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  NUNN ON ONE MUSIC Beth Ditto goes from Reba to Sam Smith

Mary Beth Patterson, more famously known as Beth Ditto, recently headed to Chicago as an opener for a massive Sam Smith show. The out and proud singer came from the indie rock band Gossip, but currently ...


  NUNN ON ONE MUSIC Sugarland's Kristian Bush, 'Bigger'and better

The country-music duo of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, known as Sugarland, have just released their sixth studio album. The group made it big back in 2004 with the hit "Baby Girl." After eventually releasing solo ...


  Billy Masters

"Is there anything more satisfying than seeing recent photos of someone you once lusted after now looking hideous? I also recognize: a ) this makes me a terrible person and 2 ) it is the definition ...


  Men's fashion awards Sept. 12

The Costume Council of the Chicago History Museum will celebrate the most stylish men in Chicago at the third annual Chicago Men's Fashion Awards on Wed., Sept. 12, 5-8 p.m., at Room & Board, 55 E. ...


  Cher to release ABBA covers CD Sept. 28

On the heels of appearing in the film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again—which features ABBA songs—Cher will be releasing Dancing Queen, a new album of all-ABBA hits, on Sept. 28 through Warner Bros. Records. In ...


  THEATER Spotlight on Hurricane Damage

Four gay men cross generations and decades in Hurricane Damage—Kevin Brofsky's funny, sad, hopeful and emotionally layered exploration of dreams snuffed out by the AIDS pandemic and lives ( and loves ) that thrived in spite ...


  REVIEW Holding the Man

Playwright: Tommy Murphy; adapted from a memoir by Timothy Conigrave At: The Broadway, Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: 866-811-4111 or 773-857-0222;; $20-$30. Runs through: Aug. 26 Portraits of the early days of the ...


  Critics' Picks

Buddy, American Blues Theater @ Stage 773, remounted through Sept. 15. Far more concert than story, the short, mostly-sweet life of Buddy Holly is presented by 16 rocking vocal and instrumental stars. Don't miss! JA The ...



By: William Shakespeare. At: Ingraham Park, Evanston. Tickets:; free. Runs through: Sept. 9 Richard III transforms before the audience's eyes early on in Muse of Fire's titular production. Halfway through the opening soliloquy about his ...


  Dance for Life continues to celebrate life, honoring those who have passed

In the darkest days of the 1980s, Chicago's dance community was gamely pirouetting through a Giselle-mist insufficiently shrouding the HIV/AIDS tragedy, dancers involuntarily reaching for partners who could never lift them again. There was no ignoring ...


  NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Author Andrew Solomon part of 'Far From the Tree' documentary

Author Andrew Solomon's best-selling book Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity has now inspired a movie. The book showed 300 cases of families in which the parents and children were vastly ...


  Sam Smith in Chicago

As part of his "The Thrill of It All" tour, singer Sam Smith will perform at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., on Wed., Aug. 15, at 8 p.m. The Thrill of It All debuted ...


  REVIEW The African Company Presents Richard III

By Carlyle Brown. At: Oak Park Festival Theatre, Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park. Tickets: 708-300-3896 or; $20-$32, free children under 12. Runs through: Sept. 1 A little more than three decades after ...


  'Wendy Williams Show' in town Aug. 23

The tour promoting the 10th season of The Wendy Williams Show will stop at the House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., on Thursday, Aug. 23, 5:30-9 p.m. Williams will be hosting an evening filled with ...


  BENT NIGHTS Panic! at the Disco; The New Pornographers

Panic! at the Disco vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and one-man band Brendon Urie ( who recently came out as pansexual ) looks exactly like what he is—a Las Vegas entertainer in rock-star drag. Despite his fashion-model looks, what ...


  FILM REVIEW The Miseducation of Cameron Post

In her new film The Miseducation of Cameron Post, writer/director Desiree Akhavan takes on the volatile issue of religiously based gay conversion therapy. These are programs, usually based on fundamentalist Christian dogma, that attempt to turn ...


  Goodman New Stages Fest includes Sarah Schulman, Ricardo Gamboa and Paula Vogel

This fall, Goodman Theatre presents its New Stages Festival—a free annual celebration and discovery of new plays by some of the country's finest established and emerging playwrights. Audiences experience a first look at seven new works—including ...


  Martha Wash, singer of 'It's Raining Men,' to star in WaistWatchers The Musical

The production that has had audience members "burning off pounds just laughing," according to the Los Angeles Times, WaistWatchers The Musical! makes its Chicago Premiere at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St., this fall. ...


  Illinois Tourism #AmazingForAll sculpture at Northalsted Market Days

The Illinois Office of Tourism's larger-than-life art installation celebrating their "Amazing for All" LGBTQ and diversity initiative was unveiled on the first day of Northalsted Market Days, Aug. 11, just south of the Addison gate in ...


  Casting announced for natioanl tour of Hello, Dolly!

CHICAGO ( August 9, 2018 ) Producer Scott Rudin and Broadway In Chicago are delighted to announce the cast for the first national tour of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival of HELLO, DOLLY! starring Broadway ...


  THEATER FEATURE 'Pillowtalk' a love story for post-marriage equality world

The audience won't hear the Toni Morrison quote that serves as an intro to playwright Kyoung H. Park's Pillowtalk, running Aug. 17-18 at the Victory Gardens. Morrison's words are a punch to the heart, the gut ...


  'Love Letters' series has IndieGoGo campaign

There is an IndieGoGo campaign for the completion of the series 365 Days of Love Letters, which stars, among others, out actor Chris Salvatore and social-media star RJ Aguiar. "Love Letters"—created by Kyle Thomas and produced ...


  Billy Masters

"First of all, it's totally hogwash. My sister would never, ever have done anything to do any harm to any child, especially within our family. And for those lies to be perpetuated in this so-called documentary ...


  Annual Boystown Northalsted Market Days street fest features MAX and more

The Northalsted Business Alliance ( NBA ) delivers a diverse and dance-heavy line-up for this year's Market Days, set for Aug. 11-12, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. The fest ( said to be the largest two-day event in ...


  TELEVISION Orange Is the New Black cast talk new season, LGBT issues

Orange Is the New Black is finally ready to be binge-watched on Netflix, with a newly released season six. The series is based on Piper Kerman's memoir Orange Is the New Black: My year in a ...


  Local women arrange Italy LGBTQ adventures

Chicago's Lesley Pritkin and Rosanne Cofoid are offering LGBTQ-specific adventures in Italy with unique venues for same-sex wedding celebrations and honeymoons that cater to all tastes and budgets. Said venues include tiny secluded towns, sprawling olive ...


  Sinfonietta's 'Diversity' shows Sept. 22, 24

Chicago Sinfonietta, led by conductor Mei-Ann Chen, will launch its 2018-19 season with "I.D.: Images of Diversity" on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., ...


  Drag reality show on YouTube in August

Camp Wannakiki is a new drag reality show airing on YouTube starting in late summer. The premise is seeing which of eight drag queens can last the week at an actual summer camp and claim the ...


  Lambda Literary forms new council

As it celebrates its 30th year, Lambda Literary has announced the formation of its first-ever Leadership Council—a group of LGBTQ writers, cultural figures and benefactors who will advise and advocate for the organization. The Lambda Literary ...


  BOOK REVIEW Blame It on Bianca Del Rio

By Bianca Del Rio $21.99; Dey Street Books; 272 pages You have no rope left. You were at the end of yours last week, and you need help. Advice. Tell-me-what-to-do direction. Even a little hint would ...



Playwright: Samuel D. Hunter At: Griffin Theatre Company at The Den, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-697-3830;; $36. Runs through: Aug. 25 The young adults in The Harvest have grown up as part of an ...


  THEATER REVIEW BLISS, or Emily Post Is Dead!

Playwright: Jami Brandli At: Athenaeum Theatre ( Studio One ), 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: $17-27; 773-935-6875 or Runs through: Aug. 25 Teatime English crumpets, handmade red scarves, pills concealed in a Hoover bag—these are ...


  THEATER REVIEW Rick Stone the Blues Man

Playwright: JackieTaylor At: Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: $55-$65; 773-769-4451. Runs through: Aug. 26 Since its debut in 1976, Black Ensemble Theater's fortune has rested on its docudramas celebrating the influence of ...


  Duane Cerny on new book, antiques and Gwendolyn Brooks

When Duane Cerny was a child, his favorite place to hang out was in his parents basement because it was filled with '50s-era furniture from their first apartment in Rogers Park. "My parents preferred buying new ...


  SHOWBIZ Lena Waithe, Adam Rippon, Tim Cook, Lady Gaga, 'Bears'

Out Master of None co-writer/actress Lena Waithe is gearing up to expand her entertainment empire by collaborating with comedian Kid Fury on a new ( and inclusive ) HBO series, The Huffington Post noted. The pair ...


  BOOK REVIEW The Lotterys Plus One

By Emma Donoghue, illustrated by Caroline Hadilaksono $17.99; Arthur A. Levine Books; 320 pages. Move over. You're taking up too much space. There'd be enough seats if you didn't have two of them, so skootch down. ...


  Lollapalooza covers Bruno Mars, LL Cool J and queer musicians

Grant Park has hosted Lollapalooza Music Festival since 2005—and this year, the Aug. 2-5 event was bigger and hotter than ever. There were more than 100,000 festivalgoers walking through the park each day, even with temperatures ...


  THEATER REVIEW The Lady Demands Satisfaction

Playwright: Arthur M. Jolly At: Babes With Blades Theatre Company at City Lit, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: $25; Runs through: Aug. 25 Sooner or later, every playwright writes a comedy utilizing motifs paying ...


  MUSIC Cabaret singer Marieann Meringolo gets candid

By Todd Sussman

From the cabaret rooms to the friendly skies, Marieann Meringolo has been making beautiful music for 25 years. Now she is celebrating the release of her new live CD, a collection of lyrics by the legendary ...


  Chicago Chamber Choir 23rd season, from medieval to modern

From a press release

CHICAGO, IL — The Chicago Chamber Choir ( CCC ), a 40-voice ensemble, celebrates its 23rd season with three entrancing programs: an engaging collage in October of choral works from the medieval to the modern; an ...


  Sidetrack's OUTspoken Series, August's featured storytellers

The August edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See for more info. —Bill Demaree has ...


  Billy Masters

"I was gender-confused. My parents just let me grow out of it. As I look back, I knew they were frustrated. I was that kid that ran around in a T-shirt and a rubber band around ...


  HotHouse receives $50K grant

The Center for International Performance and Exhibition, dba HotHouse, is the recipient of a two-year $50,000 grant from The Reva and David Logan Foundation. The award supports HotHouse's programming for the 2018-19 season. HotHouse has been ...


  OUTspoken! continues to shine, celebrates milestone at Sidetrack

OUTspoken!, the monthly LGBTQ Storytelling Night, kicks off its fifth year on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Sidetrack—with seven people set to hit the stage for about 10 minutes each. About 300 have told their story at ...


  Whoopi Goldberg gears up for Ravinia

Comic/actress/talk-show host/EGOT ( Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony ) winner Whoopi Goldberg will be performing at the famed Highland Park venue Ravinia on Friday, Aug. 3—and when Windy City Times asked her what she'll discuss, Goldberg ...


  MOVIES Directing team rules over 'McQueen'

The legendary Lee Alexander McQueen is the subject of the new documentary McQueen opening in Chicago Aug. 3. The movie examines the trouble life of the fashion designer from his early days at Givenchy to his ...


  Gay plays part of ConFest 2018

The Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists ( CAATA )—dedicated to advancing the field of Asian-American theater—has announced that Chicago will host the Sixth National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival ( ConFest ) Aug. ...


  NU teaming with Royal Conservatoire

Students from Northwestern University's American Music Theatre Project ( AMTP ) will once again perform with students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland ( RCS ) in thematically linked musicals at Scotland's Edinburgh Festival Fringe Aug. ...


  Berwyn arts initiative, out alderwoman celebrate new mural

On July 26, the Berwyn Public Arts Initiative ( BPAI ) unveiled the latest in its series of public murals—this one commissioned from internationally acclaimed muralist Merlot for the downtown Depot District in out Berwyn Ald. ...


  American Players Theatre, world-class theater in Wisconsin

Spring Green, Wisconsin—American Players Theatre celebrates its 40th anniversary next year. It's among North America's best destination theaters, set in the truly bucolic rolling hills of southeast Wisconsin, and it's an easy three-and-a-half-hour drive away. Even ...


  THEATER SPOTLIGHT Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

At the Drury Lane, the stage is steaming with Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof—a torrid tale of a closeted gay man mourning the death of his beloved while his wife smolders with frustration. ...


  Critics' Picks

New China Festival, Silk Road Rising. Aug 4-18. The three-week fest features three staged readings, beginning Aug. 4 with Ruoxin Xu's Speaking As Then, a family drama set in China on ( Chinese ) New Year's ...



Playwright: Paul Michael Thomson At: The Heartland Studio, 7016 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: $15; .Runs through: Aug. 12. A current of excitement ran through Heartland Studio on Leave Me Alone's opening night. This world premiere ...


  THEATER REVIEW The Hero's Wife

Playwright: Aline Lathrop At: 16th Street Theatre, 6420 16th St., Berwyn. Ticket: $22; .Runs through: Aug. 18 There's no lack of plays exploring the fallout of war—particularly that on veterans haunted by PTSD. With The ...



Playwright: Penelope Skinner At: Steep Theatre Company, 1115 W. Berwyn Ave. Tickets: $27-$38;; 773-649-3186. Runs through: Aug. 18 There's a starring role for an AARP-eligible actress in Penelope Skinner's 2015 play, currently making its regional ...


  THEATER REVIEW Defacing Michael Jackson

Playwright: Aurin Squire At: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252;; $40. Runs through: Aug. 12 When Michael Jackson's album Thriller came out in 1982, it became a cultural touchstone. When Jackson died in ...


  THEATER Latinx theater artists, front and center, The ALTA Awards

If art critics can sense pain and joy from the drips of a Jackson Pollock and can feel anguish and bliss from the blunt strokes of a Picasso, then surely theater critics can grasp the intended ...


  COMEDY: Sampson McCormick returning to Chicago

by Ashley Collins

Sampson McCormick will be returning to Chicago this week to perform his trademark stand-up for fans. McCormick started his career in Washington, D.C., where he said his first stand-up set was in third grade., "I've always ...


  Queen Saltine brings live podcast to Scarlet Bar Aug. 28

From a press release

Chicago, IL- Saltine, performer at Berlin, The iO Theater and the Annoyance Theater, is recording her podcast, Saltine's Newsletter, live at Scarlet Bar in Boystown August 28th at 8:30 p.m. and every fourth Tuesday of the ...


  SHOWBIZ 'Riverdale,' Taylor Swift, Luke Evans, 'Hot to Trot'

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

The second-season finale of Riverdale contained an emotionally charged kiss between Kevin Keller ( Casey Cott ) and Moose ( Cody Kearsley )—and things will apparently continue next season, noted. In a new interview with ...


  NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Producer Marc Turtletaub presents a 'Puzzle'

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Film/TV producer Marc Turtletaub might just have the Midas touch. After graduating with a law degree, he worked for 20 years at The Money Store succeeding his father as president. He then moved into the movie ...


  Music Theater Works 2018 season continues through December

EVANSTON, IL: The Music Theater Works ( formerly Light Opera Works ) 2018 season continues with Cole Porter's ANYTHING GOES ( August 18-26 ), JUDY GARLAND: COME RAIN OR COME SHINE, STARRING ANGELA INGERSOLL ( October ...


  MOVIES Directing team rules over 'McQueen'

Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times

The legendary Lee Alexander McQueen is the subject of the new documentary McQueen opening in Chicago Aug. 3. The movie examines the troubled life of the fashion designer from his early days at Givenchy to his ...


  Black LGBT stand-up comedian spotlights diversity in comedy

From a press release

Los Angeles, CA- July 5, 2018-It's 2018, and in comedy clubs and theatres and clubs across America, the average patron will be hard pressed to find a wide range of representation of LGBT, disabled, Asian and ...


  OUTspoken, Chicago's Monthly LGBTQ Storytelling Night, Celebrates 4 Years

From a press release

OUTspoken—Chicago's Monthly LGBTQ Storytelling Night Celebrates 4 Years. August 7, 2018 commemorates the beginning of OUTspoken's fifth year. August's evening of storytelling and celebration will include special moments and surprises for the always-supportive, engaged audience. This ...


  Daddy Issues party event at Jackhammer Complex Aug. 4

Daddy Issues Cutest International Party Brand Announces Chicago Premiere: Featuring DJ's Mateo Segade, Harry Cross and Ariel Zetina On August 4, 2018; International queer dance party sensation Daddy Issues will be bringing its event to Chicago ...


  BENT NIGHTS Pink Avalanche; Blacker Face; Roy Kinsey

"Dem uppity colored queers..." Intersectionality—the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage. ...


  New Drag Reality Show Camp Wannakiki Coming Soon to YouTube

From a press release

Camp Wannakiki is a new drag reality show airing on YouTube starting in August 2018. The premise is simple… take eight drag queens to see who can last the week at an actual Summer Camp and ...


  Music group to honor lesbian music pioneers Dlugacz, Williamson

The Americana Music Association will honor lesbian music pioneers Judy Dlugacz and Cris Williamson, two of the Olivia Records founders, as recipients of the 2018 Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive. They will receive the ...


  FESTIVAL ROUNDUP Pitchfork plays on with Ms. Lauryn Hill, Chaka Khan and more

Pitchfork Music Festival returned to Union Park on July 20-22. While there was some light rain, the weather cooperated for the most part—and so did the musicians. Ms. Lauryn Hill arrived almost 30 minutes late, but ...


  Broken Nose names new leadership

Broken Nose Theatre announced two major leadership appointments. Associate Artistic Director Elise Marie Davis has been named the company's new artistic director, succeeding Founding Artistic Director Benjamin Brownson. Brownson, who has led the company since its ...


  'Hamilton: The Exhibition' to now debut in 2019

"Hamilton: The Exhibition"—a 360-degree, immersive exhibit that will travel to select U.S. cities—has a new opening date for its launch on Chicago's Northerly Island. The exhibit will launch April 6, 2019, according to the program's website. ...


  Billy Masters

"I've had experiences with men, even while I was dating the woman who became my wife. It was like, 'Wow, does that mean—I am gay?' And my wife laid it out for me. She calls it ...


  Burning City fest July 25-29

"The Burning City Neo-Vintage Entertainment Festival"—advertised as "a massive city-wide, week-long event"—will take place July 25-29 at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway. Drawing inspiration from the 1893 World's Columbian Exhibition, this new festival will focus on ...


  PERFORMANCE Dishing with Christine Ebersole and Seth Rudetsky

Listen to Seth Rudetsky's dishy Sirius/XM radio program Seth Speaks and you'll hear a mix of Broadway gossip, obsessively deconstructed showtunes and witty chit-chat. It's not always overt, but Rudetsky instills his shows with something else ...

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