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THEATER SPOTLIGHT on La Havana Madrid - If you missed the first two sold-out runs of Teatro Vista's La Havana Madrid, now's your chance to see this critically acclaimed play with music once again. It co-stars the show's author, Sandra Delgado, and features Roberto "Carpacho" Marin and his band, Carpacho y Su Super Combo, to tell stories of Cuban, Puerto Rican and Colombian immigrants who came to ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Hir

THEATER REVIEW Hir - Playwright: Taylor Mac. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: $20-$89. Runs through: Aug. 20 The phenomenon of "paradigm shift" occurs when an object undergoes a perceived change after being observed from a different angle—the scientific equivalent of the adage about seeing things from the other person's point of view. Be warned that several such transformations are embedded in ...


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NUNN ON ONE: DANCE Tom Mattingly taps back into town - An American in Paris springs from George Gershwin's classic movie musical. Dance numbers were choreographed by Gene Kelly originally, and he also starred as a World War II veteran named Jerry Mulligan. His character attempts to sell his paintings in Paris, where he meets a girl named Lise Dassin and falls in love. He pursues her in a series of ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - The Bridges of Madison County, Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire, through Aug. 13. Hopefully, the recent flooding in Lake County will recede soon to safely allow this intimate and emotionally vibrant 2014 Broadway musical to return. SCM La Havana Madrid, Teatro Vista at Goodman Theatre, through Aug. 20. This tune-filled homage to a not-so-long-ago chapter of Chicago's Latinx immigrant history sold out ...


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THEATER REVIEW The God of Isaac - Playwright: James Sherman. At: Grippo Stage Company at Piven Theatre at Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. Tickets: 800-838-3006 or GrippoStageCompany.com; $39. Runs through: Aug. 27 American white supremacists garnered lots of media attention this past presidential election cycle, not only for their rebranding as the "alt-right" but also for their support for the candidate who unexpectedly came ...


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THEATER REVIEW Beauty's Daughter - Playwright: Dael Orlandersmith. At: American Blues Theater at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $19-$49. Runs through: Aug. 5 The only thing worse than being somewhere you don't want to be is seeing no way to leave it for someplace better. A young Dael Orlandersmith once surveyed New York City's East Harlem streets and vowed to escape. She made ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "The 'B' in LGBTQ-plus has been fought for, for so long. I'm not going to be the person that's like, 'No, I need a 'P', I need another letter!' I stand by people that have paved this way for somebody like me."—Younger star Nico Tortorella discusses the polyamorous relationship he has with Bethany Meyers, who considers herself a lesbian. James ...


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Exhibitionism, The Rolling Stones exhibit at Navy Pier - The Rolling Stones' first-ever major exhibition, "Exhibitionism," will make its Chicago debut at Navy Pier through July 30. The Chicago engagement follows the exhibit's global premiere in London and its star-studded U.S. premiere in NYC. Exhibitionism is the largest touring experience of its kind ever to be staged, and the first time in history the band has unlocked its vast ...


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CONCERT REVIEW Adam Lambert, Queen a match made in heaven - The 1970 British band Queen returned to Chicago for a rocking concert on July 13 at the United Center. Two members of the original group remain, with Brian May on guitar and Roger Taylor on drums. Bassist John Deacon retired after singer Freddie Mercury's death in 1991. Former Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers filled in for Mercury until American Idol ...


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Milly's Orchid Show '29 Years and Holdin'' July 29 - Milly's Orchid Show celebrates its "29 Years and Holdin'" anniversary show at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., on Saturday, July 29, at 8 p.m. The show will feature Brigid Murphy as host Milly May Smithy and band Expo 76. Some of the other acts slated to be featured include Blue Man Group, Karol Kent's Cubs trilogy, Paula Killen, ...


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PERFORMANCE Sandra Bernhard talks comedy, sexuality, career - By Emagin Tanaschuk - As part of her tour, Sandra Bernhard will be coming to Chicago to perform her latest comedy show, "Sandra Monica Blvd: Coast to Coast," at City Winery July 20-21. Since her career began four decades ago, Bernhard has showed no sign of slowing down, especially with her new comedy show tour, appearances on the hit CBS TV sitcom 2 Broke ...


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New sitcom stars transgender actors - The Switch is a new sitcom starring five transgender actors in trans roles—making it the first of its kind in television history. The show's tagline is "Work. Love. Mortal Danger," and Amy Fox, one of the show's producers and cast members, said the six-episode first season touches on "urban gentrification, climate-change-driven eco terrorism, and trans Americans fleeing Trump's United States." ...


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THEATER REVIEW Something Rotten! - Playwright: Karey Kirkpatrick & John O'Farrell ( book ), Wayne & Karey Kirkpatrick ( music, lyrics ). At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com; $24-$95. Runs through: July 23 The energetic and upbeat music does the job in a variety of pop styles, but isn't particularly memorable. The fast and mostly non-stop comedy unapologetically consists of shtick, ...


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ENCORE Jessica Ray, Jenn Freeman return for solo performances - Next month, independent dance artists Jessica Ray and Jenn "Po'Chop" Freeman will deliver encore solo performances in a shared weekend bill at Links Hall. Having premiered their work in June as part of Links Hall's Co-MISSION residency program, the artists have the opportunity to show their work again for audiences who missed the successful mini-festival the first time around. ( ...


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BENT NIGHTS Taste of Chicago: The 37th annual event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 37th edition of A Taste of Chicago was loaded with surprises and worked harder then ever to please as many people as possible. There were big-ticket dining options ( with well-known chefs creating signature meals every day ), two dance sections ( Stomping Grounds Chicago featured performances from Chicago dance companies while Chicago Summer Dance offered outdoor social dancing ...


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MUSIC REVIEW Pitchfork lives on in pictures - More than 40 bands played Pitchfork Music Festival during July 14-16 in Union Park, keeping everyone guessing what would happen next. It was an opportune time to discover new music and see acts perform their craft live. Photographing the performances was challenging, with many of the musicians showing their true colors by providing stipulations for the press. Here are some ...


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Jane: Abortion and Underground reading July 24 - "Jane: Abortion and Underground" will be presented as a reading Monday, July 24, 7:30 pm at the Pride Arts Center, Broadway Theater, 4139 N. Broadway St., Chicago. The play by Paula Kamen and will be directed by Iris Sowlat. The reading will be followed by a panel discussion with the theme "Never Go Back" ( to When America Wasn't So ...


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SHOWBIZ Thomas Dekker, Linda Perry, Chippendales, Mariah Carey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Heroes producer has revealed that the show had to axe a gay storyline, Attitude reported. The popular series, which ran during 2006-2010 before returning briefly last year, launched the career of actors such as Zachary Quinto and Hayden Panettiere. Bryan Fuller, who worked on the show from the start, admitted at Outfest that a gay storyline never went ahead ...


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Benefit concert to help Russian-born LGBTQ violinist flee persecution - From a press release - CHICAGO — Notable Chicago LGBTQ community leaders are hosting a benefit concert for Artem Kolesov, a 23-year old gay man who caught the world's attention when he came out earlier this year on YouTube as part of a Russian"Children-404" project, which invites teenagers to share their stories and discuss LGBT issues in Russia. In most of their photos and videos, ...


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MUSIC Lesbian singer Jennifer Knapp continues to break new ground - By Tarina Hargrays - Lesbian singer-songwriter Jennifer Knapp has sold more than 1 million records and crossed over into a completely different genre. Knapp has recently returned to the music industry and will be headlining a show in Michigan on Friday, Aug. 11, at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, Michigan. Joining her as an opener will be singer/songwriter Natalie Gaza. Knapp who first ...


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Sedaris, Ginsburg, Ailey dancers part of Auditorium's season - The 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 ...


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'BLACK!' in Chicago in July - Michael Washington Brown, in association with Athenaeum Theatre Productions, present BLACK!, July 20-30, in Studio 2 at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Opening night is Thursday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m. The England-born Browncreated BLACK! in 2016. In the production, Brown inhabits an array of characters from Africa, the United States, England and Jamaica, performing each person's individual ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - Parade, Writers Theatre through July 15. It's the last week for this outstanding musical telling of the factual story of Leo Frank, a Jew lynched in Georgia in 1915. Jason Robert Brown's richly varied score—inspired by traditional music—is passionately rendered with unexpected entertaining flourishes despite the grim subject matter. JA The Gin Game, Drury Lane Theatre, Oakbrook Terrace, through Aug. ...


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THEATER REVIEW Alone, with Friends - Playwright: Lee Peters. At: Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave. Tickets: 773-742-5420; proptheater@gmail.com; $20. Runs through: July 15 No matter where you are in the spectrum of sexual orientation, your first break-up almost always is difficult and painful, especially if initiated by your partner. It's also commonplace and unexceptional—which is the big problem with Alone, with Friends. Steve, the 30-year-old ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-School-for-Lies

THEATER REVIEW The School for Lies - Playwright: Adapted by David Ives from a play by Moliere. At: The Artistic Home, 1376 W. Grand Ave. Tickets: $28-$32. Runs through: Aug. 13 You have to admire David Ives' commercial savvy: After making his fortune in 1993 with a collection of short, funny, low-budget, actor-friendly sketches suitable for classroom or cabaret, his "translaptations" of obscure pre-19th-century French playwrights have, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Nance

THEATER REVIEW The Nance - Playwright: Douglas Carter Beane. At: Pride Films and Plays at the Pride Arts Broadway, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: $30-$40. Runs through: July 30 The effeminate—or merely unmanly—male has been a stock character in comedy since antiquity, his risible appeal arising from the reversal of expectations at the foundation of popular humor to this day. In Western literature, the overtly gay ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "It's about damn time somebody did. I'm like, 'Shit or get off the pot!'"—Kelly Clarkson's response after she helped facilitate a gay proposal at one of her concerts, and one of the guys said they've been dating for four years. Is there anything lovelier than Provincetown on the Fourth of July? Amidst the hustle and bustle of the usual tourists ...


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Cirque du Soleil buys Blue Man Group - Cirque du Soleil has acquired Blue Man Productions, reportedly for tens of millions of dollars. The acquisition marks one step on Cirque's path toward growth and diversity, Variety noted. Blue Man Group started as a small show in New York more than a quarter-century ago; it has since played in 20 countries and has six resident productions in the Germany ...


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BOOK REVIEW James Baldwin: The FBI File - By Max S. Gordon - By William J. Maxwell; $22.99; Arcade. Publishing; 440 pages Those who have seen Raoul Peck's I Am Not Your Negro know the film is based on James Baldwin's unfinished project, an extended essay on the end of the civil-rights movement—which Baldwin often referred to as the "last slave rebellion"—and the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and ...


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Beth Ditto to sing in Chicago in July - Beth Ditto will celebrate the release of her debut solo album, Fake Sugar, with a North American headline tour. The run will kick off on July 12 in Washington, D.C., and conclude on July 26 with a show at The Independent in San Francisco. She will perform at Chicago's Lincoln Hall on July 17. Virgin Records released Fake Sugar on ...


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Series looks at trans athletes - Featuring the inspiring journeys of five transgender athletes and how sport helped them find their true identities, Identify, the new original series from the Olympic Channel, profiles athletes who are making their mark in the sports world. The five-episode docuseries is available worldwide exclusively on the Olympic Channel digital platform mobile app and at OlympicChannel.com . Athletes Chloe Anderson ( ...


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Gays behind the American Bandstand - By Sari Staver - When The New York Post published a story that a new coffeetable book, Bandstand Diaries, revealed stories about the secret gay lives of some of the dancers, sales of the book went through the roof. Beginning at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning, March 12, when the Post story by tell-all journalist Jerry Oppenheimer was published, "We could barely keep up ...


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Theater spotlight on How to be a Rock Critic - How to be a Rock Critic ( Based on the Writings of Lester Bangs ) is a solo play examining the influential and controversial title journalist who was famed for peeling away the veneer behind great music stars. Each evening performance is followed by a music tribute act, while matinees feature a talkback with music critic/biographer Jim DeRogatis. How to ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Bridges-of-Madison-County

THEATER REVIEW The Bridges of Madison County - Music & Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown. Written by: Marsha Norman. Directed by: Nick Bowling. At: Marriott Lincolnshire, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. Tickets: Marriotttheatre.com: $50-60. Runs through: Aug. 13 The Marriott Lincolnshire is presenting the regional premiere of The Bridges of Madison County. This is the musical version of Robert James Waller's best-selling romance novel that was later made into a ...


BENT-NIGHTS-Tom-Petty-and-the-Heartbreakers

BENT NIGHTS Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - When the executives at MCA Records sent two largely unknown and seemingly incompatible rockers on a low-budget promotional tour in 1977, they couldn't possibly know what they had started. The pairing of Brit nerd Elvis Costello ( a quick replacement for the Sex Pistols ) and Florida scarecrow Tom Petty would, in a brief two years, reshape AM radio beyond ...


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Northalsted Market Days to bring bvy of entertainment options - From a press release - The Northalsted Business Alliance brings a bevy of entertainment options to this year's Market Days, set for August 12 and 13. The Boystown bash, known for its five stages of entertainment, features a veritable bazaar of shopping and food options in addition to the live music. The sheer diversity in entertainment guarantees there's something for everyone to enjoy. From national ...


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Showbiz: Archie Comics, Britney Spears, Andrew Garfield, rapper's lyrics - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For the new comic, Your Pal Archie, Archie Comics will release a variant cover with gay character Kevin Keller for the debut issue at this year's Flame Con convention, the world's largest LGBT comic con, according to NewNowNext.com. The special cover features members of the Archie gang like Betty, Veronica and Kevin as their superhero alter-egos flying above New York ...


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Tribute to Jane Fonda to take place July 29 - From a press release - CHICAGO — Cinema/Chicago and the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival are proud to announce a special tribute to two-time Academy Award®-winner and three-time Golden Globe®-winning actress Jane Fonda. A Tribute to Jane Fonda takes place on Saturday, July 29 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago and will feature an on-stage conversation with Fonda, giving insight into her experience and ...


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Sean Wiggins in Chicago July 14 - Singer Sean Wiggins performs Friday, July 14 at The Glenwood, 6962 N. Glenwood Ave, Chicago, 9-11 p.m. This will be with a full band including two Chicago locals, Chandler Marino and Sheela Reddy and guitar player, Paul Houston. They play a mix of covers and originals from rock to country to blues. $10 cover or $5 if you get there ...


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Dance for Life Chicago brings eight companies to Auditorium Theatre Aug. 19 - From a press release - The 26th annual Dance for Life Chicago will exemplify Chicago's versatile and virtuoso dance community with the eight companies that are performing August 19 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Chicago Dancers United ( CDU ), which mobilizes Chicago's dance community by raising funds through dance, presents this annual benefit performance, which is preceded by a gala reception at ...


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DJ/musician comes out as transgender - LCD Soundsystem synth player/technician Gavin Russom, 43, has come out as a transgender woman. Talking with Pitchfork, Russom said, " Over the last year and a half, I went from my trans identity being something I was in touch with and worked through in one way or another, to suddenly this shift where it's on the front burner. Now it's ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Johnny-Johnson

THEATER REVIEW Johnny Johnson - Playwright: Music by Kurt Weill, libretto by Paul Green, adapted by Gerald Frantzen. At: Chicago Folks Operetta at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $40. Runs through: July 9 Some experiences cannot be described in words, war being one of them. The difficulty of summarizing so vast and varied a topic accounts for the similarities evident in their documentation, ...


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THEATER REVIEW Going To a Place Where You Already Are - Playwright: Bekah Brunstetter. At: Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: $30-$35. Runs through: July 23 Rare is the human being who has not grappled with the mystery of death and its aftermath. Cultural speculations on the realms beyond the grave encompass simple regression to the earth ( as observed in animals ) and regeneration ( as observed in ...


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THEATER REVIEW Hitler on the Roof - Playwright: Rhea Leman. At: Akvavit Theatre at Strawdog Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice Ave. Tickets: ChicagoNordic.org; $25. Runs through: July 9 Audiences attending Hitler on the Roof are put in the uncomfortable position of deciding whether or not to sing along with Nazis. But that's just one of many morally questioning oddball moments in American-Danish playwright Rhea Leman's hectoring 2011 "play ...


Critics-Picks

Critics. Picks - Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe, through Aug. 6. This collection of ballads by Belgium's hippest mid-20th century export is less a comprehensive revue than a tone poem. But when the bard outstrips both Aristide Bruant and Leonard Cohen for romantic melancholy, who can resist? MSB Late Company, Cor Theatre at ...


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Theater Spotlight on At the Table - It's not often that critically acclaimed Chicago productions get brought back for a second run complete with the original cast. So consider yourself lucky that Broken Nose Theatre is remounting its four-time Jeff Award-winning production of At the Table. Michael Perlman's play looks at a diverse group of friends away on a weekend retreat, and what drama emerges when those ...


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'Golden Girls' now through Aug. 26 - Due to popular demand, Hell in a Handbag Productions' campy world premiere The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes is adding six additional weeks of performances, extending through Aug. 26 at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. The production stars David Cerda ( who wrote it as well ), AJ Wright, Ed Jones and Adrian Hadlock. Shade Murray directs. For tickets, ...


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Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: July's featured storytellers - The July edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, July 11, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info . —Sonal Aggarwal is a world traveling performer. Raised in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, she left the country after college to travel the world. In March ...


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Comedian provides a 'Fay' ol' time - Beloved comedian Fay Jacobs will grace the Center on Halsted stage for the first time in her career on Sunday, July 9. Her previous stint in Chicago occurred more than 10 years ago for a reading at Women & Children First and was at a completely different time and place. Now she's headed back to the Windy City to present ...


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CONCERT REVIEW Michelle's concert is free of shocks - The most controversial thing artist Michelle Shocked did at City Winery in Chicago on June 27 was to not allow photographs to be taken by anyone. It is a shame because she appeared happy, healthy and ready to perform. While it was nice to see a show where fans were not recording video and snapping shots with their phones every ...


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Roxane Gay talks 'Hunger' at CHF - The Chicago Humanities Festival ( CHF ) welcomed New York Times best-selling author Roxane Gay for a book reading and question and answer session on June 19 at the Francis W. Parker School. The sold-out event focused on Gay's recently released memoir Hunger. Hunger, Gay said, is "a memoir of [her] body." In it, she explores trauma and fatness and ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Blake Hammond: 'Something' to talk about - Set in 1959, the hilarious show Something Rotten! is the story of two brothers named Nick and Nigel Bottom living in the Renaissance period. They are competing with William Shakespeare to find success in the theater world. After a series of mishaps and crazy situations, a production is brought to life called Something Rotten! Be prepared for lots of laughs ...


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BOOKS Clinton Kelly talks love and 'Hate' - The Clinton Kelly memoir I Hate Everyone, Except You has just come out in paperback. In the book, the star of What Not To Wear and The Chew talks about growing up gay, his search for love and acceptance, co-star Stacy London, husband Damon and much more. Windy City Times: How did you come up with the title for the ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Harmony of Parts - By John Garabedian, with Ian Aldrich. $29.95; Orange Frazer Press; 411 pages John Garabedian's world is a world of technology and song, of competition and fame. It's the world of Top 40 radio, a world most of us never get to see and Garabedian entered in high school. An early obsessive who bugged his parents for a tape recorder ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Burlesque breakdown - John Nasca likes a challenge. Earlier this year, the Pride Films and Plays artistic associate designed dozens of glittery costumes for the company's regional premiere of Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical—all on a very tight budget. For his efforts, Nasca won another costume design Jeff Award to add to his previous one for a Pride Films and Plays ...


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Open TV hosts potluck, preview - On June 27, Open TV ( beta ) hosted its Two Queens in a Kitchen preview and potluck. The free event was held at Reunion Chicago, an art gallery in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. Two Queens in a Kitchen ( 2QIK ) is one of Open TV's most popular series, and it aims to bring relevance to discussions about relationships, ...


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THEATER REVIEW Ah, Wilderness! - Playwright: Eugene O'Neill. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; GoodmanTheatre.org; $20-$75. Runs through: July 23 Ah, Wilderness! is a classic sentimental comedy given a sweetheart of a production by director Steve Scott. It's a summertime treat from its airy beachfront setting ( Todd Rosenthal ) and warm-hued lighting ( Aaron Spivey ), to its comfy costumes ( ...


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Studio responsibility index released - GLAAD has released its fifth annual Studio Responsibility Index—a report that maps the quantity, quality and diversity of LGBTQ people in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios and their subsidiaries during the 2016 calendar year. GLAAD found that, of the 125 releases from major studios in 2016, only 23 of them ( 18.4 percent ) included characters ...


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Queen, Lambert in Chicago July 13 - Queen + Adam Lambert will tour North America this summer with a 25-city arena tour kicking off June 23 in Phoenix. This includes a July 13 stop in Chicago at the United Center. After sold-out tours throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin and North America, Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert will debut a new show specially designed and created ...


Theater-Spotlight

Theater Spotlight - A recently dumped gay guy turns to his circle of straight friends for solace in Lee Peters' new comedy Alone, With Friends... Peters wrote the play originally to explore how gay and straight men could be friends, though now he says it is more about the power of relationships in our lives. Alone, With Friends... plays 8 p.m. Fridays and ...


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THEATER REVIEW MacBeth - Playwright: William Shakespeare. At: Oak Park Festival Theatre at Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park. Tickets: 773-445-4440 or OakParkFestival.com; $15-$30. Runs through: July 22 I'm ashamed to admit that Oak Park Festival Theater's new outdoor production of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth reminded me of awful stereotypes about Scottish people—particularly, those oft-repeated jokes about Scotsmen being notoriously tight-fisted with their money ...


CRITICSPICKS

CRITICS'PICKS - Aladdin, Cadillac Palace Theatre, through Sept. 10. This national tour is a corporate Disney product, no doubt. But most audiences nostalgic for the blockbuster 1992 animated feature probably won't care since Aladdin delivers as a wowing, big-budget stage spectacle. SCM Bette Davis Ain't for Sissies, Velvet Fox Productions at Athenaeum Theatre, through July 2. We only have an hour to ...


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THEATER REVIEW London Assurance - Playwright: Dion Boucicault. At: City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-293-3682; Citylit.org; $32. Runs through: July 23 Comedies about a father and son competing for the same woman go back well over 2,000 years, perpetually reinvented by clever writers of many eras and nations, none more so than this Early Victorian take by Dion Boucicault ( pronounced ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Late-Company

THEATER REVIEW Late Company - Playwright: Jordan Tannahill. At: Cor Theater at the Pride Arts Buena, 4147 N. Broadway. Tickets: $18-$30. Runs through: July 16 Two sets of affluent parents meeting to discuss an incident involving their respective offspring is a premise inviting anticipation of a comedy of manners in the style of Yasmina Reza, where rational discourse quickly gives way to voices raised in ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Taylor Mac's here for 'Hir' - Acclaimed out playwright and drag-performance artist Taylor Mac is back in Chicago. But instead of donning glittery deconstructed drag onstage to entertain and prod audiences to question gender and culture throughout history, Mac is behind the scenes at rehearsals for Steppenwolf Theatre's Chicago premiere of Hir. "It's fun to queer the institution a bit," said Mac, happy to have Hir ...


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'Lives: Visible' film June 28 at Siskel - Lives:Visible—the new film by Chicagoan Michelle Citron that looks at the working-class butch/fem world of pre-Stonewall Chicago, and the film-based snapshot that recorded everyday 20th-century life—will run at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., on Wed., June 28, at 8:15 p.m. Citron will be at the screening. The filmmaker, whose 1984 meta-documentary Daughter Rite is a classic ...


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THEATER REVIEW Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night - Playwright: music and lyrics by Jacques Brel, translated by Arnold Johnson. At: Theo Ubique Cabaret Theater at the No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: $29-$34. Runs through: Aug. 6 Playgoers attending Theo Ubique's musical anthology drawn from the canon of Jacques Brel are advised to set aside their memories of the 2008 premiere production, as well as those ...


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BENT NIGHTS Rhymefest; Escort - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 34th Annual Chicago Blues Festival managed to piss off people before it even started. The first development was the move from the fossilized Petrillo Music Shell to the shiny Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park—a few blocks north. Then the announcement of rapper Rhymefest on the main stage on opening night had Blues purists shrieking sacrilege while throwing them into ...


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TELEVISION 'Downward Dog' stars talk Chicago, canine co-star - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There's a new comedy series called Downward Dog barking its way onto ABC. "Dog" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, making it the first network comedy to do so. It is based on a web series following the life of Nan played by Allison Tolman and her dog Martin, played by a rescue from PAWS Chicago named Ned. Andersonville native ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Bipolar Sunshine moves to the 'Middle' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - British singer Bipolar Sunshine may not be a household name yet, but he is on his way. Born Adio Marchant in Manchester, England, the up-and-coming artist seemed destined for greatness. Before beginning a solo career, he was in the group Kid British. After the act disbanded he released two EPs, and is currently working on a solo album. He was ...


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Entertainment news: Ryan Phillippe, Queen Latifah, Glenn Close, Ricky Martin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Ryan Phillippe, while promoting the movie Wish Upon, said that he's "proud" to have played daytime television's first gay teenager, according to NewNowNext. Phillippe played Billy Douglas, a high school student who comes out as gay, on the series during 1992-93. "There had never been a gay teenager portrayed on television at that point. It was before Will & ...


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Billy Masters - "My government will make further progress to tackle the gender pay gap and discrimination against people on the basis of their race, faith, gender, disability or sexual orientation."—Queen Elizabeth's address to Parliament. BTW, she also shot down a proposed visit by Donald Trump. Way to go, Lilibet. With the summer here, I have a message for all my readers: Hold ...


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'RuPaul's Drag Race' winner crowned - The champion of season nine of the VH1 show RuPaul's Drag Race has been crowned. Sasha Velour sashayed away with the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" and a cash prize of $100,000, beating 13 of the nation's top queens, including Miss Congeniality winner Valentina. Chicagoan Shea Coulee was also a finalist for the title. Season eight winner Bob the ...


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Some Tito's recipes for Pride - From a press release - Tito's American Mule INGREDIENTS — 1.5 oz Tito's Handmade Vodka — 0.5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice — 3 oz ginger beer INSTRUCTIONS Fill a chilled copper mug with ice. Add Tito's Handmade Vodka, fresh lime juice, and ginger beer. GARNISH Lime wedge or wheel Tito's Greyhound INGREDIENTS — 1.5 oz Tito's Handmade Vodka — 3 oz fresh grapefruit juice ...


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'Lives: Visible' film June 23, 28 at Siskel - Lives:Visible—the new film by Chicagoan Michelle Citron that looks at the working-class butch/fem world of pre-Stonewall Chicago, and the film-based snapshot that recorded everyday 20th-century life—will run at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., on Friday, June 23, 8 p.m. and Wed., June 28, 8:15 p.m. Citron will be at both screenings. The filmmaker, whose 1984 meta-documentary ...







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