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Kiss-of-Meth-Writer-performer-Strafford-on-play-on-addiction-

Kiss of 'Meth' Writer/performer Strafford on play on addiction - Methtacular!—Steven Strafford's autobiographical account of the three years he spent as a sex-crazed crystal-meth addict in Chicago—is told through a series of stories, songs, and Facts of Life references. But Strafford is not just blowing smoke here; Methtacular! is an authentic, potent, piece of theater that explores addiction in the LGBT community. After playing to sold-out crowds in New York, ...


Steppenwolf-First-Look-Repertory-of-New-Work

Steppenwolf First Look Repertory of New Work - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Tanya Saracho, Joshua Conkel, Martyna Majok. At: Steppenwolf Garage Theater, 1624 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20. Runs through: Aug. 24 Each of the three plays running in repertory under the collective banner of Steppenwolf Theater's First Look festival raises the question of whether suicide is the answer when you think you've hit bottom. Only one sends us ...


THEATER-REVIEW-All-Our-Tragic

THEATER REVIEW All Our Tragic - Playwright: Sean Graney. At: The Hypocrites at The Den, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.the-hypocrites.com; $30 ( $75 for a four-part marathon ). Runs through: Oct. 5 The works of auteurist director Sean Graney divide me, and All Our Tragic is no different. A prodigiously gifted storyteller, Graney dazzles with showmanship and pure theatricality. He inspires the best from actors, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Coraline

THEATER REVIEW Coraline - By Stephin Merritt and David Greenspan, based on the book by Neil Gaiman. At: Black Button Eyes Productions at City Lit Theater,1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: http://coralinechicago.brownpapertickets.com; $25. Runs through: Sept. 6 Neil Gaiman's work is as beloved as any writer's, and a theatrical setting makes a great deal of sense for Coraline, the abstract, twisted kid-tale-for-grown-ups. And a ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - Apes of Wrath, The Second City e.t.c., an ongoing run. Deep existential despair and sci-fi matters make for great comic gold in this hilarious and new sketch comedy revue directed by Jen Ellison. The writer-performers are all unashamedly brainy and funny at the same time. SCM Down Range, Genesis Theatrical Productions at Preston Bradley Center, through Aug. 31. War is ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Some-Men

THEATER REVIEW Some Men - Playwright: Terrence McNally At: Pride Films and Plays at Rivendell Theater, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: 800-838-3006; www.brownpapertickets.com; $15-$30. Runs through: Sept. 13 Until 1900, there was no recognition of men who love men as a distinct subculture. The responsibility of male children was to ensure continuance of the family name; procreative duties, once discharged, allowed those preferring the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Steppenwolf-First-Look-Repertory-of-New-Work

THEATER REVIEW Steppenwolf First Look Repertory of New Work - Playwright: Tanya Saracho, Joshua Conkel, Martyna Majok. At: Steppenwolf Garage Theater, 1624 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20. Runs through: Aug. 24 Each of the three plays running in repertory under the collective banner of Steppenwolf Theater's First Look festival raises the question of whether suicide is the answer when you think you've hit bottom. Only one sends us ...


Gay-singer-Matt-Gold-at-Jackhammer-Aug-22

Gay singer Matt Gold at Jackhammer Aug. 22 - As part of the Jackhammer Complex's LGBT Concert Series, openly gay singer Matt Gold will perform at the nightspot, 6406 N. Clark St., at 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22. His latest release is Let It Out. The EP was recorded in Los Angeles with Grammy-winning engineer David Bianco and world-renowned drummer Kenny Aronoff producing. Tickets are $10, and are ...


Gay-superhero-event-touches-on-gender-stereotypes-diversity

Gay superhero event touches on gender stereotypes, diversity - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I sit quietly in Dimo's Pizza, 1615 N. Damen Ave., and cut out various articles of clothing to design the outfits of my biologically male and female superheroes. It is fascinating to examine the nuanced characteristics of masculine and feminine heroes, and this is one of several thought-provoking interactive experiences that took place during the Illinois Humanities Council's event "Heroes ...


BILLY-MASTERS

BILLY MASTERS - "He's a lovely boy, but someone's got to tell him."—Lauren Bacall's quip in the wings of an AIDS benefit during Greg Louganis' less-than-inspired rendition of "I Can Do That" from A Chorus Line. RIP, Betty! I can't say that I knew Lauren Bacall very well. But I did know her. During my years working with one of her neighbors, we'd ...


BOOKS-Sociologist-discusses-the-end-of-the-Gayborhood

BOOKS Sociologist discusses the end of the 'Gayborhood' - On March 1, 1711, the very first issue of The Spectator magazine was published by British essayist and poet Joseph Addison and Irish writer Richard Steele. In his essay for the edition, Addison talked of his insatiable thirst for knowledge that carried him to all the countries of Europe in which there was something new and strange to be seen. ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-The-Dog-The-Giver-film-note

Knight at the Movies: The Dog; The Giver; film note - On the sweltering afternoon of Aug. 22, 1972—when John Wojtowicz robbed a bank in Brooklyn, taking hostages and standing off with the police for hours—he entered the legion of New York's most memorable characters. He also became a gay-rights pioneer, of sorts, when the motive for the robbery came to light: Wojtowicz wanted the money to finance a gender-reassignment operation ...


DANCE-Francisco-Avinas-one-man-show-is-about-ArT-

DANCE Francisco AviƱa's one-man show is about 'A.r.T.' - (Anti-Retroviral Therapy) - Francisco Aviña was diagnosed with HIV on June 16, 2011. Aviña, 38, is a professional dancer; presently, he represents Chicago's Hubbard Dance Company but over the past two decades, the Mexican artist has choreographed or danced alongside entertainers like Celine Dion, Justin Timberlake, Bette Midler, Elton John and numerous others around the globe. Three years ago, Aviña and his longtime ...


Willa-Taylor-showcases-Goodmans-behind-the-script-talents

Willa Taylor showcases Goodman's behind-the-script talents - THEATER PROFILE - Goodman Theatre Director of Education and Community Engagement Willa Taylor is a woman with a wide variety of projects. Whatever the project, social justice and education is always intertwined. On Aug. 11-12 at Goodman Theatre, Taylor led the eighth annual General Theater Studies ( GTS ) showcase. Taylor is well-known in the Chicago LGBT community, and is married to longtime ...


Theater-Spotlight-My-First-Time

Theater Spotlight: My First Time - Time is running out to relive My First Time, the interactive show of monologues and intimate stories focusing on the premiere sexual experiences of all kinds of people—including you, too, if you choose to participate. Broken Nose Theatre launched itself as a new Chicago theater company in 2012 by presenting the Midwest premiere of the 2007 off-Broadway show, which grew ...


Dance-for-Life-stuns-audience-and-breaks-records

Dance for Life stuns audience and breaks records - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dance for Life did not disappoint. The 22nd Annual Dance for Life sold a record amount of tickets for the performance, filling the breathtaking Auditorium Theatre. Once again, the event raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for 28 different charities including the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, The Dancers' Fund, Making a Daily Effort and Agape Missions, NFP. Dance for Life ...


A-change-is-coming-for-out-performer-Darrian-Ford-

A change is coming for out performer Darrian Ford - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Cooke Book: The Music of Sam Cooke was created by the talented Darrian Ford. Backed by a live band, Ford interprets classic of Cooke's like "Chain Gang" and "You Send Me." Ford's resume began at age 13 in the show Great Nitty Gritty. He moved to New York for a Broadway debut of Rodgers & Hammerstein's State Fair. He ...


Dining-news-Chicago-q-specials-Ann-Sathers-honor

Dining news: Chicago q specials; Ann Sather's honor - —Beginning Sept. 4, Chicago q, 1160 N. Dearborn St., will offer four $4 menu items available through Sept. 7 to mark its golden annivesary ( turning four on Sept. 4 ). The specials are summer corn and squash fritters; pork skewers; braised pork-belly salad; and alligator tacos. On the actual anniversary—Thursday, Sept. 4—10 percent of all proceeds will be donated ...


Frank-Lloyd-Wright-Trust-seeks-volunteers

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust seeks volunteers - Frank Lloyd Wright Trust volunteers present world-class historic sites and their neighborhoods to an international audience, cultivate long-lasting relationships and receive ongoing education and training on topics related to history, design and Frank Lloyd Wright. Prospective volunteers must attend a 60-minute orientation session prior to training. An orientation session will take place Wed., Aug. 20 at the Frank Lloyd Wright ...


Fashion-Fest-New-Orleans-Fest-Aug-23-24

Fashion Fest/New Orleans Fest Aug. 23-24 - The Chicago Fashion Fest, celebrating its sixth year, will pair with Chicago's all-new New Orleans Festival. The "threading" of the two events ( aka Chicago Fashion Fest featuring Chicago's New Orleans Festival ) takes place on Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 23-24, at Division Street and Damen Avenue in the Wicker Park neighborhood. Hours are noon-10 p.m. each day. For Fashion Fest, there ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Divide-Book-2-Unity

BOOK REVIEW The Divide: Book 2 Unity - By Kim Flowers. $13.50; Queerteen Press; 185 pages. Picking up directly after the events in The Divide: Book 1 Uprising, Kim Flowers' YA sequel novel The Divide: Book 2 Unity alternates between protagonists Serenity's and Malaki's points of view as both teens, their families and friends work to bring down the Family Protection Movement and their anti-LGBT agenda. While ...


Thompson-Twins-Tom-Bailey-on-touring-and-Howard-Jones

Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey on touring and Howard Jones - The British trio Thompson Twins were a staple of the '80s pop-music diet and they created a dent, both musically and stylistically. At a time when big hair and bright and bold colors made the cut, the group crafted songs like "Hold Me Now," "Doctor Doctor," "You Take Me Up" and "Lies," which became worldwide hits. Nearly three decades after ...


Chicago-Dancing-Festival-Aug-20-23

Chicago Dancing Festival Aug. 20-23 - The final program line-up is set for the 8th annual Chicago Dancing Festival, taking place at venues across downtown Chicago Aug. 20-23. The opening-night performance will be simulcast in Millennium Park. Visit www.ChicagoDancingFestival.com . ...


Jangleheart-Circus-at-The-Den-Aug-21-23-

'Jangleheart Circus' at The Den Aug. 21-23 - A Jangleheart Circus—a three-day sketch and improv comedy festival produced by Upstairs Gallery—returns to The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwuakee Ave., for its second year on Aug. 21-23. The festival will feature 111 acts on four stages, including celebrated local Chicago headliners The Nerdolouges, Dummy, Kill All Comedy and Rainbow Deli, with special guests Baltimore's Wham City Comedy. Other festival ...


-Chicago-Theatre-Week-expanding-next-year

Chicago Theatre Week expanding next year - Chicago Theatre Week is expanding in 2015. The upcoming celebration of theatregoing in Chicago is returning for its third year and will take place Feb. 12-22, 2015, spanning a week and two full weekends for the first time. More than 100 productions are expected to participate as part of the 2015 line-up. Chicago Theatre Week is presented by the League ...


The-Marvelettes-at-Black-Ensemble-thru-Sept-7-

'The Marvelettes' at Black Ensemble thru Sept. 7 - 'The Marvelettes' at Black Ensemble thru Sept. 7 Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor has announced the world-premiere musical The Story of The Marvelettes, directed by Black Ensemble Associate Director Rueben D. Echoles. The Story of The Marvelettes will be presented at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center, 4450 N. Clark St., through Sept. 7. Among the Motown ...


-Kinky-Boots-returning-to-Chicago-in-2015-

Kinky Boots returning to Chicago in 2015 - Broadway In Chicago has announced that Kinky Boots—the smash-hit musical that brings together four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein ( Book ) and Grammy Award-winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper ( Tony Award-winner for Best Score for Kinky Boots )—will return to Chicago for a limited engagement at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., on July 14-26, 2015. Directed and ...


Jane-Lynch-to-announce-Jeff-Award-nominations

Jane Lynch to announce Jeff Award nominations - Actress and Chicago native Jane Lynch will announce the Joseph Jefferson Awards ( "Jeff Awards" ) Thursday, Aug. 21, in Chicago. Lynch—best known as Coach Sue Sylvester on TV's Glee—started her acting career in Chicago at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Second City. The 46th Annual Jeff Awards ceremony honoring excellence in Chicago theatre which will be held on Monday, ...


Billy-Elliot-at-Drury-Lane-in-2015-

'Billy Elliot' at Drury Lane in 2015 - Oakbrook's Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Ln., will present the regional premiere of the hit musical Billy Elliot April 9-June 7, 2015. Rachel Rockwell will direct, with Roberta Duchak providing musical direction. The plot is as follows: Set during the 1984-85 U.K. miners' strike in a small working class town in the English countryside, young Billy discovers a passion for ...


BENT-NIGHTS-Soddy-Daisy-and-Donkey-Hotel

BENT NIGHTS Soddy Daisy and Donkey Hotel - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After hearing the brand-new split cassette with unheralded Chicago bands Soddy Daisy and Donkey Hotel, I may chuck my radio right out the window and forget I ever had one. To say that both bands are highly original, accomplished, smart and witty doesn't quite nail it. The words "arresting" and "otherworldly" will just have to do. The members of Soddy ...


John-Barrowman-talks-Torchwood-Arrow-and-marriage-equality-

John Barrowman talks 'Torchwood,' 'Arrow' and marriage equality - COMIC-CON CHICAGO - John Barrowman is that rare person: the multitalented heartthrob. Barrowman—who was born in Scotland and raised in Joliet, Illinois—may be best known for playing omnisexual Captain Jack Harkness on Doctor Who and its popular spinoff, Torchwood, although he's fulfilling many a fan's fantasy as Malcolm Merlyn on the CW series Arrow. ( This writer personally remembers him from the short-lived ...


Orange-wins-Creative-Emmys

'Orange' wins Creative Emmys - On Aug. 16, the Television Academy presented the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards for programs and individual achievements at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Jane Lynch, Tony Hale, Amy Schumer, Allison Janney, Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum and Joe Manganiello were among the presenters. HBO won the most awards, with 15. NBC was second with 10. Netflix won seven honors, ...


Film-about-George-Takei-to-screen-at-Facets

Film about George Takei to screen at Facets - To Be Takei will screen at Chicago's Facets Aug. 29 through Sept. 4. As Sulu on TV's Star Trek, George Takei boldly went where no man had gone before. Now he is on a new mission. Years after becoming one of the first Asian-American actors to appear on primetime television, Takei is the subject of Jennifer Kroot's documentary, which follows ...


Barbra-Streisand-top-male-vocalists-duet-on-new-album-

Barbra Streisand, top male vocalists duet on new album - From a press release - ( Columbia Records; New York, NY — August 13, 2014 ) — Columbia Records has announced the upcoming release of Barbra Streisand's "Partners" album, to debut on September 16th, 2014, featuring 12 inimitable new Streisand duets with the world's greatest male vocalists. Ms. Streisand took to Instagram on August 11th to announce to the world the official September 16th release ...


Tales-of-a-Stage-4-Cancer-One-woman-plus-one-woman-comedy-show-

Tales of a Stage 4 Cancer: One woman plus one woman comedy show - From a press release - Chicago, IL —A lot has happened since Judy Fabjance's original one woman show "Are You There, Judy. Its Me Cancer." She got married, she wrote a new show, and oh ya, the cancer is back! This new show, also staring her newlywed wife Kelly Beeman, explores what modern western medicine really thinks of the food you put in your mouth. ...


Smith-first-UK-male-artist-to-debut-single-1-on-AAA-AC-Pop-

Smith first UK male artist to debut single #1 on AAA, AC, Pop - From a press release - HOLLYWOOD, CA — Sam Smith's record-breaking streak continues, as he becomes the first UK male artist to ever to have his debut single, "Stay With Me," reach #1 at AAA, AC and Pop radio. The gospel-induced soul ballad is being equally adored across seven radio formats in the U.S., and has been certified three times platinum. "Stay With Me" remains ...


Homestretch-youth-homeless-doc-at-Siskel

'Homestretch' youth homeless doc at Siskel - From a press release - CHICAGO - The Homestretch, a new documentary about homeless youth in Chicago produced and directed by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly, will have its theatrical premiere run at the Gene Siskel Film Center at the Art Institute of Chicago from September 12th - 18th. September 12-18 Chicago screenings of THE HOMESTRETCH: Friday, September 12 at 8:15 pm Co-presented by ...


Iconic-actress-Lauren-Bacall-dies-at-89

Iconic actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89 - Actress Lauren Bacall, the husky-voiced Hollywood icon known for her sultry sensuality, died Aug. 12 at age 89. Robbert de Klerk, co-managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate, said Bacall died in New York, CNN reported. Bacall ( born Betty Joan Perske ) started experiencing international fame in 1944 with her first film, To Have and Have Not, which she ...


Chenoweths-health-James-Francos-change-Sam-Smith

Chenoweth's health; James Franco's change; Sam Smith - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kristin Chenoweth has hinted at some serious health problems via Twitter, US Weekly noted. The Emmy and Tony winner, 46, shared some issues that she is going through, posting, "Unable to move. Numbness and tingling in arm. Going to cedars dr tomorrow. Ah anyone who prays please do!" Chenoweth has dealt with health scares in the past, including being diagnosed ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Betty White's a doll—as long as you're not on the same show as her!"—Carol Channing. I just spent a magical weekend in Provincetown, Massachusetts, that certainly didn't start out so promising. Just before I arrived, I got a call from the hunky proprietor of the Crown & Anchor, Rick Murray, informing me that Liza Minnelli had cancelled her appearance in ...


Pastoral-marks-10-years-

Pastoral marks 10 years - DISH: SAVOR - Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine is a European-inspired, neighborhood, specialty wine and cheese shop co-owned by business and life partners Ken Miller and Greg O'Neill. Established in August 2004 at the corner of Broadway and Wellington Avenue, the first Pastoral shop was only 382 square feet. According to O'Neill, "My partner and I lived in Europe, New York City, ...


All-night-Flea-Market-Aug-16-

All night Flea Market' Aug. 16 - Wheaton's DuPage County Fairgrounds will host the annual "All-Night Flea Market" on Saturday, Aug. 16, 4 p.m.-4 a.m. The event will include stars ( including Ernie Hudson from Ghostbusters ), live music, artists, celebrities and food. In addition, there will be thousands of treasures from hundreds of vendors specializing in antiques, folk arts and crafts, close-outs, housewares, advertising, coins, collectibles ...


Skala-paintings-on-exhibit-at-Center

Skala paintings on exhibit at Center - "Dreams Are Like Water: Recent Paintings by Gene Skala" is on exhibit at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., through Aug. 19. Skala, a Chicago-based painter, said in a press release, "My paintings are about a dreamer's awareness of their own dream and their need to realize their own sense of occupancy within it." ...


Lesbian-drama-Anatomy-on-Vimeo-

Lesbian drama 'Anatomy' on Vimeo - Writer/director Marina Rice Bader ( executive producer of Elena Undone, A Perfect Ending ) has released her feature-length directorial debut Anatomy of a Love Seen as a $5 digital rental on Vimeo via the film's website, http://www.AnatomyOfALoveSeen.com/. Following the July 18 premiere of the lesbian-themed drama at the 32nd Annual Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, Bader immediately gave the ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - Brigadoon, Goodman Theatre, through Aug. 17. It's love in the Scottish Highlands ... then and now in this luscious staging of a great, romantic show from Broadway's Golden Age. Wonderful voices and orchestra give full value to the rhythmic, lilting and soaring Lerner and Loewe score. JA Geezers, Redtwist Theatre, through Aug. 24. Despite its title, there's no mistaking Tommy ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Churchill

THEATER REVIEW Churchill - Playwright: Ronald Keaton. At: SoloChicago Theater at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; boxoffice@greenhousetheater.org; $25-$35. Runs through: Sept. 14 Despite our professed love of democracy, we Yanks are even more enamored of monarchies, with their promise of destinies determined by luck and lineage. This tendency to mythologize our Anglo-Saxon ancestors may explain why playwrights so frequently balk ...


THEATER-SPOTLIGHT-Abbie-Hoffman-Died-for-Our-Sins-Theater-Fest-

THEATER SPOTLIGHT Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Theater Fest - More than 40 theater groups and individual performers converge for the three-day The 26th Annual Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Theater Festival produced by Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company starting on Friday, Aug. 15, and running through Sunday, Aug. 17. There are dancers, comedians, jugglers and plenty more. The festival begins at 3 p.m. Aug. 15 with a march from Daley ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Dueling-Gentlemen

THEATER REVIEW The Dueling Gentlemen - Playwright: Marvin Eduardo Quijada. At: Silent Theatre Company at 1914 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.silenttheatre.com; $15-$20. Runs through: Aug. 31 As befits its name, Silent Theatre Company has built a reputation through the years for its dedication to pantomimed storytelling and its very stylized approach to black-and-white sets, costuming and makeup. So if you've previously seen a trademark black-and-white Silent ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Fiddler-on-the-Roof

THEATER REVIEW Fiddler on the Roof - Playwright: Joseph Stein ( book ), Jerry Bock ( music ), Sheldon Harnick ( lyrics ). At: Light Opera Works, Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., Evanston. Tickets: 847-920-5360; www.LightOperaWorks.com; $34-$94. Runs through: Aug. 24 A good production of a great Broadway musical always is most welcome, and so it is with Fiddler on the Roof as Light Opera Works ( ...


Chicagos-leading-directors-weigh-in-on-Dance-for-Life

Chicago's leading directors weigh in on Dance for Life - DANCIN' FEATS - Once a year, Chicago's premiere dance companies gather for a cause. In 1992, Dance for Life ( DFL ) was founded as an effort to raise money and awareness surrounding the pervasiveness of HIV/AIDS in the the dance community. Co-founders Keith Elliott and Todd Keich conceived a dance show that would raise money for HIV/AIDS and the rest, as they ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Down-Range

THEATER REVIEW Down Range - Playwright: Jeffrey Skinner. At: Genesis Theatrical Productions in conjunction with National Pastime Theatre at the Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence Ave. Tickets: 773-327-7077; www.genesistheatricals.com; $45. Runs through: Aug. 31 Jeffrey Skinner is a poet, and he writes plays like a poet—that is, long on soliloquies and short on facts, with non-chronological scenes arising from a nebulous void to dissolve ...


Grammy-Academy-Award-winner-Jennifer-Hudson-to-release-album-

Grammy, Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson to release album - From a press release - Grammy and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson is set to release her third studio album JHUD on September 23 via RCA Records. The album will be available for pre-order at select digital retailers on August 19. JHUD will feature her current hit single "It's Your World" featuring fellow Chicago native and Grammy Award winner R. Kelly. Previously released tracks "Walk ...


The-Joffrey-Ballet-celebrates-20th-anniversary-season

The Joffrey Ballet celebrates 20th anniversary season - From a press release - CHICAGO ( August 11, 2014 ) — The Joffrey Ballet celebrates its 20th anniversary of calling Chicago home in the 2014-15 season. Artistic Director Ashley Wheater opens the season with "Stories in Motion," a special one-weekend-only addition to the Joffrey's usual three-program subscription season. This program, exploring the concept of "story ballet" with works that each tell a story in ...


Iconic-actress-Lauren-Bacall-dies-at-89

Iconic actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89 - Actress Lauren Bacall, the husky-voiced Hollywood icon known for her sultry sensuality, died Aug. 12 at age 89. Robbert de Klerk, co-managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate, said Bacall died in New York, CNN reported. Bacall ( born Betty Joan Perske ) started experiencing international fame in 1944 with her first film, To Have and Have Not, which she ...


Jane-Lynch-to-announce-Jeff-Awards-Aug-21

Jane Lynch to announce Jeff Awards Aug. 21 - From a press release - August 12, 2014 - Chicago, IL. The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee will announce the nominations for the 2013-2014 Equity season Thursday morning, August 21, 2014 in Chicago. Actress and Chicago native Jane Lynch will preside over the announcement, which will be available for viewing later in the day at www.jeffawards.org, along with a complete list of nominees. Jane Lynch, internationally ...


TRAVEL-Toronto-tastes-the-rainbow

TRAVEL Toronto tastes the rainbow - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Church Street area in Toronto, Ontario, is a gay hotspot on any given day, but things turned up a notch for WorldPride this year. Over three days in June, the city was overrun with not only a massive parade but separate Dyke and Trans marches plus a street festival complete with eight stages of live entertainment welcoming more than ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TELEVISION-Chicagoan-learns-hard-Knox-of-Project-Runway

NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Chicagoan learns hard Knox of 'Project Runway' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lifetime's hit sewing show Project Runway returns for a 13th season this summer with a Chicago contestant once again making it work. Alexander Knox is only 22 and is originally from Kankakee, Illinois. He is currently attending Columbia College and won the Future of Chicago Fashion Award. His work with drag queens and location in Boystown has made this openly ...


Glamorama-rocks-fashion-once-again

Glamorama rocks fashion once again - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Macy's Passport Presents Glamorama 2014 hit the Harris Theater for Music and Dance on Aug. 8. The annual Ronald McDonald House fundraiser came complete with performer Jason Derulo, Macy's iHeart Radio Rising Star contest winner boy band Before You Exit, and a runway show. Macy's made it snow indoors for the winter collection at the start of the show. Even ...


Jena-Malone-and-Lem-Jay-Ignacio-in-Shoe-business

Jena Malone and Lem Jay Ignacio in 'Shoe' business - MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jena Malone, 29, was acting in films at the young age of 12, starting with the Angelica Huston-directed Showtime picture Bastard Out of Carolina. She moved onto more movies with Jodie Foster's Contact, Susan Sarandon's Stepmom and Jake Gyllenhaal's Donnie Darko. Recently, she joined The Hunger Games cast with Catching Fire and will close out the franchise in two more ...


CONCERT-ROUNDUP-Tori-Amos-dazzles-frame-loving-fans

CONCERT ROUNDUP Tori Amos dazzles frame-loving fans - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Eight-time Grammy nominee Tori Amos recently returned to Chicago Theater. The venue's acoustics and grand-scale intimacy must have been a deciding factor. She married her sound guy so one can imagine how each lush note had people on the edge of their seats at times. The mezzo-soprano was sporting a new set of reading glasses and fans even presented her ...


Willa-Taylor-showcases-Goodman-Theatres-original-behind-the-script-talents-

Willa Taylor showcases Goodman Theatre's original behind the script talents - Goodman Theatre's Director of Education and Community Engagement Willa Taylor is a woman with a wide variety of projects. Whatever the project, social justice and education is always intertwined. On Aug. 11 and 12 at Goodman Theatre, Taylor leads the 8th annual General Theater Studies ( GTS ) showcase. Taylor is well-known in the Chicago LGBT community, and is married ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-Into-the-Storm-film-notes

Knight at the Movies: Into the Storm; film notes - One would suppose that a director with the movies Aliens of the Deep, Final Destination 5 and Surefire ( a film about raging forest fires ) on his resume would be the perfect guy to helm a big-budget tornado disaster movie like Into the Storm. And on that score, Steven Quale, said director, does indeed deliver a film that is ...


Reeling-announces-line-up-of-LGBT-films

Reeling announces line-up of LGBT films - From a press release - ( August 6, 2014 - Chicago, IL ) - Reeling, the second longest-running LGBT film festival in the world, announces a line-up of groundbreaking LGBT films for its 32nd festival edition, taking place September 18-25. This year's festival selections run the gamut from edgy to adorable, raunchy to contemplative, disturbing to endearing, and heartbreaking to heartwarming. A bevy of special ...


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Out singer-songwriter Matt Gold at Jackhammer Complex - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — The Jackhammer Complex announces the next performance in their ongoing LGBT Concert Series. Solo artist Matt Gold of Bloomington, Indiana will appear live in concert at The Jackhammer Complex located at 6406 N. Clark Street, Chicago IL 60626 on at 10 pm on Friday August 22, 2014. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door on ...


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Out at the Sox: LGBT Pride Night Aug. 16 - CHICAGO — Equality Illinois will host the organization's second Out at the Sox: LGBT Pride Night fundraiser at the Chicago White Sox game on Saturday, August 16. With a portion of select tickets sold to benefitting the mission of Equality Illinois, the state's oldest and largest advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Illinoisans, pro-equality baseball fans will have ...


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Market Days to take over Boystown on Aug. 9-10 - The annual extravaganza known as Northalsted Market Days will take place Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 9-10, on North Halsted Street between Belmont Avenue and Addison Street The event, which Northalsted Business Alliance sponsors, will take place at 11 a.m.-10 p.m. each day. Northalsted Market Days is considered the Midwest's largest two-day street festival, with more than 150,000 visitors from Chicagoland and beyond. ...


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Supermodel comes out as transgender - Earlier this year, androgynous male model Andrej Pejic underwent gender-reassignment surgery. As part of that transition, Pejic modified her name from Andrej to Andreja. She has been the toast of the modeling industry for the past four years, gracing the covers of Elle, i-D, Out and New York magazines. Pejic has been on international shows modeling haute couture, and has ...


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Knight at the Movies: Violette; The Hundred-Foot Journey - When Barbra Streisand addressed a Women in Film group in 1992 and said, "If a man wants to get it right, he's looked up to and respected. If a woman wants to get it right, she's difficult and impossible," she could easily have been talking about the three female leading characters in Lucy, Violette and The Hundred-Foot Journey. These complex ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT 'Some Men': Reflecting upon where we are - The last time Terrence McNally's 2007 off-Broadway gay history drama Some Men played Chicago, it just a one-night-only reading presented in 2010 by Pride Films and Plays as part of a series of other McNally play readings. But now Pride Films and Plays ( PFP ) is returning to Some Men this month with a fully realized Chicago premiere production ...


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Theater Spotlight: Infiltration - Fringe and underground performance artists from Beauty Bar's weekly Salonathon get a special showcase before performances of the long-running Neo-Futurists hit Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind as part of the new collaboration called INFILTRATION. The series begins Aug. 8 with Filipino performance artist Kiam Marcelo Junio, followed on Aug. 15 with gender-challenging dancer and choreographer Darling Shear. ...


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THEATER REVIEW Mike and Seth - Playwright: Daniel Talbott. At: The Side Project, 1439 W. Jarvis Ave. Tickets: 773-340-0140 or www.thesideproject.net; $15-$20. Runs through Aug. 24 The title two characters of Daniel Talbott's Mike and Seth spend most of the play moping and moaning about what's become of their lives. And though they're both very aware of how privileged they are in context to the world's ...


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CRITICS' PICKS - Brigadoon, Goodman Theatre, through Aug. 17. Love in the Scottish Highlands ... then and now. A luscious staging of a great, romantic show from Broadway's Golden Age. Wonderful voices and orchestra give full value to the rhythmic, lilting and soaring Lerner and Loewe score. JA Hellish Half-Light, Mary-Arrchie Theatre at Angel Island, through Aug. 30. The Fabulous Beckett Boys in ...


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THEATER REVIEW Take the Cake - Playwright: Stacie Barra. At: Factory Theater at Prop Thtr ( sic ), 3502 N. Elston Ave. Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.thefactorytheater.com; $20. Runs through: Sept. 6 This could be "Nancy Drew and the Case of the Curious Cake Balls," except there are three femme detectives, all of them slightly kooky ( think Lucy and Ethel ) and they are the criminals as ...


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THEATER REVIEW Intimate Apparel - Playwright: Lynn Nottage. At: Eclipse Theatre Company at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6875; www.eclipsetheatre.com; $28. Runs through: Aug. 24 Lynn Nottage's play has everything historical-romance fans could want: a gilded-age urban setting, ragtime music, long dresses and frilly underwear. Its personnel are women, mostly the poor-but-independent variety ( with a lone rebellious socialite, for contrast ), accompanied ...


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'First Comes Love' book takes look at LGBTQ love - Available Sept. 26, First Comes Love ( Soleil Press ) is a new coffee-table photo book that celebrates the lives and enduring relationships of LGBTQ couples from across the United States. The brainchild of Philadelphia photographer Barbara Proud ( aka B. Proud ), the book is just one element of the "First Comes Love" Project, a traveling exhibition of photographs, ...







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