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Knight-at-the-Movies-And-So-It-Goes-film-notes-

Knight at the Movies: And So It Goes; film notes - There is precious little in Rob Reiner's latest film—a golden-years romantic comedy titled And So It Goes—that bears any resemblance to real life. The set-up is that all-too-familiar story of opposites ( eventually ) attracting that has long been a staple of Hollywood; a purposely fake world where the two opposites—she, a would-be cabaret singer dressed to the nines, can ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I know a lot of secrets about Andy. I guess the one that would most surprise people is he's a top. Believe me, there's nothing wrong with that. But I'm just saying I think that would surprise people. And I don't know this from personal experience, but from conversations I have had. I mean, it surprised me when I heard ...


Sharmila-through-Aug-9

'Sharmila' through Aug. 9 - Catharsis Productions' Me, My Mom & Sharmila—a one-woman show by Fawzia Mirza—will run at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., on July 24-Aug. 9 at 7:30 p.m. A brief talk-back will follow every performance. See "Me, My Mom & Sharmila at Theatre Wit" on Facebook, contact Cara Thaxton at cara@catharsisproductions.com. ...


Next-Theatre-facing-eviction

Next Theatre facing eviction - Facing more than $76,000 in back rent, the Next Theatre Company in Evanston, Illinois, will be forced to leave its current home at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center following the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, according to The Chicago Tribune. Next Theatre, an Equity company that helped give life to the Off-Broadway musical Adding Machine, has been in residence at ...


Paul-Oakley-Stovall-no-Qualms-about-Steppenwolf-show

Paul Oakley Stovall: no 'Qualms' about Steppenwolf show - NUNN ON ONE: THEATER - Steppenwolf Theatre Company has a brand-new show titled The Qualms, and one actor in the cast is playing for our team. Paul Oakley Stovall has built quite an impressive resume over the years. He was last seen in Steppenwolf's Words on Fire. He earned a Jeff nomination for Play On! His Off-Broadway credits include Dessa Rose and Notebooks of Leonardo ...


The-Qualms

The Qualms - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Bruce Norris. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20-$86. Runs through: Aug. 31 At a well-planned sex party—or just about any kind of party, for that matter—there is an understanding that you don't have to engage in sex, but are free to enjoy the occasion in whatever manner you wish. At poorly-planned sex parties, ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - Checking Boxes, About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble at Austin Town Hall, then Willye White Park, through Aug. 1. Playwright and poet Shannon Matesky teams with the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble for a thoughtful and multifaceted look at immigration and the dangers faced by workers who come out as undocumented. SCM Dead Man's Cell Phone, The Enthusiasts at Athenaeum Theatre, ...


Men-Should-Weep

Men Should Weep - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Ena Lamont Stewart. At: Griffin Theatre Company at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: 1-866-811-4111; www.griffintheatre.com; $35. Runs through: Aug. 10 Written in 1947, Men Should Weep is set a decade earlier in a Glasgow, Scotland, slum tenement. Its author was a smart literary cookie almost certainly familiar with the dramas of Dublin slum life written 25 years ...


The-Beverly-Hillbillies-The-Musical

The Beverly Hillbillies: The Musical - THEATER REVIEW - Playwrights: David Rogers and Amanda Rogers; Songwriter: Gregg Opelka. At: Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana. Tickets: 219-836-3255 or www.theatreatthecenter.com; $40-$44. Runs through: Aug. 10 Many theater aficionados bemoan how so many new musicals are adaptations of films with household names. So you can guess how negatively they might react to the news that the 1960s TV ...


Othello

Othello - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: William Shakespeare. At: Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-283-7071; www.thegifttheatre.org; $20-$35. Runs through: Aug. 24 Shakespeare never tells us how ethnically diverse the Venetian army was before an African soldier named Othello distinguished himself honorably in the war with Turkey for possession of Cyprus, but the recognition granted this valiant warrior would probably have stirred rancor among ...


Theater-Spotlight-LezFest-A-One-Night-Fling

Theater Spotlight: LezFest: A One Night Fling - Pride Films and Plays' upcoming Women's Words Week fundraising revue, LezFest: A One Night Fling, produced by Libby Lane and Chrystle Morman, features performances by Christy Hasselson ( 2006 winner of Windy City Gay Idol ), storyteller Lauren Sivak, slam poet and playwright Shannon Matesky, vocalist Liz Pazik, comedian Shanna Brown and more. LezFest: A One Night Fling is at ...


Jessie-Mueller-makes-good-on-Broadway

Jessie Mueller makes good on Broadway - SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT - There's no doubt that when Jessie Mueller won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the title role of the Broadway jukebox show Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, her entire Evanston family of talented actors was overflowing with pride and admiration. The same could also be said for local theater fans who had seen Mueller triumph ...


Hard-Choices

Hard Choices - BOOK REVIEW - by Hillary Rodham Clinton. $35; Simon & Schuster; 635 pages   You may have already made up your mind. Political ads have barely started appearing on TV, but you already have an inkling of your future choice. Sure, there are a few important questions you'd like answered from the candidate who gets your vote; for the most part, though, you've ...


Events-July-23--Wed-July-30

Events July 23 - Wed., July 30 - Wed., July 23 Miss Gay Illinois America Pageant Theme: Intergalactic. Closed state pageant. Apply online. Winner $3,025.00 in cash and prizes, runners up also win cash and prizes. 12:00pm Ramada Ballroom 6900 N. Illinois Fairview Heights, IL 62208 314-484-5580 http://www.missgayamerica.com/preliminaries/Illinois.htm Tickets: http://www.missgayamerica.com/contactus.htm Trans Youth Resources and Advocacy Youth Drop-In Center Every Wednesday, safe, confidential place for transgender people between the ...


Sugar-Spice-Taxim-

Sugar & Spice: Taxim - On his recent visit to Chicago, my wife's uncle, a former food critic and discerning Los Angeles foodie, requested that we dine at Taxim. Not only did this man live for a bit in Athens, but whatever city he finds himself in, he knows how to find great meals with the precision of a Tomahawk missile. So, I knew before ...


Dining-news-RIVAs-Bloody-Mary-bar-restaurant-awards

Dining news: RIVA's Bloody Mary bar; restaurant awards - —Navy Pier's RIVA Crab House announces a new brunch menu available every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m.-3 p.m. ( Items include steak and eggs, stuffed French toast and a pork belly benny in addition to Riva signature items like oysters, calamari and lobster corn bisque. ) Also, there is a Bloody Mary Bar that ranges in price from $8 ...


ICAH-art-installation-brings-beauty-social-messages

ICAH art installation brings beauty, social messages - Art can please the eye and/or illuminate and educate. Youth from the Illinois Caucus on Adolescent Health ( ICAH ) gathered in the courtyard of University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., to create beautiful messages through art, some of which they left behind after the event. Some of their creations brightened the sanctuary the following Sunday; others are being displayed ...


An-Evening-of-Magic-to-benefit-AFC

'An Evening of Magic' to benefit AFC - From the front window of Patrick Livingston's apartment, visitors can glimpse the ornate facade of the Uptown Theatre, which stands eight stories tall and closed its doors to regular audiences in 1981. The theater is the largest movie palace in the United States, boasting more interior space then Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and many famous magicians ...


The-Dinner-Party-holds-Taste-of-Chicago-special

The Dinner Party holds Taste of Chicago special - The Dinner Party went on the road on July 10th to Grant Park, as a special addition to the Taste of Chicago. Guests were famed Chicago actor, George Wendt ( Norm of "Cheers" and the longstanding "Superfan" on Saturday Night Live, Social Media Host of Windy City Live, Ji Suk Yi, Tony Award Nominee, Felicia Fields, Michelin Star Chef, Andrew ...


GLAADs-Vito-Russo-Test-Offensive-film-content-from-largest-studios-

GLAAD's Vito Russo Test: Offensive film content from largest studios - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA, Tuesday, July 22, 2014 —GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) media advocacy organization, today released its second annual Studio Responsibility Index ( SRI ), a report that maps the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT people in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios during the 2013 calendar ...


Dustin-Lance-Black-plane-scare-Quinto-movie-news-NeNe-vs-Wendy

Dustin Lance Black plane scare; Quinto movie news; NeNe vs. Wendy - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dustin Lance Black—the openly gay screenwriter who won as Oscar for his work on the film Milk—has been hired to adapt Paramount TV's event series Lindbergh, based on A. Scott Berg's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the same name, according to Deadline. Berg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Killoran and Kevin McCormick will produce the project. The story of Charles Lindbergh—both in his ...


Chicago-Theatre-Week-expands-in-2015

Chicago Theatre Week expands in 2015 - From a press release - ChChicago, July 21, 2014—Due to overwhelming success, Chicago Theatre Week is expanding in 2015. The upcoming celebration of the rich tradition of theatre-going in Chicago is returning for its third year and will take place February 12 — 22, 2015, spanning a week and two full weekends for the first time. More than 100 productions are expected to participate as ...


Tony-Tripoli-tag-teams-with-The-Cabaret-Project

Tony Tripoli tag-teams with The Cabaret Project - NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Comedian Tony Tripoli is leaving L.A. behind for the Windy City this month. Reality shows have been his home with appearances on Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, and Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best? He's a staff writer for Fashion Police and was previously on The Dish for the Style Network. His stand-up act finally arrives with a ...


MUSIC-Trans-singer-Ty-Nic-releases-Who-I-Am

MUSIC Trans singer Ty Nic releases 'Who I Am' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ty Nic isn't your typical college student. Currently studying business at the College of DuPage, Nic plans on earning a certificate in audio engineering after graduation. But his aspirations aren't what make Nic atypical; he is a 20-year-old transgender singer who just released his first single "Who I Am" off his freshman studio album, My Journey. Since his junior year ...


MUSIC-Jay-Brannan-Queer-and-folk

MUSIC Jay Brannan: Queer and folk - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Judging from the comments on Jay Brannan's YouTube channel, the Manhattan-based, openly queer singer-songwriter doesn't have many haters. He also may have the 2006 film Shortbus to thank for the international fan base he has accrued: On his May 2014 posting of a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide," one of the comments reads: "not to take anything away from a ...


Indigo-Girls-joining-Nettles-Aug-29-in-Aurora

Indigo Girls joining Nettles Aug. 29 in Aurora - Amy Ray and Emily Saliers—a.k.a. the Indigo Girls—have joined the Chicago-area stop of the That Girl Tour which includes singer/songwriter Brandy Clark and headliner Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles. The That Girl Tour plays RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, on Friday, Aug. 29. The park opens at 5:30 p.m. Brandy Clark takes the stage at 7 p.m., followed by the Indigo ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Bound-for-Broadway

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Bound for Broadway - The Last Ship recently set sail from its world-premiere run at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre, and it already has Broadway on its radar for this fall. Hopefully the creators of The Last Ship will have listened to Chicago audiences' reactions to their show ( and that all of the show's book problems will have been ironed out by the ...


Andy-Cohen-on-show-Stevie-Nicks-Robbie-Rogers-TV-series

Andy Cohen on show; Stevie Nicks; Robbie Rogers TV series - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bravo's Andy Cohen recently talked with TV Guide about his show Watch What Happens Live, which is marking its fifth year. Among the things Cohen said is that he feels he can go places nobody else can when interviewing friends such as Kelly Ripa; that he loved Martha Stewart talked about having a threesome and sexting; and that Lady Gaga ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Dead-Mans-Cell-Phone

THEATER REVIEW Dead Man's Cell Phone - Playwright: Sarah Ruhl. At: The Enthusiasts at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6875; www.athenaeumtheatre.org; $20. Runs through: July 27 There's this guy in a café, you see, who quietly dies in his chair, and then his cell phone rings. A stranger at the next table answers the noisy device and discovers that it has been rendered ownerless—forever. ...


THEATER-REVIEW-A-Small-Fire

THEATER REVIEW A Small Fire - Playwright: Adam Bock. At: Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn Ave. Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.steeptheatre.com; $20-$22. Runs through: Aug. 16 Don't be fooled by the TV-movie premise. Author Adam Bock's specialty lies in seemingly harmless settings spotted with empty spaces for audiences' imaginations. Theatergoers anticipating a tidy explanation offering insight into the domestic crisis depicted in this curiously unfinished play are hereby ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Checking-Boxes

THEATER REVIEW Checking Boxes - Playwright: Shannon Matesky and the ensemble. At: About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble at various venues. Information: www.aboutfacetheatre.com or www.nightoutintheparks.com; free admission. Runs through: Aug. 1 A night out dancing with friends in Boystown results in disastrous immigration consequences in Checking Boxes, a world premiere piece devised by playwright Shannon Matesky and members of the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble. But ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "His coming-out was followed by a marriage. My marriage was followed by a coming-out."—Arianna Huffington quips after being brought onstage by Neil Patrick Harris at the recent NYC TrevorLIVE. Arianna was being honored with the Trevor Hero Award—presumably because she was married to a gay man and wrote a biography about Maria Callas. My critique of a work is often ...


BOOK-REVIEW-Sally-Ride-Americas-First-Woman-in-Space

BOOK REVIEW Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space - Ny Lynn Sherr, $28; Simon & Schuster; 376 pages And the cow jumped over the moon. You spent many years wondering if that were possible, although countless nursery rhyme books said it was so. Yes, a human could surely go there, but a bovine? Eventually, you learned the truth: men and women can overcome gravity, but cows stay grounded. ...


Out-singer-James-talks-Whitney-Houston-defying-labels

Out singer James talks Whitney Houston, defying labels - MUSIC - Openly gay singer-songwriter Aiden James plays an acoustic guitar and wears his heart on his sleeve. But don't give him the folk-singer label just because of it. The Philadelphia native is the epitome of a one-man band with the ability to play 11 instruments and wrote, arranged, engineered, performed, produced and mixed his latest record Trouble With This. In advance ...


Second-book-in-Boystown-series-released-

Second book in 'Boystown' series released - Author Jake Biondi has released the second book of his Boystown series. The Boystown series began as an online story released in installments, each ending with a cliffhanger. Last November, the first 10 "episodes" were published in book form as Boystown: Season One. Boystown: Season Two is available at retailers such as Chicago's Unabridged Bookstore as well at online at Amazon.com ...


-Wachowskis-to-open-studio-to-benefit-TransLife

Wachowskis to open studio to benefit TransLife - Andy and Lana Wachowski ( the award-winning directors and producers of films such as Cloud Atlas, the Matrix series and V for Vendetta ) are offering the chance to join them at their private, 20,000-square-foot industrial movie production studio in Edgewater—all to benefit Chicago House's TransLife Center. The inaugural event, "TransReelization: An Evening of Film at Kinowerks Studio," will give ...


BENT-NIGHTS-Taste-of-Chicago-wrap-up-Monae-AWOLNATION-

BENT NIGHTS Taste of Chicago wrap-up: Monae, AWOLNATION - The 34th Annual Taste of Chicago will go down in history as an artistic triumph, over all other considerations. The crowds were thinner, the weather was erratic, the main stage attractions were respectable if not stupendous, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel felt safe enough ( politically, at least ) in popping up in the crowd to shake hands and look like ...


Laverne-Cox-on-FREE-CECE-kids-and-uniting-LGBTs

Laverne Cox on 'FREE CECE,' kids and uniting LGBTs - Laverne Cox has changed the world as the first openly transgender person on the cover of Time Magazine this past June. Portraying Sophia Burset on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black has brought her into the computers and living rooms of people everywhere. Cox's latest endeavor is a documentary currently in production called FREE CECE, in which she ...


Spotlight-Shepherds-Daughter-a-Joan-of-Arc-Reimagining

Spotlight: Shepherd's Daughter: a Joan of Arc Reimagining - Was the famous French warrior Joan of Arc a hero? Was she a delusional child? Or does she deserve her status as a truly pious religious martyr? The Paradeigma Collective teams up with The Chicago Mammals to explore all these ideas in Whitney LaMora's new drama Shepherd's Daughter: a Joan of Arc Reimagining, which features many actresses taking on different ...


Brigadoon

Brigadoon - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Alan Jay Lerner ( book & lyrics ), Frederick Loewe ( music ) At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; www.GoodmanTheatre.org/Brigadoon; $25-$98 Runs through: Aug. 17 Take a musical with a wonderful score from Broadway's Golden Era, and sing and play that score beautifully, and you're 80 percent of the way to a hit—and that's Brigadoon at ...


xCRITICS-PICKS

xCRITICS' PICKS - Annapurna, Profiles Theatre Alley Stage, through July 20. This latest duet in the key of kitchen-sink marital reconciliation is elevated beyond its genre by the riveting nuanced performances of Darrell Cox and Lia Mortensen. MSB 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 ...


Lisa-Whelchel-sets-the-Facts-straight-with-new-movie

Lisa Whelchel sets the 'Facts' straight with new movie - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - They taught us the Facts of Life growing up, and now return for a Hallmark movie titled For Better or for Worse. Lisa Welchel ( as Wendy ) and Kim Fields ( as Roseanne ) have reunited onscreen, this time as wedding planners with a new divorce attorney located next door. Business rivals clash and comedy ensues. Lisa Welchel began ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Fred-Willard-returns-to-Second-City

NUNN ON ONE Fred Willard returns to Second City - Extended for on online edition of Windy City Times - Actor and comedian Fred Willard will always be remembered for his improvisational skills. This Is Spinal Tap—along with films like Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration—have cemented that. He went on to such movies as WALL-E and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. His television roles have been numerous, ranging from Laverne & Shirley ...


The-White-Room-with-Laura-Chernicky-at-Gene-Siskel-July-16

The White Room with Laura Chernicky at Gene Siskel July 16 - From a press release - The White Room, a short film by Tom Doherty, wins four awards at the Prairie State Film Fest 2014: Best Director ( Tom Doherty ), Best Actress ( Laura Chernicky ), Best Cinematography ( Jayson Phommavongsa ), and Best Prairie State Film. In The White Room, a young man wakes up trapped in a mysterious white room with no recollection ...


An-Evening-of-Magic-July-26-to-support-AFC

An Evening of Magic July 26 to support AFC - From a press release - Chicago IL — Chicago LGBTQA magicians create one night show to experience wonder with Chicago magicians in the LGBTQA community, the first show of its kind that highlights the work of LGBTQA magicians. Proceeds support AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Staring Chicago Magicians: Eugene Burger- One of the 100 most influential magicians of the 20th century Benjamin Barnes- Chicago native and ...


Book-features-50-prominent-Chicagoans

Book features 50 prominent Chicagoans - From a press release - Any one can leverage life's lessons to achieve greater personal success; find and refine their passions; and achieve goals. The 50 inspirational Chicagoans profiled in Bright Lights of the Second City: 50 Prominent Chicagoans on Living with Passion and Purpose provide a powerful catalyst for jump starting or advancing one's own personal odyssey. The new book Bright Lights of the ...


Gaga-brings-the-goods-to-United-Center-show

Gaga brings the goods to United Center show - Lady Gaga's artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball Tour danced into the United Center July 11—and she brought the goods. Her loyal following dressed for the occasion in outfits complete with plastic bubbles, neon and wigs. It was a safe place for many gay followers of Gaga's style to be themselves. The artist has taken up for the underdog and tackled the ...


The-White-Room-film-heads-to-the-Gene-Siskel-Film-Center

The White Room film heads to the Gene Siskel Film Center - Chernicky nominated for best actress, film nominated for eight awards - From a press release The White Room, a short film by Tom Doherty of Rock Valley College in Rockford IL has received 8 nominations from the Prairie State International Film Festival being held in Chicago, IL this weekend. The film will be shown Saturday, July 12th at 2:30 ( short film block ) at Schurz High School, Assembly Hall 3601 ...


Laverne-Cox-makes-Emmy-history-

Laverne Cox makes Emmy history - Orange gets 12 nods - The 2014 Emmy Awards nominations were announced July 10, and there was a lot of love for various TV series. The overall leader was HBO's Game of Thrones, with 19 nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actress for Lena Headey. The new FX show Fargo (based on the movie) scored 18 nods, American Horror Story: Coven got 17 ...


A-Musical-Tribute-to-the-Andrews-Sisters

A Musical Tribute to the Andrews Sisters - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Concept by David Heimann and Fred Anzevino. At: Theo Ubique Cabaret at No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: 1-800-595-4849; www.theo-u.com; $29-$34. Runs through: Aug. 31 Perhaps the 2013 death of the last survivor of the Andrews Sisters, lead singer Patty, explains why two Andrews Sisters shows currently are running in Chicago, the one reviewed here and also ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - Juno, TimeLine Theatre, through July 27. Marc Blitzstein's rarely seen musical of Sean O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock preserves all O'Casey's brooding tragedy but jettisons much of the character comedy. It's a problem, although this production is beautifully sung, acted, played and staged. JA The Last Ship, Bank America Theatre, through July 13. Sting's robust score, sung by a band ...


DANCIN-FEATS-Kristina-Isabelle-Chicagos-dance-darling

DANCIN' FEATS Kristina Isabelle: Chicago's dance darling - By Lauren Warnecke - Kristina Isabelle, 45, has had a busy schedule since the moment she arrived in Chicago. "I feel good. ... It's been amazing to be here!" she said in an interview with Windy City Times. "The level of dancing and commitment to dancemaking are so strong here, and it's been fun." A native of Columbus, Ohio, Isabelle came to Chicago with ...


Annapurna

Annapurna - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Sharr White. At: Profiles Theatre at the Alley Stage, 4137 N. Broadway. Tickets: 773-549-1815; www.profilestheatre.org; $35-$40. Runs through: July 20 When artists are on a creative roll, they often ignore housekeeping chores and personal hygiene in their quest to concentrate on their work. This may explain why, when we first encounter reclusive emphysema-racked poet Ulysses, he is wearing ...


Get-Your-Hands-Off-Me-Chekhov-Flip-Flop

Get Your Hands Off Me, Chekhov!/ Flip Flop - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Anne and Greg Taubeneck/Ashley Thornton & Andrew Daniels. At: Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-561-4665; www.annoyanceproductions.com; $10. Runs through: July 30 Most comedy nowadays relies on familiarity with current movies and television, but not since the Free Associates disbanded has there been a show geared toward playgoers who spend their leisure time seeing other plays. The syllabus ...


Gay-chorus-seeking-new-director

Gay chorus seeking new director - Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) is currently seeking applicants for a new artistic director to start at the beginning of next year. Current Artistic Director Patrick Sinozich had announced his plan to retire from the chorus this past summer. CGMC is accepting applications currently until July 15. The artistic director is the chief artistic officer of the organization ...


Movie-festival-gives-voice-vision-to-Black-LGBTQ-filmmakers

Movie festival gives voice, vision to Black LGBTQ filmmakers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In the second year since its inception, the Black Alphabet Film Festival ( BAFF ) has found a way to creatively tell the stories of the marginalized. This year's festival, which kicked off its event reception at Circuit Nightclub, showcased a myriad of films to festivalgoers—all with the purpose of empowering Black LGBTQ storytellers. Additional photos at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-07-09&AGALLERY=BlkAkphaWatkins ...


Queer-Ill-and-OK-LGBT-show-focuses-on-illness

Queer, Ill, and OK: LGBT show focuses on illness - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After being diagnosed with HIV two years ago, creative director and artist Joseph Varisco dealt with the news by doing what he loves most: He turned it into art. Starting as an experimental performance project at Links Hall and witnessing a tremendous triumph as a result, he developed the concept into "Queer, Ill, and Okay." After six months of assembling, ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "When we played in the woods, one of them was Kirk, one of them was Spock, one of them was Indiana Jones and I was Wonder Woman, obviously. And they were like, 'You can't block a phaser with bracelets'. But, uh, you can. Plus I had a lasso!"—Cheyenne Jackson talks about growing up and playing with his brother and their ...


July-10-discussion-to-look-at-house-music

July 10 discussion to look at house music - The status of house music will be examined in "Old School/Future Classics," a discussion and group-listening session the Illinois Humanities Council is hosting and which will take place Thursday, July 10, at 7 p.m. at The Silver Room, 1442 N. Milwaukee Ave. Guests include: Craig Loftis ( Grand High Priest ), who has been DJing in the Chicago music scene ...


Knight-at-the-Movies-The-Nance-film-notes

Knight at the Movies: The Nance; film notes - There is a segment in Rick McKay's wonderful documentary Broadway: The Golden Age in which a bevy of renowned actors talk about the most unforgettable performance they've ever seen: Laurette Taylor as Amanda Wingfield in the original 1945 production of The Glass Menagerie. That same reverence has been ascribed to dozens of other one-of-a-kind portrayals in the ensuing decades that ...


Spotlight-Alice

Spotlight: Alice - Anna Rose Il-Epstein recently received the Windy City Times' 30 Under 30 for 2014 ( a honor shared with her wife, Hannah ). Ii-Epstein is also the artistic director of the theater company Nothing Without a Company, which has just revived its 2013 outdoor promenade summer show Alice, a modern-day updating of Lewis Carroll's classic Victorian exercise in witticism and ...


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. 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 ballet and trades in his boxing gloves for dancing shoes. ...


The-Broken-Gay-Folk-Revue

The Broken Gay Folk Revue - THEATER REVIEW - By Michael Gifford and Ross W. Berman IV. At: Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-697-9693 or www.annoyanceproductions.com; $10-$12. Runs through July 31 There are many unanswered questions that The Broken Gay Folk Revue—an hour-long show playing in the sparse Small Theatre of the recently opened Annoyance Theatre in its spacious new Belmont Avenue digs—poses. But damningly, ...


Classic-1990s-gay-novels-back-with-21st-Century-updates

Classic 1990s gay novels back with 21st Century updates - From a press release - Novelist Robert Rodi is bringing back his iconic 1990s gay novels with the help of a Kickstarter campaign—and he's adding in a new book showing where all the characters are today. In 1992 Rodi published Fag Hag, a dark comedy about a woman romantically obsessed with a gay man. The nineties was a boom era for gay fiction, and Fag ...


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Raul Castillo's 'Maiden' voyage - NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Raul Castillo latest endeavor brings him to Chicago, starring in Death and the Maiden, in which he plays Gerardo Escobar. The co-star of HBO's Looking has appeared on several other television shows, such as Blue Bloods, Law and Order, and Nurse Jackie. He's been in independent films like Don't Let Me Drown, My Best Day, and Cold Weather. His theater ...


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TJLP launches lakefront event - While more than 1 million people celebrated gay pride through the largest LGBT-related parade in the city's history, a much smaller and intimate tradition launched just off the lakefront on the city's North Side June 29. Additional photos at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-07-08&AGALLERY=TransformativeBeachHester . The Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois ( TJLP ) hosted a picnic and "chill out" space ...


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Sugar & Spice: Twisted Spoke - ]I recently had occasion to grab a bite at Twisted Spoke, and was reminded of just how much I love the place. It's one of those tried and true Chicago joints that has stood the test of time—which is no surprise given the high quality of the food and the irreverently cool atmosphere. With roots as a biker bar, Twisted ...


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Neon Trees singer talks gay life at iHeartRadio event - iHeartRadio and the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hosted the third annual iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party presented by VISIT FLORIDA on June 27-28. Among the performers was the group Neon Trees, whose lead singer, Tyler Glenn, recently came out of the closet as gay. During the event, Glenn told the crowd, "I was raised in suburbia. I waited until I was 30 ...


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Gay chorus seeking new director - Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) is currently seeking applicants for a new artistic director to start at the beginning of next year. Current Artistic Director Patrick Sinozich had announced his plan to retire from the chorus this past summer. CGMC is accepting applications currently until July 15. The artistic director is the chief artistic officer of the organization ...


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Musician keeps alive legacy of gay-themed country album - MUSIC: Lavender Country - Bobby Taylor never says "no" to a musical gig. From playing solo to performing the oldies in the duo Memory Lane Songs, Taylor helps to revive Lavender Country, the first album of country music with gay themes ( an unusual feat for someone Black and straight ). Celebrating his 75th birthday a few weeks ago, the Illinois native certainly has ...


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Chris Colfer at Old Orchard on July 12 - New York Times bestselling author and Golden Globe Award winner Chris Colfer will be at Skokie's Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 55 Old Orchard Center, on Saturday, July 12, at 12 p.m. Colfer will sign the third book in his #1 New York Times best-selling "Land of Stories" series for children aged 7 to 12. Land Of Stories: A Grimm Warning ...


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Public invited to view youth-led art installation - Youth leaders in Chicago are invited to participate in a public art installation called "Make/Art/Space." The project will be led by youth from the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health ( ICAH ) in partnership with Affinity Community Services, University Church and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum to explore how families talk about sexuality through public art. This public art initiative ...


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Drag Race in U.K.; Gaga, Judas Priest; Sean Hayes' new gig - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - RuPaul is interested in hosting a U.K. version of RuPaul's Drag Race, Gay Star News reported. RuPaul confirmed that English television and radio presenter Jonathan Ross has bought rights to do a version of the popular U.S. show in Britain. However, the idea is still in the works and has yet to be formally pitched to a network. Lady Gaga ...


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TELEVISION 'Major Crimes' airing coming-out story July 7 - TNT's Major Crimes has a coming-out storyline airing Monday, July 7. The plotline involves teen Rusty ( Graham Patrick Martin ), who currently lives with Capt. Sharon Raydor ( played by lead Mary McDonnell ). The show itself is a spinoff of The Closer, which starred Kyra Sedgwick. Several of those stars, including G.W. Bailey and Tony Denison ( whom ...


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Trish Keporos: One singing sensation - Trish Keporos, the ultimate underdog to win the 12th annual Windy City Gay Idol contest, is a Chicago native who has been singing longer than many of the other finalists have even been alive. And June 25 at Mayne Stage on Chicago's north side, it was the 62-year-old Keporos, a retired college counselor/teacher, who shined brightest … even though she ...







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