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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Life is a parade for Monica Raymund - Monica Raymund is setting Chicago on fire these days with her many performances and appearances. Hailing from St. Petersburg, Florida, the talented actress graduated then headed to Juilliard in New York City. Concentrating on the theater this led her to working on television beginning with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She moved to Lie to Me where she starred ...


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Knight at the Movies: Pride at the movies; Oriented - We're here, we're queer, we're watching movies. In the 12 years that I've been writing about movies for Windy City Times, I've recommended dozens of film to celebrate Pride. It's no surprise that a quick poll of friends and colleagues reveals a lot of these same titles. These are movies that many of us cherish, returning to them year after ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Tina Landau bringing 'Spongebob' to town - Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Ensemble member Tina Landau is bringing her talents home this summer for a new endeavor. Although Landau was born in New York City, she has spent a great deal of time in the Windy City, cultivating a career in theater. Not only working with The Goodman Theater in Chicago in the past, she has traveled to San ...


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'BITE' opens July 11 - Pride Films and Plays ( PFP ) will complete its summer in Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St., with the world premiere of BITE: A Pucking Queer Cabaret, PFP Artistic Associate Derek Van Barham's pop-rock ode to A Midsummer Night's Dream. BITE: A Pucking Queer Cabaret previews Friday-Saturday, July 8-9 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 10, at 5 p.m. ...


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THEATER REVIEW Batboy the Musical - Playwrights: Keythe Farley & Brian Flemming ( book ), Laurence O'Keefe ( lyrics ) At: Griffin Theatre at The Den, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 866-811-4111; GriffinTheatre.com; $39.50. Runs through: July 24 Batboy the Musical has nothing to do with baseball or Bruce Wayne's childhood. It has everything to do with a guilty pleasure of a show and a sensational ...


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Theater spotlight on GayCo, Critics' Picks - GayCo GayCo, Chicago's oldest LGBTQ improv and sketch comedy troupe, continues its 20th anniversary season with Star Whores—The Pride Awakens. Both Pride Month shows feature guest sex workers sharing stories about their trade, and then the GayCo ensemble draws from what was said for a series of improvised sketches. Expect some adult content intermixed with sci-fi naughtiness. Star Whores plays ...


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THEATER REVIEW Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure - ERIC KARAS - Playwright: Kevin Douglas. At: Lookingglass Theatre Company, 821 N. Michigan Ave. Tickets: 312-337-0665; LookingglassTheatre.org; $40-$75. Runs through: Aug. 14 Lookingglass Theater Company's new world premiere, Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure, explores the relationship between a pair of vaudeville performers, one white ( Slocum ) and one African-American ( Thaddeus ). The pair are Chicago street performers in the early 1900s ...


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THEATER REVIEW The House That Will Not Stand - Playwright: Marcus Gardley. At: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000 or VictoryGardens.org; $15-$60. Runs through: July 10 Prince's "When Doves Cry" blares at the start of The House That Will Not Stand, Marcus Gardley's latest world-premiere play for Victory Gardens Theatre. Later, a trio of teenage sisters gyrate to the beats of Beyonce while singing about the ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Cosmetics conversations - On the day of About Face Theatre's 20th-anniversary party at Chicago's Center on Halsted, gay playwright Doug Wright ( Quills, Ubu ) was regretful because he wasn't going to be able to attend. As the book writer for the world-premiere musical War Paint at the Goodman Theatre, Wright said he had to be at technical rehearsals rather than attending the ...


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Chicago Filmmakers offering scholarships - Chicago Filmmakers has launched The LGBTQ+ Youth Media Project, a new filmmaking workshop for LGBTQ+ identified, gender non-conforming and allied teens. Three summer sessions will teach participants to use professional filmmaking equipment and editing software to create identity-focused work. The LGBTQ+ Youth Media Project will instruct students ages 13-17 in the immersive art of digital filmmaking, as well challenging them ...


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'Candypants' film gets support from doc group - The International Documentary Association has chosen the film Candypants: A Fairy Tale as its "Doc of the Week."The film tells the story of longtime Chicago residents and life partners Lee Brady and David Sanderson, who invented edible underwear in 1975 and sold it under the name Candypants. "The IDA decided to spotlight Candypants as part of its mission to support ...


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Actor Tim Daly on his father's sexuality - On an episode of the CBS show Sunday Morning that aired on Father's Day, actor Tim Daly talked about his father's sexuality, according to CBS News. Of his father, James ( who co-starred in the 1970s series Medical Center ), Tim said, "My dad left when I was a very young man, a young boy, and I didn't see him ...


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Black LGBT films at library branch - Chicago Public Libraries LGBT Pride Month events include an LGBT Film Series at the Kelly Branch library, 6151 S. Normal Blvd. Films slated to run include: —How Do I Look on Thursday, June 23 ( 5:30-7:30 p.m. ): How Do I Look, by Wolfgang Busch, is a view inside the Harlem Drag Ball competition. —Pariah on Tuesday, June 28 ( ...


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BOOK REVIEW Ask a Queer Chick: A Guide to Sex, Love and Life for Girls Who Dig Girls - By Lindsay King-Miller. $16; Plume; 237 pages Ask a Queer Chick is a product of the Internet age: Lindsay King-Miller started writing the column of the same name on the website The Hairpin. As such, the writing feels down-to-earth and the advice loose enough to be relevant at any point in the future. In fact, the book doesn't read ...


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'I Wanna Be...' event July 13 at Goodman - The League of Chicago Theatres will host a speaking engagement and book signing event with John Breglio for his new book I Wanna Be A Producer: How to Make a Killing on Broadway … or Get Killed on Wed., July 13, at the Goodman in the Owen Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. The event will include a speaking engagement at ...


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Dance for Life marks 25 years on Aug. 20 - Chicago Dancers United will present the 25th anniversary of Dance for Life, welcoming Chicago dance companies onto the Auditorium Theatre's stage Saturday, Aug. 20. The celebratory evening, hosted by The Second City's Carisa Barreca and Tim Mason, will also honor longtime supporters of Dance for Life Fred Eychaner and Alphawood Foundation, Barbara Kipper and Scott Silberstein and Matt Hoffman with ...


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Upcoming: 'Make Music Chicago', Snubfest, 'Rhythm World', 'Company' - 'Make Music Chicago' June 21 Presented by Rush Hour Concerts, Make Music Chicago, a free musical celebration across Chicago, returns for its sixth annual event on Tuesday, June 21. Under the helm of Artistic Director and pianist Kuang-Hao Huang, with the support from Executive Director Kitty Rothschild, Make Music Chicago will feature 200 performances and participatory events across 100 locations ...


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Upcoming: Clandestina, CRUSH for alternative women, Toni Shelton house-music, Girls in Boystown - Clandestina Pride on June 23, 26 Monica Raymund of the Chicago Fire TV show, Brooke Webster and Alma Izquierdo will present the Pride edition of Clandestina Chicago on the North and South sides on June 23 and 26. In a statement, the organizers said, "It's two parties, each with no cover, that are committed, as always, to creating safe spaces ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Dear World, I am leaving because I am bored. I feel I have lived long enough. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool. Good luck."—George Sanders' suicide note from 1972. Well, after being married to two of the Gabor sisters, you could say he was ga-bored! Those of us who came of age in the '80s ...


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Uptown Underground shows 'No Pride' - Join Jeff-Award winning actor, After Dark Award-Winning cabaret artist, and world class buffoon Rob Lindley ( pictured, right ) with Chuck Larkin on piano as Uptown Underground kicks off Pride weekend with NO PRIDE: A Super Big Gay Happy Hour, a celebration of life's ups and downs, Friday, June 24 at 8 p.m. The cover is $20. After seeing this ...


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Chigaygo at Laugh Factory Chicago Orlando benefit July 7 - From a press release - Chigaygo, Laugh Factory Chicago's premiere queer comedy showcase, is presenting a special one-night only event to raise money for The Center Orlando, the LGBT center providing victim relief in the wake of the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub. Laugh Factory and its owner, Jamie Masada, have a long-standing history of philanthropic engagement in the community. Chigaygo is now in its third ...


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Maya & Marty TV show June 21 features Broadway stars tribute to Orlando - From a press release - Broadway's top musical artists are set to appear on NBC's Tuesday, June 21 telecast of "Maya & Marty" to perform "What the World Needs Now Is Love," an updated version of the classic Burt Bacharach/Hal David song that is helping to support the devastated LGBT community of Orlando, Fla. The appearance marks the first time the song will be performed ...


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Entertainment: Nick Jonas, Pet Shop Boys, Whitney Houston, Mara Wilson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After months of wondering whether or not Nick Jonas' closeted character, Nate, from DirecTV's Kingdom would ever get the chance to live out his same-sex desires, fans were disappointed after Jonas' character is drugged at a party and forced into a threesome, NewNowNext reported. Kingdom fans erupted on Twitter to express their own rage and sadness about the turn of ...


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THEATER REVIEW Motherstruck! - Playwright: Staceyann Chin. At: Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336. GreenhouseTheater.org; $32-$48. Runs through: July 17 It's amazing how soft-spoken and diminutive Staceyann Chin is off stage. The same woman had just spent a considerable amount of time on her back re-enacting the various stages of her insemination and pregnancy for her one-woman show Motherstruck!—so much more ...


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Gloria Steinem, Trevor Noah among Chicago Humanities Fest speakers - From a press release - This fall the Chicago Humanities Festival invites its fans to slow down during the 27th annual fall festival, Speed. CHF's flagship fall festival will feature nearly 100 programs between October 29 and November 12. The line-up of confirmed presenters includes activist Gloria Steinem, Daily Show hostTrevor Noah, Homegoing author Yaa Gyasi, architect Marshall Brown, and New York Times columnist Thomas ...


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Chicago Tap Th. celebrates music of the band Queen - From a press release - CHICAGO — Chicago Tap Theatre ( CTT ) honors the music of legendary rock band Queen with the one night only performance of We Will Tap You! A Tap Dance Celebration to the Music of Queen, conceived by Artistic Director Mark Yonally and Music Director Kurt Schweitz, choreography by Yonally with guest choreographers Rich Ashworth, Kirsten Uttich and Jeremy Plummer ...


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About Face marks 20 years of LGBTQ theater - On June 17, the About Face Theater threw itself a party celebrating 20 years of LGBTQ theater. Titled "AFT20: A Celebration," the event took place at the Hoover-Leppen Theater at the Center on Halsted. The event also served as a reunion as founding members, board members, current and former performers, and artistic associates joined for a night of history, music ...


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About Face sets 2016-17 season, I Am My own Wife returns - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 17, 2016 ) — About Face Theatre is pleased to announce its 2016-17 Season, kicking off this fall/winter with a reimagining of I AM MY OWN WIFE, Doug Wright's Tony, Pulitzer Prize and Lambda Literary Award-winning play first developed at About Face in 2003. I AM MY OWN WIFE is based on the true story of Charlotte ...


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Toni Shelton at house music parties in Chicago - Toni Shelton, known as the Queen of House Music, has announced summer dates. She has confirmed two dates that she will be hosting, giving people a chance to meet, greet, and take a peek. "I'm excited to have both of these events on my schedule," explains Toni Shelton, a career model, author, and talk show hostess. "I'm looking forward to ...


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Navy Pier Pride includes wedding, NAMES Quilt, Milly's Orchid Show, Lakeside Pride - From a press release - Navy Pier is hosting Navy Pier PRIDE 2016. This family-friendly event features entertainment and events throughout the Pier Saturday, June 25. As part of the celebration, and for the first time in 28 years, Navy Pier will display Chicago-centric sections of the internationally renowned The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. All events for Navy Pier PRIDE 2016 are free and ...


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Chicago Public Library's LGBT Pride Month films on South Side - The Chicago Public Library has various LGBT Pride Month events. See https://www.chipublib.org/news/celebrate-lgbt-pride-month/ for details. There are a few left, including a South Side film series: Anthem / Affirmations / Non Je Regrette Rien ( No Regret ) Tuesday, June 21, 2016 ( 5:30PM — 7:30PM ) Kelly Library Branch 6151 S. Normal Boulevard Chicago IL 60621 Description: Marlon Riggs' films ...


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'Hamilton' tickets on sale June 21 - Producer Jeffrey Seller and Broadway in Chicago announced that single tickets for Hamilton will go on-sale to the public Tuesday, June 21. Tickets will be available for performances Sept. 27, 2016, through March 19, 2017. On Tuesday, June 21, at 10 a.m., tickets will be available at The PrivateBank Theatre box office , 18 W. Monroe St.; the Broadway in ...


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Theater spotlight on Chicago Women's Funny Festival, Critics Picks - Theater spotlight More than 400 funny ladies are on hand for the Chicago Women's Funny Festival. Billing itself as the nation's largest female comedy festival, the Chicago's Women's Funny Festival features the return of Katie Rich ( Saturday Night Live ) with Holly Laurent ( Onion News Network ) in their sketch duo show Joan and Ro, comedic dance troupe ...


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Clandestina Pride Parties June 23, June 26 - From a press release - Monica Raymund of the Chicago Fire TV show, Brooke Webster and Alma Izquierdo present Clandestina Chicago throws down on the South Side and North Side, Pride Edition. They state: "It's two parties, each with no cover, that are committed, as always, to creating safe spaces for our queer community. Every step has been taken to ensure this at all of ...


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Lesbian parties and special events for Pride Month - There are a lot of lesbian parties coming up the next 10 days. Some of them are in the below links, for the Back Lot Bash, Clandestina and Crush. Add in the Artemis Singers, Dyke March June 25, and all sorts of Pride Fest, Parade and runs, etc., and there is no excuse to stay home. We urge you to ...


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LezFest IV: A One Night Fling! July 18 - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Pride Films and Plays is delighted to present its fourth installment of LezFest; a one-night variety show which features lesbian and genderqueer performers through music, movement, spoken word, storytelling, and stand-up comedy. LezFest IV is produced by PFP company member Carolyn Reynolds and is directed by Patrice Foster and will feature exciting new talent as well as ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Will Burdin stars in Russian gay production - The Organic Theater Company is premiering a new production called Out of the Blue, in which a gay Russian teen comes out to his parents. In Russia, "blue" is slang for gay. While being performed in Russia, the venue received bomb threats and federal investigations of anti-gay propaganda laws. The touring company of original actors was unable to continue because ...


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THEATER Marcus Gardley's 'House': Hidden corners of our nation's history - For theatergoers whose impressions of New Orleans circa 1830 derive from Barbara Hambly's Benjamin January detective series, it might be easy to picture the women in Marcus Gardley's new play The House That Will Not Stand as courtesans like those found in Dumas' La Dame Aux Camellias, and the intricacies of the cultural phenomenon called "placage" as a New World ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Divine Sister - Playwright: Charles Busch. At: Hell in a Handbag Productions at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster Ave. Tickets: 800-838-3006 or HandbagProductions.org; $28-$38. Runs through: July 10 Onstage comic timing can be so mysterious and elusive. The slightest inflection can be the determining factor between minor audience titters or a collective belly laugh. This reminder of why comedy can be so ...


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THEATER REVIEW Northanger Abbey - by K. Sean Mallory - Playwright: Robert Kauzlaric; Music and lyrics: George Howe. At: Lifeline Theatre 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: 773-761-4477; Llifelinetheatre.com; $20-$40. Runs through: July 17 I was carried away on an alluring and fascinating adventure to the High Society world of Bath and the mystery and intrigue of Northanger Abbey in Gloucestershire. Stephanie Stocksill, as Catherine Morland, drew me in and immediately ...


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THEATER REVIEW TAPPED: A Treasonous Musical Comedy - Playwright: Jed Levine; Composer: Brad Kemp. At: Forth Story Productions at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150 or TappedTheMusical.com; $20-$35. Runs through: July 3 BY SCOTT C. MORGAN TAPPED: A Treasonous Musical Comedy name-checks and comments on a number of other musicals in its Act I finale. Specifically, there's a crack about Les Miserables needing to shave off ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Xanadu

THEATER REVIEW Xanadu - Playwright: Douglas Carter Beane ( book ), Jeff Lynne & John Farrar ( music/lyrics ). At: American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. Tickets: 773-409-4125; ATCweb.org; $48-$58. Runs through: July 17 Released in 1980, Xanadu was among the worst movies of the 1980s—and that's saying a lot. But it had a beat and you could dance to it. Its plot, ...


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NYC Pride to launch with eight days of queer fashion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Queer fashion and social consciousness will take to the runway to kick off Pride in New York City. Rainbow Fashion Week, now in its third year, will take place June 17-24, in conjunction with NYC Pride, which runs June 21-26. The annual event, which launched in 2014, is an eight-day celebration of queer fashion that includes several unique events highlighting ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Isaiah Grass gets ready for the Taste - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer Isaiah Grass is growing in the music scene of Chicago. The local gigs are quickly adding up after singing the national anthem at a Chicago Fire game. He's conquered the House of Blues, Hard Rock Hotel and the sweaty crowds at Market Days. His debut single, "I'm a Freak," hit with almost 100,000 views less than a month after ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Right Side of History - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Adrian Brooks, foreward by Jonathan D. Katz, Ph.D., $18.95; Cleis Press; 243 pages Somebody got you started. That's the hard part and, oftentimes, that's all you need: a forward-thinking person to lay the framework so you can roll with a project—adding, subtracting, shaping, refining. Somebody just needed to get you started and you can take it from there, ...


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Entertainment news: Stars' Orlando thoughts, Fierstein's honor, Ellen's lawsuit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Adele dedicated her concert Sunday in Antwerp to those killed and wounded in a mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub, On Top Magazine reported. Described as the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, 50 people died and 53 were injured. "I would like to start tonight by dedicating this entire show to everybody in Orlando and at Pulse nightclub ...


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13th Back Lot Bash expands, has events June 16-26 - The 2016 list of events and line-ups for Chicago's Back Lot Bash includes two weekends of events June 16-26. Back Lot Bash features an outdoor women's music festival in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood, a comedy night, a nightclub party, a brunch/wine tasting event and a Pride Family Fest. Info and tickets available at BackLotBashChicago.com. Thursday, June 16—Comedy Kickoff ( 6 p.m. ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Kristin Chenoweth returning to Chicago - Oklahoma native Kristin Chenoweth has carved out a wide-ranging career that includes musicals, movies and television. The Tony Award winner took Broadway by storm in productions like You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Wicked and, most recently, On the Twentieth Century last year. She was also found on the big screen in 2015 in The Peanuts Movie, The Boy Next ...


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Daya doesn't let us down - At the age of 17 years old, Grace Tandon has transformed into breakout star Daya and is fulfilling her wildest dreams performing on stages around the world. She left Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, behind after her song "Hide Away" flew to the top of the charts, with the writing aid of Paramount Recording Studios. It was only last year that her self-titled ...


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Writers Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim's 'Company' - From a press release - Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, concludes its 2015/16 season with Company, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The production is directed by William Brown. Company features original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, Orchestral Reductions by Ian Weinberger, music direction by Tom Vendafreddoand choreography by ...


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CGMC, Allegrezza Singers pay tribute to Orlando at June 18 concert - Chicago Gay Men's Chorus, in congruence with Allegrezza Singers and Lakeview Presbyterian Church, will hold a tribute concert for the Orlando victims and their families Saturday, June 18, 716 W. Addison, 7-9 p.m. The concert is titled, "When You Sing Your Own Song, You Can Fly!" The groups stated: "The concert was originally planned to unite the two GALA ( ...


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MCA Stage 2016-2017 season announced - From a press release - The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago announces the 2016-17 MCA Stage season, presenting multidisciplinary theater, dance, and music by some of the most thought-provoking artists working in Chicago and around the world. Led by Yolanda Cesta Cursach, interim director of performance programs, MCA Stage performances take place September 2016 to May 2017 and offer exciting and rare opportunities to see ...


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CRUSH Chicago hosts Pride Weekend for the 'alternative woman' - From a press release - CRUSH Chicago Inc. will present CRUSH Chicago 2016, taking place at various venues throughout the Chicago area including: Chinatown/South Loop, Wicker Park, West Loop and Andersonville/Wrigleyville/Lakeview from Thursday, June 23 to Sunday, June 26, Sunday, 6/26/16], and featuring performers, special guests, showcases, yacht party, etc. CRUSH Chicago is presents a full weekend of events that especially cater to alternative women ...


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Local choral figure on career, Seattle job and brutal accident - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 3, the life of Paul Caldwell—outgoing artistic director of Windy City Performing Arts: Windy City Gay Chorus and Treble Quire ( WCPA ) as well as outgoing Artistic Director and CEO of the Youth Choral Theater of Chicago—changed forever when he was struck by a driver running a red light as he was walking across the street to ...


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Tragedy, 'Hamilton' dominate Tonys - As expected, the musical Hamilton dominated this year's Tony Awards in the wake of its 16 nominations—but there was also an activist element in relation to the June 12 Orlando, Florida, tragedy at gay nightclub Pulse that was the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Before the Tonys, the show's organizers released a statement saying, "Our hearts are heavy for ...


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Milly's Orchid Show at Navy Pier for Pride - Legendary variety show Milly's Orchid Show will be at the center of the inaugural Pride On Navy Pier Saturday, June 25, right below the new Ferris Wheel. Starts at 2 p.m. It is free. Loved by critics and by audiences of all ages for nearly three decades, Milly's Orchid Show introduced Chicago audiences to an eclectic and numerous mix of ...


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Northlight Theatre announces casting for the 42nd Season of premieres - From a press release - Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces casting for the first three shows of its 42nd season, including The City of Conversation, the World Premiere of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley and the World Premiere of Faceless. The cast of the Midwest Premiere of Anthony Giardina's The City of Conversation ...


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Dance for Life marks 25 years with Aug. 20 show - CHICAGO — Chicago Dancers United presents the momentous 25th Anniversary of Dance for Life, welcoming the most renowned-Chicago dance companies onto the Auditorium Theatre's historic stage Saturday, August 20, 2016. Since its inception in 1991, Dance for Life has been committed to raising funds for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago as well as other organizations dedicated to serious health issues ...


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American Theater Co. 2016-17 season announced - From a press release - American Theater Company ( ATC ) announces Season 32, led by its newly appointedArtistic Director Will Davis and continuing the theater's dedication to developing new works. The 2016-17 season kicks off this September with the world premiere of Dan Aibel's T., an exploration of the competitive ice skating saga between Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, directed by Margot Bordelon, Sept. ...


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'Candypants' film gets support from doc group - The International Documentary Association has chosen the film Candypants: A Fairy Tale as its "Doc of the Week."The film tells the story of longtime Chicago residents and life partners Lee Brady and David Sanderson, who invented edible underwear in 1975 and sold it under the name Candypants. "The IDA decided to spotlight Candypants as part of its mission to support ...


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VIEWS UMC's inhospitality toward its LGBTQs - The United Methodist Church is in the need of prayer—and one that emphasizes full inclusion of all its parishioners. At the recent General Conference in Portland, the struggle to move the church's moral compass against its anti-LGBTQ policies was courageously demonstrated when more than 100 United Methodist Church ( UMC ) ministers and faith leaders came out to their churches—with ...


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43rd Annual Non-Equity awards held - "The Hairy Ape"- Eugene O'Neill's expressionist play presented in a stark, brutal and imaginative setting; "Byhalia, Mississippi"- a new work of southern love and forgiveness, and "Rent"- the musical update of "La Boheme" performed in a small storefront theatre, took home the most honors on Monday, June 6, at Park West during the 43rd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards ceremony recognizing ...


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'Hamilton' tickets on sale June 21 - Producer Jeffrey Seller and Broadway in Chicago announced that single tickets for Hamilton will go on-sale to the public Tuesday, June 21. Tickets will be available for performances Sept. 27, 2016, through March 19, 2017. On Tuesday, June 21, at 10 a.m., tickets will be available at The PrivateBank Theatre box office , 18 W. Monroe St.; the Broadway in ...


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DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE: We're SO into songs of summer - Sweetest Day, Record Store Day, Small Business Saturday and the Summer Movie splurge are all made-up events produced by industries to get you to spend money. While all seem silly at first, after as much pummeling, we all eventually buy into them, somehow making them legit. Much like the UK's "Christmas #1," documented in the legendary Love Actually, we seemed ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I like to think of myself as more than a head of hair or a set of looks. It's demeaning. Yes, in some ways you could argue I've been employed for a look I have. But there's a sexism that happens towards men. At some point during photo shoots when I'm asked to strip down, I felt that. If I ...


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Doodle's Doughnuts; LUXBAR - The Dish: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Creativity is the name of the game at Doodle's Doughnuts ( 1419 N. Wells St.; DoodlesDoughnuts.com ), which earns its name for at least three reasons. First, there's a long chalkboard table that diners can use various pieces of chalk ( supplied ) to write or draw items. Second ( and more deliciously ), people can purchase the special Doodle ...


Jackhammer

Jackhammer - Open wide for the "Best Worst Drag Show,' every Monday night at ridiculous-o-clock. Photos by Kirk Williamson ...


Sidetrack

Sidetrack - Woof! No, really. Sidetrack ushers in the Dog Days of summer, June 4. Wag your tails at the next Dog Day Saturday, July 9. Photos by Jed Dulanas ...


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Rogers Park Social - Rogers Park Socialites relaxing after a job well done. Photos by Antonio Jefferson ...


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DANCIN' FEATS: Chicago Tap Theatre marks Pride with glam-rock spectacular - In 2010, Chicago Tap Theatre ( CTT ) mounted its spring season closer at the 984-seat Athenaeum Theatre for the second time, surprising audiences with a 20-minute Queen extravaganza complete with chorus and marching band. The "Tap Out Loud" closing number was meant as a small tribute for artistic director Mark Yonally's late brother, who loved operatic rock and infused ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Out-of-the-Blue

THEATER REVIEW: Out of the Blue - Playwright: Vladimir Zaytsey; Translation: Tatyana Khaikin and Robert Duffy At: Organic Theater Company at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336 or OrganicTheater.org; $20-$30 Runs through: July 10 ( in repertory with The Good Doctor ) You've got to admire the bravery of Russian playwright Vladimir Zaytsey for penning the 2015 gay drama Out of the Blue. In ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Soups-Stews-and-Casseroles-1976

THEATER REVIEW: Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 - Playwright: Rebecca Gilman At: The Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn Tickets: 312-443-3800; GoodmanTheatre.org; $10-$40 Runs through: June 19 Sometimes a play is missing just one speech or emotional beat, and that's the case with Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976, set in Wisconsin 40 years ago. Playwright Rebecca Gilman quickly puts her protagonist between a rock and a hard place. Kim ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Constellations

THEATER REVIEW: Constellations - Playwright: Nick Payne At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650 or Steppenwolf.org; $20-$89 Runs through: July 3 It may only last 80 minutes, but British playwright Nick Payne sure does pack in plenty in his thoughtful and heartbreaking 2012 drama Constellations. Now making a strong Chicago debut in Steppenwolf's Upstairs Theatre, Constellations wows because it rapidly fires on ...


CRITICS-PICS

CRITICS' PICS - Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf, Writers Theatre, Glencoe, through July 31. Tim Ryder and Tim Sniffen's comic mashup of great theater dramas by the likes of Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee and Thornton Wilder is a laugh riot. SCM Haymarket, The Anarchists Songbook, Underscore Theatre at The Edge, through June 12. This new musical's lilting score channels ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Caught

THEATER REVIEW: Caught - Playwright: Christopher Chen At: Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000 or Sideshowtheatre.org; $20-$30 Runs through: July 3 Playwright Christopher Chen is having a field day playing with notions of truth in a succession of theatrical contexts and arguments about cultural appropriation in Caught. And clearly the cast members of Sideshow Theatre ...







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