic drama, by Marni Freedman and writer/actor Phil Johnson, was first seen locally at Victory Gardens Theater and now appropriately returns in another time of heightened ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Source

THEATER REVIEW The Source - Playwright: Gabriel McKinley. At: Route 66 Theatre Company at The Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $25-$30. Runs through: April 2 They are both journalists. Vernon Jenkins is a newspaper correspondant and Oona Del Negro is a documentary filmmaker. He is armed with a laptop and all the latest apps, she packs old-school analog photography equipment. We are never told ...


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THEATER REVIEW 24 Words: The Equal Rights Musical - Playwright: Book and lyrics by Charles Kouri, music by Gary Bragg, additional songs by Dean Schlabowske. At: LingoStudio Productions at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. ( March 22 show at Steppenwolf 1700 ) Tickets: $25. Runs through: March 22 In an interview, Charles Kouri, book writer and lyricist for this history lesson framed in a musical revue, expressed concern ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Hedwig-and-the-Angry-Inch

THEATER REVIEW Hedwig and the Angry Inch - Playwright: John Cameron Mitchell . At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-200; BroadwayInChicago.com; $38-$108 . Runs through: March 19 Many of the gay community in Chicago came out in support for opening night on March 8 for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The fictional rock musical is helmed by East German singer Hedwig Robinson/Hansel Schmidt. The band and ...


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SPRING THEATER PREVIEW New shows: Be around when they happen! - Year after year, half of all the shows produced in Chicago theaters are world or regional premieres. In other cities—even New York—audiences often are reluctant to see plays or playwrights unknown to them, but Chicago audiences embrace discovery and are eager to be astonished by new talent onstage or behind-the-scenes. Spring will offer 50-75 unknowns to local theatergoers. Here are ...


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Billy Masters - I thought awards season was over. And yet, there are still a couple ceremonies to talk about—like the iHeartRadio Awards. I can hear you rolling your eyes, but suspend your disbelief until I share this almost touching story. When Justin Timberlake received an award for "Can't Stop the Feeling", he said, "If you are Black or you are brown or ...


Carmen-thru-March-25

'Carmen' thru March 25 - Lyric Opera of Chicago will run the story of a deadly love triangle in Bizet's Carmen. Carmen runs through Saturday, March 25, at Lyric's Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets start at $34 and are available at LyricOpera.org/Carmen or at 312-827-5600. ...


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Kandyan dance events in March - Mandala Arts will present visiting Sri Lankan dance artist and scholar Sudesh Mantillake for a performance at the University of Chicago's Fulton Recital Hall, 5845 S. Ellis Ave., on Thursday, March 16, at 7 p.m. and Kandyan dance workshop at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., on Saturday, March 18, at 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mantillake ...


Gender-Breakdown-through-March-19

'Gender Breakdown' through March 19 - Gender Breakdown—Collaboraction Theatre Company's first world premiere of 2017, that's a response to the lack of gender equity on and offstage—will take place through March 19. According to the Dramatist's Guild, only 14 percent of plays produced in regional theaters were by U.S. white women in 2015. Only 3.4 percent were written by U.S. women of color. Dani Bryant is ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Mona Mansour sets sights on 'Unseen' - There's a new show at The Gift Theatre that everyone should see called Unseen. The play follows a photographer in Istanbul who deals with trauma thanks to drugs and her girlfriend, with powerful performances from Brittany Burch and Ashley Agbay in the production. The playwright, Mona Mansour, has a broad background from which to draw. She composed The Vagrant trilogy ...


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SPRING CONCERT PREVIEW A few LGBTQ concerts to watch out for - Many local and visiting LGBTQ performers and their allies raise their voices and share their musical skills this spring. Here are a few concerts to check out. All locations in Chicago unless otherwise noted. Windy City Performing Arts is the umbrella organization for the ensembles of the Windy City Gay Chorus ( Chicago's oldest gay choral group ) and the ...


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TimeLine names newest collective - TimeLine Theatre Company has announced the playwrights who will be in residence during 2017 and 2018 with its Playwrights Collective, the company's new-play incubator. Four playwrights have been named to the Playwrights Collective: Tyla Abercrumbie, Will Allan, Maureen Gallagher and Calamity West. These four playwrights are the second group to be in residence as part of TimeLine's Playwrights Collective. The ...


Forging-from-Fire-March-23-26

'Forging from Fire' March 23-26 - Youth Empowerment Performance Project ( YEPP ) will perform Forging from Fire at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., on March 23-26. Forging from Fire tells of the various journeys that individual ensemble members have taken to build lasting relationships as well as how circumstances, behaviors and choices can create compromising situations. This is the first stop of a ...


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'Our Christian Nation' March 25-April 29 - Our Christian Nation—a satirical two-act play written by Emmy-winning writer/Second City instructor Joe Janes, with Andrea J. Dymond directing—will run at The Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln Ave., on Fridays and Saturdays on March 25-April 29. The production tackles several subjects, including the founding fathers, religion and homosexuality. All shows are BYOB. Tickets are $20 each; visit Eventbrite.com or purchase them ...


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SPRING DANCE PREVIEW Spring into dance 2017 - This spring is a creatively fertile time for the Chicago dance scene. Discover many premiere pieces by local or visiting companies, or take in revivals of well-established works at the major theaters regularly hosting dance. —Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance continues its reputation for being a major house for modern dance by hosting world-renowned local dance companies ...


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Ravinia lists 2017 summer lineup with top names - From a press release - HIGHLAND PARK, IL—Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman today announced the not- for- profit festival's complete 2017 summer lineup—more than 140 events from June 3 through Sept. 17— including the 82nd annual residency of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as visits by the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela with conductor Gustavo Dudamel in his ...


-The-Laramie-Project-characters-come-to-life-at-Village-Theatre-Guild

"The Laramie Project" characters come to life at Village Theatre Guild - From a press release - The Laramie Project tackles the tragic murder of a young gay man, Matthew Shepard, in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998 from the viewpoints of the townspeople who struggle to make sense of this crime. Director Julie Rodgers-Baker, of Wheaton, shares why the of telling this story is still important almost 20 years later, "The Laramie Project affected me on so many ...


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Author Santiago on 'Being Open about the Downlow' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cordaro Dont'e Santiago grew up a bit of an outcast—an overweight, observant kid who watched his family dysfunction and felt personally responsible. As he got older, he realized he was attracted to men, but as a young Black teenager trying to navigate high school life, being out and finding men wasn't easy. I Will Never Be #1 In His Life: ...


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Art expo announces DuSable tie-in - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Expo Chicago, The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art—with the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Institut francais and The DuSable Museum of African American History, in partnership with Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States—announced The Roundhouse at the DuSable Museum as the official location for a large-scale, off-site exhibition project and official program to ...


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NUNN ON ONE 'Fitness Marshall' weighs in on boyfriend, Britney - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There's a new fitness expert in town and his name is Caleb Marshall. Now known as The Fitness Marshall, he began with a YouTube channel that exploded in popularity. The openly gay social-media celebrity has more than 800,000 subscribers and been watched more than 124 million times. Marshall is ready to start a revolution combining large group classes with a ...


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'Kiki' showcased at HRW Chicago film-series event - The kiki dance/ball scene was highlighted at the Human Rights Watch ( HRW ) Chicago 2017 Film Series ( in partnership with Black Cinema House ) with a screening of the documentary and a panel discussion March 10 at the Stony Island Arts Bank. The film follows seven people from the kiki scene—Twiggy Pucci Garcon, Gia Marie Love, Chi Chi ...


Broadway-in-Chicago-announces-season-including-School-of-Rock-Wicked-specials

Broadway in Chicago announces season including School of Rock, Wicked, specials - From a press release - CHICAGO ( March 13, 2017 ) — Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce its next season line-up: Andrew Lloyd Webber's SCHOOL OF ROCK, Broadway sensation WICKED, 2016 Tony Award®-winning Best Play THE HUMANSand LOVE NEVER DIES. Joining the season shows are two off-season specials: IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS and MOTOWN THE MUSICAL. The upcoming season will go on sale ...


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Our Christian Nation satirical two-act play on the ultra Christian right - From a press release - CHICAGO ( March 1, 2017 )— What would the USA look like if the extreme Christian right got everything they wanted? In this slightly alternate present just before the rapture, a Reverend President has eliminated the "fake news" and homosexuality is outlawed. A young family is torn apart when Mitch ( Adam Ston ), the breadwinner, loses his job and ...


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Trikone-Chicago to screen banned Indian movie challenging homophobia - From a press release - CHICAGO - Trikone-Chicago will screen Jayan Cherian's "Ka Bodyscapes", a movie banned by the film censor board of India for "glorifying the subject of gay and homosexual relationships". The film, set in present day, narrates the story of three friends - Haris, a gay painter; Vishnu, a rural kabaddi player and their friend Sia, an activist, as they struggle to ...


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DIFFA's 'Art for Life' event March 22 - The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS/Chicago ( DIFFA/Chicago ) has announced its inaugural Art for Life benefit. The juried art exhibit and auction is the newest extension of DIFFA Chicago, created to benefit those living with and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. Taking place Wed., March 22, at Venue One, 1034 W. Randolph St., Art for Life Chicago will showcase a juried ...


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Art AIDS America Closing Weekend events April 1, 2 - From a press release - ( CHICAGO, March 10, 2017 ) The groundbreaking traveling exhibition Art AIDS America must close at the new Alphawood Gallery ( 2401 N. Halsted Street, Chicago ) on Sunday, April 2, 2017. In its final weeks, visitors are invited to participate in the following special related on-site programming, all free and open to the public: 'Sharing Stories/Open Conversations' Saturday ...


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Victory Gardens Theater announces Fun Home part of 2017-2018 Season - From a press release - Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Chay Yew and Managing Director Erica Daniels, announces the lineup for its 2017-2018 Season. Victory Gardens' 43rd Season will include the groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron; the Chicago premieres of Fade, a co-production with Teatro Vista, ...


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Columnist, author Phil Potempa celebrates 15th anniversary with Farm Cooking Show - From a press release - Food columnist and author Phil Potempa will take center stage at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster, Indiana on Sunday, April 2 at 2:30 p.m. in a special live two-hour "From the Farm Cooking Show" to celebrate the 15th anniversary of his popular weekly From the Farm recipe newspaper column. Since May 1, 2002 Potempa has published ...


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FILM REVIEW Kong: Skull Island - Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman. Running Time: 118 min. Release Date: March 10 Originally, Kong: Skull Island was planned to be a King Kong crossover film with Godzilla. This was scrapped, but there are references to the secret government entity Monarch, which was in the last Godzilla film in 2014. Kong instead winds ...


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Then They Came for Me exhibit at Aphawood - From a press release - CHICAGO ( March 9, 2017 ) Alphawood Gallery announces Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties, an original exhibition opening at 2401 N. Halsted Street, Chicago in June 2017. Then They Came for Me will examine a difficult and painful episode in the history of the United States when the ...


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WNYC Studios to present NANCY podcast with new LGBTQ community voices - From a press release - ( New York, NY — March 1, 2017 ) — WNYC Studios — the premiere producer of top iTunes podcasts including Radiolab, 2 Dope Queens, andFreakonomics Radio — today announced the launch of its latest podcast, NANCY, on Sunday, April 9. Co-hosted by Kathy Tu and Tobin Low, two new voices in the LGBTQ community, NANCY features intimate and frank ...


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RiseUP concert to benefit ACLU includes headlining artists of Hamilton - From a press release - CHICAGO- Members of the cast of Hamilton and other artists are hosting RiseUP, a night of music and entertainment at Moonlight Studios, on April 3, 2017 with proceeds going to support the work of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. The ACLU is the largest and oldest civil liberties organization in Illinois. Working in close collaboration with The Number ...


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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in ongoing residency with Harris Theater - From a press release - ( CHICAGO, IL ) — Last night, Co-Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Wu Han, announced the seventh season of the society's residency at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance from the stage. The 2017-2018 CMS season promises a revolving multi-generational and international roster of the world's finest chamber musicians which enables CMS to continue ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Meatball-Seance

THEATER REVIEW Meatball Seance - Playwright: John Michael. At: Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets: $15. Runs through: April 6 By the end of the play, a double portion of spaghetti and meatballs has been dropped on the floor, bread crumbs and fresh herbs have been scattered throughout the room, five audience members have been rewarded with on-the-house drinks in remuneration for gigolo/gigola services ...


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Theater Spotlight on Iolanthe, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight See what happens when the fairy realm orchestrates a takeover of the House of Lords in Parliament in Gilbert and Sullivan's whimsical Iolanthe. Last staged by the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company and the University of Chicago Chamber Orchestra in 2008, this 1882 comic operetta is a particular delight for die-hard Anglophiles. Iolanthe plays 7:30 p.m. Friday and ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Snare

THEATER REVIEW The Snare - Playwright: Samantha Beach. At: Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway. Tickets: JackalopeTheatre.org; $15-$25. Runs through: April 1 How is a loving modern Christian family supposed to react when a young teenage member casually mentions that she believes that the devil spoke to her? That's what sets off the drama of The Snare, Samantha Beach's world-premiere play for ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Scene - Playwright: Theresa Rebeck. At: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe. Tickets: 847-242-6000; Writerstheatre.org; $35-$80. Runs through: April 2 What makes a man completely melt down? Playwright Theresa Rebeck can't answer this question—too many possible reasons—but it's her focus in The Scene, in which Charlie ( Mark L. Montgomery ), a 40-ish actor, destroys his 10-year marriage, throws away his longest ...


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THEATER REVIEW Henry V - Playwright: William Shakespeare. At: Babes With Blades Theatre Company at City Lit, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: $25. Runs through: April 1 "To be, or not to be" may come to mind initially, but this is not the question most often asked in Shakespeare. In play after play, from Macbeth to Coriolanus, the argument's focus is what best constitutes ...


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The Field Museum to participate in March for Science - The Field Museum will be participating in the Chicago chapter of the nationwide March for Science on Saturday, April 22—which is also Earth Day. The march is a non-partisan demonstration for supporters of science to voice their passion for and commitment to the pursuit of knowledge, facts and discovery. The Chicago chapter of the march is one of dozens nationwide; ...


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Billy Masters - "I did pee-pee once on the stage. Things happen. It's live. The show must go on. It's not a decision that I made, it just happened and you keep going."—Ricky Martin makes a startling revelation to Kelly Ripa—who seems surprisingly unfazed. Try and remember that the next time you see her all lovey-dovey with her hubby, Mark Consuelos! Can you ...


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'Dapper Ball' celebrates androgyny, queer culture - by M. Shelly Conner - March 4 marked Chicago's first Dapper Ball. The event—which AMFM, Slo 'Mo and Boi Society presented at the Hairpin Art Center—celebrated queer culture and dapper style. Live performances by celebrated drag kings Oh, Snap and Switch the Boi Wonder, paired with hosts Fawzia Mirza and Tribble, provided an entertaining evening. DJs Dapper and Audio Jack kept the dance floor packed ...


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HRW film series will feature the movie 'Kiki' - Human Rights Watch ( HRW ) Chicago 2017 Film Series, in partnership with Black Cinema House, will be showcasing the documentary Kiki on Friday, March 10, at 7 p.m. at the Stony Island Arts Bank. Kiki is one of many films chosen by HRW to screen at its film-festival events in more than 20 cities worldwide. Each city selects the ...


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Gless, Manchester and more at 'Concert for America' - Tickets are on sale now for Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!, at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., on Monday, March 20, at 8 p.m. Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley will host the event, which will feature two-time Tony winner Chita Rivera, Grammy winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Melissa Manchester, two-time Emmy winner Sharon Gless, SiriusXM's ...


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OUT Chicago live broadcast at Art AIDS America March 12 - MB Financial Bank and its LGBTQ Business Resource Group is sponsoring the OUT Chicago ( WCPT AM 820 ) live remote broadcast from the Art AIDS America exhibition at the Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted St., on Sunday, March 12, 11 a.m-1 p.m. This event will provide a panoramic historical perspective of the AIDS epidemic and will explore the future ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Euan Morton takes the lead in 'Hedwig' - Performer Euan Morton is known for his acting, singing and voiceover work. His role as Boy George in the musical Taboo put him on the map. For that production he received many nominations including the Laurence Olivier Award, Drama Desk Award, Theatre World Award, and a Tony Award. Off-Broadway he appeared in Brundibar and the musical Caligula: An Ancient Glam ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Dancer Sean Aaron Carmon and his 'Winning' style - Broadway veteran and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer Sean Aaron Carmon is looking forward to performing in the company's annual Chicago tour later this month at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Yet before Carmon takes the stage as a dancer, he is excited that he has an opportunity to share his work as a dancemaker with Chicago audiences ...


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THE FAIRY GARDENER Light levels in the garden - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I've come to the conclusion that one of the most useful tools to a city gardener would be a light meter, which would show you the amounts of light in different parts of your yard. After years of struggle trying to grow coneflowers, daisies and hydrangeas ( all supposedly easy-to-grow plants ), it has dawned on me that my failure ...


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Entertainment: 'Drag Race,' Whitney Houston, Timberlake, 'Moonlight' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - EW.com revealed that the Emmy-winning reality competition series RuPaul's Drag Race's ninth season will debut to a broader audience Friday, March 24, on VH1. The network is set to broadcast each of the series' subsequent episodes for the remainder of the season, marking the first time Drag Race has shifted networks across its eight-year history, having previously aired more than ...







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