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Spotlight - If you missed At the Flash—Sean Chandler and David Leeper's one-man show that was the very first winner of Pride Films and Plays' Gay Play Contest—you have one more chance to see it. At the Flash was select to appear in the 2014 Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in Ireland, so Pride Films and Plays is offering a farewell fundraising performance. ...


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At the Movies: Child's Pose; In the Name Of; notes - The cinema of Eastern Europe has been particularly vibrant in the last five years, with two films—Child's Pose ( opening this Friday at the Music Box ) and In the Name Of ( available on DVD and Streaming from Film Movement )—as particularly strong examples of this trend. Child's Pose, from Romania, tells the story of Cornelia ( Luminita Gheorgiu ...


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ALCC's 'Motown' benefit on May 1 - AIDS Legal Council of Chicago ( ALCC ) has teamed with Broadway in Chicago, Downtown Bar & Lounge, and Shellback Rum for a theater night benefit on Thursday, May 1, for the arrival of Motown the Musical. All tickets purchased through ALCC—which are partially tax-deductible and start at $40—include access to a private, pre-show cocktail and food reception at Downtown ...


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THEATER REVIEW Mud Blue Sky - Playwright: Marisa Wegrzyn At: A Red Orchid, 1531 N. Wells St. Tickets: 312-943-8722; www.aredorchidtheatre.org; $25-$30 Runs through: May 25 Flight attendants Beth ( Natalie West ) and Sam ( female ) are overnighting at a standard-issue motel near O'Hare. Sam ( Mierka Girten ) is having drinks with Angie ( Kirsten Fitzgerald ), a recently divorced former flight attendant, but ...


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THEATER REVIEW L'Imbecile - Playwright: Aaron Adair At: Babes With Blades Theatre Company at Rivendell Theatre, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: 773-904-0391; www.babeswithblades.org; $20 Runs through: May 10 You're unlikely to have heard of Victor Hugo's Le Roi S'Amuse—it was closed by the Paris censors the day after its premiere in 1832 and banned from production for the next 30 years. It resurfaced—with ...


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CRITICS' PICKS - Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show, About Face Theatre and Silk Road Rising, extended through May 4. New About Face Theatre artistic director Andrew Volkoff makes a memorable Chicago directorial debut with a very funny and insightful piece on an intersex Indian-American who lives multi-hyphenated existance straddling different genders and cultures. SCM Depraved New World, The Second City, open run. ...


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DOUBLE REVIEW Dorian, Snow White and the Seven Drag Queens - DOUBLE REVIEW - Dorian Playwrights: Ben Lobpries & Tommy Rapley At: The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. Tickets: 773-769-3832 or www.thehousetheatre.com; $20-$39 Runs through: May 18 Snow White and the Seven Drag Queens Playwright: Tony Lewis At: MidTangent Productions at Hydrate, 3458 N. Halsted St. Tickets: www.tix.com or www.hydratechicago.com; $15 Runs through: May 17 BY SCOTT ...


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Matt Miner talks animal liberation, lesbian storyline - NUNN ON ONE: COMIC BOOKS Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Matt Miner is a writer who believes in what he does for a living. As a longtime animal-rights supporter, Miner created a comic about underground activism called Liberator following a character named Damon as he battles animal abusers. The comic has already met critical acclaim and a complete collection of Liberator volume one was released in a trade paperback this ...


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The Becker book outrage - To say there's been a flurry of discussion around the release of a new book on the legal case that challenged California's Proposition 8 would be an understatement. The book—Forcing the Spring, by New York Times writer Jo Becker—has been thoroughly pilloried by many plugged-in LGBT activists and journalists, both publicly and privately. While a few have attempted to cut ...


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Sister Spit heats up a frigid Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Continuing a feminist/queer tradition which began in 1994, this year's Sister Spit tour rolled into the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts on the campus of the University of Chicago and wowed an SRO crowd on April 14. ( Organizer Michelle Tea was not on this particular tour. ) It hardly mattered that an ice storm raged outside ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - Have you heard about Bryan Singer and the underage teen? In 1999, Michael Egan was 17. He claims Marc Collins-Rector lured him into a world of alcohol, drugs and gay sex. Collins-Rector was the chairman of Digital Entertainment Network—a proposed gay Internet site that would stream videos to subscribers. In the complaint, Egan claims that Collins-Rector facilitated a meeting with ...


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'The New Black' screening, talk on April 26 - The New Black—part of the ( In )Justice for All Film Festival that's taking place in various venues around Chicago—will screen ( with a discussion ) Saturday, April 26, 5-8 p.m., at Chicago Theological Seminary, 1407 E. 60th St. Trinity United Church of Christ Singles Community: Same Gender Loving Family and the Charles Shelby Rooks Society are presenting this event. ...


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Local gay singer Jonathan Zeng releases new CD - by Charlsie Dewey Singer-songwriter and pianist Jonathan Zeng and his partner, Edward Wagner, moved to Chicago in January. Previously the pair was living in Cincinnati, where Zeng had recently had a teaching job offer rescinded when the school found out he is gay. "I was offered a job and then they asked if I was gay and they told me ...


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Christina Perri follows her 'Head' and 'Heart' - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC - Singer Christina Perri—who hails from Philadelphia—proved herself before even signing a record deal with a gem of a song called "Jar of Hearts" that was used on the television show So You Think You Can Dance. She was signed to Atlantic Records and followed it with another hit "Arms" and a Twilight Saga song "A Thousand Years." Armed with only ...


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MOVIES Cameron Diaz: The real thing - Cameron Diaz is all about breaking the rules ... especially when someone else is breaking them, too. Strutting into a room at the Four Seasons at Beverly Hills, the actress surveys the space and lugs an oversized sofa chair to the opposite corner, where she gets comfortable, her slender legs curled behind her, heels still on. In person, Diaz really ...


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Jeff Awards nominees include BoHo Theatre, Oracle - Chicago, IL. The Jeff Awards Committee today announced 128 nominations in 24 categories of Non-Equity Jeff Awards for productions that opened between April 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014. The Non-Equity Awards honor excellence in Chicago theatres not under a union contract. Jeff judges attended opening nights of 147 productions offered by 65 Non-Equity producing organizations. The judges recommended 66 ...


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Rogers & Hollands adds Rony Tennenbaum jewelry - From a press release - With marriage equality making major strides across the country, the burgeoning same-sex wedding industry is attracting a wide range of companies with years of experience in the wedding business. One of the largest family-owned jewelry chains in the country, Rogers & Hollands, is expanding its demographic reach and marketing to include the LGBT community by adding a new wedding jewelry ...


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Lesbianography: Lesbians and Sex, Out at CHM May 8 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( April 17, 2014 ) — The Chicago History Museum will conclude its eleventh season of the LGBT program series Out at CHM withLesbianography: Lesbians and Sex on Thursday, May 8. Scholars Juana MarÃ≠a RodrÃ≠guez of UC Berkeley and LaMonda Horton-Stallings of IU Bloomington will lead a provocative discussion of lesbian identity, intersections of race and sexuality, and gender ...


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Table to Action event April 25 in Chicago - From a press release - A community of local activists, organizers, faith leaders and scholars will gather April in Chicago for a day-long participatory workshop rooted in art, relationship building, food, story and song. The goal? Organizers state: "To imagine and plan, from the longing for love and justice that resides at the core of all our being, what it takes for one city to ...


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Boy George on St. Patrick's Day, Easter Lady Bunny - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC - For over 30 years, out musician Boy George has entertained fans as a singer, songwriter, DJ and author. With the birth of his group, Culture Club, he had a string of hits starting with "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" then progressing into "Church of the Poison Mind" and "Karma Chameleon." George O'Dowd eventually went solo and landed back ...


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Gay men's chorus to celebrate Broadway - Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) celebrates the best of last decade of Broadway with the "Bouncing of the Walls: Broadway Our Way" concert series. The shows will take place: —Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 3rd Ave., Rockford, Ill. —Saturday, May 17, at 8 p.m.; North Shore Center for the Performing Arts,9501 Skokie Blvd., ...


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Pam Grier talks 'Dining Out For Life,' comic conventions - Pam Grier is a Golden Globe nominated actress that began her movie career in 1970s with blaxploitation projects like Coffy and Foxy Brown. Quentin Tarantino brought her back in the spotlight with his film Jackie Brown. The L Word had her supporting our community for six seasons as Kit Porter then she garnered an Emmy nomination for the cartoon Happily ...


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Joffrey to premiere 'Romeo & Juliet' - The Joffrey Ballet's 2013-14 "Masters of Dance" season comes to a close this spring with the U.S. premiere of Krzysztof Pastor's Romeo & Juliet. Romeo & Juliet runs for 10 performances only at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., April 30-May 11. A ballet in three acts, this contemporary rendition of the classic Shakespearean tale is ...


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Arts Alliance luncheon to feature McCraney - The second annual Arts Alliance Illinois "Voices of a Creative State" benefit luncheon will take place Monday, June 2, at the Palmer House Hilton Chicago, 17 E. Monroe St. The event will feature MacArthur Fellow and American playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney as the keynote speaker. The benefit will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a VIP networking reception in the Red ...


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Knight at the Movies: Hateship Loveship; film notes - Like Carol Burnett just after she left her long-running TV variety show and wedged herself into a series of characters without a shred of humor, SNL alumna Kristen Wiig may think that dimming down her natural comedic gifts is what's required when playing "serious roles." Wiig has quickly established herself in movies with a batch of characters who are downtrodden ...


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Spotlight: The Dance of Death - The Dance of Death is August Stringberg's biting 1900 Swedish comedy about a crumbling marriage between a military captain and his wife. Writers Theatre in Glencoe presents the U.S. premiere of a new translation by acclaimed playwright Conor McPherson ( Port Authority, The Seafarer ) in an extremely intimate production starring acclaimed actors Shannon Cochran, Philip Earl Johnson and Larry ...


THEATER-REVIEW-El-Incas

THEATER REVIEW El Incas - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Raul Dorantes. At: Colectivo el Pozo at La Casa de Oscar Lopez, 2628 W. Division St.. Tickets: 815-690-6429; colectivoelpozo@gmail.com; $15. Runs through: May 11 Raul Dorantes wastes no time on lengthy introductions. No sooner does our play start than we learn that the Gallardos' marriage is in trouble: For months, Fernando has been returning home to sleep on ...


CRITICS-PICKS

CRITICS' PICKS - Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show, About Face Theatre and Silk Road Rising, through April 27. New About Face Theatre artistic director Andrew Volkoff makes a memorable Chicago directorial debut with a very funny and insightful piece on an Intersex Indian-American who lives multi-hyphenated existance straddling different genders and cultures. SCM Happy Endings, Second Thought Theater Company at Stage 773, ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Great God Pan - Author: Amy Herzog. At: Next Theatre Company, 927 Noyes, Evanston. Tickets: 1-847-475-1875; www.nexttheatre.org; $30-$45. Runs through: May 11 Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld once famously referred to "known unknowns." Amy Herzog's play is about the opposite—"unknown knowns"—concerning what we remember and how we remember it, or "what didn't I know and when didn't I know it." Jamie, a thirtysomething rising ...


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THEATER REVIEW Our Class - Playwright: adapted by Ryan Craig from a play by Tadeusz Slobodzianek. At: Remy Bumppo Theatre Company at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.remybumppo.org; $42.50-$52.50. Runs Through: May 11 First, the facts: On July 10, 1941, all Jewish residents of the Polish village of Jedwabne—recently overrun with Russian armies, but now occupied by German troops—were imprisoned in a ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Trey McIntyre Project's last dance - By Lauren Warnecke - "What is that inspiration to dance? What is that feeling, and why is important? Why do we seek it?" said Trey McIntyre in a conversation with Windy City Times. McIntyre and his company, the Trey McIntyre Project ( TMP ), are legendary across the United States, and for good reason. McIntyre is a world-class choreographer with some of the country's ...


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Brahman/i One-Hijra Stand Up Comedy Show extended - CHICAGO ( April 16, 2014 ) Due to popular demand, About Face Theatre and Silk Road Rising's hit Chicago premiere of Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand Up Comedy Show is adding one additional week of performances, extending through Sunday, May 4, 2014. Written by Aditi Brennan Kapil and directed by AFT Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff, this bold, comic exploration of cultural ...


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Jennifer Lopez, Laverne Cox honored at GLAAD Media Awards - From a press release - Behind the Candelabra, The Fosters, Call Me Kuchu, Bridegroom among award recipients at Los Angeles event, LGBT advocates from Uganda and Russia accept awards Los Angeles, Sunday, April 13, 2014 — GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) media advocacy organization, honored Jennifer Lopez, Laverne Cox, Norman Lear, and the best in film and television at ...


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'Drag Race' trans controversy; Tonys to honor Rosie - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The show RuPaul's Drag Race will refrain from using an anti-trans slur in the wake of controversy, according to The Huffington Post. During a mini-challenge on the show titled "Female or She-male," contestants were asked to identify whether a photo showed a cisgender ( non-trans ) woman or a former "Drag Race" contestant after viewing a cropped portion of the ...


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Billy Masters - "I have no problem with your pelvis at all, actually."—Bruno Tonioli disagrees with the other Dancing with the Stars judges, who complained that James Maslow's bottom half was somewhat out of sync. Then again, I'm sure Bruno never met a groin he didn't like. Can I tell you a secret? Shhhh, don't tell anyone, but one of my life's ambitions ...


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'This Is What It Feels Like' to be Armin van Buuren - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren is known for playing trance music with a strong reputation in the dance community. He hosts a radio show called A State of Trance with 20 million listeners in 26 countires. He is the fourth trance artist to have a Grammy nominated song with "This Is What It Feels Like." This track features vocals by ...


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'Queer As Art' concert series kicks off - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - With Windy City Media Group sponsoring along with Lake View nightspot Sidetrack, which also provided the location, the "Queer As Art" concert series came out loud and proud on April 9. Comedian Dana Austin hosted and told stories of adventures in her neighborhood while singer and poet Storie Devereaux spoke her patented rhymes. Guests drank pineapple mixed with Remy Martin ...


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BENT NIGHTS Sharon Corr; Dum Dum Girls; Landmarks - MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Just in time for the start of the new season, we have three helpings of what summer could sound like. After anchoring the harmonies of the family congregation known as The Corrs and conquering the world, it was little surprise when Sharon Corr dropped her solo debut, Dream of You ( Warner Bros ) in 2009 and went on to ...


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BOOK REVIEW Falling into Place - By Catherine Reid. $24.99; Beacon Press; 184 pages, by Liz Baudler † Catherine Reid's essays, at their highest, hearken back to Leopold, Emerson and Thoreau. Her celebration of a life slowed and tied to the seasons of rural Massachusetts feels like something missing from the modern-day canon. Even as wetlands turn into strip malls and global temperatures creep up ...


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THEATER REVIEW Cicada - By: Jerre Dye. At: Route 66 Theatre Company at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336. Greenhousetheater.org; $35 ( $20 students ). Runs through: May. 25 A play set in a sweltering Mississippi summer, Cicada requires quite the stretch of imagination for Chicago residents still pleading for mercy from this slow-dying winter, but Route 66 Theatre Company actually ...


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RuPaul's Drag Race changes course on slur word - From GLAAD - After hearing the concerns of many people in the transgender community, Logo today announced that the network will stop using the phrase "You've got she-mail" on its hit series RuPaul's Drag Race, according to GLAAD. Additionally, the network said it has removed from its platforms an episode of the series which featured a segment called "Female or She-male." In a ...


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Windy City Perf. Arts hosts 'To Russia with Love' - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL - Windy City Performing Arts is presents its spring benefit: "To Russia With Love: Encouraging Equality Abroad by Celebrating LGBTQ Equality at Home," Saturday, May 3, at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Windy City Gay Chorus and Aria Women's Chorus invite you to join us for an evening of music, food, and fun as we honor ...


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Etheridge to perform with Chicago Symphony Orchestra - From a press release - CHICAGO—The League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association ( CSOA ) will celebrate its 25th annual Corporate Night on Monday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. with special guest Melissa Etheridge performing with members of the CSO, led by conductor Sean O'Loughlin. Over the course of more than two decades as a performer and songwriter, Melissa Etheridge has earned her post ...


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Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band plans British Invasion - From a press release - CHICAGO, APRIL 10, 2014 — With trumpets and horns, the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band ( www.lakesidepride.org ) announces "The British Are Coming!" with its British Invasion concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 at Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence, Chicago. Be sure to bring your best FAKE British accent to this spectacular evening celebrating music from the British ...


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Vicci Martinez performs in Chicago - Lesbian musician Vicci Martinez performed some her new songs, mixed with covers and her older work in a rockin' set with a full band and special guest artist April 9 at Schuba's in Chicago. See http://viccimartinez.com/ for her Drum in a Box tour dates. Photos by Hal Baim ...


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GLAAD to honor Laverne Cox; new 'Horror Story' details - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Transgender star actress, producer and writer Laverne Cox will be honored at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on April 12, when she will receive GLAAD's Stephen F. Kolzak Award, according to a press release. Academy Award-nominated actress Ellen Page will present the Award; Page named Cox as one of her inspirations when she recently came out ...


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Judging 'American Idol' with Keith Urban - Australian country singer Keith Urban tore up the charts with a string of hits since his debut in 1999 on Capital Nashville. With nine studio albums under his belt, he took a breather to judge Fox's American Idol and concentrate on family life with Nicole Kidman this spring. We gave him a call to discuss judging one of the biggest ...


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Knight at the Movies: Captain America: The Winter Soldier - When it comes to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the sequel to 2011's Captain America, it's clear from the box-office receipts and its reviews that this is one of those rare times that audiences and critics have both embraced a movie. In its opening weekend the film had the distinction of having the most financially successful box-office opening of any ...


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Chicago play brings former flames full circle in 'Cicada' - Amy Matheny and Jerre Dye have been in each other's lives on and off since the age of 15. First friends, then partners, then friends again, Matheny is perhaps one of Dye's biggest fans. When she stopped off to see his show in Memphis, she put her foot down … he would have to relocate it to Chicago—end of story. ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Sexual and gender dualities on stage - The cascade of LGBTQIA works on Chicago-area stages continues with two world premieres opening this week. One deals with bisexuality among Latino immigrants living in Chicago, while another focuses on an intersex installation artist trying to make amends as death approaches. El Incas Out Mexican-born and Chicago-based playwright Raul Dorantes expects to stir up some controversy with El Incas, his ...


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MOMBIAN Classic film about lesbian mothers now on DVD - MOMBIAN - The Fosters, ABC Family's drama about two moms raising their five children, ended its very successful first season this week. But The Fosters—and many real-life two-mom families—owe a debt of gratitude to a film that premiered 30 years ago and is now newly remastered and available on DVD: Choosing Children, the first documentary to look at lesbians who became parents ...


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Online media project shapes info on Black, LGBT youth - Chicago's North-South divide continues to define the city, even after decades of social change for Black and LGBT communities. Challenging that reality has united South Side youth and university researchers for a new digital storytelling project, which seeks to build bridges of understanding. The University of Chicago's Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health, otherwise known ...


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Lake View street renamed after Yoshi's chef - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 2, the intersection of North Halsted and West Aldine streets was renamed "Yoshi Katsumura Way." Chef-proprietor Katsumura and his wife, Nobuko, have been creating and serving meals at Yoshi's CafÃÉ©, 3257 N. Halsted St., for nearly 32 years. Ald. Tom Tunney, who sponsored the City Council ordinance designating Yoshi Katsumura Way, presided over the ceremony. The new street ...


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Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand Up Comedy Show - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Aditi Brennan Kapil. At: About Face Theatre and Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St. Tickets: 312-857-1234; www.aboutfacetheatre.com or www.silkroadrising.org; $20-$35. Runs through: April 27 New About Face Theatre artistic director Andrew Volkoff is certainly making a bold statement for his Chicago directorial debut with the local premiere of Aditi Brennan Kapil's Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand ...


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CRITICS' PICKS - Bat-Hamlet, Corn Productions at the Cornservatory, through April 26. Melancholy Dane and Dark Knight meet in an action-packed two-genre spoof featuring a Rocky Horror-sized performance by Lucas Thatcher as the Jester. MSB A Tale of Two Cities, Lifeline Theatre, through April 13. As is their wont, Lifeline has pared down the famous Dickens tale to its essential love triangle story, ...


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A Place in the Woods - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Erik Gernand. At: The Fine Print Theatre Company at The Alley Stage of Profiles Theatre, 4147 N. Broadway. Tickets: www.thefineprinttheatre.org; $25. Runs through: May 4 The LGBTQ community in America has made incredible strides in the past few years when it has come to gaining more equal rights and increasing societal acceptance. But there is plenty of lingering pain ...


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Peter and the Starcatcher - THEATER REVIEW - Playwright: Rick Elice. At: Bank of America, 18 West Monroe. Tickets: 800-775-2000 or www.BroadwayInChicago.com; $18-$85. Runs through: April 13 Are you a bigger fan of Captain Hook or Peter Pan? After seeing the five-time Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher, gay audience members might lean toward Hook, although Pan does have that baby face. Underneath the title it states "A Grownup's ...


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Spotlight: 33 RPM and a Few Seconds - Beirut-born multimedia artists Lina Saneh and Rabih Mroue make their Chicago debut with the semi-documentary 33 RPM and a Few Seconds, a farewell letter of a suicidal young man living in Lebanon during the revolutions of the Arab Spring. After his death, his electronic devices live on as institutions and individuals search for a meaning behind his suicide. 33 RPM ...


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Gay men's chorus to celebrate Broadway - Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) celebrates the best of last decade of Broadway with the "Bouncing of the Walls: Broadway Our Way" concert series. "Bouncing" will revisit memorable Broadway shows including Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots, Newsies and many more. The shows will take place: —Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 3rd ...


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Getting the 'what' on Betty Who - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Time - Mix pop singers like Robyn and Katy Perry with a pinch of Pink, and there's Betty Who. Born in Sydney, Australia, the blonde bombshell moved to the United States to study music and make it big in 2007. Her song "Somebody Loves You" was featured in a Home Depot wedding proposal video featuring gay couple Spencer Stout and Dustin Reeser; ...


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The Summer I Wasn't Me - BOOK REVIEW - by Jessica Verdi, $9.99; Sourcebooks; 342 pages † This gripping YA ( young adult ) novel is a great read for OAs too! ( That's "older adults" in my lexicon. ) Its focus is on gay reparative therapy—or "de-gayifying" as Lexi ( the "I" in The Summer I Wasn't Me ) would call it. Seventeen-year-old Lexi is sent off by ...


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Billy Masters - "Well, I'm a gay guy. ... I'm not a straight guy who can let himself go."—Anderson Cooper responds to Howard Stern's compliment on the Silver Fox's good looks. We open with a fascinating study in contrasts. Two prominent gay men gave interviews where they discussed being public people. First we have Anderson Cooper—previously very private about being gay. He spent ...


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Dustin Lance Black at Elmhurst College on May 8 - Openly gay and Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black ( Milk ) will be at Elmhurst College's Frick Center Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. In addition to Milk, Black's credits also include the movie J. Edgar and the play 8, which portrays the closing arguments in the federal trial that led to the overturning of California's Proposition 8 and the ...


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Sapna Kumar chases dreams to Hollywood - Stand-up comic, actor and longtime Chicago resident Sapna Kumar ( a former Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree ) has chased her dreams to Hollywood. The out performer, who has appeared on LOGO TV's One Night Stand-Up and NBC's Last Comic Standing 4, as well as in indie films Promise Land and Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together, moved ...


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IPW's 'pow wow' has Janelle Monae, Jennifer Hudson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Powered by U.S. Travel, the IPW kicked off its annual roaming event on April 6 at Cinespace Film Studio in Chicago this year. A massive amount of attendees estimated at over 6,000 dined on Blue Plate buffets along with over 20 local restaurants represented in sampling booths around the space such as Zed 451, Joe's Seafood, and Adobo Grill. Broadway ...


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THEATER REVIEW Happy Endings - Playwright: Matt Tassell. At: Second Thought Theatre Company at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252; www.stage773.com; $25. Runs through: May 4 History records many instances of gay men and het women enjoying long and affectionate friendships, while romantic literature abounds in deathbed confessions of hitherto suppressed devotion—and where would classical tragedy be without innocent lives thwarted by lies ...


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Artemis Singers concert May 31 at Broadway United - Artemis Singers concert May 31 at Broadway United Artemis Singers, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, kicks off Pride Month a day early on Saturday, May 31, with "A Feminist Mosaic" Pride concert and dance at Broadway United Methodist Church, 3338 N. Broadway. Open to the public, "A Feminist Mosaic" begins at 7:30 p.m. The dance with live DJ immediately follows the ...


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SAIC art sale April 11-12 - The School of the Art Institute of Chicago ( SAIC ) will hold its 14th annual "Spring Art Sale" April 11-12 in its ballroom at 112 S. Michigan Ave. Open and free to the public, this event gives prospective buyers the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind items from nearly every discipline. Visit www.saic.edu/springartsale . ...


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Comedy night benefits NU's IMPACT program - A sold-out audience at the Laugh Factory Chicago April 7 saw local and out-of-town comedy and music acts perform in the first Chicago edition of the Los Angeles-based "Don't Tell My Mother" show. The event benefited IMPACT, the LGBT Health and Development Program of Northwestern University. The show's creator, Nikki Levy, started off the night with a welcome and her ...


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Sobule to release Dottie's Charms on Record Store Day - From a press release - Jill Sobule will release Dottie's Charms on Record Store Day, Saturday, April 19th. Her first album in over five years, Dottie's Charms will be available physically on Record Store Day as a limited edition LP with the digital version of the album to follow on Tuesday, May 6th. The 11-song set is Jill's first concept album and features lyrical contributions ...


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Hooking up with John Sanders of 'Starcatcher' - NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Peter and the Starcatcher is a prequel to the story of Peter Pan. Told cleverly with a talented cast depicting more than a hundred characters, one performance definitely stands out in the crowd. John Sanders, as Black Stache, almost single-handedly steals the show. Playing a comical Captain Hook is just one of the many roles Sanders has brought to life. ...


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Chicago Latino Film Festival turns 30 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - To mark the 30th anniversary of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, event director Pepe Vargas and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel both made speeches at the AMC Rivers East April 3. Emanuel mentioned being an immigrant and a former ballet dancer, fitting in well with the night's festivities. Hernan Findling and Oliver Kolker, directors of Tango Glories ( Fermin ), both ...


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Reeling to take place in Sept.; call for entries - Reeling 2014: The 32nd Chicago LGBT International Film Festival is now accepting film and video entries for this year's festival, which will take place Sept. 18-25. The event will screen approximately 75-100 independent films and videos during that span. Entries are eligible for audience awards and juried cash awards in the categories of Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best ...


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Queer concert series starts April 9 in Chicago - Anna Deshawn of E3 Radio has announced the "Queer As Art" concert series. The series is a sequence of four concerts hosting a variety of queer artists from acrossthe country. The shows will display music, poetry, comedy and additional surprises. The first installment in the series happens Wed., April 9, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. The doors open at ...


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DUDES webseries launches April 11 - From a press release - CHICAGO, Ill — Chicago is the home to a new web-series, DUDES, which launches Friday morning April 11. DUDES is a wry, comedic story centered around three friends who are all on the wrong side of thirty — and they know it. This smart, witty, and lightly randy comedy has been compared to Sex and the City or Ugly Betty. ...







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