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Student actors present poetic novel "October Mourning" - North Central College presents "October Mourning," a stage production based on Lesléa Newman's book, "October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard," Jan. 8-11. Student actors with direction by Carin Silkaitis, North Central College assistant professor of theatre, will present six performances at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8-10, at 2 p.m. Jan. 10-11 and at 6 p.m. Jan. 11 in Madden Theatre ...


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Five Worth Finding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Dusty Groove ( https://www.dustygroove.com/ ): Who doesn't like music? Dusty Groove, 1120 N. Ashland Ave., not only has CDs and vinyl records ( which are making a huge comeback )—but it has very rare editions of those items in a staggering variety of musical genres ( ranging from classical to folk/country to deep funk ). Gift certificates are available. —Steampunk ...


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Bent Nights: Year in review - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This year will go down as the first "post-gay" year in popular music. With so many LGBT-friendly gestures and artists coming out, sexuality suddenly stopped being the issue. The sweeping opinion changes brought by the national battle for marriage equality had a lot to do with it but, whatever the reason, 2014 was far more friendlier for LGBTs in general ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "U can put a cherry on a pile of sh*t but it don't make it a sundae."—Shonda Rhimes weighs via Twitter with her opinion about the email exchange between Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin where they joke that President Obama probably likes movies like The Butler and Django Unchained. You mean he doesn't? Believe it or ...


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Knight at the Movies: The Hobbit; The Babadook; film notes - Here at the end of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, the third and final film in the trilogy—and the sixth cinematic visit to Middle Earth—there's inevitably the feeling of having survived a very, very long journey. It's been magical and visually dazzling, to be sure, but some of it admittedly has felt like an endurance test as well. ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Hozier takes us to church - Breaking out this year is Irish singer Hozier, who has just released his self-titled debut album. Containing a mixture of styles with a strong blues influence has made this endeavor unforgettable for listeners looking for the next big thing. The 6'5" Andrew Hozier-Byrne hails from Bray, County Wicklow, and studied in Dublin but dropped out to record demos for Universal ...


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Auditorium gala brings LuPone - From opening night on Dec. 9, 1889 to an anniversary night Dec. 9, 2014, the Auditorium Theatre has entertained audiences for decades. To celebrate its 125-year anniversary, the venue brought in the legendary Patti LuPone, who is the great-grandniece and namesake of Adelina Patti, the opera star who first brought down the house on opening night at this iconic theater. ...


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THEATER REVIEW Twist Your Dickens, or Scrooge You! - Playwright: Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort. At: The Second City at Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; www.goodmantheatre.org; $25-$61. Runs through: Jan. 3 A rite of passage on the road to maturity is to deny the power over your emotions exercised by childhood icons—acts of defiance including, but not restricted to, posing Barbie dolls in provocative postures or ...


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THEATER REVIEW Newsies - Book: Harvey Fierstein; Music: Alan Menken; Lyrics: Jack Feldman. At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000 or www.broadwayinchicago.com; $40-$130. Runs through Jan. 4 The Disney film musical Newsies was a big fat critical and financial flop when it was first released in 1992. So imagine everyone's surprise 20 years later when Newsies became a big fat critically acclaimed ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Andrews away - Attention, Chicago theater fans! It might be a very long time before you see out actor/musician/choreographer Patrick Andrews on or around a Chicago-area stage after the holiday season. That's because the auburn-haired Andrews plans to leave the Windy City in an attempt to make it in the Big Apple. Andrews is bound to receive some big-time exposure in New York ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Clean House - Playwright: Sarah Ruhl. 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: Jan. 11 Sometimes a play needs to be separated from its author—or, to be more specific, from audiences' expectations of the author. How many years passed before Neil Simon was perceived as more than a-laugh-a-minute, Beth Henley as more ...


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Children's book about embracing differences - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Craig Pomranz noticed that his godson seemed anxious one night when he was putting him to bed. In the process of trying to figure out what was causing him anxiety, Pomranz said his godson asked, "Is there such a thing as a tomgirl?" "I just thought out of the mouths of babes," Pomranz said. "We are such a misogynistic society ...


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Entertainment: 'Broadway Bares' news; Grindr awards; Robyn's new CD - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Tony winner Jerry Mitchell, who created and is the executive producer of Broadway Bares, will return to the director's chair to helm the 25th edition of that famed burlesque show, which is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, according to Playbill. Broadway Bares will be presented twice on June 21, 2015, at the Hammerstein Ballroom. More than 200 ...


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TRAVEL Adults-only spots in Cancun - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cancun has long welcomed sun-seekers of all sorts, including spring-breakers, families, international travelers, and gays and lesbians. Whether you are lusting after a romantic getaway or a rowdy escape, this Mexican coastal city is sure to delight. But perhaps you prefer to indulge your leisure-time tastes in a grown-up setting, without the presence or distraction of children—yours or anyone else's. ...


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Boystown's Bountiful Eatery: Food, fitness, environment - Winner of the 2013 and 2014 Eat24 Top Rated restaurant award, in addition to the Lakeview East Healthy Choices Award, Bountiful Eatery, 3312 N. Broadway, is a gluten-free choice for fresh, healthy eating. The décor is clean and modern, and it's easily a great place to chat or do work on your laptop. Healthy magazines are strewn about to peruse ...


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NUNN ON ONE Kathy Bates has hairy good time on 'Horror Story' - Kathy Bates is one Oscar winner who shows no sign of stopping. She won many awards for her horrifying portrayal in Stephen King's Misery then tackled him again in Dolores Claiborne. She followed her success with films like Fried Green Tomatoes, Titanic, Primary Colors, and About Schmidt. Most recently Bates took on Tammy, Melissa McCarthy's starring cinematic vehicle, playing a ...


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Music news: YuleTube ends Dec. 20; Menzel holiday album out - CGMC's 'YuleTube' to conclude Dec. 20 Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) will perform the last version of its holiday show "YuleTube: Holiday Favorites from Television" on Dec. 20. CGMC will re-enact holiday specials from Rankin and Bass ( Rudolph, Frosty and the Grinch ), Charlie Brown, The Muppets and a dozen more. The chorus will perform Saturday, Dec. ...


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Critics' Picks and Theater Spotlight - Theater Spotlight Get a dose of circus-infused Christmas-style spectacle with Cirque Dreams Holidaze. The touring holiday show features 20 international acts performing feats of acrobatics, balancing and magical illusions as they're dressed up as snowmen, penguins, reindeer, toy soldiers and more. Cirque Dreams Holidaze plays six performances only at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St. Performances are 7:30 p.m. ...


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DISH: SAVOR Commonwealth Tavern; Kanela; '12 Cocktails of Christmas' - Roscoe Village's Commonwealth Tavern ( 2000 W. Roscoe Ave.; http://www.commonwealthchicago.com/ ) has replaced Mulligan's—and the results are striking, at least in terms of decor. Commonwealth, which opened in February, certainly has a welcoming vibe—and the food will appeal to patrons. At least the appetizers will. The nachos ( with pork, beer cheese, Chihuahua cheese, salsa verde, crema and escabeche ) ...


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Joan Jett among Hall of Fame inductees - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Green Day, Bill Withers, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band make up the class that will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame come April—with disco band Chic getting snubbed for the ninth straight year, The Washington Post noted. Green Day will be the youngest act of ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Hanging with Wallpaper. - The hip-hop project known as Wallpaper. is more than just a fly on the wall. Producer Ricky Reed started exaggerating AutoTune before the sound became mainstream. The song "STUPiDFACEDD," played in the movie 22 Jump Street, took him on tour with groups like Gym Class Heroes. Reed produced hits for Jason Derulo with "Talk Dirty" and "Wiggle." He recently teamed ...


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Winter LGBT movie preview - With the holidays just around the corner, Hollywood is trotting out both their awards contenders and some of their most anticipated mega-blockbusters. And the winter months promise plenty of diverting film fare as well, with a few queer-friendly movies among them. Here's a random sampling of what lies ahead cinematically in the coming months with movies both overtly queer or ...


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Knight at the Movies: The Imitation Game; Exodus; film notes - The oddly handsome Benedict Cumberbatch doesn't look like other film stars and he doesn't act like them, either. His richly resonant, caramel-coated voice is quickly identifiable in the wide range of roles that he has essayed the past few years ( even when it's been electronically altered, as it is for Smaug the dragon in The Hobbit movies ). Sometimes, ...


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Theater spotlight, Critics' picks - About Face Theatre teams with Theater Wit to present the return of Big Red and The Boys for its fourth seasonal appearance. Hear traditional and off-kilter holiday songs and stories from the titular chanteuse, with added musical back up from her equally alluring band. Big Red and the Boys plays five performances only at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. ...


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SAG nominations unveiled - The full list of nominations for the 21st annual SAG Awards was announced Dec. 10 at Los Angeles' Pacific Design Center. Benedict Cumberbatch was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for portraying the late gay codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. He'll compete again Steve Carell ( Foxcatcher ), Jake Gyllenhaal ( Nightcrawler ...


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THEATER REVIEW H.M.S. Pinafore - Adapted by Sean Graney from W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. At: The Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.the-hypocrites.org; $36-$50. Runs through Feb. 7 Librettist W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan collaborated together on 14 operettas in the late 19th century, though nowadays they're best known by their most-produced "Big Three" works: The Mikado ( 1885 ), The Pirates ...


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THEATER REVIEW Desperate Dolls - Playwright: Darren Callahan. At: Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway. Tickets: 773-528-9696; www.strawdog.org; $15. Runs through: Dec. 23 From the earliest tales of foolish maidens who ventured out to the Fair/the Ball/the Big City/Hollywood and later, to the Prom/Rock Concert, only to be seduced by Satan's homeys, entertainment engineered to titillate has trumpeted its value as a morality fable. Consumers ...


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OPERA REVIEW Anna Bolena - Author: Gaetano Donizetti ( composer ), Felice Romani ( libretto ). At: Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets: 312-827-5600; www.lyricopera/org/bolena; $33-$207. Runs through: Jan. 16 Almost certainly, I expect too much. In theory, opera is the fusion and epitome of all musical and dramatic arts. It's breathtaking when it is, but opera rarely achieves that ideal. The ...


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DANCIN' FEATS 'Tis the season of Nutcrackers - In the dance world, December means Nutcracker, and in the Chicago area there are dozens. The famous story of Clara ( or, in some versions, Maria ) and her Nutcracker doll who turns into a magical prince is based on a tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. It was originally choreographed as a ballet by Marius Petipa, and set to a 90-minute ...


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BOOKS The editors of Black Gay Genius on Joseph Beam - By Angelique Smith Joseph Beam's In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology ( 1986 ) came at a time when there was a lack of cultural guideposts for, and authentic reflections of, Black gay men. The book touched on isolation, revolution and revelation—and paved the way for Steven G. Fullwood and Charles Stephens to bring Black Gay Genius, an anthology ...


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BOOK REVIEW I Am Jazz - By Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings, pictures by Shelagh McNicholas, $17.99; Penguin Deal; 32 pages   You are a one-of-a-kind kid. There's nobody else like you. Nobody has eyes like yours, or fingers like yours, or ears that fold like yours. You think for yourself, have your own likes and hates, and people love you just the way you are. ...


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About Face gets grant; BETTY canceled; YEPP, Crys Matthews Jan. 10 - About Face Theatre receives $10K grant Chicago's About Face Theatre is among the National Endowments of the Arts' ( NEA's ) 2015 grant recipients. The company received a $10,000 grant to support the commission and development of The Babe Didrikson Project with book and lyrics by Sarah Gubbins. The musical will portray Babe Didrikson, a famous early 20th-century lesbian athlete ...


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TELEVISION Graham Moore talks 'The Imitation Game' - Graham Moore is having one of those meteoric writing careers that inspires others. At 33, the Chicago native has already penned a New York Times best-seller with a fanatical following ( The Sherlockian, in 2010 ), written a screenplay that was the Black List's #1 for 2011 and is now hard at work on the highly anticipated The Devil in ...


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WTTW to air @home; Moraine presents 'Humbug!' - WTTW to air film on homelessness WTTW-11 will broadcast the hour-long documentary film @home Wed., Dec. 17, at 9 p.m., raising awareness about the issue of homelessness in the Chicago area. @home—a film by Susanne Suffredin and produced by Chicago's Kindling Group—follows social-media activist Mark Horvath ( @hardlynormal ) on an 11,000-mile cross-country road-trip into tent cities and under bridges ...


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Sam Smith, Beyonce lead Grammy nods - Out British newcomer Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams and Beyonce have received the most Grammy nods this year, with six apiece. The nominations were announced Dec. 5. ( All were announced during the morning except the Album of the Year nods, which were revealed on the nighttime CBS show A Very Grammy Christmas. ) Smith is up for key awards such ...


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Chicago, Oak Park screenings of 'Scrooge & Marley' - Chicago and Oak Park libraries will host screenings of the home-grown holiday film Scrooge & Marley this month. The movie, which was entirely shot in the Chicago area, is a modern-day, gay variation on Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. The Oak Park chapter of PFLAG, OPALGA ( Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association ) and SAGE ( West ...


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THEATER REVIEW Hot Georgia Sunday - Playwright: Catherine Trieschmann. At: Haven Theatre Company at the Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-697-3930; www.haventheatrechicago.com; $30. Runs through: Dec. 21 A sweltering day in the rural Deep South, when the temperature exceeds 100 degrees and the air conditioners crash, can make for volatile environmental conditions leading otherwise rational citizens to seek escape from the irritations, big and small, ...


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SNL's Julia Sweeney, Bill Kurtis, BAM! at next Dinner Party - Chef Kevin Hickey of Bottlefork & The Duck Inn will cook for "Saturday Night Live" alum, author and comedian, Julia Sweeney; anchorman Bill Kurtis; a mystery guest; host Elysabeth Alfano and the audience on Jan 12, 2015. Appetizer and entree include tastings from Bottlefork & The Duck Inn, a Lagunitas tasting, Bread from Nellcote, Roth Cheese, frozen Lifeway Kefir, and ...


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Chicago Gay Men's Chorus tunes in with 'YuleTube' show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nearly 1,200 audience members packed the Harris Theater Dec. 5 for the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) holiday show. A drag queen aptly named Christmas Queen served as narrator and stand-up comedienne in between songs, at times plopping down on a large throne. The theme this year was "YuleTube," playing off the website YouTube, with various festive renditions ...


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TELEVISION The Kevins of 'Marry Me,' Tim Meadows and Dan Bucatinsky - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - NBC's new television show Marry Me has become a breakout hit this season. Set in Chicago, the series follows longtime couple Annie and Jake ( played by Casey Wilson and Ken Marino ) on their way to the altar. Annie has two gay dads with the same first name. Kevin 1 is played by Tim Meadows, who some may know ...


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Billy Masters - "I want Allison Williams as a boy to take my gay virginity."—Zach Braff chimes in with his positive comments about the latest Peter Pan. Clap if you believe in fairies. The column for this same week in 2013 opened with me talking about The Sound of Music, starring that thespian, Carrie Underwood. And here we are in 2014, opening the ...


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Sugar & Spice: RPM Steak - RPM Steak, River North's glitzy new steakhouse is pure decadence, from start to finish, with a price tag to match. The Kinzie Street space is handsome and mod. There's a bit of a mid-century vibe to the decor and you can sort of imagine Don Draper chain-smoking his way through a mostly liquid lunch at one of the luxe leather ...


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Madonna; Drag Race's new cast; NewNowNext Awards - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Madonna tops a new list of the world's wealthiest recording artists, besting fellow 1-percenters Paul McCartney and Dr. Dre, according to Billboard. Wealth-X's net worth valuation of the pop queen shows that Madge is worth $800 million, putting her ahead of McCartney's $660 million. ( Incidentally, McCartney's wife, Nancy Shevell, is reportedly worth $300 million. ) Others in the top ...


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BENT NIGHTS Lydia Loveless at Lincoln Hall - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I flat-out couldn't buy it when Lydia Loveless got tagged as a country punk rocker following the release of her second album, Indestructible Machine ( Bloodshot Records, 2012 ). There is no question that her voice, music and band have an upfront edge and a lack of Nashville polish, but "punk" it ain't. That label implies that her work is ...


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The Deception of the Thrush - BOOK REVIEW/PROFILE Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Bruce P. Spang, $16.99; Piscataqua Press; 448 pages Bruce Spang begins his book pointedly in 1964—a coming-of-age, journey story that occurs right in the midst of large scale socio-political upheaval in the U.S. and abroad. Spang frames the story as a classic hero's journey through the life of a closeted gay college student, Jason Follett. Following the archetype ...


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HIV-positive beauty queen discusses journey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - If there is one song that best sums up activist and blogger Michelle Anderson's early life, it was Johnny Lee's Lookin' for Love. Anderson said that she made many mistakes because she was "looking for love in all the wrong places" while speaking at Center on Halsted Dec. 6 as part of the Center's World AIDS Days observance. Most of ...


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Intergenerational 'Vives Q' takes place at renowned museum - The third and final edition of Vives Q for 2014 took place Dec. 2 at the National Museum of Mexican Art in front of an enthusiastic and packed crowd that included supportive families, engaged children, queer youth, drag queens, and one mayoral candidate. The symposium/show was designed as an intergenerational space, with LGBT trailblazers of color engaging with LGBT youth ...


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BOOK REVIEW Porn Again - Books always have buzzwords and the rave reviews of others sprinkled all over them so that you, the reader, will buy them. You know what I mean—"hilariously honest…jaw-droppingly entertaining…a cross between Jesus and Pamela Anderson…" But Porn Again: a Memoir brings to mind an entirely new lexicon. To be fair, the author, Josh Sabarra is not a writer. He just ...


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MUSIC Ty Herndon talks about coming out - Life has gotten topsy-turvy for country star Ty Herndon—but he wouldn't have it any other way. Recently, Herndon ( who has had almost 20 hits on the country-music charts ) came out of the closet. However, he says he's had an overwhelmingly positive response to the revelation. In a conversation with Windy City Times, an earnest Herndon, 52, talked about ...


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Rivendell's Women at War talkback focuses on DADT - Video below - Rivendell Theatre Ensemble's Women at War depicts the lives of women in the armed forces based on true accounts from veterans. The first of two stagings on the final night, Dec. 6, was followed by a panel discussion focusing on Don't Ask, Don't Tell, moderated by Rivendell's Megan Carney and including Willa Taylor, a Navy veteran; Lorry Luscri of the ...


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Evanston church, Crys Matthews to benefit youth - From a press release - Evanston, IL, December 5, 2014— Friday January 10th at 7:00 pm the Unitarian Church of Evanston will host singer songwriter Crys Matthews in a concert to benefit Youth Empowerment Performance Project ( YEPP ). Crys Matthews is a blend of American, folk, funk, blues and jazz and with influences ranging from Otis Redding all the way to Ani DiFranco. In ...


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Recording project aims to amplify LGBT musicians - Even with more platforms available than ever to discover new music, it can still be hard for LGBT musicians to garner an audience and for LGBT listeners to find music they relate to. That's why Bianca Russelburg, a recent graduate from Ball State University with a degree in audio production, created Resonate, a mobile recording project aimed at helping LGBT ...


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Whitney film premieres Jan. 17, 2015 - From a press release - Multi-Grammy® Award-winning singer and musical icon Whitney Houston was said to be the voice of a generation and a movie has now been made about her life. Directed by Golden Globe® winner and Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett, the much-anticipated world premiere of Whitney will be Saturday, Jan.17, 2015, at 8pm ET/PT. When casting began, the whispers started and everyone ...


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Michelle Chamuel: On 'The Voice,' career advice - Amherst, Massachusetts, native Michelle Chamuel—a top-10 contestant on season four of NBC's The Voice Season 4—is preparing to "Face the Fire" with her brand new album. By her side: someone to "keep her warm," a la Grammy-winning girlfriend Mary Lambert, although she will only say, "She's amazing," when Macklemore's muse comes up in conversation. Keeping the focus on the music ...


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Knight at the Movies: Have yourself a movie little Christmas - The primary reason I wanted to make a holiday movie was because my husband and I love them so much. And further, because It's a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, A Christmas Story, Elf and most of our other perennial holiday favorites don't have queer characters or situations, I wanted to create one that did. And whether you're a fan of ...


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Laurie Metcalf to be honored at Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts - From a press release - CHICAGO ( December 2, 2014 ) — Steppenwolf Theatre Company proudly announces award-winning star of stage and screen Laurie Metcalf as the guest of honor at the 2014/15 annual Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts fundraising luncheon on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 12 noon ( location TBD ). Widely celebrated for her role as Jackie Harris on the long ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Testament of Mary - Playwright: Colm Toibin. At: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.victorygardens.org; $20-$60. Runs through: Dec. 14 A mother tells her story, still fiercely grieving and angry years after she was practically forced to witness the public execution of her son on trumped-up political charges. Her deep hurt is complicated by two sharply-felt wounds. The first was her ...


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THEATER REVIEW Shining City - Playwright: Conor McPherson. At: Irish Theatre of Chicago at the Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-878-3727; www.seanachai.org; $26-$30. Runs through: Jan. 4 Conor McPherson's first play written after his near-death experience in 2001 acquaints us with three troubled marriages, as recounted by three troubled husbands. One account takes up perhaps 10 minutes of onstage time; another's disparate segments add ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Humans - Playwright: Stephen Karam. At: American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St. Tickets: 773-409-4125 or www.atcweb.org; $38-$48. Runs through Dec. 21 With so many people recoiling from recent holidays spent with the family, American Theater Company is making a big ask for audiences to spend time experiencing another family's fraught Thanksgiving gathering in the world premiere of Stephen Karam's The Humans. ...


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MUSICAL REVIEW The Q Brothers Christmas Carol - Playwright: book, music and lyrics by the Q Brothers. At: Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave. Tickets: 312-595-5600; www.chicagoshakes.com; $30-$48. Runs through: Dec. 31 Whatever else can be said about rap/hip-hop music, there's no denying its relentlessly regular rhyme and meter. The discipline imposed by this form, as poets will attest, forces the rapper to express ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A Tudor opera tangle for mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton - Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton knew that she would need plenty of plain old luck on top of her considerable talents to forge a career as a professional opera singer. But in Barton's case, winning a number of impressive opera vocal competitions particularly helped. "For me the three big launching points in my career have been because of competitions," said Barton, back ...


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Ladies Almanack film special event Dec. 7 in Chicago - From a press release - The Nightingale introduces Follow Focus, a new process-oriented screening series that rallies audiences and resources behind a moving-image maker as they complete a feature project. The Chicago event is Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Nightingale, 1084 N. Milwaukee, 7 p.m., $15. Designed to expand viewership into the production stage, Follow Focus invites audiences to observe a director's process, collaborations, and ...


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Theater, dance, music news and events - Joffrey's 'Nutcracker' Dec. 5-28 The Joffrey Ballet will celebrate the 27th annual presentation of Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker in a 24-performance engagement at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., on Dec. 5-28. Joffrey Ballet Co-Founder Gerald Arpino contributed to Robert Joffrey's version, having choreographed the Land of the Snow scene, which closes Act I, and the ...


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DISH Something brewing - Recently, I attended a four-course brunch ( although it felt like a lot more ) at American Craft Kitchen ( 151 E. Wacker Dr.; http://www.chicagoregency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/americancraftkitchenandbar.html ). The brunch was actually a special event coordinated with Milwaukee-based Lakefront Brewery. ( It helped that it took place on the day of a Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers game—yes, the one, where the Packers ...


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Billy Masters - "Basically, gay sex, especially for the first time, is really fucking painful."—Daniel Radcliffe discusses playing poet Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings. Of course, it's not that painful to simulate gay sex on film—unless you're a Method actor. Joan Rivers' favorite holiday was Thanksgiving. Each year, she would begin the day by delivering food for God's Love We Deliver ( ...


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Trans Canadian photographer part of unique Chicago event - Initially, the focus of Dale M. Reid's photography was related to landscapes ( maritime, urban and seascapes ), along with floral studies and still life. During the past four or five years, her subject material has switched to floral studies and still life shot in the studio. In the still-life category, her recent series is the "Oyster Mushroom." Due to ...


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WINDY CITY TIMES' HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Week Two - Memories... Streisand: In the Camera Eye ( $40; www.AbramsBooks.com ) is a coffee-table book that collects 170 compelling photographs of the iconic Barbra Streisand. Taken by some of the greatest names in photography—including Philippe Halsman, Francesco Scavullo, Douglas Kirkland, Bob Willoughby and Cecil Beaton—the images also represent her fabled concerts, as well as personal moments away from the set and ...


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NUNN ON ONE Soap's Deidre Hall on her separate 'Lives' - Straight from NBC's number-one daytime program, Deidre Hall inhabited the role of Marlena Evans in 1976 on Days of Our Lives. She has garnered her several awards over the years —five of them for Best Actress from Soap Opera Digest as well as the honor of the American Women in Radio and Television Award. The year she celebrates her very ...


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Special events: WCGC's Don We Now; CGMC's YuleTube; Sistah Sinema; Bowie - WCGC, Treble Quire's 'Don We Now' Dec. 6 Windy City Performing Arts—Windy City Gay Chorus (WCGC) and Windy City Treble Quire—will present the annual holiday concert "Don We Now..." Saturday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster Ave. Tickets are $18-$30 each; see www.WindyCitySings.org or purchase at the door. In other news, ...


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Theater Spotlight, Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight The Joffrey Ballet's 27th annual presentation of Tchaikovsky's classic Christmas ballet The Nutcracker is back for an extended run of 24 performances. This 1987 production, reset to America from its traditional 19th century German setting, was the final full work choreographed by company co-founder Robert Joffrey before he was felled by AIDS the following year. The Joffrey Ballet's ...


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'Lucy' out in January - Lucy—which stars Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman—will be out on Digital HD on Jan. 6. Also, the Blu-Ray combo pack and DVD will be out Jan. 20. The Luc Besson movie focuses on a woman ( Johansson ) altered by a dangerous drug that allows her to use 100 percent of her brain, transforming into a merciless warrior evolved beyond ...


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DISH: SAVOR FruVe XPress Juicery; Yogen Fruz; Burger Boss' pasta - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - FruVé XPress Juicery ( 1130 S. Wabash Ave.; http://www.fruvexpressjuicery.com/ ) is probably the most healthful place I've been in this year—and this place proves that something that's good for you can also taste pretty good. FruVé ( "a combination of fruit and vegetable," according to co-founder Dominique Dunn ) has one of the more intriguing selections of smoothies. Varieties include ...


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Orman leaves; Midler talks gays; Gyllenhaal's 'trick' - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Suze Orman is leaving CNBC after 14 years for a Telepictures show titled Suze Orman's Money Wars, The Wrap reported. "Money Wars" will focus on families, friends and couples whose disputes about money are affecting their lives. In her new gig, Orman ( the author of nine consecutive New York Times best-sellers ) will settle financial arguments and teach a ...


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Holiday gift guide to new LGBTQ-inclusive kids' books - MOMBIAN - LGBTQ-inclusive children's books can make great holiday presents. Here are some new ones from the past year to add to your kids' collections. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher, by Dana Alison Levy. LGBTQ-inclusive books for the middle-grade range—especially ones that focus on a same-sex-headed family instead of just having an LGBT minor character—are few and far between. Levy's book ...


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DISH Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse - I recently witnessed a crime in Lake View—of the culinary kind. I was walking through Boystown on a recent weekend, and a certain popular Swedish restaurant ( all right, Ann Sather ) was bustling as usual—and justifiably so, as those cinnamon rolls are an institution. However, about two blocks away, Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse ( 3443 N. Broadway; http://revolucionsteakhouse.com/ ) was ...







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