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Otis Mack: Heavy Diva's show goes on - Otis Mack, also known as "Chicago's Heavy Diva," does not take entertainment lightly. CEO and founder of HeavyDiva Productions and creator of The Chicago Warriors, Mack celebrates milestones on the stage. Born in Houston, and then moving to Chicago at the age of 3, Mack was brought up in a religious Christian home with accepting parents. At Prairie View A&M ...


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'Lady X' at Mary's Attic in April-June - Hell in a Handbag Productions will open its 15th season with the world premiere of Lady X—A Musical on April 21-June 10 at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Based on Handbag's 2010 play of the same name, Lady X—A Musical takes on the black-and-white crime melodrama films of the '30s and '40s. The production will feature Chazie Bly, David ...


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THEATER REVIEW For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday - Playwright: Sarah Ruhl. At: Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150 or ShatteredGlobe.org; $35. Runs through: May 20 With the Chicago premiere of Sarah Ruhl's 2016 play For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday, Shattered Globe Theatre has already laid claim to the casting coup of the season. Ruhl wrote this play in honor of ...


THEATER-REVIEW-King-of-the-Yees

THEATER REVIEW King of the Yees - Playwright: Lauren Yee. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: $10-$40. Runs through: April 30 Lauren Yee's play is a chronicle of San Francisco's Chinatown that refuses to turn a blind eye to its corrupt politicians and gangster warlords. It's also a tour of the district, with exotic xenophile-pleasing sights cited by names and addresses, in addition to cute ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Mystery-of-Love-Sex

THEATER REVIEW The Mystery of Love & Sex - Playwright: Bathsheba Doran. At: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe. Tickets: 847-242-6000; WritersTheatre.org; $35-$80. Runs through: July 2 Despite its title and a provocative program photo, this contemporary comedy-of-manners concerns sexuality rather than sex. Charlotte and Jonny have been best friends and next-door neighbors since they were nine, in an affluent Southern city. As college roommates they seem destined to ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Linda-Vista

THEATER REVIEW Linda Vista - Playwright: Tracy Letts. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: $20-$94. Runs through: May 21 It's been said of the United States that everything not fastened down eventually rolls westward to California, so it's unsurprising that we meet our AARP-aged protagonist adrift in San Diego, where cheap bachelor apartments come with two bedrooms, a swimming pool, cactus-fruit margaritas and ...


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Queer Harlem event at Center on April 23 - The Legacy Project's "Harlem Comes to Halsted"—a jazz-and-blues tribute to The Harlem Renaissance—will take place Sunday, April 23, 12-3 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. There will be live music, a gourmet brunch, a silent-art auction and period costumes. The event will also honor the first bronze memorial under contract for the fall induction to Chicago's Legacy ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Yes, it was extremely surprising. I wouldn't have put myself in that position if I'd thought it would happen. I've been photographed a million times in a million ways. I have a good radar. We'd been completely alone for five days. Nothing around us. There was no way anyone could get anything. So I had a moment of feeling free."—Orlando ...


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Sense8 benefit April 23 - Aimee Allegretti and Karin Winslow are hosting a benefit screening of Sense8 for the ACLU on April 23 at 4 p.m. at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. Two new episodes from the second season will be shown, and co-executive producer Lana Wachowski will do a Q&A afterward. ACLU of Illinois Police Practices Project Director Karen Sheley will ...


FILM-REVIEW-Staying-Vertical

FILM REVIEW Staying Vertical - Director: Alain Guiraudie. Starring: Damien Bonnard, India Hair, Raphael Thiery. Running Time: 98 min. Release date: April 21 ( on DVD May 30 ) The new French film Staying Vertical—by prominent queer director Alain Guiraudie, who also wrote the screenplay—is heading to the Gene Siskel Film Center April 21-27. Leo, played by Damien Bonnard, is a film writer who encounters ...


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Christian singer Trey Pearson on coming out, Chicago - Christian rock singer Trey Pearson recently came out to the public on his website, where he chronicled his struggles to admit to himself and then to his family that he is gay. Now more comfortable in his skin, Pearson talked with Windy City Times about his message of love, music as therapy and male attention. Windy City Times: I read ...


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Symphony Center to present 2017/2018 Jazz Series - From a press release - CHICAGO—The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association ( CSOA ) announces the 2017/18 Symphony Center Presents ( SCP ) Jazz series programming. Now entering its 24th season, the SCP Jazz series includes 10 concerts that underline a commitment to presenting some of today's most acclaimed and innovative jazz artists. Highlights of the 2017/18 series include the annual, multi-day visit by Wynton Marsalis ...


DANCIN-FEATS-The-Post-Butoh-Festival-Transgression-during-Chicago-Dance-Month

DANCIN' FEATS The Post-Butoh Festival: Transgression during Chicago Dance Month - by Joanna Furnans - Originating after World War II as an act of resistance to the Japanese government, Westernization, traditional gender and sexual norms, plus conventional dance techniques, butoh is a Japanese hybrid dance form known for its taboo and fraught depictions of humanity. Butoh performances have a reputation for extreme physical endurance and powerful imagery that is both grotesque and profoundly beautiful. Fast-forward ...


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Driehaus exhibiting French posters - The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St., has announced the special exhibition "L'Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters," running through Jan. 7, 2018. The exhibition features 45 posters dating from 1875 to 1910 created by five grand masters: Jules Cheret, Eugene Grasset, Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha. Each of the five masters of the medium ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-THEATER-Chad-Beguelin-helps-give-Aladdin-its-magic

NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Chad Beguelin helps give 'Aladdin' its magic - The musical version of Disney's Aladdin takes the popular cartoon and gives it even more of a shine. The story follows a young man discovering a genie in a lamp. He uses his wishes to pursue a princess and battle an evil Grand Vizier. The book was written by Chad Beguelin, who also wrote lyrics along with Tim Rice and ...


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FILMS Putting the LGBT in the CLFF - The Chicago Latino Film Festival ( CLFF ) turns 33 this year and there is a big presence planned for lesbians, gays and bisexuals, with a finale involving a famous transgender figure. The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago attained not-for-profit statues in 1987, fulfilling a mission of promoting Latin culture through the annual festival. The organization's goal of building ...


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


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NUNN ON ONE: MOVIES Matthew Aaron taps a 'Landline' - Out actor Matthew Aaron wrote, directed, and starred in the new indie film Landline. It stars Tom Arnold, Betsy Brandt, and Jim O'Heir. This the first sports related film that features LGBT leads working with Major League Baseball. Cubs player Ryne Sandberg plays himself in Landline. Aaron has hosted The Matthew Aaron Show, an internet radio gig in which he ...


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Theater spotlight on Marry Me a Little, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight Die-hard fans of composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim won't want to miss Porchlight Music Theatre's rare revival of Marry Me a Little. The 1980s revue conceived by gay playwright Craig Lucas and Norman René features cut "trunk songs" by Sondheim to tell the story of two lonely New York singles whose apartments strangely combine into one. Expect plenty of musical ...


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Aimee Mann in Chicago on April 29 - Aimee Mann will perform at Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave, on Saturday, April 29, in support of her new album, Mental Illness, out March 31. The 11-track Mental Illness features Mann's melancholia in an almost all-acoustic format, with a style inspired by some of her favorite '60s and '70s folk-rock records, augmented by strings arranged by her longtime producer, ...


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Entertainment: VH1 slate, Kristen Stewart, 'Stranger Things,' Morrissey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - VH1 has unveiled its 2017-18 slate, Deadline noted. It includes a season-10 renewal of recent transplant RuPaul's Drag Race for premiere in March 2018; five new series, including a project starring Ricky Martin and '90's House, co-hosted by Lance Bass; and 11 returning series. The network also announced a June 5 premiere date for new satirical scripted series Daytime Divas, ...


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Documentary About Long-Lost Opera Premieres at Two Chicago Film Festivals - From a press release - CHICAGO ( April 18, 2017 ) — A documentary about the long-lost work of Chicago's first Hispanic composer premieres this month at two prestigious film festivals: the Chicago Latino Film Festival and the Chicago International Music & Movies Festival. Interviews and advance screeners of the film for reviewers are now available. The Way to Andina tells the story of Arlen ...


Hubbard-Street-Dance-Chicago-announces-40th-Anniversary-Season-programming

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago announces 40th Anniversary Season programming - From a press release - CHICAGO — Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton are excited to announce the main company's 2017—18 season performances in Chicago celebrating the company's 40 year history. Tickets to the three engagements at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park located at 205 East Randolph Street, and a fourth performance at the Auditorium Theatre, located ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-The-return-of-Joey-McIntyre

NUNN ON ONE The return of Joey McIntyre - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Joseph "Joey" McIntyre will always be remembered as a member of New Kids on the Block. After the madness died down a bit, he went on to sell over a million records as a solo artist. The New Kids new EP launches May 12. He began acting on off-Broadway in The Fantastics, the musical Wicked and in Jonathan Larson's Tick, ...


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Five Worth Finding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Indie Cafe: This casual restaurant ( 5951 N. Broadway; IndieCafe.us ) specializes in Asian cuisine—and offers an impressive array of food. Some of the offerings includes miso udon or soba soup, robota grill skewers ( such as coconut shrimp ), sushi and nigiri, various versions of maki, noodle dishes and entrees such as the very delicious Indie Ocean ( a ...


Ten-Dollar-House-play-about-preservation-gay-partners-at-Glessner

Ten Dollar House play about preservation, gay partners at Glessner - Glessner House Museum will host two performances of the celebrated play Ten Dollar House Saturday, May 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 14 at 3 p.m., 1800 S. Prairie Avenue in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood. In this true story of love and historic preservation set in Depression-era Wisconsin, a London-based decorator and a local drifter fall in love as ...


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Two films addressing creative women's movements April 23 - From a press release - April 12, 2017 ( Chicago ) — Announcing the screening of two recently made films that address creative women's movements: The Women's March and Women Mobilized for Change, followed by a panel discussion titled "Women Rise Up / How WE Mobilize; Mothers and Daughters, Intersectionality and an historic movement remembered. How creative movements create change." The film Women's March ( ...


Michelle-Shocked-in-town-this-summer

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


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'Survivor' outing generates controversy - On the April 12 episode of the longtime CBS show Survivor, Jeff Varner outed fellow contestant Zeke Smith as transgender—and that move sparked controversy. Varner, who is gay, shared the information during a Tribal Council, asking Smith, "Why haven't you told anyone you're transgender?" Other contestants criticized Varner for revealing a personal matter, with Varner responding that he outed Smith ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Andreas Mitisek's Chicago exit - This past February, many local opera fans were taken aback when Andreas Mitisek announced that he was stepping down as general director Chicago Opera Theater ( COT ). The Viennese-born director/conductor/designer fulfilled his five-year contract with COT, which he kept on top of his other duties at California-based Long Beach Opera, where he has been artistic and general director since ...


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Pride Films' 'Trans* Play Contest' underway - Chicago-based performing-arts company Pride Films and Plays has launched The Great Trans* Play Contest. The competition is open to playwrights who are transgender, genderqueer, gender-fluid, non-binary or of other gender nonconforming identities. Specific benefits to the winning submission will include a cash award, and further development in a week-long rehearsal workshop under the direction of PFP company member and trans* ...


THEATER-REVIEW-GoldiSocks-and-Her-Three-Bears-Fabulous-Fairy-Tales-of-Drag

THEATER REVIEW GoldiSocks and Her Three Bears' Fabulous Fairy Tales of Drag - Playwright: Heather Branham Green. At: Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-598-4549 or GorillaTango.com; $20. Runs through: May 26 Over the years, Gorilla Tango Theatre has built up a solid reputation for burlesque spoofs of pop cultural phenomena. Game of Thongs or A Nude Hope: A Star Wars Burlesque, anyone? Now with the premiere of GoldiSocks and ...


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THEATER REVIEW Stop Kiss - Playwright: Diana Son. At: The Cuckoo's Theater Project at Collaboraction Studios in Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 312-882-8201 or TheCuckoosTheaterProject.com; $20. Runs through: May 6 Stop Kiss was extremely timely at its 1998 off-Broadway debut. Diana Son's drama involving a lesbian-bashing incident opened not long after the brutal murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard became ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Spotlight Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's acclaimed and intimate take on Frank Loesser's often operatic Broadway musical The Most Happy Fella has just been extended due to audience demand. Loesser unquestionably poured out his heart in making this musical adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama They Knew What They Wanted involving a "mail-order" bride who comes to the Napa Valley. The ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Mother-of-Smoke

THEATER REVIEW Mother of Smoke - Playwright: Emma Stanton, Morgan McNaught, Lucas Baisch, Ruth Margraff and others. At: Red Tape Theatre/Walkabout Theatre Company at the Pride Arts Broadway, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: $20. Runs through: April 15 When confronted with a multiplicity of sensory stimuli, human beings tend to perceive motion first, then sound and, after that, sight. Further down the list comes verbal recognition and ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Beyond-Caring

THEATER REVIEW Beyond Caring - Playwright: Alexander Zeldin. At: Lookingglass Theatre Company at the Water Works. 821 N. Michigan Ave. Tickets: $40-$75. Runs through: May 7 If you think scrubbing out your own bathroom and kitchen is a chore, imagine applying your janitoral skills to the residue of a meat-processing plant. Would you rather be paid less than $50 a day for picking up spilled ...


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THEATER REVIEW Mary Poppins - Authors: Richard & Robert Sherman ( songs ), Julian Fellowes ( book ) after P. L. Travers. At: The Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-325-1700; MercuryTheaterChicago.com; $30-$65. Runs through: May 28 The day after Richard and Robert Sherman won two Oscars ( best original score and song ) for Mary Poppins in 1965, they visited every department of ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I used to think that the best thing about being gay was that you didn't have to have kids. I mean, how many decent parents are there? Really?"—Sir Ian McKellen discusses if he thinks being gay deprived him of any opportunities in life. I guess the answer is no. One must enjoy moments with the fragile oldsters while one can. ...


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Terra launches 'Art Design Chicago' - The Terra Foundation for American Art announced "Art Design Chicago," a wide-ranging initiative to explore the breadth of Chicago's role as a catalyst and incubator for innovations in art and design. Spearheaded and funded by the Terra Foundation, with significant support from The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, "Art Design Chicago" was developed in partnership with more than 40 cultural organizations ...


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Opera trivia event April 20 - Opera devotees and newcomers alike will come together for "La Triviata," a night celebrating the history, artistry, humanity and even the craziness of the operatic art form. The event will be at the Civic Opera Building, 20 N. Wacker Dr., on Thursday, April 20. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will begin at 6 p.m., with trivia at 7-9 p.m. Forte Chicago—a ...


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Special 'Serial Mom' Blu-ray out May 9 - On May 9, Scream Factory will present the Serial Mom Collector's Edition Blu-ray for a standard retail price of $34.93. It includes bonus content such as new interviews with John Waters, Kathleen Turner and Mink Stole, special featurettes and much more. Available for the first time on Blu-ray in North America, this definitive collector's edition contains a collectible cover art ...


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NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Lesbian comic stumbles upon good Fortune - Lesbian funnywoman Emily Fortune Feimster ( better known as simply Fortune Feimster ) is on fire these days. Born in Belmont, North Carolina, Feimster left the southeast behind to move to California to pursue comedy. She started with the Groundlings then landed a spot on Last Comic Standing. Chelsea Handler made her a regular roundtable host on Chelsea Lately. Her ...


Blue-Man-teams-with-Autism-Speaks

Blue Man teams with Autism Speaks - Blue Man Group is teaming up with Autism Speaks for the third consecutive year and will be hosting autism-friendly performances suitable for individuals and families affected by autism in New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Chicago and Orlando. Tickets for these special performances in New York, Boston, Chicago and Orlando will be discounted, and $5 from each ticket will be donated ...


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Gerber/Hart book sale April 15 - The Spring Gerber/Hart Book Sale will be held on Saturday, April 15, 12-6 p.m. in Gerber/Hart's Howard Brown Health Atrium, 6500 N. Clark St. The sale includes LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ fiction and non-fiction books, videos and erotica. Proceeds from the sale go support the operations and mission of Gerber/Hart. The popular by-the-bag and by-the-box prices are back. See GerberHart.org . ...


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Otis Mack's 25th anniv. on April 24 - Heavy Diva Productions, JB Enterprise and the City of Chicago will hold an event to mark the 25th anniversary of "Heavy Diva" Otis Mack, which will feature a reunion of the Chicago Warriors. The event will take place Monday, April 24, at Baton Show Lounge, 436 N. Clark St., at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Among the special guests expected are ...


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SPRING MUSIC Wayne's world: Talking with The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne - Rock band The Flaming Lips seems to never conform to the norm. The act formed in Oklahoma in 1983, with brothers Wayne and Mark Coyne as well as Michael Ivins. After Mark left the band, Wayne took up vocal duties. Warner Bros. Records signed them, with the band releasing several hit singles such as "She Don't Use Jelly" and "Do ...


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Chicago Cabaret Convention in town April 19-21 - New York-based musical organization The Mabel Mercer Foundation will return to the Midwest this spring for the first time since 2006 to present its fourth Chicago Cabaret Convention. Three completely different concerts are planned, opening Wed., April 19, at 6:30 p.m. at The Empire Room of the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St., and continuing Thursday-Friday, April 20-21, at ...


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Intersex activist screens their film at UChicago - Intersex activist, artist and filmmaker Pidgeon Pagonis stopped by the University of Chicago ( UChicago ) on April 6 to discuss intersex identity and screen their film The Son I Never Had. After introductions from UChicago graduate students, a friend of Pagonis—who they met after lecturing about intersex identity for the first time—read a piece about being intersex in an ...


IN-THE-LIFE-Garrett-Johannsen

IN THE LIFE Garrett Johannsen - by Molly Sprayregen - Garrett Johannsen—a Chicago-based, opera-singing tenor—has loved music since he was a young kid growing up in Schiller Park, Illinois. It began with playing trumpet in his high school band and singing in the school choir. When he decided to take private voice lessons on the side, he realized his true passion lied not only in singing, but in singing opera. ...


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Gestalt Series, Inner Workings of Secrets solo exhibit by Sandra Antongiorgi - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( April 3, 2017 ) "Gestalt Series:The Inner Workings of Secrets", a solo exhibition by Chicago-based Puerto Rican Artist Sandra Antongiorgi, will be on view at Paseo Boricua Gallery, located at 2636 W Division Street in the heart of the Humboldt Park community. The exhibit will run from April 3, 2017 through April 30, 2017. An opening reception ...


American-Theater-Company-announces-casting-for-ice-skating-saga

American Theater Company announces casting for ice skating saga - From a press release - April 11, 2017 ( Chicago, IL )—American Theater Company ( ATC ) concludes its Season 32 with the world premiere of Dan Aibel'sT., an exploration of the competitive ice skating saga between Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. Margot Bordelon directs a cast featuring Guy Massey ( Al ), Leah Raidt ( T. ), ensemble member Tyler Ravelson ( Jeff ), ...


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Sedaris, Ginsburg, Ailey dancers part of Auditorium's season - SThe Auditorium Theatre announced its 2017-18 season under new Chief Executive Officer Tania Castroverde Moskalenko—along with its new tagline, "The Theatre for the People." Diverse programming is the hallmark of the upcoming season, with everything from a talk with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's annual visit. Some of the highlights are as ...


Musical-Tarzan-April-12-May-14

Musical 'Tarzan' April 12-May 14 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - To celebrate its 10th anniversary, NightBlue Performing Arts Company opens its 2017 season with the Chicago premiere of Disney's Tarzan: The Stage Musical at Stage773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. The production runs April 12-May 14. This musical—based on Disney's animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes—features music by Phil Collins and a book by Tony Award-winning ...


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The Joffrey Ballet closes 2016-17 season with global visionaries - From a press release - April 11, 2017 ( Chicago, IL ) — For its annual spring engagement, The Joffrey Ballet presents Global Visionaries, a program of three contemporary works by internationally renowned artists including the World Premiere of Episode 47 by Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman, the Chicago Premiere ofThe Miraculous Mandarin by San Francisco Ballet Resident Choreographer Yuri Possokhov, created specifically for The Joffrey ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TV-Ann-Mahoney-from-Walking-Dead-to-Sun-Records

NUNN ON ONE: TV Ann Mahoney, from 'Walking Dead' to 'Sun Records' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actress Ann Mahoney shot into the spotlight on the hit AMC show The Walking Dead, playing the a lesbian character named Olivia. Before meeting an untimely end, Olivia was in charge of the pantry and armory in the town of Alexandria Safe-Zone. Mahoney moved to New Orleans from New York when she was younger. She studied acting at Greensboro College ...


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HUMP! FILM FESTIVAL Ty Wardwell serves 'Breakfast' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dan Savage's Hump! Film Festival is returning to Chicago April 14-15. The concept started out simple with every day people making short, adult videos and sending them to Savage. Everyone was welcome to join the fourth international tour and 22 videos were selected. While discretion and anonymity are important to the filmmakers, the crew that created the segment Breakfast in ...


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Entertainment: '3 Generations,' Elton John, Adore Delano, Britney Spears - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Weinstein Company plans to challenge the Motion Picture Association of America's ( MPAA ) decision to assign an "R" rating to its forthcoming trans-centered film 3 Generations, according to a press release. The film—which stars Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts, and Susan Sarandon—"provides an authentic and sensitive portrayal of what it means to be a transgender youth in today's society ...


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SPACE, LGBTQIA variety show, in Hyde Park April 14 - SPACE is a queer variety show hosted by stand-up comedians Carly Ballerini and Shannon Noll and featuring performers in Chicago who are LGBTQIA identified. The performance is rooted in stand up, with featured acts including dance, music, drag, storytelling, and more. Space seeks to create a place for performers and audience alike to celebrate their identity and art. This month, ...


Classic-Kink-Parts-I-and-II-at-Smart-Museum-of-Art-in-May

Classic Kink, Parts I and II at Smart Museum of Art in May - From a press release - The University of Chicago's Smart Museum of Art, Office of LGBTQ Student Life, and the Leather Archives & Museum are partnering for Classic Kink, a two-part program that explores classicism in relation to the history of LGBTQ communities. The events are free, but space is limited. We ask that guests register in advance: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/classic-kink-part-i-tickets-31145409759 . Classic Kink ( Part ...


THEATER-REVIEW-By-the-Water

THEATER REVIEW By the Water - Sean Margaret Wagner - Playwright: Sharyn Rothstein. At: Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd. Tickets: 847-673-6300 or Northlight.org; $30-$81. Runs through: Apr. 23 There's a haunting realization at the core of Sharyn Rothstein's By the Water, now playing at Northlight Theatre: Not even a Category 1 hurricane can devastate like unchecked pride. Director Cody Estle serves up a beautiful, modern-day tribute to America's favorite dead ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Born-Yesterday

THEATER REVIEW Born Yesterday - Playwright: Garson Kanin. At: Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $42.50-$52.50. Runs through: April 30 Since its premiere in 1946, Garson Kanin's satirical comedy has been largely reduced to a retread of the Pygmalion myth, in which learned men endeavor to educate ignorant women, only to meet with unanticipated results. With present events precipitating ...


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THEATER REVIEW In to America - Playwright: William Massolia. At: Griffin Theatre at The Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 866-811-4111; GriffinTheatre.com; $36. Runs through: April 23 A large ensemble cast in an intimate space presents the United States' history, from the Jamestown settlement until today, as told through the words of America's immigrants—which is all of us who aren't Native American. A few famous ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Born-Ready

THEATER REVIEW Born Ready - Playwright: Stacie Barra. At: Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St. Tickets: $25; TheFactoryTheater.com. Runs through: April 29 All About Eve and Sunset Boulevard are as celebrated for their manneristic melodrama as for their iconic status in the annals of Hollywood cinema. Factory Theater playwright Stacie Barra's wry parody of the two seminal films reaches beyond simple ridicule, however, instead reflecting ...


Spotlight-on-The-Laramie-Project-Critics-Picks

Spotlight on The Laramie Project, Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Following the 1998 brutal murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming, playwright/director Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project interviewed dozens of townspeople to get their real-life reactions for the seminal docu-drama theater piece The Laramie Project. This oft-produced 2000 off-Broadway drama returns in a suburban Chicago production courtesy of ...


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Victory Gardens Theater to presents Native Gardens - From a press release - Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater continues its 42nd season with the Chicago Premiere of Native Gardens, written by Karen Zacarías and directed byMarti Lyons. Native Gardens runs June 2 — July 2, 2017, with the press performance on Friday, June 9, 2017, at 7:30 pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. Pablo, a high-powered lawyer, and his pregnant ...


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Billy Masters - One of my treasured proofreaders sent me this email: "I never stopped to think of how the rainbow flag began, and how it could be one person's invention. I just assumed it was 'always there', and always a symbol of gay pride." He had just read about the passing of Gilbert Baker, the man credited with creating the first rainbow ...


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'Twink' tour/show through April 16 - The new walking tour/show called The Twink on the Fire Escape—during which Chicago comedian and writer Zach Zimmerman tells how a twink wound up on his fire escape—takes place on Sundays at 2 p.m. through April 16. ( There's no show April 9. ) "Twink" runs 60 minutes and tells the story in three parts while attendees visiting three locations. ...


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MUSIC Xavier Rizi Timane: 'Love Is All We Need' - Xavier Rizi Timane's video "Love Is All We Need" has more than 1 million YouTube views since it was published in late February. Filmed outside Los Angeles, the video promotes love, strength, tolerance and unity amid President Donald Trump's divisive policies and rhetoric, and features a diverse group of people representative of United States society, including immigrants, LGBT people and ...


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Special 'Serial Mom' Blu-ray out May 9 - On May 9, Scream Factory will present the Serial Mom Collector's Edition Blu-ray for a standard retail price of $34.93. It includes bonus content such as new interviews with John Waters, Kathleen Turner and Mink Stole, special featurettes and much more. Available for the first time on Blu-ray in North America, this definitive collector's edition contains a collectible cover art ...


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Trikone to show banned Indian film - Trikone-Chicago will screen Jayan Cherian's Ka Bodyscapes, a movie that India's film censor banned for "glorifying the subject of gay and homosexual relationships." The screening will tkae place Saturday, April 15, 3-6 p.m., at Columbia College of Chicago's 1104 Cneter, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., room 402. The screening will be followed by an interactive Q&A session with the director, Jayan ...


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Actress reflects on transitioning, Marilyn Monroe connection - Born in Erwin, Tennessee, transsexual actress Aleshia Brevard knew that she wanted to be a female from an early age, and began her transitioning in the late 1950s. She also knew she wanted to be a star—and eventually embarked on a journey that involving acting, modeling and teaching. Brevard talked with Windy City Times about her life—and the time she ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Unbuttoning 'Love and Sex' - Director Marti Lyons and actor Travis Turner are both cagey about revealing too much about The Mystery of Love and Sex. The 2015 drama, by lesbian playwright Bathsheba Doran ( Masters of Sex; Boardwalk Empire ), is now making its Chicago-area premiere at Writers Theatre in Glencoe. "One of the keys of the play is to not give too much ...


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FILM REVIEW The Assignment - Director: Walter Hill. Starring: Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub and Caitlin Gerard. Running time: 95 min. Release date: April 7 at the AMC Woodridge Michelle Rodriguez is no stranger to controversy. When she came out as bisexual in 2013, the only people who were surprised were those of us who had assumed she was totally lesbian. It's Christmas in ...


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'Pirate Women' talk at April 7 at WC&F - Author Laura Sook Duncombe will be at Women & Children First, 5233 N. Clark St., to discuss her new book Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas ( Chicago Review Press, April 2017 ) on Friday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas tells the ...


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Entertainment: 'The Black Penguin,' Alexis Arquette, 'Grease' anniv. - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Andrew Evans has written The Black Penguin ( University of Wisconsin Press ), which describes how, as an "awkward, gay kid," he escaped into the glossy pages of National Geographic and the wide promise of the world atlas. The Black Penguin is Evans's memoir, travel tale and love story of his eventual journey to the farthest reaches of the map, ...







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