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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Happy anniversary: Lyric's Anthony Freud marks milestones - Anthony Freud has been general director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago since 2011. But it won't be until 2015-16 that Windy City opera fans will have the chance to experience the first full Lyric season that Freud entirely planned. That's because the world's major opera companies often program their seasons as far as five years in advance in order ...


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THEATER REVIEW Jane Eyre - Playwright: Christina Calvit from Charlotte Bronte's novel. At: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: 773-761-4477; www.lifelinetheatre.com; $40. Runs through: Oct. 26 The novels of the Bronte sisters have served as a touchstone for Lifeline Theatre for much of its history. The troupe first presented Jane Eyre almost 25 years ago, repeated it as the millennium turned and now approaches ...


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MUSICAL REVIEW A Kurt Weill Cabaret - Arrangements and music direction: Jeremy Ramey. At: Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: 800-595-4849 or www.theo-u.org; $25-$29. Runs through Oct. 19 Count me among the chorus of critics who feel that the diverse music theater works of Kurt Weill ( 1900-1950 ) deserve more renown and full-scale revivals. But in the meantime, I'm ...


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THEATER REVIEW Rest - Playwright: Samuel D. Hunter. At: Victory Gardens Theater at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.victorygardens.org; $20-$60. Runs through: Oct. 12 Existential voids come in all shapes and sizes. Samuel D. Hunter's begins in an unnamed assisted-living facility located ( unsurprisingly ) in the hinterlands of a likewise remote Idaho city. Its corporate owners are closing it down ...


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Lincoln Avenue: Chicago Stories - BOOK REVIEW - By Gregg Shapiro $14.95; Squares & Rebels Press; 91 pages The main character in "Lunch with a Porn Star," a short story included in author Gregg Shapiro's new collection, Lincoln Avenue: Chicago Stories, encounters adult-film legend Billy Bigg several times, first on the El, then a few times at a Loop lunch spot. "When his naked face and body began ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Yu Tsai's 'Model' behavior - Tyra Banks is back with cycle 21 of her hit show America's Next Top Model. Miss J and Kelly Cutrone both have returned as judges from the past and there's a new kid on the block with mentor Yu Tsai. Not only does he guest-judge on the panel at times but is the photo shoot creative consultant. This openly gay ...


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Octavia Spencer:'Red' is the new black - NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION - Academy Award-winning Help actress Octavia Spencer has paid her dues in the business. She started as a nurse in A Time to Kill that led to Bad Santa and Spider-Man. Her television roles have included ER, Becker and Ugly Betty. Recently, she was in the James Brown biopic Get on Up as well as Fruitvale Station, which is about the ...


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THEATER REVIEW Season on the Line - Playwright: Shawn Pfautsch. At: The House Theater of Chicago at the Chopin, 1543 W. Division St. Tickets: 773-769-3832; www.thehousetheatre.com; $25-$35. Runs through: Oct. 26 This is a play aimed at audiences who know how plays are made—or who want to know how plays are made. The playmakers, in this case, are the Bad Settlement Theatre Company ( BSTC ), and ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Paloma Faith's 'Perfect' plan - Singer Paloma Faith is returning to Chicago on tour this October and she's on a mission to convert new followers. This British bombshell is taking listeners through the ages on her latest endeavor, A Perfect Contradiction. Thanks to a little help from her friends Pharrell Williams and Raphael Saadiq, the writing is top-notch and her voice just soars. The talented ...


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Hercules and Love Affair, the C-word and a 'Broken Heart' - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - DJ Andy Butler's project, Hercules and Love Affair, leaps from the turntable to tour around the world. The new album The Feast of the Broken Heart has a revolving line up of vocalists as does the live show. This songwriter tackled growing up gay in the song "Blind," and the songs "Liberty" and "I Try To Talk To You" deal ...


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Theater spotlight; Critics picks - Redmoon Theater has teamed with the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago to present The Great Chicago Fire Festival, an inaugural theatrical spectacle to celebrate the city's strength and resurgence following the Great Fire of 1871. Highlights of the event include fireworks, specially built houses on the river that will be set ablaze, plus celebrity grand marshals Jesse ...


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DISH: SAVOR River Roast - River Roast, 315 N. LaSalle St., has a lot to live up to. For starters, it's in the spot that Fulton's on the River occupied—a restaurant that so impressed this diner and his friend that the banana cream pie literally brought a tear to the eye of said dining companion. Also, would the team of award-winning chefs Tony Mantuano and ...


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Morten, Bennett launch production company - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Mary Morten and Jim Bennett will launch their new Chicago-based production company, Focused Media, LLC, by celebrating the second season of their most popular project, The Gay Agenda, with a party at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., on Wed., Oct. 1, 6-8 p.m. The Gay Agenda is an online talk show in which a panel of LGBT activists critiques mainstream ...


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DISH: SAVOR Treble-Maker Grill at 27 Live - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In case you can't tell from its name, Evanston's Treble-Maker Grill at 27 Live ( 1012-1014 Church St.; http://27live.com/ ) is about music—specifically rock music. Looking on the walls would be the second indication of the theme of this year-old venue. On the back wall of the restaurant are photos of musicians such as Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, ...


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Disc and That: Upcoming and recent DVDs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season One ( already out; $29.99 ): Andy Samberg ( formerly of SNL ) won a Golden Globe Award for his lead role in this Fox comedy, which I have to say is one of the funnier shows on television. Set in the fictional 99th Precinct of the New York City Police Department in Brooklyn, the single-camera series ...


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BOOK REVIEW My Thinning Years: Starving the Gay Within - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by John Killacky - In my generation, gay boys and their daddies had complicated relationships. I know I did, growing up in a working-class Irish Catholic family in Chicago some 60 years ago. Middle child of five and the oldest boy, I was not what my dad imagined his first son to be. There weren't any role models back then for parents or questioning ...


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Clay Aiken's hacking comment; Tina Turner museum; Joe Manganiello - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former American Idol star and aspiring politician Clay Aiken has weighed in on the nude photo-hacking scandal that has reportedly victimized more than 100 celebrities, NewNowNext.com. Aiken, who is running for Congress, told The Washington Post it was wrong to take revealing photos of yourself, saying, "Anybody who takes inappropriate pictures of themselves deserves exactly what they get." However, he ...


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La Roux Oct. 1; Big Freedia Oct. 10; By Women for Women Oct. 25 - By Women for Women' Oct. 25 at Joffrey Tower With the Women's Action Committee of Center on Halsted hosting, "By Women For Women: Art-Performance-Engagement" will present the Community Leader Awards to Kat Fitzgerald, and Vera Washington & Patricia S. McCombs. The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 25, at Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph St., at 6:30 p.m. Washington and ...


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THEATER REVIEW Another Bone - Playwright: Cathy Earnest. At: Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr. Tickets: 773-728-7529; www.redtwist.org; $30 Thurs., $35 Fri.-Sun. Runs through: Oct. 19 The horrifying events of 9/11 have been seared into our collective consciousness in a myriad of ways for well over a decade. Another Bone, currently featured at the Redtwist Theatre, manages, rather surprisingly, to present us with a fresh, ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "And I really like her, I swear to God. I really like her."—Rosie O'Donnell comments on her new View co-host, Republican strategist Nicolle Wallace. Let's see how long this lasts. We'll start an office pool at BillyMasters.com. Since I'm on the tail end of my travels, I now feel comfortable revealing that this column is coming to you from Istanbul, ...


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'Flame' on!: Erasure's Andy Bell on new CD, Joan Rivers - Erasure's Andy Bell isn't one for trends. On the afternoon of Apple's crazily anticipated iPhone 6 announcement in early September, with the Internet and social media abuzz with details and consumer frenzy to buy one ( and some anti-Apple snark ), he simply couldn't care less. "People are just mad," he muses. "It's like the ice bucket challenge, it's ridiculous." ...


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Knight at the Movies: Two Faces; This Is Where...; Devil's Door; Innocents - Movie-wise, we're in that pocket between summer blockbusters and meaty awards contenders—that time of year when most of the movies are "medium" rather than "good" or "bad." And even with audiences finding new ways to watch movies, sidestepping the Cineplex altogether, the majority of what they're being offered—whether it be in theaters, On Demand, at a streaming site or on ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Chicago actress and trans* woman Sandra Wagner makes her directorial debut with Moon over Buffalo, Ken Ludwig's 1995 Broadway comedy about two aging repertory actors battling against memory lapses and other stage mishaps in a vain attempt to impress a visiting Hollywood producer. The PAC Rats Theatre Company's Moon over Buffalo continues through Sunday, Sept. 28, at South Suburban College's ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A Broadway legend returns to town - Chita Rivera is truly a living theater legend. Her Broadway career spans 60 years starting in 1953 when she was hired as a dancer for Cole Porter's musical Can-Can, stretching to 2013 when she turned 80 starring as Princess Puffer during the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood at Studio 54. But Rivera also has an ...


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TRAVEL Atlantic City is not to be 'Miss'd' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - ATLANTIC CITY—A few hours after arriving here for a four-day, early September visit ( with Windy City Times Managing Editor Andrew Davis ), I encountered my first link to the LGBT community. Checking out the offerings inside a store at the gorgeous Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, I saw Andy Cohen's book. It was steps away from the overpriced candy ...


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THEATER REVIEW Native Son - Playwright: Nambi E. Kelley after the novel by Richard Wright. At: American Blues Theater & Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis St. Tickets: 773-753-4472 or www.courttheatre.org; $45-$65. Runs through Oct. 19 On the surface, Nambi E. Kelley's world-premiere stage adaptation of Richard Wright's novel Native Son is a period piece set in 1939 Chicago. But as the play hurls toward its ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Downpour

THEATER REVIEW The Downpour - Playwright: Caitlin Parrish. At: Route 66 Theatre Company at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.greenhousetheater.org; $35. Runs through: Oct. 12 In olden days, they were called "family insanities"—mental disorders seemingly handed down through generations like physical characteristics. Nowadays such fears are no longer as prevalent, but if your mother suffered postpartum psychosis so severe as to compel ...


THEATER-REVIEW-King-Lear

THEATER REVIEW King Lear - Playwright: William Shakespeare. At: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier, 800 W. Grand Ave. Tickets: 312-595-5600; www.chicagoshakes.com; $48-$78. Runs through: Nov. 9 Of all Shakespeare's plays, his ranting-in-the-rain scene in King Lear is unsurpassed for sheer Wagnerian spectacle, so nobody can blame Chicago Shakespeare Theater's for deciding to open their 2014 season with flourish and fanfare. The title role also ...


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Bjork film screening; Chely Wright campaigns on Kickstarter - Bjork film screening in U.S. starting Sept. 26 Bjork: Biophilia Live—the documentary film capturing the concert centered on Bjork's eighth studio album—has begun a limited series of premiere screenings at festivals, museums, libraries, galleries and cinemas worldwide. Furthermore, screenings in the United States begin at the IFC Center in New York Sept. 26, with further screenings in cities such as ...


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Upcoming: Fireside Chat; Mapplethorpe; Etta James tribute; Mamet's Cryptogram - 'A Fireside Chat' with Victor Salvo on Oct. 1 "A Fireside Chat" with Victor Salvo, executive director of The Legacy Project, will take place at Center on Halsted's Hoover-Leppen Theater, 3656 N. Halsted St., on Wed., Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. The Fireside Chats are produced by Joanne Gaddy, Christina Court and Douglas O'Keeffe, who also hosts the event. There ...


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Sugar & Spice: Herb - If you're looking for the standard pad Thai-and-spring-roll routine, then stick to the Thai joint on the corner you rely on for takeout. But, if you're in the mood to expand your horizons with authentic and upscale Thai cuisine that is really more of an culinary adventure than a simple "meal," then you've got to check out Herb, a restaurant ...


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Festival 'Reeling' in audiences 32 years later - For more than 30 years, Reeling has housed some of the best international LGBT films in history. This year is no different, as Reeling32 covers drama, horror, comedy and documentaries, among other genres. Centerpieces throughout the run of the festival highlight every letter in LGBT for inclusion of everyone. Opening Sept. 18 at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Healthcare Plays - Plays: Let Me Down Easy by Anna Deavere Smith; Mercy Strain by Michael Milligan. At: American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. Tickets: 773-409-4125; www.atcweb.org; $43-$48. Runs through: Oct. 18 American Theater Company ( ATC ) collectively bills Let Me Down Easy and Mercy Strain as The Healthcare Plays. As important as health care is, and as much a hot-button ...


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Iu-Luen Jeng on art therapy, power of young people - By Hayleigh Syens - For most, science and art are polar opposites. But for Iu-Luen Jeng, the two make perfect sense together. Jeng, is a director for the Illinois Art Therapy Association. Art therapy combines the creative process with psychotherapy, making it easier for those affected by trauma to more easily express themselves when words fail. "When we talk about mental health services or ...


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Chicagoan is finalist for 'America's Favorite Veterinarian' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dr. Natalie Marks has always wanted to be a veterinarian. She didn't consider anything else. Marks was born and raised in Sterling, Illinois, and had a good friend who lived on a horse ranch. After school and on weekends, Marks spent time at the ranch, which had horses, goats, chickens and other animals. Admittedly, she was a "fly on the ...


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New American Folk Theatre presents musical by two Chicagoans - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 14, 2014 ) — New American Folk Theatre ( NAFT ) announced that it will present the world premiere of "Witches Among Us", a musical by Chicagoans Rick Karlin ( book ) and Scott Free ( music and lyrics ), on October 3, at The Call, 1547 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. It will run on Friday evenings ...


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'Magic Mike XXL' news; Stevie Nicks; Ricky's new single - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Director Gregory Jacobs confirmed that Matthew McConaughey will not reprise his role in Magic Mike XXL, the sequel to Magic Mike, E! Online noted. "It's a road-trip movie and—put it this way—it's different enough that once you see it, you'll understand why we made a sequel," Jacobs said of the sequel. "No one will be accusing us of making the ...


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BENT NIGHTS More on Riot Fest; Fishbone - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Riot Fest is over and so is the summer of 2014. Yes, it rained on the first day of the festival and there was confusion and muck aplenty in Humboldt Park. The resulting mud, chilly humidity and constantly swarming bees may have haunted the festival for the remaining two days, but for all of the discomfort I wouldn't have missed ...


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Lily Allen talks Rihanna and gay best friends - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lily Allen is back after a five-year hiatus with a third album titled Sheezus, a cheeky nod to Kanye West. This English singer grabbed the number-one spot in the United Kingdom with this album, using a variety of styles throughout the project. The lass with the strong cockney accent was born in Hammersmith, West London, and is the daughter of ...


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Melissa Etheridge This Is M.E. at Cadillac Palace Theatre Nov. 15 - From a press release - Academy Award and GRAMMY winning artist, Melissa Etheridge, will take the stage for the "Melissa Etheridge: This Is M.E." U.S. tour to perform songs from her new album, This is M.E., which is being released by ME Records on September 30th. She will also be singing some of her greatest hits like "Come to My Window", "I'm The Only One" ...


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Provocative art, theater events in Chicago - EXPO Chicago unveils provocative art EXPO Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, took place Sept. 18-21 at Navy Pier. Now in its third season, EXPO Chicago featured more than 140 of the leading galleries from around the world. Items ranged from the perplexing to the layered to the commercial to the unnerving—but were never boring. Among the ...


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'Drag Race' alum Delano does Chicago unplugged exclusive - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Lauren E. Childers - RuPaul's Drag Race alum Adore Delano performed an acoustic set from her new album, Till Death Do Us Party, on Sept. 16. The event took place at Boystown nightspot Roscoe's—the sole host to drag queens from RuPaul's Drag Race. Chicago is the only city that Adore performed "unplugged" on her tour, and did so with accompaniment from Sherman, the bassist ...


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Dining news: Bow & Stern's brunch; Chicago q's bockwurst - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Bow & Stern Oyster Bar, 1371 W. Chicago Ave., is now offering fall brunch ( starting at 10 a.m. during the weekend ). Among the offerings ( some of which sound quite innovative ) are Oreo-and-blueberry pancakes, the Bow Benedict ( smoked whitefish brandade, poached egg, Nueske's bacon and Malagueta hollandaise ), pumpkin pancakes, banana-bread French toast and housemade Pop ...


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The Gay Divorce 2.0 in staged reading at Mary's Attic - From a press release - On Friday, September 26, Mary's Attic presents a staged reading of a new comedy by cult novelist Robert Rodi ( Fag Hag, Bitch Goddess ) and Clio winner Jack Badofsky. "The Gay Divorce 2.0" charts the acrimonious battle between husbands Mel Pinsky ( a helicopter traffic reporter ) and Cody Gillenwater ( a former pro baseball player ), urged on ...


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Co-creator of Kam Kardashian presents Brown Girl Problems - Fawzia Mirza, creator of the character Kam Kardashian, brings you a new comedic web series, Brown Girl Problems. It is a sketch-style series showcasing the comedic, awkward and even imaginary situations in the life of South Asian women. The show highlights Mirza's own minority backgrounds: South Asian, Muslim, queer. The show stars Fawzia Mirza as "The Brown Girl" and features ...


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ENTERTAINMENT NOTES Performances, appearances and releases - Lea Delaria, Artemis at Lakeside Pride's 'Women in Music' Nov. 16 Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles presents "Women in Music"—a celebration featuring female composers, conductors and performers—at Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence Ave., on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m. This concert, hosted by Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, will feature a special guest appearance by Chicago's ...


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Theater spotlight and Critics' Picks - Actress Amanda Peet made her off-Broadway debut as a playwright in 2013 with a drama inspired by the recent downfall of financier Bernie Madoff, who ran an elaborate Ponzi scheme. With The Commons of Pensacola, Peet imagines what life might be like for the wife of a convicted Wall Street trader and the recriminations that spew from fellow family members ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "This is such a loss for the world. But, more importantly, what a huge loss for QVC."—Jimmy Fallon pays tribute to Joan Rivers, who he brought back to The Tonight Show on his first night taking over the venerable talk show. Even in death, Joan Rivers was controversial. One of her biggest passions was Broadway. She wrote and starred in ...


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FALL SPECIAL: ART 'David Bowie Is' opening in Chicago - Still rebuilding after the devastating German air raids of World War II, Britain's mood in 1947 was desolate. Rationing was still in force; meat, potatoes and even electricity were cut. The London streets that had taken the full force of Hitler's V1 and V2 rockets existed as parallel lines of rubble. To make matters worse, January of that year heralded ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Josh Young: 'Grace' under pressure - This October, Chicagoans are being treated to another pre-Broadway engagement—this time with a musical called Amazing Grace. It tells the story of John Newton, played by Josh Young, who is torn between becoming a slave trader or becoming more compassionate thanks to fellow costar Erin Mackey, who plays his childhood sweetheart. The classic title song "Amazing Grace" is born in ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Ryan Czerwonko's 'Dead' reckoning - Evil Dead: The Musical is creeping into the Broadway Playhouse this fall and only running for three weeks. This horror show based on the classic movie broke records in Canada during its run before hitting the Windy City. The full cast of Chicagoans tells the campy story of five college friends staying in a cabin in the woods. Everything is ...


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FALL THEATER SPECIAL Autumn premieres - Chicago theater chugs along ... and chugs along and chugs along. The 2014-2015 season is filled with delights covering 2,400 years of drama from the works of Euripides and Sophocles to new lights we haven't yet discovered ( but will before next summer rolls around ). As always, a very high percentage—about 40 percent—of work offered from our 230+ area ...


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Autumn classics and revivals and how to tell the difference - FALL THEATER SPECIAL - The word "classic" is tossed around pretty casually these days—indeed, it's not uncommon for Baby Boom geezers to affix that appellation to anything recalled from their youth, regardless of lasting historical significance ( "Yellow Submarine" might qualify as "classic" pop, but should "Mellow Yellow" share that status? ) According to sages at Windy City Times, a play can be called ...


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Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra: UNDONE - THEATER REVIEW - Adapting and condensing a historical theater epic down to fit into a tiny storefront theater space sounds like a fool's errand. But as regular Chicago theatergoers know, the Windy City's industrious theater artists can often surprise and delight in re-imagining great works on a drastically smaller scale. Unfortunately, Skyline StageWorks' reduction of the Bard's work titled Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra: ...


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Miracles in the Fall - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Chuck O'Connor. At: Polarity Ensemble Theatre at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.petheatre.com; $25. Runs through: Oct. 5 Sister Clare Connelly probably wasn't the first teenage girl to flee her squabbling parents house for the perceived safety of a cloistered community, nor was Father Peter Lentine likely the first boy to seek the priesthood as an ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Midnight City - Playwright: Tony Fitzpatrick. At: Firecat Projects at the Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Hasted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $25. Runs through: Oct. 19 "Tony has lived only in Chicago" Stan Klein tells us. The "Tony" of whom he speaks is Tony Fitzpatrick—artist, poet, and raconteur in the tradition of Ben Hecht, Nelson Algren, Mike Royko, Studs Terkel and Rick Kogan. After ...


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DOUBLE REVIEW Isaac's Eye; Death Tax - Playwright: Lucas Hnath. At: Lookingglass Theatre, the Water Tower Water Works ( Death Tax ); Writers' Theatre, Books on Vernon, Glencoe ( Isaac's Eye ). Tickets, Death Tax: 312-337-0665; www.lookingglasstheatre.org; $40-$65. Tickets, Isaac's Eye: 847-242-6000; www.writerstheatre.org; $35-$75. Runs through: Oct. 12 ( Death Tax ), Dec. 7 ( Isaac's Eye ) Since 2011, Lucas Hnath ( pronounced "Nayth" ) has ...


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The show must go on: A season of musicals and operas is coming - FALL THEATER SPECIAL - This past Thursday, Sept. 11, theaters around the Chicago area dimmed their marquee lights at 7:30 p.m. in tribute to theater artists who passed away the previous week. Bernie Yvon, 50, was killed in an Indiana car accident on Sept. 6. Yvon, a veteran of numerous musicals at Chicago-area venues like the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire and Drury Lane Theatre ...


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FALL THEATER SPECIAL Cornucopia of dance headed Chicago's way - A chill in the air, sweaters, and hot chocolate with marshmallows—these make up the quintessence of fall. Although Chicagoans might not be ready for el niño, for arts patrons the abundant autumn months also mean lots and lots of dance. —A number of milestones will be celebrated this fall, including silver anniversaries featuring fresh premieres and audience favorites from Evanston's ...


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Director talks dynamics of trans-focused film 'Boy Meets Girl' - REELING FILM FESTIVAL Extended for the online version of Windy City Times by Gary M. Kramer - Boy Meets Girl is a sweet, sensitive drama about sexual fluidity has Ricky ( Michelle Hendley ), a transgender teen, grappling with her feelings for Francesca ( Alexandra Turshen ), who is engaged to David ( Michael Galante ). Ricky gets some support from her best friend Robby ( Michael Welch ), who also feels slightly jealous toward Ricky and ...


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Gay music legend dies; O'Donnell on Boomer List; Staples honored - Mavis Staples to receive Sandburg Award Oct. 22 Grammy Award-winning singer and civil-rights activist Mavis Staples will receive the inaugural Carl Sandburg Award in the Arts from the Chicago Public Library and Chicago Public Library Foundation at the upcoming 14th annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner on Wed., Oct. 22, at The Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd. Two Carl Sandburg ...


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BOOK NOTES Group forms in Evanston; Authors read Disability - Chicago's OutLoud launch Sept. 18 StoryCorps—an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of their lives—will launch its LGBTQ component, OutLoud, on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Marwen, 833 N. Orleans St., 6:30-9 p.m. OutLoud is a multi-year initiative dedicated to recording and preserving LGBTQ ...


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THEATER NEWS - FWD event to feature Tony winner Mueller Eight veteran actors, directors, writers, choreographers and producers have created FWD ( "Festival of Works in Development" ) Theatre Project, a grassroots initiative for the discovery, development and delivery of original musical theater to the Chicago community. Artistic Director Amber Makalong, along with collective artistic associates Justin Brill, Wade Elkins, Michael Gillis, Karen ...


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Ceres' Table; Soho House Chicago eateries - DISH: WEEKLY DINING GUIDE - Patrons have been warned: They should "bee" careful at Ceres' Table ( 3124 N. Broadway; http://www.cerestable.com/ ) if they're going there for brunch—at least until the cold weather settles in Chicago. A passel of the stinging insects seemed to hover around diners inside and outside the restaurant, thanks to the many flowers decorating the restaurant's sidewalk cafe. A couple people ...


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BOOK REVIEW Out in the Union - Some might remember the classic 1997 Simpsons episode "Homer's Phobia" that was dedicated to the steelworkers of the United States. The show ended with a steel plant closing, the men removing their shirts and the steel mill transforming into a gay club the C+C Music Factory Song, "Gonna Make You Sweat" playing while the men proudly declared, "We work hard, ...


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About Face Theatre presents Black and Tan Supper Club - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 10, 2014 ) — For one exclusive night, step back into the golden age of Chicago's Bohemian society as About Face Theatre presents The Black and Tan Supper Club on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 from 7 pm — 10 pm at the swanky InterContinental Chicago, 505 N. Michigan Ave. on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. This magical throwback inspired ...


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Tomlin honor; lesbian situation on 'Orange'; Whitney CD/DVD - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lily Tomlin will be one of five recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors this year—the first out lesbian to be chosen, according to Advocate.com. Numerous gay or bisexual men have received the Kennedy Center Honors, including Tennessee Williams, Stephen Sondheim, Aaron Copland, Edward Albee, Elton John and Merce Cunningham. The rest of this year's honorees are singer Al Green, actor ...


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Morten, Bennett launch production company, Focused Media - From a press release - Chicago, IL—Mary Morten and Jim Bennett launch their new Chicago-based production company, Focused Media, LLC, by celebrating the second season of their most popular project, The Gay Agenda, with a party at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from 6pm — 8pm. The Gay Agenda is an online talk show in which a panel of lesbian, ...


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REELING FILM FESTIVAL Max Adler of 'Glee' runs amok in Saugatuck - NUNN ON ONE: Extended for on online edition of Windy City Times - Reeling Film Festival returns Sept. 18-25 as the second-longest running LGBT film festival in the world. One film, Saugatuck Cures, contains an original plot about a gay man ( played by Max Adler ) posing as an ex-gay minister curing homosexuals in churches around the Midwest to raise money for his sick mother. Before spoofing conversion therapy, Adler kicked off ...


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REELING FILM FEST The movie 'Lilting': Lost in translation - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Language isn't the only barrier that stands between a gay man and the non-English-speaking mother of his dead, closeted boyfriend in Lilting. The feature debut of Cambodian-British writer/director Hong Khaou, this elegant chamber drama stars acclaimed UK actor Ben Whishaw as Richard, who enlists a translator and attempts to forge a bond with Cambodian-Chinese Junn ( Hong Kong actress Cheng ...


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Five Worth Finding: West Loop restaurant, steamy film - —Packing House ( http://packinghousechicago.com/ ): This West Loop restaurant occupies the old Municipal space, and offers such mouth-watering dishes as crab spaghettini, ceviche, roasted chicken and pork chicharrones ( a fancy take on pork rinds ). However, not only is Executive Chef Amanda Barnes talented, but she is one of the most down-to-earth people you'll ever meet. —Panes Bread Cafe ...


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Pastor/CTS student in trans* documentary - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Lauren E. Childers - Rev. Kevin Downer, a doctoral student at Chicago Theological Seminary ( CTS ), will be featured as a religious expert in the upcoming documentary TRANSit. This film has been produced by and about trans* activist and filmmaker Rachel Lauren Clark. Clark included Downer to be a voice from the religious community to give merit to trans* experience and identity. Downer ...


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MUSICAL ROUNDUP 'Mud' about Riot Fest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Sept. 12, the 10th anniversary of Riot Fest kicked off with a big, sloppy, muddy kiss. The festival, which ran Sept. 12-14, has evolved into one of Chicago's must-see musical and social attractions, and rivals the gigantic Lollapalooza for performers, an audience-friendly vibe and organizational efficiency. What started a decade ago as a collection of punk/hard rock shows strewn ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Changing Face of Modern Families: Gay & Lesbian Parents - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Julianna Fields, $22.95; Mason Crest, Publishers; 65 pages The scene is familiar to every LGBT teen who first accepts his, her or their sexual orientation. The confusion is daunting. Where could they turn to for guidance if they want to have children? Who can they ask? This new book, Gay and Lesbian Parents: The Changing Face of Modern Families ...


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MUSIC Mikey Wax, Brendan James fill SPACE - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Sept. 9, Evanston, Illinois got a double blast of East Coast rock-pop with an SRO show at SPACE featuring pianist/composer/singer Mikey Wax and troubadour Brendan James. Touring behind his third album and major label debut, Wax dipped into his songbook, which was laden with a variety of styles and flavors. His set ranged from the dramatic ( "The Last ...







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