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Some Tito's recipes for Pride - From a press release - Tito's American Mule INGREDIENTS — 1.5 oz Tito's Handmade Vodka — 0.5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice — 3 oz ginger beer INSTRUCTIONS Fill a chilled copper mug with ice. Add Tito's Handmade Vodka, fresh lime juice, and ginger beer. GARNISH Lime wedge or wheel Tito's Greyhound INGREDIENTS — 1.5 oz Tito's Handmade Vodka — 3 oz fresh grapefruit juice ...


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'Lives: Visible' film June 23, 28 at Siskel - Lives:Visible—the new film by Chicagoan Michelle Citron that looks at the working-class butch/fem world of pre-Stonewall Chicago, and the film-based snapshot that recorded everyday 20th-century life—will run at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., on Friday, June 23, 8 p.m. and Wed., June 28, 8:15 p.m. Citron will be at both screenings. The filmmaker, whose 1984 meta-documentary ...


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Journey To The Center Of Pride at Annoyance Theater after the Pride Parade - From a press release - Chicago - Get ready for another adventure with eclectic Chicago nightlife collective IT Presents ( Abhijeet, An Authentic Skid Mark, Ariel Zetina, Bon Bon, Eda Yorulmazoglu, Imp Queen and Scott Cramer ) this Pride at IT Presents: Journey To The Center Of Pride on Sunday, June 25th at the Annoyance Theater, 851 W. Belmont Ave. The event takes place after ...


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Biker-club play through June 28 - A new play inspired by the real-life biker club The Sirens of NYC ( the biker gang that leads the Pride Parade in NYC each year ), Gorilla Tango's The Valkyries: Badasses on Bikes is a story concerning queer and trans characters forming their own biker club. "Valkyries" is running Wednesdays at 8 p.m. through June 28 at Gorilla Tango ...


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THEATER REVIEW Pass Over - Playwright: Antoinette Nwandu. At: Steppenwolf Theatre Upstairs, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: ( 312 ) 335-1650 or Steppenwolf.org; $20-$89. Runs through: July 9 Oh, dear. What to write about Steppenwolf Theatre's world premiere of Antoinette Nwandu's Pass Over after all the furor over its initial critical reception? I know I have to choose my words carefully. A review by Chicago ...


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Spotlight on Gaywatch - GayCo Productions, Chicago's oldest LGBTQ sketch comedy troupe, presents Gaywatchto celebrate Pride month. The entirely improvised comedy shows are built upon audience suggestions and stories shared by two special guests. Life coach Ali FitzSimmons is featured on Friday night, while GayCo co-founder ( and actor, director, writer and teacher ) Andy Eninger appears on Saturday night in what could be ...


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LGBTQ drama through July 16 - Cor Theater will present the Midwest premiere of the LGBTQ drama Late Company through July 16 at The Buena ( Pride Arts Center ), 4147 N. Broadway. Jessica Fisch will stage the first Chicago production of this new work by Canadian playwright, director and filmmaker Jordan Tannahill. Late Company is set in Chicago's North Shore, and focuses on LGBTQ youth ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER 'The King and' Kavin Panmeechao - Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I continues to captivate audiences decades after premiering back in 1951. The classic musical tells the story of Anna, a British schoolteacher, and her relationship with the king of Siam. This current touring version won four Tonys in 2015 including Best Revival of a Musical. Kavin Panmeechao plays the role of Lun Tha on ...


CRITICSPICKS

CRITICS'PICKS - Great Expectations, Silk Road Rising and Remy Bumppo Theatre at Chicago Temple, through July 2. Victorian Brits may all look alike to us Yanks, but when you move the locale to colonial-era India, there's no mistaking what Dickens was talking about. MSB Her Majesty's Will, Lifeline Theatre, through July 16. Thrilling action sequences enhance this madcap buddy-comedy set in 16th-century ...


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THEATER REVIEW Native Gardens - Playwright: Karen Zacarias. At: Victory Gardens Theater at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $15-$60. Runs through: July 2 History provides ample testimony to wars arising over initially trivial differences, so we shouldn't be surprised when our own citizens amplify petty squabbles into full-out conflicts requiring vast investments of time, expense and even violence to resolve. The two couples ...


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THEATER REVIEW Bette Davis Ain't for Sissies - Playwright: Jessica Sherr. At: Velvet Fox Productions at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: $24-$34. Runs through: July 2 It was a blunder to be remembered throughout cinema history. On the night of the 1939 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards presentations, the evening edition of the Los Angeles Times published the names of the winners in ...


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St. Sukie de la Croix novel out in July - St. Sukie de la Croix will release the novel The Blue Spong and the Flight from Mediocrity in July. The work is described in a press release as "a humorous historical fantasy that showcases the follies of heteronormative, misogynistic, repressive life." de la Croix is a writer and photographer most widely known for his book Chicago Whispers: A History of ...


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Pride North Festival, Sun., June 25 - Rainbows and revelers return to Rogers Park this year for the 2017 Pride North Festival, billed as "the Northside's largest neighborhood Pride party." The festival takes place along the block of N. Glenwood Ave., between Morse Ave. and Lunt Ave., in the Glenwood Arts District. This year's event promises two stages with DJs and three dancefloors. Following is a full ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Well, I hope he doesn't, because I won't perform if he does. Because I hate the motherfucker. How's that?"—Patti LuPone, when asked on the Tony Awards' red carpet why President Trump should come see the show she's in, War Paint. She was then asked why she wouldn't perform for him. You don't ask LuPone a question if you ain't ready ...


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Pet Shop Boys to release 'Catalogue: 1985-2012' - Pet Shop Boys ( PSB ) will release Catalogue: 1985-2012, a special series of reissues that will include of all their studio albums released on Parlophone. This definitive edition will feature each album from the duo's discography on the label, remastered and accompanied by "further listening" albums of master quality bonus tracks and demos created in the same period of ...


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Gender JUST double feature June 23 - Gender JUST will be camping out at the Chicago Freedom School, 719 S. State St., and showing back-to-back screenings of masterpieces of radical queer cinema from directors Eric A. Stanley and Chris Vargas on Friday, June 23, 5:30-9 p.m. The organization will be screening the anti-marriage extravaganza Homotopia ( 2007, 27 min. ) and its anti-prison sequel Criminal Queers ( ...


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BOOKS 'Ghosts of St. Vincent's': A talk with Tom Eubanks - Tom Eubanks was born in Libertyville and always knew he was different growing up in Mundelein. In 1985, at age 18, he headed to New York for school and had a solid taste of the New York club scene of the mid-late 1980s. When Eubanks discovered he was HIV-positive and had only two T-cells remaining, his life changed dramatically. Instead ...


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BOOKS 'In Bed' with activist Anne-christine d'Adesky - It's hard to describe The Pox Lover: An Activist's Decade in New York and Paris, the newest book by award-winning journalist Anne-christine d'Adesky—one of the founders of the Lesbian Avengers, a direct-action group that created the Dyke March. The book contains sharp critiques of political figures, historical facts, investigations into her own family history, and a look at how those ...


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Entire 'Boystown' series to be released - Boystown series author Jake Biondi has announced that he is re-launching his entire book series with an entirely new look just ahead of the release of his seventh Boystown book on Friday, July 7. Biondi will unveil the new covers one at a time beginning in June. Biondi has teamed with designer Anna Crosswell of Cover Couture to create Boystown's ...


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Milly's Orchid Show '29 Years and Holdin' July 29 - Milly's Orchid Show celebrates its "29 Years and Holdin'" anniversary show at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., on Saturday, July 29, at 8 p.m. The show will feature Brigid Murphy as host Milly May Smithy and band Expo 76. Some of the other acts slated to be featured include Blue Man Group, Karol Kent's Cubs trilogy, Paula Killen, ...


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MUSIC Taylor Bennett on Urban Outfitters, hip-hop and more - By Tarina Hargrays - "It's not easy but it's always important to be yourself and know yourself; Have a solid and concrete understanding of who you are." This is what Chicago native and rapper, Taylor Bennett told Windy City Times is the key to owning your identity. The rapper recently came out as bisexual and since then has become the spokesperson for Urban Outfitters' ...


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'Mamby' names 2017 artists - Mamby on the Beach—advertised as "Chicago's only beachside summer music festival"—has announced the artist line-up for the festival, which will take place June 24-25 of Oakwood Beach. Some of the slated acts include MGMT, Local Natives, Walk the Moon, Cut Copy, Thundercat, Ravyn Lenae, BJ the Chicago Kid, Phoebe Ryan, Sir the Baptist and Windy City Soul Club. See MambyBeach.com; ...


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TELEVISION Jason Matheson: Aiming to make it big - If Jason Matheson gets his wish, all eyes of the nation will be on him. Matheson is the openly gay host of The Jason Show, a Minnesota-based syndicated series that is middle of a four-week test run in four cities, including Chicago. The show aims to educate as well as entertain—although not necessarily in the traditional way. ( Who knew ...


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ATC play explores Kerrigan/Harding - American Theater Company ( ATC ) concludes its 32nd season with the world premiere of Dan Aibel's T., an exploration of the competitive ice-skating saga involving Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. Margot Bordelon directs a cast featuring Guy Massey ( Al ), Leah Raidt ( T. ), ensemble member Tyler Ravelson ( Jeff ), Kelli Simpkins ( Joanne ) and ...


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Art expo announces DuSable tie-in - 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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Lady Gaga at Wrigley on Aug. 25 - Lady Gaga will be traveling the globe with the "Joanne" world tour starting Aug. 1 in Vancouver and Sept. 22 in Barcelona with a series of concert dates throughout Europe and the United Kingdom before returning to North America in November and December. Among Gaga's North American stops are Chicago's Wrigley Field on Aug. 25, Montreal's Bell Centre on Sept. 4, Philadelphia's Wells ...


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Michelle Shocked in town this summer - Controversial singer Michelle Shocked will perform three shows at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., this summer. The performances form what's being called a "trilogy residency," with shows focused on the albums Short Sharped Shocked ( June 27 ), Captain Swing ( Juy 27 ) and Arkansas Traveler ( Aug. 23 ). Shocked initially acquired a large lesbian following in ...


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Gay artist's works at MOCA Cleveland - Gay artist Keith Mayerson is holding his first solo museum exhibtion, "Keith Mayerson: My American Dream," at the Museum of Contemporary Art ( MOCA ) Cleveland until Sunday, Sept. 17. According to MOCA's website, "Mayerson offers a distinctive view of the American Dream at a critical moment in our sociopolitical landscape. Presenting more than 100 paintings from a twenty-year body ...


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Lookingglass ED Kraft to exit - Lookingglass Theatre Company announced that Rachel Kraft has decided to step down as executive director after 12 years with the company. She will remain at Lookingglass through the end of the calendar year as the company searches for a successor. Kraft has been the executive director of Lookingglass Theatre since September 2005. During her tenure, the company and its ensemble ...


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'Nuns in Charge' through July 16 - Vicki Quade—the creator and co-author of Late Nite Catechism—is bringing back the comedy Put the Nuns in Charge! through July 16 at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. The show features the character of Mother Superior, a no-nonsense nun out to teach the seven deadly sins of bad behavior. According to a press release, Quade calls the show ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes - Written by: David Cerda. Directed by: Shade Murray. At: Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets: HandbagProductions.org: $16-20. Runs through: July 12 Hell in a Handbag productions presents The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, starring recent Jeff honoree David Cerda as the acerbic Dorothy, Ed Jones as the bubble-headed Rose, AJ Wright as the oversexed Blanche and Adrian Hadlock as ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Kaitlin Webster: Who's the edgy one now? - by Joanna Furnans - Kaitlin Webster did not necessarily stand out as the "edgy one" among her cohort at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. But in 2011, when she made a trip to Chicago to audition for four of the most prominent dance companies in the city, she quickly realized how dissimilar she was from the other female dancers. "I was taller ...


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'Two Queens' preview at Reunion June 27 - On Tuesday, June 27, Open TV-beta will host the first public preview of the second season of Two Queens in a Kitchen ( #2QIK ), a cooking show featuring Chicago's queens and queers discussing family, home, politics, culture and art while making healthful snacks. The event will take place at Reunion Chicago, 2557 W. North Ave., 7-10 p.m. RSVP at ...


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Art expo announces DuSable tie-in - 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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Kathy Bates to headline Oct. 2 event - Kathy Bates, an Academy Award-winning actress ( Misery ) and two-time cancer survivor, will headline the 2017 Fall Benefit Luncheon hosted by the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation ( LSCRF ). The event will be Monday, Oct. 2, at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., at 11 a.m. To purchase tickets or for sponsorship information, visit LynnSage.org/event/fall-benefit-luncheon. Proceeds will ...


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The Golden Girls, The Lot Episodes, extended through Aug. 26 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 20, 2017 ) — Thank you for being a friend, indeed! Due to popular demand Hell in a Handbag Productions' campy world premiere THE GOLDEN GIRLS — THE LOST EPISODES is adding six additional weeks of performances, extending through August 26, 2017 at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. The campy parody of ...


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Entertainment news: Male model comes out, Laverne Cox, Mariah Carey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Model/fashion and lifestyle blogger Carl Cunard as come out as gay, Queerty noted. On his YouTube channel in a video entitled "Coming Out The Real Me," the 26-year-old Brit describes the first time he realized he was gay, his first relationship with a man ( with a guy who was 18 years older than him ), and how he came ...


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'Dance Divas' being revived - After more than a decade, Chicago Dancers United ( CDU ) is reviving "Dance Divas" as the kickoff party for Dance for Life Chicago 2017. Two performances take place Tuesday, June 20, at 8 and 10 p.m. at the famed female impersonation nightclub the Baton Show Lounge, 436 N. Clark St. Upon arrival, guests have an opportunity to "Bid on ...


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THEATER REVIEW Naked Boys Singing! - Playwright: conceived by Robert Shrock, with music & lyrics by various artists. At: Eclectic Full Contact Theater Company at Theater Wit, 1229 N. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $25-$30. Runs through: July 1 The six males referenced in the title of this musical revue sing—quite capably, too. It's likewise true that the ensemble of physically diverse players—lissome or cuddlesome, bear-hairy or baby-bottom ...


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THEATER REVIEW Her Majesty's Will - Playwright: Adapted by Robert Kauzlaric, from the novel by David Blixt. At: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: $40. Runs through: July 16 Some say it all began in 1973 with the novel The Princess Bride, some in 1998 with Shakespeare in Love, and yet others attribute the revival of the sword-and-cloak literary genre to theatrical combat designers weary ...


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THEATER REVIEW Ragtime - Playwright: Terrence McNally; music, Stephen Flaherty; lyrics, Lynn Ahrens. At: Griffin Theatre at The Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 866-811-4111; Griffintheatre.com; $39. Runs through: July 16 Ragtime is among the most musically powerful and deeply felt Broadway shows ever written. It's also huge ... or has been until now. This production unveils a "smaller" Ragtime, performed by a 20-person ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Bullying blame - At the age of 23, gay Canadian playwright Jordan Tanahill wrote his play Late Company from a place of great anger. Back in 2012, following a spate of LGBTQ teenage suicides in North America, the conservative party in Canada released an "It Gets Better" video encouraging LGBTQ youth to seek out help. "It felt like such a cynical ploy in ...


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New CSO album out June 16 - The Chicago Symphony Orchestra ( CSO ) is releasing its eighth recording with Music Director Riccardo Muti on its own CSO Resound label—Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor ( $19.99 )—worldwide via retail and online outlets on June 16. The recording is also available now for pre-order online via Amazon, iTunes, ArkivMusic and The Symphony Store. The CSO's commercial ...


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'Evan Hansen' prevails at Tonys - With no juggernaut like Hamilton sweeping the Tonys this year, the awards were dispersed among more productions during this year's ceremony, held June 11 at Radio City Music Hall. Dear Evan Hansen was the night's biggest winner, with six awards. Among them were Best Musical, Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for Ben Platt, and Best Actress ...


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NUNN ON ONE Alexandra Billings talks 'Transparent,' tunes and Caitlyn - Alexandra Billings grew up performing in Chicago and recently returned to make an appearance at the Steppenwolf gala. Theater credits in Illinois include The Bailiwick Theater, Light Opera Works and Court Theatre. She has won a Joseph Jefferson Award and five After Dark Awards, and was a artistic associate for About Face Theatre. Now living in Hollywood, she has achieved ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - Aladdin, Cadillac Palace Theatre, through Sept. 10. This national tour is a corporate Disney product, no doubt. But most audiences nostalgic for the blockbuster 1992 animated feature probably won't care since Aladdin delivers as a wowing, big-budget stage spectacle. SCM King Liz, Windy City Playhouse, through July 16. Even self-made monarchs can succumb to hubris and ambition. Chuck Smith directed ...


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THEATER REVIEW Pilgrims - Playwright: Claire Kiechel. At: The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-283-7071 or TheGiftTheatre.org; $30-$40. Runs through: July 30 Claire Kiechel's world-premiere play Pilgrims is billed as a sci-fi drama. But its core is a gripping mystery between two strangers hinging on shifting male-female power dynamics. The two principal characters are "The Soldier" ( a hulking and often menacing ...


-Aging-Gracelessly-50-Shades-of-Fay-at-Center-on-Halsted-July-9

Aging Gracelessly: 50 Shades of Fay! at Center on Halsted July 9 - From a press release - Aging Gracelessly: 50 Shades of Fay! on stage July 9 at the Center on Halsted After touring the East Coast with her one-woman show Aging Gracelessly:50 Shades of Fay, humorist Fay Jacobs will make her Chicago debut July 9, for one show only, at the Center on Halsted. Fay will be onstage in Chicago following shows at the famed Duplex ...


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Entertainment: Cher, Wanda Sykes, 'Guardians' star, Scissor Sisters - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A musical based on Cher's life is slated to debut on Broadway in 2018, Rolling Stone reported. The singer confirmed the news on her Twitter account. "Just got off phone w/Writer & Director of musical," Cher wrote. "There will [be] performance in theatre with actors, dancers, singers!! It'll be on Broadway 2018." News of a possible musical production tracing Cher's ...


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Theater Spotlight on SHADE: An ACTUALLY Diverse Comedy Show - Standup comedians of color and/or who self-identify within the LGBTQI acronym make up the performers featured in SHADE: An ACTUALLY Diverse Comedy Show. SHADE: An ACTUALLY Diverse Comedy Show plays at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at Steppenwolf Theatre's 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St. Tickets are $15; call 312-335-1650 or visit Steppenwolf.org. Caption: Comedian Peter Kim is featured in ...


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TELEVISION Harry Shum Jr. talks motivation, 'Shadowhunters' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On the Freeform ( formerly ABC Family ) show Shadowhunters—loosely based on Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments—the title beings protect regular humans from demons ( also called "Downworlders" ). Glee alum Harry Shum Jr. plays Magnus Bane, a centuries-old bisexual warlock who is currently in a relationship with Alec, a fighter played by Matthew Daddario. Shum talked about the show, ...


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BENT NIGHTS Perfume Genius; Serpentwithfeet - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - With the release of Learning ( Matador Records, 2010 ), Perfume Genius ( a.k.a. Michael Hadreas ) established himself as a troubled sensitive queer singer songwriter involved with melancholy and despair. Those traits—queerness, melancholy and despair—got him lumped in with the likes of Boy George, Sam Smith and Rufus Wainwright while creating a brand-new stereotype: sad-eyed gay guy with an ...


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COMEDY Kate Willett talks about heart of 'Glass' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kate Willett's debut comedy album, Glass Gutter, covers topics ranging from feminism to conspiracy theories to polyamorous clowns. Among many other accomplishments, Willett has toured with Margaret Cho, been featured on "This is Not Happening" on Comedy Central, and been named a top "Artist to Watch in 2016" by SF Weekly. Windy City Times: What are you most excited about ...


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MOVIES 'Real Boy' spotlights transgender boy's family journey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In 2012, director and producer, Shaleece Haas chronicled the journey of Bennett Wallace, a then-19-year-old transgender teen and his mother, Suzy. In the documentary film Real Boy, mother and son navigate through their relationship, his gender-reassignment surgery and Suzy's eventual acceptance of her trans son. Haas talked with Windy City Times about the family dynamics, the challenges of making the ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I'm coming out...no, wait...I'm going into makeup."—Kevin Spacey sings from Sunset Boulevard during his Tony Awards opening number. There were quite a few "coming out" jokes. P.S. He didn't. As cities around the country are poised to celebrate Gay Pride, Los Angeles eschewed the traditional parade to join in the nationwide Resist March. While I can appreciate the sentiment, why ...


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Chicago Pride Fest 2017: Full entertainment schedule - Chicago Pride Fest returns to Boystown Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18, for another weekend filled with sun, fun and world-class entertainment. This year's headliners are '80s pop diva Taylor Dayne and dance pioneer Kristine W. The festival takes place on North Halsted St. from Addison St. to Grace St. There will be a $10 suggested donation. Pride Fest ...


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Dan Savage in Chicago June 15 - Dan Savage returns to the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., for a live taping of the Savage Lovecast on Thursday, June 15, at 8 p.m. There will be special guests, such as comedian Kristen Toomey. Savage is an author, a sex-advice columnist, a podcaster, a pundit, and a public speaker. "Savage Love," Dan's sex-advice column, first appeared in ...


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MOVIES Oscar winner Rachel Weisz: On new role, LGBT films - Actress Rachel Weisz has come a long way since her first minor role in 1994's Death Machine. She began staking her claim to big-budget Hollywood with Chain Reaction, a few Mummy movies, About a Boy and The Runaway Jury. She later won an Oscar for her role in The Constant Gardener. In live theater, she revived Design for Living and ...


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MOVIES Matt Wolf aims to tell Bayard Rustin's story - by Jake Edkahl - Matt Wolf is an award-winning filmmaker based out of New York. His most recent work, Bayard & Me, details the story of the late civil-rights activist Bayard Rustin and Rustin's partner, Walter Naegle. Wolf's films have earned recognition at festivals and focus on untold but remarkable stories. His previous projects include, Wild Combination, Teenage, I Am Rebel, The Face of ...


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Queer Film Society series in June - The Queer Film Society, in association with The Chicago Public Library, is presenting "Celebrate Queer Pride Worldide," a free film series examining the lives of LGBTQ people globally ( in honor of Gay Pride month ). The series has free screenings taking place at 6 p.m. ( doors at 5:30 pm ) at various branches of the Chicago Public Library: ...


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


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Retro Pride kickoff features dating game - The Center on Halsted's Women's Action Committee launched this year's Pride season with a retro party on June 9 at the center. One of the highlights was a throwback rendition of The Dating Game. Three bachelorettes and three contestants played for a night out on the town. There were also retro cocktails sure as well as groovy retro beats. Photos ...


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Reunion presents Pride & Power Pride Month events - From a press release - Reunion presents Pride & Power, LGBTQ centered events throughout Pride Month. All events take place at Reunion, 2557 W. North Avenue, a wheelchair accessible space. Tuesday, June 6th & 20th - 10am-5pm COMMUNION: Community Coworking Days - Pride Edition - Free Resource sharing is caring! Get off your couch and come build community at Reunion's open-door bimonthly free ...


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Naked Boys Singing! through July 1 - Join Eclectic Full Contact Theatre this summer and expose yourself to the biggest ( ahem ) show of the season, Naked Boys Singing! A little song, a little dance, a little time without your pants! A show about life, love and manscaping ( Okay, not so much about the last one. ) This show is the perfect blend of sweet ...


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'Piano Men' tribute in Galena June 10 - "Piano Men: A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel," starring Broadway veterans Craig A. Meyer and Donnie Kehr, will take place Saturday, June 10, at 3 and 8 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd in downtown Aurora. The show is an interactive live concert with Meyer and Kehr going "face to face" on stage and channeling ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Bright-Half-Life

THEATER REVIEW Bright Half Life - Playwright: Tanya Barfield. At: About Face Theatre, Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $40, $20 students and seniors. Runs through: July 1 It's hard to say where exactly Tanya Barfield's Bright Half Life starts in terms of time and space. The play's form is that of a deconstructed rom-com, where seminal moments in a couple's history get played, array ...


Theater-Spotlight-on-Youre-Being-Ridiculous-PRIDE

Theater Spotlight on You're Being Ridiculous PRIDE - Real people tell real stories about their lives in a special edition of You're Being Ridiculous: PRIDE. A rotating series of LGBTQ storytellers—including Jerry Nunn, Gloria Allen, Steven Strafford and more—shares tales that are hilarious, tear-inducing or both. You're Being Ridiculous: PRIDE plays at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through June 21, at Steppenwolf Theatre's 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St. Tickets ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - Chicago, Drury Lane Theatre, Oakbrook Terrace, through June 18. For the first professional homegrown production of Kander and Ebb's Broadway hit musical since the 1980s, director William Osetek cleverly takes aim at the media for elevating lying lowlifes to positions of fame and power. SCM Great Expectations, Silk Road Rising and Remy Bumppo Theatre at Chicago Temple, through July 2. ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Parade-

THEATER REVIEW Parade - Playwright: Alfred Uhry ( book ), Jason Robert Brown ( music/lyrics ). At: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe. Tickets: 847-242-6000; WritersTheatre.org; $35-$80. Runs through: July 2 Parade is an exceptional production and vehicle and you should rush to see it, although its dark based-on-fact story is challenging. Parade unfolds in Atlanta just before World War I, where a young ...


THEATER-REVIEW-King-Liz

THEATER REVIEW King Liz - Playwright: Fernanda Coppel. At: Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Rd. Tickets: $15-$55. Runs through: July 16 From the moment that Fernanda Coppel's morality fable opens to reveal a sumptuous office in the corporate headquarters of Candy Agencies, where "It's-good-to-be-king" African-American sports agent Liz Rico and her much-abused assistant, Gabby, are simultaneously issuing orders via Bluetooth, we know that ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Night-Season

THEATER REVIEW The Night Season - Playwright: Rebecca Lenkiewicz. At: Strawdog Theatre Company at the Factory, 1623 W. Howard St. Tickets: $30. Runs through: June 24 "Earth, receive an honored guest/William Yeats is laid to rest"—don't you believe it! Ireland's most lauded export may have died nearly 80 years, but all it takes is the mention of his name to make a household mired down in ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Pulse-becomes-a-choral-response

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT 'Pulse' becomes a choral response - Dr. Eric Esparza knew he had to address the 2016 Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre when was appointed last year to be the new artistic director of Windy City Performing Arts ( WCPA ). Overseeing the umbrella organization to both the Windy City Gay Chorus ( founded in 1979 and one of the oldest gay choral groups in America ) and ...


THEATER-Summer-stock-and-Shakespeare-under-the-stars-

THEATER Summer stock and Shakespeare under the stars - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Summer requires a different approach to theater-going than the other seasons because it boasts dozens of theaters that operate only in the summer—many of them outdoors. All of these theaters beyond the Chicago metro area are within a half-day's drive and are near outstanding vacation attractions. The particular show isn't as important as enjoying a different type of theater experience, ...


TELEVISION-Andy-Cohen-dishes-on-Love-Connection

TELEVISION Andy Cohen dishes on 'Love Connection' - Talk-show host Andy Cohen is expanding his empire. After beginning his career as an intern at CBS News, he became vice president of the cable network Trio. Trio was then bought by Bravo in 2004. He went on to win an Emmy and a Peabody Award as an executive producer for Top Chef and Project Runway, respectively. After hosting Watch ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I find it funny when bullies play the victims. Oops. I spilled my tea."—Demi Lovato's Tweet after Kathy Griffin's mea culpa. I would like to think I don't have to explain the kerfuffle Kathy Griffin caused last week. But, following in the footsteps of Barbara Walters, I feel compelled to recap quickly for the two readers out of the loop. ...







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