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Theater-spotlight-The-Revenge-of-Prince-Zi-Dan-Critics-Picks

Theater spotlight: The Revenge of Prince Zi Dan; Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet gets transported to a mythical ancient China by the Shanghai Jingju Theatre Company's visiting production of The Revenge of Prince Zi Dan. See how the gorgeous costumes and acrobatics of Peking Opera get adapted to tell this classic tale of a prince who becomes disillusioned once he has discovered that his uncle has murdered his ...


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THEATER REVIEW Life Sucks - Playwright: Aaron Posner. At: Lookingglass Theatre, Water Tower Pumping Station. Tickets: 312-337-0665; LookingglassTheatre.org; $35 and up. Runs through: Nov. 6 Life Sucks is a beautifully performed, visually lovely, and amusing yet thoughtful show—altogether a really good night out. It's playwright/director Aaron Posner's contemporary reworking of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, following the success of Posner's Stupid Fucking Bird, based on Chekhov's ...


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THEATER Collaborating on 'Julius Caesar - For years, Writers Theatre co-founder and artistic director Michael Halberstam had wanted to tackle Shakespeare's Roman history play Julius Caesar. So when it came time to pick out the first play in the company's 25th-anniversary season ( and its first full one in the new multimillion-dollar Studio Gang Architects-designed performance venue ), Halberstam turned to a veteran of many previous ...


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THEATER REVIEW You on the Moors Now - Playwright: Jaclyn Backhaus. At: The Hypocrites at the Den Heath Mainstage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $36. Runs through: Oct. 30 Unreconstructed jokesters who still derive amusement from invoking the so-called "battle of the sexes" may well consider retiring that divisive wheeze after viewing a genuine gender-war, where those of Heart both Faint and Stout are wounded, sometimes going so ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Wonderful-Town

THEATER REVIEW Wonderful Town - Score: Leonard Bernstein; Lyrics: Betty Comden & Adolph Green; Book: Joseph Fields & Jerome Chodorov. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800 or GoodmanTheatre.org; $20-$106. Runs through: Oct. 23 Die-hard New York historians are likely to be very unhappy with director Mary Zimmerman's joyously buoyant take on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical comedy Wonderful Town. But everyone else ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Happiest Place on Earth - Playwright: Philip Dawkins. At: Solo Celebration ( in conjunction with Sideshow Theatre Company ) at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $42-$48. Runs through: Oct. 23 Communicative dissonances are often evidenced when novelists attempt to write plays, but no less so when a playwright steps out of his comfort zone. There is no denying Philip Dawkins' talent for spinning ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Deadly homophobia in 'Man in the Ring' - Plays have often inspired the creation of operas, but it usually doesn't happen the other way around. Man in the Ring by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright/director/actor Michael Cristofer ( The Shadow Box, Gia, Mr. Robot ) is an exception. Man in the Ring is a drama inspired by the tragic life of gay Black boxer Emile Griffith ( ...


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OUTspoken features variety of storytellers Oct. 4 - The monthly OUTspoken LGBTQ storytelling series at Sidetrack, held the first Tuesday of each month, always features an eclectic mix of voices, and the Oct. 4 program is no different. The event is free, located at 3349 N. Halsted, doors open at 6 p.m., stories at 7 p.m. This month's featured performers are: —Karen Genelly, a native Chicagoan who loves ...


SAVOR-Nonnina

SAVOR Nonnina - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - I have to admit that I cried inside when I heard that Piccolo Sogno Due was closing earlier this year. The Italian restaurant—a spinoff of the famed eatery Piccolo Sogno—had two things patrons could count on: great food and the smiling face of Chef Tony Priolo. Well, a few months later, another Italian restaurant has sprouted at Due's spot—and, fortunately, ...


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Reeling Film Festival opens with Bianca Del Rio - A movie running in Chicago Filmmakers' Reeling 2016: The 34th Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival brought director Matt Kugelman and Hurricane Bianca herself, Bianca Del Rio, into town for the debut of the film on Sept. 22 at the Music Box Theatre. The line stretched down the street for the popular RuPaul Drag Race winner. There were many surprise guests ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I swallow mine."—Robert Sepulveda's explanation to the contestants on Finding Prince Charming. He was answering the question of shouldn't you spit out wine at a wine tasting. As we know, swallowing is something Sepulveda specializes in. We filed our last column on the heels of the Emmy Awards. But there's still some unfinished business. One of Jimmy Kimmel's running bits ...


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Author to promote 'Bobby Kennedy' - Author Larry Tye will be at various Chicago spots to promote his latest book, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon. The book—which Tye says has strong LGBT- and civil-rights angles—tracks former U.S. Sen./Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy's journey from the conservative 1950s to a liberal activist. Stops will include: —Sept. 28, noon: Private lunch-learn talk by Temples Solel ...


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Hip-hop and LGBTQs: The intersectionality of two communities - By Tarina Hargrays - "I hold hip-hop in such a high regard and expect so much of it because it is music that has very revolutionary roots." This is what artist Akenya Seymour said when asked about the LGBTQ community's possible growing alliance with the hip-hop community. Akenya Seymour is a 23-year-old music artist from Chicago who identifies as queer and has been a ...


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Chicago Int'l Film Fest hosts celebratory event - The Chicago International Film Festival held a celebration at GreenRiver on Sept. 19. The 52nd year for the festival opens with a musical called La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, that runs Thursday, Oct. 13. Festival founder and artistic director Michael Kutza announced that celebrities and directors will be on the red carpet throughout the run until ...


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Reeling continues to entertain, enlighten until Sept. 29 - The second-oldest LGBT film festival in the world continues in Chicago, as Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival continues in Chicago through Thursday, Sept. 29. For complete festival information, including special guests, special events and updates, and to buy tickets, visit ReelingFilmFestival.org. For more detailed versions of my reviews, go to WindyCityMediaGroup.com. —Lazy Eye ( *** ) ( Sept. ...


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Knight at the Movies: Fall LGBT movie special - The end of September means that fall movies and award season is just about here. This year, the studios have a couple of excellent LGBT contenders that may very well end up in the winner's circle. Read on for some highlights from the fall movie season. Late September King Cobra—Reeling, Chicago's LGBT film festival ( of which I'm ...


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NUNN ON ONE Actor/musician David Pevsner shows versatility - Performer David Pevsner is full of surprises. Not only is he a talented actor in films like 300: Rise of an Empire and Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean, but he's been an erotic model for 20 years. Television credits include Modern Family, Criminal Minds, and Grey's Anatomy. He just released a comedy album called Most Versatile with ...


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Aurora gets tax credit for arts center - The City of Aurora has received a tax-credit award worth more than $15 million from the Illinois Housing Development Authority ( IHDA ) toward the development of the Aurora Arts Center at the former Waubonsee Community College Building downtown. The $35-million project will be developed by The Community Builders Inc., and will consist of a restaurant as well as a ...


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MUSIC Bloc Party talks group dynamics, coming out - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - English group Bloc Party continues to combine rock, pop and electronic music mixing the sounds together. Beginning in 1999, the team has changed a bit over the years while still having strong success. Their debut album Silent Alarm went platinum in Britain, and the follow up A Weekend in the City reached number 12 on the Billboard 200. The band's ...


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Entertainment news: Marc Jacobs, Tituss Burgess, 'Hamilton,' 'Will & Grace' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Designer Marc Jacobs has apologized for having models with dreadlocks at his recent New York Fashion Week show, Page Six stated. "I apologize for the lack of sensitivity unintentionally expressed by my brevity," the designer wrote on Instagram. "I wholeheartedly believe in freedom of speech to express oneself through art, clothes, words, hair, music… EVERYTHING. Of course I do 'see' ...


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Hamilton's America documentary on PBS Great Performances Oct. 21 - From a press release - The story of Alexander Hamilton is most remembered for its dramatic conclusion, which saw Hamilton killed in a duel by Vice President Aaron Burr. But the full story of this political genius - a poor immigrant who built himself up from nothing to become one of the nation's most vital architects - has largely been forgotten by history...until now. Today, ...


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Susan Werner kicks off Auditorium's season - On Sept. 22, The Auditorium Theater kicked off its 2016-17 season with an intimate performance from out singer-songwriter Susan Werner. Celebrating her ninth appearance at The Auditorium Theater, Werner, per her custom, turned the historic performance space into an intimate cabaret setting by having the audience seated on stage with her. Starting the show with stand-up bassist Curt Bley and ...


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OUTspoken features variety of storytellers Oct. 4 - The monthly OUTspoken LGBTQ storytelling series at Sidetrack, held the first Tuesday of each month, always features an eclectic mix of voices, and the Oct. 4 program is no different. The event is free, located at 3349 N. Halsted, doors open at 6 p.m., stories at 7 p.m. This month's featured performers are: — Karen Genelly, a native Chicagoan who ...


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Day-of-show digital lottery for Hamilton launching Sept. 27 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( Sept. 20, 2016 ) — Producer Jeffrey Seller and Broadway In Chicago are pleased to announce the day-of-show digital lottery for HAMILTON, launching in Chicago on September 27, 2016 at The PrivateBank Theatre ( 18 W. Monroe ). The Chicago production will conduct a day-of-show lottery for every performance beginning on Tuesday, September 27. Forty-four day-of-show tickets will ...


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From This Day Forward, explores family with transgender dad, Oct. 10 - From a press release - A unique—and traditional—love story shows how a Midwestern family adapted to a life-altering transformation. What's it like to have a transgender parent—or spouse? How can a family stay together in the face of such significant change? What does a marriage-bound daughter want her father to wear for the traditional trip down the wedding aisle? Filmmaker Sharon Shattuck answers all these ...


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Joffrey Ballet launches 2016-2017 season with multimedia Romeo & Juliet - From a press release - CHICAGO —The Joffrey Ballet launches its 2016-2017 season with the return of Polish National Ballet Director Krzysztof Pastor's popular Romeo & Juliet, which mesmerized audiences at its Chicago premiere in spring 2014. Romeo & Juliet is presented in 10 performances only at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 East Congress Parkway, October 13-23, 2016. A neo-ballet in three acts, ...


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Garland, Minnelli Palladium concert tribute Oct. 9 - From a press release - After two sold-out performances earlier this year, Nancy Hays ( as Judy Garland ) and Michelle Lauto ( as Liza Minnelli ) are bringing "Judy & Liza—Once in a Lifetime" back to the Uptown Underground Sunday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m., in an expanded version with even more songs. This cabaret show is a re-creation of the famed concert presented ...


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34th Reeling Film Festival makes America gay again - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Last summer we celebrated the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. This summer we mourned the victims of Orlando's Pulse massacre. But on the brighter side, the Republican presidential candidate (Is this really happening or am I trapped in a bad movie?) threw a crumb to the LGBTQ community, even if he couldn't pronounce it. Whatever happens, some people have ...


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Entertainment news: Lady Gaga, Lance Bass, Alexis Arquette, Zayn Malik - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lady Gaga is reportedly inching closer to one of the biggest gigs on the planet: performing at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2017, Billboard reported. Sources have told the publication that Gaga is in talks for the 51st annual football showdown, scheduled for Feb. 5, 2017 at NRG Stadium in Houston. She released a new song, "Perfect Illusion," on ...


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Project Elevate red carpet Sept. 29 - AIDS Foundation of Chicago's Project Elevate will host a red-carpet and presentation for six short video vignettes addressing abandonment, bullying, sexual abuse and other issues. The event will take place Thursday, Sept. 29, at Hyde Park Art Center, 5220 S. Cornell Ave., 5-8 p.m. Prior to the vignettes being shown a reception will be held featuring music by DJ Tess ...


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MOVIES: REELING Hurricane Bianca (Del Rio) blows into the Windy City - Roy Haylock's alter ego, Bianca Del Rio, took home the crown on the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. Combining humor with bright costumes, she snatched the title and is notably the first and only Latino winner of the hit Logo show. Afterward, Del Rio has returned for appearances on Drag Race as well as the second season of RuPaul's ...


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Pride Films and Plays announces five finalists in the 2016 LezPlay Contest - From a press release - Formal readings of all five plays to be presented October 7 through 9 Chicago, IL - Pride Films and Plays is delighted to announce the results of our 2016 LezPlay Contest. From nearly three dozen entries, five finalists have been selected to receive staged readings of their scripts during LezPlay Weekend, which runs October 7-9 at the Hoover-Leppen Theatre ...


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THEATER REVIEW Parachute Man - Playwright: Mando Alvarado. At: Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; TeatroVista.org; $18-$30. Runs through: Oct. 16 When his father died, 9-year old Eric decided he must be the protector of his mother and kid brother, Andrew. When Mom remarried and had another son, Eric repressed his anger but savagely beat his half-brother at least ...


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THEATER REVIEW Julius Caesar - Playwright: William Shakespeare. At: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glenview. Tickets: 847-242-6000 or writerstheatre.org; $35-$80. Runs through: Oct. 16 Theatergoers will recognize the title of this Shakespearean tragedy and perhaps shudder at the memory of studying it in high school. However, this new, streamlined, 90-minute version of the Bard's 400-year-old drama opens the company's 25th season. It's co-adapted and co-directed ...


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THEATER REVIEW Grizzly Mama - Playwright: George Brant. At: Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: $32-$35. Runs through: Oct. 15 The same audiences who make the mistake of assuming they are watching another quickly-dated political-themed comedy during its first act will be the ones howling in outrage when the stakes get serious—very, very serious—in its second. George Brant's reputation is based in his ...


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THEATER REVIEW A Comedical Tragedy for Mister Punch - Grotesque human representations exercise a curious power, changing in seconds from objects of amusement to a source of menace. On the creepiness scale, puppets generally rank below clowns and ventriloquists' dummies—with the exception of England's own Lord of Misrule, the 374-year-old Mister Punch. Bearing virtually no resemblance to his Italian ancestor, Pulcinello of the Roman Commedia, the glove puppet with ...


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THEATER REVIEW In the Heights - Music & Lyrics: by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Book: by Quiara Alegria Hudes. At: Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: PorchlightMusicTheatre.org; $43-$51. Runs through: Oct. 23 Porchlight Music Theatre opens its 22nd season with Lin-Manuel Miranda's award winning musical In the Heights. His musical Hamilton is the talk of the nation, but this was the show that ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Solo variations - Chicago isn't at a loss when it comes to prominent solo shows. It's interesting to note that many current productions and upcoming revivals give a variety of voices to members of the LGBTQ community. Two shows previously seen in Chicago in 2014 are Fawzia Mirza's Me, My Mom and Sharmila and Steven Strafford's Methtacular!, both of which get prime ( ...


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'Hamilton' hits Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Chicago cast of Hamilton arrived in the Windy City on Sept. 12 and held an introductory press conference the next morning with both principal and supporting casts in attendance. Director Thomas Kail introduced them and music director Alex Lacamoir. The 11-time Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, who became George Washington's right-hand man and the nation's ...


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David Pevsner releases CD - David Pevsner, one of the writers of the off-Broadway revue Naked Boys Singing, has released Most Versatile, his first CD of "original gay songs," as a press release calls them. Work ( "The Naked Maid" ), sexual history ( "The Book of Lust" ), unfortunate medical situations ( "Pain in the Butt" ), fantasy ( "The Perky Little Porn Star" ...


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Second Bowie box set out Sept. 23 - On Sept. 23, Parlophone Records will release David Bowie: Who Can I Be Now? ( 1974-1976 ), the second in a series of box sets spanning his career from 1969. "Who," the follow-up to David Bowie: Five Years 1969-1973, will contain the previously unreleased album from 1974 called The Gouster. The 12-CD box, 13-LP vinyl set and digital download feature ...


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'Before Stonewall' series Oct. 11, 18 - The series "Before Stonewall: The LGBTQ Experience in the '50s and '60s" series—which the Lincoln Park Village, Gerber/Hart Library, Howard Brown Health and Lake View Presbyterian Church are presenting—will take place Oct. 11 and 18. This two-part lecture and discussion will focus on the history of the LGBTQ community before the Stonewall Rebellion on June 28, 1969, which led to ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgender male to play a female transgender on television."—Jeffrey Tambor's acceptance speech after winning the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Anyone who still thinks our community isn't visible on TV clearly didn't watch this year's Emmy Awards, which kicked off with Louie Anderson's win for playing the ...


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Nick Jonas film in Chicago in Sept. - GOAT—a film that stars Nick Jonas, Ben Schnetzer and James Franco—will open at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., on Friday, Sept. 23. The movie focuses on a fraternity pledging ritual that threatens to divide two brothers, portrayed by Jonas and Schnetzer. Andrew Neel directed the movie. ...


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'From Selma to Stonewall' Sept. 24 - From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet? will screen at Kerasotes ShowPlace ICON Theatre, 150 W. Roosevelt Rd., on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival. In the movie, a Black straight preacher and a white, lesbian activist form an unusual bond as they seek to find the intersection between ...


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stARTup Art Fair Sept. 23-25 - The new art market stARTup Art Fair will take place Sept. 23-25 at the MileNorth Hotel, 166 E. Superior St. It will be the first time it will happen in Chicago. An intimate group of 22 artists from across the country will transform their respective hotel rooms into solo exhibitions of their current practices and projects. See StartUpArtFair.com/CHI . ...


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MOVIES Hugo Weaving: 'Dress'-ed for success - Actor Hugo Weaving on wearing a dress ( again ) for The Dressmaker, the Wachowskis' gender transition, and the Priscilla sequel that could happen yet… Hugo Weaving likes to frock around. The Sydney-based actor first made his name starring alongside Guy Pearce and Terence Stamp as a drag queen crossing the Aussie outback in a silver bus in 1994's ...


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Spotlight on Tony 'n Tina's Wedding, Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Flash back to the 1980s with the Chicago return of interactive comedy hit Tony 'n Tina's Wedding. That's right—there's now a nostalgia angle applied to the largely improvised event show that ran and ran for a long time off-Broadway and in the Windy City. Tony 'n Tina's Wedding returns starting Thursday, Sept. 22, for the ceremony at Resurrection ...


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Joffrey starts Eatherly memorial scholarship - The partner of the late dance publicist Eric Eatherly, Jay Leibovitz, has joined Eatherly's mother, Nancy Follis, to launch a new scholarship for pre-professional male dancers at the Joffrey Academy of Dance,. Eatherly—who was a publicist ( vice president with The Silverman Group ), writer ( including with Windy City Times ) and dancer—died in a car accident in his ...


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Remembering Edward Albee - He wouldn't correct you if you said it wrong, but if you wanted to earn his respect you needed to pronounce his name the way he preferred: Edward All-bee and not Al-bee. Widely regarded as "America's Greatest Living Playwright" following the death of Arthur Miller, Edward Albee died Sept. 16 after a short illness. He was 88. Albee's partner of ...


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Trans actress joins 'Nashville' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Trans actress Jen Richards has joined the cast of the CMT television series Nashville. The Emmy-nominated writer, actress and producer ( Her Story; Doubt ) is set to join the cast in the recurring role of Allyson Del Lago, a physical therapist who helps a character. Richards is playing CMT's first transgender character and is the first out transgender actor ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Sophia Bush talks Chicago P.D., pro-LGBT activism - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actress Sophia Bush continues on Chicago P.D. for another season, but she doesn't leave her activist roots behind. Known for the CW series One Tree Hill, in which she played Brooke Davis, she moved on to film roles like John Tucker Must Die and The Hitcher. The spinoff from Chicago Fire has her playing Erin Lindsey, a detective. Chicago P.D. ...


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Taylor, Skrebneski among Fifth Star honorees - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicago's creativity was honored Sept. 14 at the 3rd Annual Fifth Star Awards, a night of stars under the stars honoring legendary Chicago artists and cultural institutions with live performances and video tributes. The event took place at Millennium Park. This year's honorees were blues legend Buddy Guy, celebrated photographer Victor Skrebneski, Black Ensemble Theater Founder/CEO Jackie Taylor, museum founder/educator ...


-BENT-NIGHTS-The-Hideouts-20th-anniversary-reunion

BENT NIGHTS The Hideout's 20th-anniversary reunion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Once upon a time there was a little guy with a big gift of gab who loved this teeny-tiny bar tucked away in the warehouse district. He loved it so much that he took his wife and best friends as often as he could and they loved it, too. "Oh, the things that I could do with this place!!!," he ...


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Lady Gaga to release fifth studio album - From a press release - Six time Grammy award winner Lady Gaga will release her much anticipated fifth studio album, 'Joanne' on Friday, October 21st. The first single, "Perfect Illusion" recently debuted at #1 on iTunes in 60 countries. Just a week after its release, "Perfect Illusion" has soared on radio, becoming the #1 most added song on Pop with 170 adds and the #1 ...


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Hell in a Handbag Productions Presents SHOWGIRLS! The Benefit, Oct. 16 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( September 27, 2015 ) — Hell in a Handbag Productions is thrilled to announce their annual benefit, SHOWGIRLS!, an evening of glitz and glamor with a decidedly gaudy Vegas theme featuring an exclusive staged reading of SHOWGIRLS! A MUSICAL, the newest over-the-top production from Artistic Director David Cerda. The Vegas-inspired evening includes southern-style comfort food with a twist ...


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'Transparent,' Paulson among Emmy winners - The LGBT community was well-represented Sept. 18 at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards. First, Amazon series Transparent ( which had 10 nominations going into the ceremony ) had a couple winners, including Jeffrey Tambor ( Outstanding Lead Actor, Comedy Series ) and newly out lesbian Jill Soloway ( Outstanding Directing, Comedy Series ). Tambor took time to urge producers to ...


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20th annual AIDS Benefit at Chicago Academy for the Arts Sept. 23-24 - From a press release - CHICAGO — Each year, Chicago Academy for the Arts students produce and perform in a variety show to support HIV/AIDS research and organizations. The 20th Annual AIDS Benefit takes place Sept. 23rd and 24th at The Academy, 1010 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642. Students from each art department ( Dance, Media Arts, Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre, and Visual Arts ...


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Award-winning documentaries highlight diverse trans experiences at REELING - From a press release - ( September 15, 2016 - Chicago, IL ) The 34th edition of Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, taking placeSeptember 22-29, offers a number of award-winning documentaries that explore the vast American trans experience. The personal and intimate REAL BOY ( showing Friday, Sept. 23 ) follows a California teen over four years as he transitions from teenager to ...


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FALL THEATER PREVIEW Classics and important revivals - Truth be told, the 2016-2017 theater season is not shaping up as glory time for classics, whether antique ( Shakespeare, Moliere, Ibsen, the Greeks ) or modern ( Brecht, O'Neill, Coward, Miller ). Dead playwrights can breathe easy! The largest single category of new productions of old shows is musicals, with even Mamma Mia! reappearing for the 3,000th time, albeit ...


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Theater spotlight on Mamma Mia!, Critics' Picks - Britain's Comic Relief hilariously lacerated Mamma Mia! by, among other things, describing it as "The genius of ABBA … with words in between." ( Look up the spoof on YouTube. ) Nonetheless, lovers of this internationally successful jukebox musical will finally get to see it in a different version beyond the oft-returning original tour now that the Jeff Award-winning Paramount ...


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THEATER REVIEW I Do Today - Playwright: Sarah Myers. At: Solo Celebration at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $34-$48. Runs through: Oct. 9 Our narrator's first words to her audience are "I could marry you." Before we look for an irate father brandishing a shotgun, however, she explains that, although raised Jewish, she is certified by the Church of Spiritual Humanism to perform ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Amour

THEATER REVIEW Amour - Music: Michel Legrand; Libretto: Didier Van Cauwelaert in Jeremy Sams' English adaptation. At: Black Button Eyes Productions at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6875 or AmourChicago.com; $17-$32. Runs through: Oct. 8 There's an odd breed of theater fan that author Ken Mandelbaum labels as "flop collectors" in his 1992 book Not Since Carrie: 40 Years of Broadway Musical ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Naperville

THEATER REVIEW Naperville - Playwright: Mat Smart. At: Theatre Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $12-$36. Runs through: Oct. 16 There are two kinds of suburbs: those born of tract homes constructed on former cornfields and christened with names reflecting lofty fantasies ( e.g. Rolling Meadows, Hoffman Estates ), and those like Evanston and Wheaton, boasting full-service communities before mid-20th-century sprawl stereotyped all exurban ...


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FALL THEATER SPECIAL Chicago premieres highlight fall theater - In a season with nearly 150 openings in the next three months ( and more announcements coming in daily ), no print publication can list them all, but here are a few never-before-seen-in-Chicago productions worth marking on your calendar: The Happiest Place on Earth, Solo Celebration in conjunction with Sideshow Theatre Company at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Can ...


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Academy's AIDS benefit Sept. 23-24 - Each year, Chicago Academy for the Arts students produce and perform in a variety show to support HIV/AIDS research and organizations. The 20th Annual AIDS Benefit will take place Sept. 23-24 at The Academy, 1010 W. Chicago Ave. Students from each art department ( dance, media arts, music, musical theatre, theater and visual arts ) will present new work, under ...


BOOK-REVIEW-My-Son-Wears-Heels

BOOK REVIEW My Son Wears Heels - By Julie Tarney. $24.95; University of Wisconsin Press; 213 pages The first day your toddler said he could dress himself was a day you'll never forget. He tried, you have to hand it to him. When he was done, part of his outfit was out of season and the other part was out of style, the colors were painful ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Earlier this year I was quoted saying I'd rather have an enema than an Emmy. But thanks to the Television Academy, I can have both!"—RuPaul's acceptance speech for winning Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program at the Creative Arts Emmys. She beat out Jane Lynch, Steve Harvey, Ryan Seacrest, Tom Bergeron, and Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn. ...


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Nightspots: The Big To Do - Nightspots weekly picks to help you plan your nightlife calendar - All Things Beyoncé Wed., Sept. 14, 9 pm Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Dance to Queen B all night with no cover. Bey-licious drag by Dida Ritz, Saya Naomi and The Vixen. All Things Bey contest: Dance, sing or lip sync to win fun prizes. Hosted by Dixie Lynn Cartwright Off Center at Center on Halsted Fri., Sept. 16 Center ...


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FALL THEATER SPECIAL LGBTQ fall theater preview - There's plenty of shows with LGBTQ characters and themes this fall season. Take your pick from solo autobiographical shows, campy spoofs and significant Broadway musicals. Confessions of a Wannabe Soccer Mom—LOL Comedy at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Transgender comedian Dina Nina Martinez recounts her "unconventional journey into womanhood" in this autobiographical show that takes her from Texas to ...


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FALL DANCE SPECIAL Fall dance gives new life to old classics - Revisions, re-imaginations, reprises and revivals are on the bill for many of Chicago's dance companies this season, with a smattering of works that are altogether new. While there's plenty to see from homegrown artists, a number of exciting tours are coming to town this fall, some for the first time. —The Joffrey Ballet's highly anticipated world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Black-Slot

THEATER REVIEW The Black Slot - Playwright: Warren Hoffman. At: AstonRep ( sic ) Theatre Company at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-828-9129; AstonRep.com; $25. Runs through: Oct. 2 Despite developmental work at two theaters ( "development hell," a fact of life for contemporary American playwrights which is mentioned in the play ), author Warren Hoffman has not solved the major problem of this ...


-From-Selma-to-Stonewall-to-screen-at-ICON-Sept-24

'From Selma to Stonewall' to screen at ICON Sept. 24 - From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet? will screen at Kerasotes ShowPlace ICON Theatre, 150 W. Roosevelt Rd., on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival. In the movie, a Black straight preacher and a white, lesbian activist form an unusual bond as they seek to find the intersection between ...


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NewTown open mic on Sept. 14 - The NewTown Writers will host an open-mic reading Wed., Sept. 14, 7-9 p.m., at Volumes Bookcafe, 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave. The event will feature LGBTQ lit by NewTown Writers as well as authors appearing in the Off the Rocks anthologies. This is an open-mic event for all writers, as non-members can bring their work and share it from the stage. ...


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RR Productions to present 'Brunch Remixed' - RR Productions will present "Brunch Remixed" at Ada Street, 1664 N. Ada St., on Sunday, Sept. 18. Doors will open at 11 a.m., with brunch being served at noon. The event will conclude at 3:30 p.m. "Brunch Remixed" will be a mix of creative art, hot music, food and tasty cocktails. Sam Kirk will be displaying her artwork, while DJ ...







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