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THEATER REVIEW Escape to Margaritaville - Score: Jimmy Buffett; Book: Greg Garcia & Mike O'Malley At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000 or BroadwayinChicago.org; $35-$115. Runs through: Dec. 2 There no doubt about the target audience for Escape to Margaritaville. This Broadway-bound jukebox musical is centered around the tropical rock hits of Jimmy Buffett, and is custom-made to capitalize on his legions of loyal ...


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'Tis the Seasonal Depression - By Sean Margaret Wagner - Authors: Sarah Collier, Katie Cutler, Evan M. Duggan, Julie Fishbach, Clay Goodpasture, Christopher "Tito" Thies Lotito, Greg Phelps and Laurel Posakony. At: Pride Arts Center Broadway Theater, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: GayCo.com; $12-$20. Runs through: Dec. 22 The ensemble at GayCo Productions is bringing all the wonder and dread of the holiday season to life with 'Tis the Seasonal Depression, ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - Becky Shaw, Windy City Playhouse, through Dec. 17. "Love is a by-product of Use" says a cynical cad in Gina Gionfriddo's slyly Machiavellian comedy, before leaving us to guess he difference between the lovers and the users. MSB Bobby Pin Girls, Nothing Without a Company at the Chicago Mosaic School, through Dec. 3. The authenticity reflected in Janey Bell's screwball ...


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Spotlight on Irving Berlin's White Christmas - Get in a Broadway holiday mood by taking in the touring return of Irving Berlin's White Christmas. The popular screen-to-stage show not only features plenty of seasonal songs like "Happy Holiday" and "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," but also several other Berlin standards like "Sisters," "Blue Skies" and "I Love a Piano." Irving Berlin's White Christmas continues ...


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VIEWPOINT Will and Grace 2017: You Can't Go Home Again - The return of Will & Grace is a miracle of sorts, a pinch-me moment in the history of television. The #VoteHoney video, created to support Hillary Clinton's run for president and which led to the show's revival, reminded me again what I loved about the original show, and why with Mike Pence in the White House, as a gay man, ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Importance of Being Earnest - By James R. Wilke - Playwright: Oscar Wilde At: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. Tickets: writerstheatre.org; $35-80. Runs through: Dec. 23 On the evening of Saint Valentine's Day, 1895, the audience at St. James' Theatre in London raucously cheered a new romantic farce by a popular Irish playwright. Yet while Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest would go on to be heralded as ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Deeply Rooted Dance: 20 years, and counting - By Joanna Furnans - Deeply Rooted Dance Theater ( DRDT ) is gearing up to present its 20th-anniversary season finale, "Deeply Free," with the much-anticipated premiere of INUMBA, by South African choreographer Fana Tshabalala, along with celebrated works from its distinguished repertory ( Dec. 8-10, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., 7:30 p.m. ). Let that sink in ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I can't wait to shove this up Adam's ass!"—Blake Shelton's comment after being named "People" magazine's Sexiest Man Alive. I don't really understand all these "straight guys" who are obsessed with ass play. But, hey, as long as they enjoy it. Only your beloved Billy would read that sexy Jeremy Jordan blamed his recent hospital stay on Chipotle and think, ...


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Photographers' works document LGBT identities - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Photographers Jess T. Dugan and Lorenzo Triburgo, along with Vanessa Fabbre, assistant professor at the Brown School and affiliate faculty in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, joined Center on Halsted Director of Transgender Relations and Community Engagement Vanessa Sheridan, who moderated, for a panel titled "Vulnerability and the LGBT Community" on Nov. 15. The ...


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Morrissey at Riviera on Nov. 25 - Singer Morrissey will perform at the Riviera Theatre, 4748 N. Racine Ave., on Saturday, Nov. 25. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the show at 8:30 p.m. His newest album, Low in High School, is slated to be released Friday, Nov. 17. The lead single is "Spent the Day in Bed." Morrissey rose to fame as the lead singer of ...


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OUT FRONT seeks play submissions - About Face Theatre is seeking play submissions for its OUT FRONT Series, an annual line-up of workshops and readings of new and developmental works exploring LGBTQIA themes. This season's theme, "Babes on Stage," will showcase on-the-rise LGBTQ+ women-identified playwrights. Readings will begin in spring 2018. To apply for the OUT FRONT Series, e-mail full scripts and bios to literary@aboutfacetheatre.com with ...


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Chicago Gay Men's Chorus to present Naughty or Nice - From a press release - Have you been naughty or nice? Come see Chicago Gay Men's Chorus choose between the beauties and bawdies, the reckless and royal, and the wanton and wise. Members will decide which of Santa's lists they belong on, with selections from John Legend, Morten Lauridsen's "O Magnum Mysterium," Zoltan Kodaly's "Veni Emmanuel," as well as Devo, Eurythmics, South Park, Ella Fitzgerald, ...


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Showbiz news: Nico Tortorella, Hugh Jackman, Demi Lovato, Shaun T - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Since opening up about their polyamorous relationship, actor Nico Tortorella said tensions have been high with partner Bethany Meyers' family, according to Page Six. "Honestly, it's kind of a sensitive topic right this second," he told People at the World Wide Orphans Gala. In 2016, the 29-year-old actor revealed that he was sexually "fluid." This past June, he opened up ...


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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo film at Siskel - The New York-based and cheekily named Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo—the gay, all-male dance troupe that has for 40 years slyly and hilariously satirized ballet classics—is revealed in the esprit de corps that is its greatest strength in this documentary that tells the inside story. The film screens Friday, Nov. 24-Thursday, Nov. 30, Gene Siskel Film Center of the ...


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THEATER REVIEW Breath, Boom - Playwright: Kia Corthron At: Eclipse Theatre Company at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: $30 Runs through: Dec. 17. Once upon a time, there were four sisters—bound, not by birth, but by the sororal affiliations of York City's South Bronx. In this realm, adolescent-girl fantasies revolve around, not weddings, but funerals and suicides, while obituaries of murdered companions are ...


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THEATER REVIEW Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery - Playwright: Shay Youngblood Pegasus Theatre Chicago at Chicago Dramatists, 773 N. Aberdeen Ave. Tickets: 866-811-4111 or PegasusTheatreChicago.org; $20-$30. Runs through: Dec. 10 There are many powerful performances to treasure in Pegasus Theatre Chicago's strong revival of Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery. First staged by the late Chicago Theatre Company back in 1998, Shay Youngblood's play is chock full of compelling ...


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THEATER REVIEW Fade - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Tanya Saracho At: Victory Gardens Theater at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $15-$56. Runs through: Dec. 23 During the 1980s and '90s, it often seemed as if every playwright venturing west of Phoenix or south of Fresno eventually wrote a scathing diatribe of show business practices in California's motion-picture capital. Cautionary tales in this genre usually revolved ...


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Magic Cabaret closing Dec. 27 - After a decade-long run, The Magic Cabaret is ending. David Parr and Joe Diamond are wrapping up the run with four more performances at Greenhouse Theater Center on Nov. 22 and 29 as well as Dec. 13 20 and 27. Tickets are $25; visit MagicCabaret.com or call 773-404-7336. ...


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BENT NIGHTS Yoko and the Oh No's; Vail, Real Dom, Pure Magical Love - Season's greetings... Part of the fun of living in a large city with a colorful music scene comes on Halloween, when local bands masquerade as big-time rock stars and have a high old time rebranding classic rock. I'm still waiting to hear Pilsen noise-rockers Melk Belly take on Talking Heads or queer neurotic punkers Absolutly Not take on Devo. For ...


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THEATER REVIEW Lizzie - Authors: Tim Maner,book; Steven Cheslik-deMeyer & Maner,lyrics; Alan Stevens Hewitt & Cheslik-deMeyer, music. At: Firebrand Theatre at The Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: FirebrandTheatre.org; $45. Runs through: Dec. 17 The debut production of a new company often is called a "calling card," allowing public response to determine if the troupe should be invited to stick around. Based on ...


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'Sound of Music,' AIDS movie at Music Box Theatre - The Music Box Theatre tradition of "The Sound of Music Sing-A-Long" will return Nov. 24-Dec. 3 at 3733 N. Southport Ave. It all starts before the film, with a vocal warm-up led by the evening's host and our house organist on the famous Music Box organ. Every member of the audience receives a complimentary Magic Moments Pack, containing various props ...


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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater tours in Chicago March 2018 - From a press release - Following a five-week season launch in New York City, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will continue to grace stages from coast to coast during a 21-city North American tour includingthe Auditorium Theatre in Chicago March 7 through 11 and Sangamon Auditorium, University of Illinois in Springfield on March 12. On Feb. 6, a week-long engagement at The Kennedy Center in ...


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Hudson opens Marriott Marquis Chicago - Award-winning Chicago native singer Jennifer Hudson tore down the house at the grand opening of the Marriott Marquis Chicago Nov. 16. The hotel is part of the McCormick Square development boom which also includes the Wintrust Arena, where the DePaul men's and women's basketball teams play, and the Chicago Sky women's pro basketball team will play there starting next year. ...


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The Music Box Theatre to present The Sound of Music Sing-A-Long - Every year, The Music Box Theatre celebrates Thanksgiving weekend with special sing-a-long presentations of the classic Julie Andrews musical, in glorious, full-screen Technicolor. The Sound Of Music Sing-A-Long begins on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 at The Music Box Theatre, 3733 North Southport Ave. and will conclude on Sunday, Dec. 3. The Music Box Theatre brings audiences a two fun-filled weekends. ...


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"Steamworks: The Musical" on stage New Year's Eve - From a press release - Chicago IL — November 15, 2017—The popular Annoyance Theatre comedy "Steamworks: The Musical" is coming back for one night only to finish off 2017! Ring in the new year with the hilarious story of a wide-eyed young man who moves to the Windy City seeking love ... when he stumbles into the legendary Boystown bathhouse, Steamworks. As our hero makes ...


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GayCo's 'Depression' Nov. 17-Dec. 22 - GayCo Productions' Tis the Seasonal Depression will take place Fridays at 8 p.m. Nov. 17-Dec. 22 ( as well as Thursdays on Dec. 14 and 21 ) at Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway. Writers/performers include Sarah Collier, Katie Cutler, Evan M. Duggan, Julie Fishbach, Clay Goodpasture, Christopher "Tito" Thies Lotito, Greg Phelps and Laurel Posakony. It features direction by ...


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Fantastic in any language: Talking with Marlow La Fantastique - A staple at the famous West Berlin cabaret Chez Nous, Marlow La Fantastique has taken the art of drag and her legendary fan dance all over the world. Born and raised in Bronzeville on Chicago's Near South Side, Marlow used to perform at the historic Regal theater nearby, was a regular in the ballroom scene and was also featured as ...


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THEATER REVIEW J.B. - By James R. Wilke - Playwright: Archibald MacLeish At: Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: CityLit.com; $32. Runs through: Dec. 10 All the world's a stage … or a circus tent, rather, in Archibald MacLeish's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning play, J.B. And it is hard to imagine this historic drama from 1958 being brought back to life more skillfully than it is ...


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Theater spotlight on three distressing one-man shows - Controversial monologist Mike Daisey returns to Chicago's Theater Wit for a series of three distressing one-man shows. This Is Not Normal is a sequel to Daisey's The Trump Card, and it explores the cultural and global forces that have helped lead America into the hands of a demagogue. The End of Journalism tackles the rise of FOX News, the decline ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - The Audience, Timeline Theatre Company, extended through Dec. 3. Like the cat in the nursery rhyme, Chicago playgoers can visit the queen in Peter Morgan's intimate look at how Elizabeth II has successfully ruled her country for more than six decades. MSB Quixote: On the Conquest of Self, Writers Theatre through Dec. 17. Henry Godinez as the mad knight, Don ...


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THEATER REVIEW Dream Freaks Fall from Space - Playwright: Kelsey Kinney, Ryan Asher, Tyler Davis, Jeffrey Murdoch, Tien Tran and Nate Varrone At: Second City, 1616 N. Wells St. Tickets: $29-$46. Open run Parochialism always makes for easy humor. Fixed social divisions ( like those found in Shakespeare's England ) permit the gentry—in the company of their peers—to jeer at commoners, who then affirm their own camaraderie by ...


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THEATER REVIEW Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White - Playwright: Alice Childress At: The Artistic Home. 1376 W. Grand Ave. Tickets: $28-$32. Runs through: Dec. 17 The year of our story's setting is 1918, in a sleepy small town on the coast of South Carolina, where Miss Fannie Johnson serves as landlady to Mrs. Lula Green and adopted grown son Nelson, and to Miss Mattie and young daughter ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A trans opera journey 'As One' - As One is a 2014 chamber opera exploring a transgender woman's journey of self-realization and acceptance. Commissioned by American Opera Projects, As One initially escaped the notice of classical conductor Alexandra Enyart. Yet now Enyart is proud to be tied to the growing reputation of As One—she's guest conducting Chicago Fringe Opera's Windy City debut of the work at the ...


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Thots & Shares podcast looks at drag, social-media shares - Chicago drag personality Dakota Conduct has launched Thots & Shares, a body-positive podcast. New episodes will run every Tuesday "and feature some of the many incredible musicians, drag queens and sexy thots the Chicago LGBT community has to offer," according to a press release. "We live in politically turbulent times," Conduct said in the release. "I started drag as a ...


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'Nutcracker' feature to premiere Nov. 16 - WTTW public media has partnered with the Joffrey Ballet to produce a new 60-minute documentary, Making a New American Nutcracker, which will go behind the scenes to reveal how it was made and introduce audiences to the creative talents who made it happen. Making a New American Nutcracker premieres on WTTW-11 and on wttw.com on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 8 ...


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THEATER REVIEW Significant Other - Playwright: Joshua Harmon At: About Face Theatre and Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; AboutFaceTheatre.com; TheaterWit.org; $20-$38. Runs through: Dec. 9 Last July I reviewed Alone with Friends ( Prop Thtr ) about an unpartnered 30-year old gay man with no gay friends. His three best buds were straight guys from college. In Significant Other, Jordan Berman ( ...


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FILM REVIEW Lady Bird - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Director: Greta Gerwig. Starring: Saoirse Ronana, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts Time: 93 minutes. Release Date: Nov. 10 The new movie Lady Bird follows the adventures of a teenager living in Sacramento in 2002. Saoirse Ronan plays the young woman named Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson. Some may know Ronan from the film Brooklyn and Broadway's The Crucible. The camera just loves ...


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Showbiz news: Aguilera, Robbie Rogers, 'Jane the Virgin,' Gal Gadot - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The American Music Awards has a packed performance lineup, including a special tribute to Whitney Houston, ABC13.com noted. Christina Aguilera will commemorate the 25th anniversary of "The Bodyguard." Other big performances include the U.S. television performance premiere of BTS, a mega-popular K-Pop band, and Selena Gomez's television debut of her new song "Wolves." Diana Ross, who is being honored with ...


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THEATER A Big Apple theater tour - Chicago LGBTQ talents have spread their considerable wings in New York this season. Artistic directors Will Davis ( American Theater Company ) and Chay Yew ( Victory Gardens ) both staged well-received Off-Broadway plays. Yew directed Luis Alfaro's Oedipus El Rey—produced at Victory Gardens in 2012—at the Public Theatre while Davis staged Philip Dawkins' Charm at the MCC Theater. The ...


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'Illumination' back at Morton Arboretum on Nov. 17 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Celebrating its fifth year, the winter-lights experience "Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum" returns Nov. 17, 2017-Jan. 1, 2018, to The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. During that time, 50 acres of the arboretum's trees will glow in hues of blue, green, purple and magenta. Along the wooded one-mile path, visitors will discover a series of experiences that encourage ...


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Lizzie to open at Firebrand Theatre - From a press release - CHICAGO ( November 13, 2017 ) — Firebrand Theatre, the first musical theatre company committed to employing and empowering women by expanding opportunities on and off the stage, is pleased to present its inaugural production, the Chicago premiere of LIZZIE, the rock musical based on the true-life story of accused axe-murderess Lizzie Borden. LIZZIE will play November 11 — December ...


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Awa Tsireh paintings, metalworks exhibit in Arizona - From a press release - The unique collection of work by San Ildefonso artist Awa Tsireh ( also known as Alfonso Roybal and Cat Tail Bird ) is now open to the public in the Heard Museum's Jacobson Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona. This is the first exhibition, open through July 2018, features his paintings and metalwork together. Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith will draw ...


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Live Out Loud fashion show/benefit Nov. 19 - Sherrie Gearheart, the founder of Live Out Loud Charity ( LOLC ), is hosting a fashion show to raise funds for suicide prevention and anti-bullying. The event will take place at Palmer House, 17 E. Monroe St., on Sunday, Nov. 19, 6-9 p.m. Models of all demographics will be represented: child, teen, adult, plus-sized, and all ethnicities and body types. ...


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THEATER Kristian Espiritu schools audiences at Cadillac Palace - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Based on the hit film, the musical version of School of Rock follows the adventures of Dewey Finn, a rocker who lands a job as a substitute teacher then transforms the students into a band. Featuring Andrew Lloyd Webber's music with Glenn Slater's lyrics and book by Julian Fellowes, the show debuted on Broadway and now travels across the country. ...


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Wright studio having free holiday open house - The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust welcomes the public on Saturday, Dec. 2, to Wright's Oak Park Home and Studio for "Home for the Holidays," featuring tours, refreshments and discounts. The open house is free, but registration is required online at FLWright.org/homefortheholidays. Entry is by general admission, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. The Frank Lloyd Wright Home ...


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Chicago film part of Wayward fest - The neo-noir short film Lakeshore Drive is part of The Wayward Film Festival that runs through Thursday, Nov. 16. The film's plot is as follows: During a routine rideshare experience, the driver discovers his passenger is a transgender acquaintance from high school who is escaping the dark world of prostitution. When her pimp—a crooked cop—demands to know her whereabouts, the ...


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NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY James Adomian makes an impression - Lincoln Lodge is bringing out comedian James Adomian to town, and things will never be the same. Adomian—best known for NBC's Last Comic Standing and multiple appearances on Comedy Central—is half of Trump vs. Bernie, which turned into a number-one album recorded live in Brooklyn. His Low Hangin Fruit comedy album might have the best title ever, and his voiceover ...


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NBA referee Violet Palmer to be honored by Truth Awards - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — The Better Brothers Los Angeles ( BBLA ) in association with award-winning actress/activist Sheryl Lee Ralph and her non-profit organization, the DIVA Foundation, are happy to announce that NBA referee Violet Palmer will receive the Lifetime Achievement at the Fourth Annual Truth Awards. The Truth Awards will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Taglyan ...


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Chicago natives launch LGBTQ web series, 5A-5B - Chicago-grown filmmakers Michael Cicetti ( Creator/Director ) and Ella Harris ( Producer ) are filming a new LGBTQ comedic web series titled, 5A-5B. The series follows the lives of two neighbors, a gay academic and a suburban divorcée, who encounter a series of wildly awkward social encounters over the course of one week in Harlem. The pilot episode debuted this ...


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LGBTQ theater group GayCo to present 'Tis the Seasonal Depression - From a press release - CHICAGO —- Can't find that perfect tree? Emotionally drained by those extra relatives? There is no way Santa can bring you peace on earth? Uh oh, you know what that means? The diagnosis: 'TIS THE SEASONAL DEPRESSION. This holiday season let GayCo Productions lift your spirits ( especially the boozy kind ) and make your Yule tide even gayer. Through ...


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Irving Berlin's White Christmas coming to Cadillac Palace Theatre - From a press release - CHICAGO ( November 10, 2017 ) — Broadway In Chicago and the producers of Irving Berlin's White Christmas are delighted to announce full casting for the North American Tour of Irving Berlin's White Christmas. The stage adaptation of the beloved classic film is coming to Broadway In Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre ( 151 W. Randolph ) this holiday season. Bring ...


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Joffrey Ballet opens holiday season with newly reimagined Nutcracker - From a press release - CHICAGO ( November 9, 2017 ) — Following a wildly successful world premiere in December 2016, The Joffrey Ballet will present its newly reimagined holiday classic The Nutcracker by Tony Award®-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon in 33 performances only, at the historic Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago at 50 East Congress Parkway, December 1-30, 2017. "This stunning version ...


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GLAAD: Broadcast TV has many LGBTQ characters, often lacks diversity and complexity - From a GLAAD press release - New York — GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released its annual Where We Are on TV report. Where We Are on TV analyzes the overall diversity of primetime scripted series regulars on broadcast networks and assesses the number of LGBTQ characters on cable networks and original streaming series on the services Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix for ...


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About Face Theatre, Theater Wit to premiere Significant Other - From a press release - CHICAGO ( October 18, 2017 ) — About Face Theatre and Theater Wit are pleased to present the Midwest premiere of the romantic comedy SIGNIFICANT OTHER by Joshua Harmon, playwright of the hit comedy Bad Jews. Directed by AFT Artistic Associate Keira Fromm, SIGNIFICANT OTHER will play November 3 — December 9, 2017 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. ...


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Steppenwolf season to include Chita Rivera in concert - From a press release - CHICAGO ( October 23, 2017 ) — Steppenwolf's LookOut Series is pleased to announce their exciting Winter 2017-18 Lineup, which will feature two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera in Concert with Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host. The one-night-only event will be on Monday, December 11 at 6:30pm in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre ( 1650 N Halsted ). Public tickets go ...


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'Rudolph' at Mary's Attic Nov. 25-Dec. 30 - Hell in a Handbag Productions has announced casting for the return of its holiday hit Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer 2017, by David Cerda and co-directed by Becca Holloway and AJ Wright. The production ( which will run Nov. 25-Dec. 30 at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. ) will feature Graham Heacock as Rudolph, Kristopher Bottrall as Herbie, Allison Petrillo ...


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'Bewildered' through Nov. 11 - Hell in a Handbag Productions is continuing its 15th-anniversary season with the world premiere of Bewildered, a musical parody of the '60s/'70s television sitcom Bewitched told from the perspective of Gladys Kravitz, Samantha Stephens' iconic nosy neighbor. Featuring a book by Ron Weaver, music and lyrics by Aaron Benham and Ron Weaver and direction and choreography by Brigitte Ditmars, Bewildered ...


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Spotlight on Transgressive and Sullivan opera teaming - Transgressive Theatre-Opera teams with The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company for A Gilbert & Sullivan Jewelry Box: The Best of the Worst; After the Carpet Quarrel. A Gilbert & Sullivan Jewelry Box plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday, Nov. 10 to 11, at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster Ave., and then at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - An Evening at the Talk House, A Red Orchid Theater, through Nov. 19. We've all shivered at plays about thugs and death squads coming for the artists, but how do we watch our backs when the thugs and death squads ARE the artists? MSB The Consul, Chicago Opera Theater at Studebaker Theater, through Nov. 12. Menotti's Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway opera ...


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THEATER REVIEW Yasmina's Necklace - Playwright: Rohina Malik At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: $10-$40. Runs through: Nov. 20 Don't be fooled by the first few scenes in Rohina Malik's play—or the second, or the third, for that matter. Yes, there's comedy, and family squabbles, and a romance—but romance, remember, can be dark and forbidding in its refutation of death, beneath whose ...


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Billy Masters - I recently flew non-stop from Miami back to Los Angeles for the obscene amount of $63. For this bargain fare, you don't expect much—I'm surprised I even got a seat! But since I'm a loyal American Airlines flyer, I was given a window seat near the front of the plane. Surprisingly, the two seats next to me were empty—until the ...


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Online exhibition has Wright photos - The 40 photographs from Frank Lloyd Wright's personal album are now the subject of an online exhibition ( WrightsJapan1905.org ) titled "1905: Japan Through the Lens of Frank Lloyd Wright," curated by David Bagnall of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. In addition to Wright's photographs, the exhibition website includes an interactive map charting Wright's route through the country, interpretive essays ...


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'Ella and Lena' event Nov. 17 - Chicago vocalist Joan Curto will celebrate the legacies and centennials of two icons, Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne, on Friday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. From the same team that brought the Cole Porter concert to the Auditorium last fall, the evening features Chicago performers E. Faye Butler, Beckie Menzie, Tammy McCann, ...


BOOKS-A-chat-with-author-Kathryn-Sermak-on-Bette-Davis-the-grande-dame-of-acting

BOOKS A chat with author Kathryn Sermak on Bette Davis, the grande dame of acting - Kathryn Sermak was the personal assistant to Bette Davis in the final decade of the celebrated actress's life. Hired at 23, Sermak found a mentor in the 71 year old Davis who eventually considered her more than an assistant, but also a confidant, a friend, and a stepdaughter. Twenty-eight years after the actress's passing, Sermak has released Miss D & ...


Joffrey-choreography-winners-announced

Joffrey choreography winners announced - The Joffrey Academy of Dance, the official school of The Joffrey Ballet, has announced the recipients of the eighth annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition: Telmo Moreira, Omar RomÃn De JesÃs, Claudia Schreier and Luis Vazquez. This announcement followed a national call for African, Latino( a ), Asian, Arab and Native American artists to submit applications, which began in June. The ...


A-Squared-arts-festival-Nov-9-12

A-Squared arts festival Nov. 9-12 - Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave., is presenting the second edition of the A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival—co-produced in partnership with Links Hall Curatorial residents A-Squared Theatre ( Hope Kim, Cary Shoda, and Giau Truong )—on Nov. 9-12. Co-presented by A-Squared Theatre, Asian Improv aRts Midwest and Links Hall, the A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival will feature contemporary ...


OUT-FRONT-seeks-play-submissions

OUT FRONT seeks play submissions - About Face Theatre is seeking play submissions for its OUT FRONT Series, an annual line-up of workshops and readings of new and developmental works exploring LGBTQIA themes. This season's theme, "Babes on Stage," will showcase on-the-rise LGBTQ+ women-identified playwrights. Readings will begin in spring 2018. To apply for the OUT FRONT Series, e-mail full scripts and bios to literary@aboutfacetheatre.com with ...


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Lyric holding 'Superstar' auditions - Lyric Opera of Chicago will hold auditions for dancer/singers for the 2017-18 season production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. Auditions will be held Dec. 2-4, and the deadline for registration is Monday, Nov. 20, at 5 p.m. CT. For more information about this production and to submit for these auditions, email a resume ...


Elton-John-to-release-greatest-hits-collection

Elton John to release greatest-hits collection - Elton John announced that Diamonds will be released Friday, Nov. 10, through UMe. Diamonds is the ultimate greatest hits collection from John; it will be available on as a one-, two- or three-CD limited edition box set; two-LP heavy-weight gatefold vinyl; and digital formats. The three-CD limited edition box set contains 34 tracks over two discs, plus 17 bonus tracks ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Jonny Pierce: Marching to the beat of his own Drum - The indie band The Drums have an all-American sound that continues to be smooth and catchy. Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham formed the band through a longtime friendship. After releasing a self-titled album, the group gained a great deal of attention and was the most Shazam-ed band of 2009, and has supported such groups as Florence and the Machine and ...


Web-series-Brujos-to-premiere-Nov-9

Web series 'Brujos' to premiere Nov. 9 - The web series Brujos will have its world premiere at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St., on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7-11 p.m. Open TV, Full Spectrum Features and Cinema Libertad will present this original series that follows the lives of four gay Latino grad students ( who are also witches ) as they try and ...


Unabridged-to-host-essayists-Nov-9

Unabridged to host essayists Nov. 9 - Essayist David Lazar will be launching his third collection, I'll Be Your Mirror: Essays and Aphorisms ( Nebraska ) at Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N. Broadway, on Thursday, Nov. 9, 7-8 p.m. Lazar considers death, sex, bowling, popular music and the essay in this latest book. Also appearing will be Toni Nealie, author of The Miles Between Us ( Curbside Splendor ...


Homocore-marks-25th-anniversary

Homocore marks 25th anniversary - On Nov. 2-4, founders Joanna Brown and Mark Freitas marked the 25th anniversary of the founding of Homocore Chicago with a three-day retrospective exhibit at Defibrillator Gallery, 1463 W. Chicago Ave. The exhibit included rare photographs, vintage zines, live performances, film screenings from past concert events and a closing-night party featuring DJ Larissa. In November 1992, Freitas and Brown launched ...


Woman-Made-Gallery-marks-25-years-new-location

Woman Made Gallery marks 25 years, new location - For 25 years, Chicago's Woman Made Gallery ( WMG ) has been staging a revolution. While this gallery, focused on showing, selling, and celebrating woman-made art, shouldn't be anything radical, the women of WMG emphasize that art produced by women continues to be pushed aside in favor of art produced by men. "It's not shown as much, it's not sold ...


Untold-Tales-of-Armistead-Maupin-to-premiere-on-Independent-Lens-Jan-1

Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin to premiere on Independent Lens Jan. 1 - From a press release - ( San Francisco, CA ) —Jennifer M. Kroot's The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, winner of an Audience Award at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, premieres on Independent Lens, Monday, January 1, 2018, 10:30PM ET ( check local listings ) on PBS. The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin examines the life and work of one of the world's most beloved ...







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