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Local entertainment: Queen Latifah; Madonna; Gay horror-movie screening; gay marriage exhibit - Queen Latifah starring in 'Bessie' May 16 HBO has confirmed the debut date for Bessie, with the HBO Films presentation scheduled to debut Saturday, May 16, at 7 p.m. CT. Starring Oscar nominee Queen Latifah ( Chicago ) in the title role, Bessie focuses on legendary blues singer Bessie Smith's transformation from a struggling young singer into "The Empress of ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "She's a hard act to follow! I just relate to that character, and I've loved it since I was a little girl."—Kelly Clarkson puts it out there that she'd be interested in headlining a Broadway revival of Funny Girl. And it might be fate—she shares a birthday with Babs. We'll share a video of her singing "My Man" in concert ...


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MUSIC Jimmy Somerville celebrates disco, Bronski Beat past - Last year marked the 30th anniversary of the song "Small Town Boy," the breakthrough hit by Bronski Beat. Former lead singer Jimmy Somerville is back with a brand-new disco beat and is set to release his new CD, Homage, on March 10. Windy City Times spoke with Somerville about his love of disco, being openly gay at the start of ...


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Local entertainment events: Homestretch; Tret Fure; Louder than a Bomb; African-American films - 'The Homestretch' screening March 14 Community Cinema, WTTW, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the Polk Bros Foundation are presenting an advance screening of The Homestretch, a film by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly. The screening will take place Saturday, March 14, 2-3 p.m., at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. ( A ...


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MOVIES Documentary looks at women's-rights movement - As the hot-button topic of same-sex marriage wiggles its way into the mainstream at an ever-hungry pace, there is another movement doing quite the same, albeit with far less fanfare. The women's-rights movement took off in the '60s and yet, nearly 50 years later, female workers still do not get paid the same wage as their male counterparts, their childbearing ...


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MOVIES 'Honest Liar' a revealing doc with gay magician - By Gary M. Kramer - There's a sucker born every minute, perhaps, but there are all too few people who try to expose the swindlers, charlatans and con men who deceive them. A magician, like James "The Amazing" Randi the subject of the fantastic documentary, An Honest Liar, is one such debunker. Directors Tyler Measom and Justin Weinstein show how Randi relentlessly challenged the fake ...


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NUNN ON ONE Michael Urie airs his 'View' - Actor Michael Urie brings his past movie, WTC View, back to life this month with new distribution. Originally released in 2005, the film tells the story of gay photographer Eric—who has an apartment with a view of the World Trade Center—searching for a roommate in the weeks following 9/11. Known from his breakout role on Ugly Betty as Marc St. ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Fans of 1980s pop music and films by director John Hughes like Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and more won't want to miss the immersive concert experience For the Record: Dear John Hughes. Originally staged in Los Angeles, the Chicago run notably features some Hollywood glamour since Rumer Willis ( daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis ...


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DOUBLE REVIEW Dunsinane; Macbeth - Dunsinane Playwright: David Greig At: National Theatre of Scotland and Royal Shakespeare Company at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand Ave. Tickets: 312-595-5600; www.chicagoshakes.com; $58-$78 Runs through March 22 Macbeth Playwright: William Shakespeare At: The Artistic Home, 1376 W. Grand Ave. Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.theartistichome.org; $28-$32 Runs through April 4 BY SCOTT C. MORGAN Just three miles separate a home-grown ...


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THEATER REVIEW Four - Playwright: Christopher Shinn At: Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway Tickets: www.jackalopetheatre.org; $20 Runs through: March 28 Christopher Shinn's play had a 1998 London world premiere, with its American premiere a year later in Chicago at About Face Theatre. Seeing it again after 15 years offers perspective on how much things have/haven't changed. It's Fourth of July ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Sweeter Option - Playwright: John Henry Roberts At: Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.strawdog.org; $28 Runs through: March 28 There's this big cache of money, you see, or maybe a few people just think there is—it doesn't really make any difference. Once the alleged existence of a fortune in stray cash has been clearly established, it's only a matter of ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Glass Protege - Playwright: Dylan Costello At: Giant Cherry/Glitterati Productions at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.theaterwit.org; $30-$40 Runs through: March 29 The contractual restrictions exercised by the studios over not only the careers, but the private lives, of its employees in the early days of the United States film industry is nowadays universally acknowledged. High-profile cinema celebrities were required ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Garage activism - Steppenwolf Theatre Company's sixth annual Garage Rep is underway, and two of its three rotating repertory productions prominently focus on LGBTQ characters and issues. "It really was just kind of a happy accident," said Greta Honold, a Steppenwolf producing associate who curates Garage Rep. "But we looked at it and realized for all three shows that activism emerges as a ...


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TELEVISION New Kids' Jonathan Knight competes on 'The Amazing Race' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As a member of the New Kids on the Block, Jonathan Knight was always known as the shy one who never sought much attention. The openly gay Knight is still shy but he will soon be under the spotlight when he competes—along with his partner, Harley Rodriguez—on CBS' The Amazing Race. Windy City Times caught up with the very candid ...


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Entertainment: Wanda Sykes; Gaga; Mo'Nique; Eddie Redmayne - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Comedian Wanda Sykes says she was treated like a unicorn after coming out gay, On Top Magazine noted. Sykes, 50, came out as gay in 2008 during a rally to protest passage of California's gay-marriage ban, Proposition 8, which fell in 2013. Appearing on The Meredith Vieira Show, Sykes told Vieira that her coming out was not planned, adding, "Funny ...


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Gaga, Vaughn take polar plunge; Michael Sam to take up 'Dancing' - Lady Gaga, Vaughn take polar plunge In Chicago, singer Lady Gaga and actor Vince Vaughn were among several thousand people who plunged into the icy waters of Lake Michigan March 1 to support the Special Olympics, The Chicago Tribune noted. The 15th annual Polar Plunge in Chicago took place at North Avenue Beach. Vaughn, a longtime Chicago Blackhawks fan and ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MAGIC Jeff Hobson bringing flamboyant persona to Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible" is coming to town, featuring a powerful mix of magicians who are ready to dazzle us. Audiences will witness levitation, mind reading, and a full view water torture escape. There are seven different magicians in The Illusionists act with a specific title and specialty in the art of fantasy. Jeff Hobson is one of the ...


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Dining news: Iron Chef Jose Garces; Shaw's wine dinner - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —On Thursday, March 5, at 7 p.m., Iron Chef Jose Garces highlights the work of renowned Spanish vineyards with "Spain in Seven Sips," a wine-tasting event at Mercat a la Planxa, 638 S. Michigan Ave. The restaurant will offer oysters, bacon-wrapped dates, paella croquettas and more. Tickets are $65; call 312-542-3600. —To continue the celebration of its 30th anniversary, Shaw's ...


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Disc and That: Upcoming and recent DVDs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —50 to 1 ( April 28; $26.99 ): Based on the incredible true story of Mine That Bird—the longshot racehorse who, to everyone's surprise, won the 2009 Kentucky Derby—50 to 1 will debut April 28 on DVD and Digital HD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Bonus materials include an in-depth making-of featurette and a blooper reel. —1066: The Battle for ...


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The (drag) queen's speech: Talking with Terence Boyle - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Terence Boyle traces his ancestry to Protestant Northern Ireland, but he is, himself, Catholic and teaches at the Jesuit-affiliated Loyola University. The openly gay Boyle's play, allegedly based on the Biblical tale of Cain and Abel, is titled The Queen's Speech—and that's "queen" as in "drag." The Biblical book of Genesis recounts the tale of Adam's two sons, whose bitter ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Benedict Cumberbatch—it's not only the most awesome name in show business, it's also the sound you get when you ask John Travolta to announce Ben Affleck."—Neil Patrick Harris' callback to last year's Oscars, and part of his introduction of Idina Menzel and John Travolta. How can I start this column without talking about Lady Gaga. Even I, who knew she ...


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Ricky Martin: Beyond the 'Bon Bon' - Ricky Martin talks love life, shirtless selfies and how he'd react to having gay sons A single tweet changed Ricky Martin's life, and then it changed the world. When the internationally famed Puerto Rican heartthrob came out in 2010, declaring himself on Twitter "a fortunate homosexual man" who's "very blessed to be who I am," Martin, 43, stepped out of ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Betty Buckley puts out haunting 'Ghostlight' - Tony Award winner Betty Buckley has taken on TV, movies and musicals over the years in a very lengthy career that continues to shine. She is also an American Theater Hall of Fame inductee. Her Broadway break came in 1969 for the musical 1776. Sunset Boulevard brought her an Olivier Award then Cats won her the Tony. Movies have included ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Catching up with Jill Grove and "The Property" - Lesbian mezzo-soprano Jill Grove has appeared in some of the most critically acclaimed new recent productions at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Who could forget her topless tribal Klytamnestra waging interfamily battle in Richard Strauss' Greek tragedy Elektra in 2012? Or Grove as the earthy swamp witch Jezibaba in Antonin Dvorak's Rusalka in 2014? Now Grove gets to put her ...


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Alfre Woodard talks 'State of Affairs' before local benefit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Entering into its 15th season, the Louder Than a Bomb poetry festival is holding a benefit and celebration this March. Bringing in big names to raise awareness of one of the largest youth culture gatherings in the world has the talented Alfre Woodard attending an all day event. She is not only an award-winning actress but a producer and political ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Those hopelessly idealistic missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are back to have their outlooks on life and faith severely tested in The Book of Mormon, the 2011 Broadway musical smash concocted by the irreverent South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker with Avenue Q and Frozen co-creator Robert Lopez. If you missed this nine-time ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Other Place - Playwright: Sharr White. At: Profiles Theatre, The Main Stage, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: 773-549-1815 or www.profilestheatre.org; $35-$40. Runs through April 5 Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble member Laurie Metcalf received a slew of critical raves and a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Sharr White's drama The Other Place. With the unreliable narrator character of Boston neurologist Julianna Smithton, White ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Marie-Antoinette

THEATER REVIEW Marie Antoinette - Playwright: David Adjmi. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20-$86. Runs through: May 10 From A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court to Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, the juxtaposition of history's icons with familiar contemporary culture has never failed to amuse playgoers. At its best, this translation serves as a teaching aid, rendering the events of ...


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Upcoming: Willa Taylor; Knuckles movie;'Louder than a Bomb'; Armatrading; Writers - Rivendell to honor Willa Taylor Rivendell Theatre Ensemble will hold its 2015 Salon fundraiser—to benefit programming at Rivendell Theatre—on Thursday, March 19, at Level Office, 73 W. Monroe St. Willa Taylor—director of education and community engagement at the Goodman Theatre, U.S. Navy veteran and discussion panelist for Rivendell's production of Women at War—will be honored with the 2015 WREN Award ...


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Upcoming: Kim Gordon; Kelly Clarkson; Women's Day Dance; 'Frost Fest' - Kim Gordon at Music Box Feb. 26 The Chicago Humanities Festival ( CHF ) will present musician, artist and founding member of band Sonic Youth Kim Gordon on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. The post-punk rocker comes to Chicago to discuss her new memoir, Girl in a Band, with CHF ...


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Arts news: Harris; Flower & Garden Show; Brave Face Project; Ronnie Kroell - Harris Theater in the midst of $5M renovation project The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., is in the midst of a $5-million renovation project. The physical renovations of the Harris Theater patron space is one component of a $38.8-million fundraising campaign launched during the theater's 10th anniversary last season. The plan will involve adding two ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Escape Artist - By Judith Katz. $13.46; Bywater Books; 314 pages   Originally published in 1997, The Escape Artist reappears under a new publishing company with all its magic intact. A shul for whores, 1900s Buenos Aires, cross-dressing, magical tricks and a charming love story between two young Jewish women—that is the recipe concocted here and laid out in a story that provides ...


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DISH Weekly Dining Guide: Dive Bar - Most people associate the term "dive bar" with a casual sort of neighborhood watering hole where residents gather to throw back a few and socialize. However, Boystown's Dive Bar ( 3445 N. Halsted St.; http://chicagodivebar.com/ ) is a nautical-themed restaurant ( get it? ) that specializes primarily in seafood. And, yes, it's complete with decor items ranging from punny signs ...


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Knight at the Movies: The Circle; Maggie Smith - Although a bit clunky in execution, the story related in director Stefan Haupt's The Circle ( Der Kreis ) is nevertheless such a powerful and tender one that it quickly overcomes its minor shortcomings. It's lovely to know that Switzerland thought so highly of the movie it made the film its official submission for both Golden Globe and Oscar consideration. ...


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RuPaul's 'Battle' tour comes to Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Several stars from previous seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race graced the stage at the House of Blues Feb. 19 for the annual "RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons." Among the Chicago line-up were Alaska 5000, Ivy Winters, BenDeLaCreme, Jinkx Monsoon, Sharon Needles, Manilla Luzon and Raja, hosted by Michelle Visage. "I'm happy to be in this frozen tundra with ...


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BENT NIGHTS Sleater-Kinney; Glitter Creeps - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As someone who was merely aware of the band in itsheyday, I was mystified by the effect that the Sleater-Kinney reunion had on me. It certainly didn't hurt that No Cities to Love, the first CD from the group in 10 years, was called one of the best releases of 2014, or that tickets for this show were snapped up ...


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Entertainment: Darren Criss; Kelly Clarkson; chef Art Smith; Tom Ford - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Glee star Darren Criss is set to replace John Cameron Mitchell in the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, according to NewNowNext.com. Mitchell is temporarily stepping out from the show to recover from a knee surgery, but is expected back late in February. After Mitchell leaves the show for good, though, Criss will step into those iconic heels ...


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Dining news: Ceres' Table dinner; Alpana's new place - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Ceres' Table, 3124 N. Broadway, will host an intimate five-course dinner Wed., Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. that features wines from the Italian winery La Stoppa with winery representative Nico Sciackitano. Among the fare being offered are salumi assortiti, braised cuttlefish, boneless pork loin and almond cake. The cost is $95, and seats are limited; call 773-922-4020. —Seven Lions—the contemporary ...


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NUNN ON ONE Actor Colm Feore reigns as 'King Lear' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Colm Feore became a actor after leaving his birthplace of Boston behind, attending the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, Quebec. His skills grew from working at the Stratford Festival of Canada playing many leading parts in the works of Shakespeare. He went on to Broadway in Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington. His movie career includes roles in Pearl ...


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FashionBar puts on fall/winter '15 show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Feb. 19, FashionBar Chicago presented its fall/winter 2015 fashion show at the legendary Drake Hotel's Palm Court on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. This show—co-hosted by Jeff Conway, host of Social Avenue, and Renee Fecarotta Russo, star of Chicago Mob—featured five local fashion designers. Featured designers included Benjamin Cottrell of Bengamin Cotrell Designs, Nicole Nannetti and Angie Babbitt of Seamingly Sisters, ...


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BENT NIGHTS Kaki King; Melk Belly - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After having been called one of the most exciting experimental guitarists of her generation, it could be assumed that out musician Kaki King's SRO show at Lincoln Hall on Feb. 11 would have the solemnity of the coronation of a pope. The idea of her "in recital" is something that fans have come to anticipate with bated breath, but what ...


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Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull thrill fans with fast-paced show - On Feb. 20, Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull returned to Illinois, bringing their successful act to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. The dynamic duo put on a fast-paced, fun show, selling out the venue to the top of the rafters in the process. Rotating nights where one of them follows the other has kept this tour fresh and unexpected. This time ...


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Her HRC event Feb. 15 - "Chicago Her HRC Presents: 4th Annual Va ~ Va ~ Vaudeville!" took place Feb. 15 at Mayne Stage. The event featured burlesque dancers, comedians, jugglers, magicians, musicians, sword swallowers, painted ladies and belly dancers. Gwen La Roka hosted this year's event, with Lady Gia, Aerin Tedesco, Cruel Valentine and Shana Vaughn-Gabor among the slated performers. Photos by Kat Fitzgerald ...


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Oscars: NPH, Lady Gaga and inclusive remarks - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held the 87th Academy Awards Feb. 22—and most of the wins went as expected. Julianne Moore won Best Actress for her role in the Alzheimer's drama Still Alice (directed by same-sex couple Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland), Patricia Arquette won for Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood and J.K. Simmons (previously known for ...


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Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles presents "Champagne Showcase: A Night in the Jazz Age - From a press release - CHICAGO, FEBRUARY 16, 2015 — With swing and sass, Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles presents its third annual benefit, "Champagne Showcase: A Night in the Jazz Age," at Center on Halsted ( 3656 N. Halsted ) on Saturday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m. Guests are encouraged to come out in their best dapper wear and flapper attire to celebrate a bygone ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - - "The audience, for the most part, is awake because they're bobbing up and down all the time. And we sit there, stone-faced, sober judges. But we're not—at least I wasn't—100% sober, because before we went to the State of the Union, we had dinner together."—Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg explains why she was dozing off during the State of ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MOVIES Siskel board member on Oscars party, fave gay movie - Gene Siskel Center board member David E. Martin is throwing an Oscar party and everyone is invited! Known for being one of the more glamorous events in the city, during the event once again promises to throw a great party. "Hollywood on State: A Red Carpet Celebration" happens to be the longest-running award-show viewing party in Chicago. In addition, local ...


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Two reports detail wide discrimination against transgender Americans - - When the Supreme Court of the United States rules on the issue of same-sex marriage later this year, many of the advocacy organizations and groups nationwide that have fought for a resolution to the issue are hopeful that LGBTQ equality will take a giant leap forward. However two reports released February 18 by the Denver-based LGBT think tank The Movement ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - See the build-up and the aftermath of two lovers attempt to murder a cuckolded husband in Therese Raquin, composer Tobias Picker and librettist Gene Scheer's 2001 operatic adaptation of Emile Zola's influential 1867 novel. Chicago Opera Theater presents the Windy City debut of Therese Raquin in a production shared with Long Beach Opera for four performances only at Millennium Park's ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Finding-Grafenberg

THEATER REVIEW Finding Grafenberg - Playwright: Graham Brown. At: trip ( sic ), at Hairpin Arts Center, 2810 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.grafenberg.bpt.me; $20. Runs through: March 14 Finding Grafenberg concerns sex, office politics and the sexual subtext often lurking just underneath office politics. The dozen characters are white-collar employees of an anonymous company, ranging from the mail room clerk to a corporate vice-president. It ...


THEATER-REVIEW-A-Nice-Indian-Boy

THEATER REVIEW A Nice Indian Boy - Playwright: Madhuri Shekar. At: Rasaka Theatre Company at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 73-871-3000; www.victorygardens.com; $30. Runs through: March 8 In pre-literate ages, the purpose of marriage was transference of property, progeny serving as the vessels of the transfer, and while compatibility as a factor making for smooth transitions was generally acknowledged, approval of heirs to the family ...


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THEATER REVIEW A Kid Like Jake - Playwright: Dan Pearle. At: About Face Theatre at the Greenhouse, 2557 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.aboutfacetheatre.org; $35. Runs through: March 15 We never meet Jake. We meet Jake's mom, Alex, the privileged and fiercely competitive daughter of a likewise privileged, fiercely competitive mother. Alex has suffered two miscarriages since having Jake, rendering her extremely protective of her surviving son. ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A second marriage for 'First Wives Club' - The pre-Broadway engagement of the musical First Wives Club at the Oriental Theatre is billed as a "world premiere." However, this musical is more of a second marriage after the first one failed. First Wives Club initially played a pre-Broadway tryout at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre back in 2009. On paper, the musical's collaborators and stars all looked very ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC From Bristol to 'Budapest' with singer George Ezra - Young upstart George Ezra is ready to conquer this side of the pond and with recent tour mates he's well on his way. The new album Wanted on Voyage has spawned an iTunes Single of the Week, with "Budapest" hitting nearly 86 million streams. His sound has crossed borders, taking on both Alternative and Adult Top 40 charts. In his ...


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DOUBLE REVIEW Sondheim on Sondheim; First Date - Sondheim on Sondheim Playwright: Bruce Graham At: Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie Tickets: 847-673-6300 or www.northlight.org; $25-$78 Runs through Feb. 28 First Date Book: Austin Winsberg; Score: Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner At: Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-988-9000; www.theroyalgeorgetheatre.com; $15-$59 In an open run It may take years for some Broadway musicals to ...


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Entertainment news: Ricky Martin; Melissa Manchester; Madonna banned - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ricky Martin will start his 20-date "One World" tour in North America on Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Las Vegas, according to a press release. ( Other stops include Chicago, Toronto, Atlanta, Dallas and Miami, among others. ) The tour is in support of his newest album, A Quien Quiera Escuchar ( To Whomever Wants to Listen ). Speaking of Martin, ...


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BOOKS 'Love Together' looks at longtime gay couples - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Oconomowoc, Wisconsin—aside from having more "o's" in it than any other city in the country, it's also where Tim Clausen as called home for most of his life. The city played host to the very first screening in the world of the Wizard of Oz in 1939, and it is a fitting tribute that the sleepy bastion of Milwaukee vacation ...


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NUNN ON ONE Vicki Lawrence takes 'Mama' on a road trip - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Vicki Lawrence has entertained generations for decades as a triple threat: an actress, a comedienne and a singer. She began on CBS playing multiple characters on The Carol Burnett Show for its entire run. During the sixth season, Thelma Harper was born, playing Eunice Higgins's mother. Mama's Family eventually got its own show and still remains popular in syndication. She ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TV Miss Fame journeys from the farm to 'RuPaul's Drag Race' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Searching for America's next drag superstar is never easy and now a whole race begins with season seven. RuPaul's Drag Race on Logo continues to grow in popularity on the Logo Channel. Revving up this time is New York candidate Miss Fame. First taking on the modeling world then moving into makeup has not been an easy road. Windy City ...


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Local entertainment: Burly returns; Dudes season out; exhibits; exhibit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Library exhibit explores marriage As recognition of same-sex marriage grows, the Chicago Public Library presents "Love Me Forever! Oh! Oh! Oh!," by cartoonist Jeremy Sorese. In this illustrated exhibit, Sorese, a gay man explores the idea of getting married. Selected from The Best American Comics 2013, "Love Me Forever! Oh! Oh! Oh!" is on display through March 8 in the ...


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Dining news: Asura wine; viewing the Oscars - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Asura Cabernet Sauvignon is now being offered, and its distributed by Grilos International in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. The wine, which received a number-one rating from Cigar & Spirits Magazine, retails for $469 a bottle; only 3,000 bottles were produced for the first limited release. Call 954-523-9463 or visit www.winewatch.com. —Commonwealth Tavern, 2000 W. Roscoe St., is hosting an Oscars viewing ...


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DISH: SAVOR The Kitchen - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The "farm-to-table" concept has become almost trendy with restaurants. The Kitchen ( 316 N. Clark St.; http://thekitchen.com/the-kitchen-chicago/ ) has almost become masterful at the idea. However, this spot is also about community. Mondays are "Community Nights," when a local farmer, brewer or culinary-associated professional is featured. Guests gather around the community table for a four-course, family-style meal that cannot be ...


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Queer artistry amplifies Black love - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - People celebrated Black love through the spoken word, poetry and song Feb. 10 during a February open-mic night at Jeffrey Pub, 7041 S. Jeffrey Blvd. Quare Square, Inc. co-sponsored the event, which brought amateur and professional artists together. While the venue offered free expression, Quare Square Executive Director M. Shelly Conner stressed its geographical benefit. "It's important that we have ...


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Manilow, Koz bring 'Magic' to Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Vern Hester - On Feb. 14, Valentine's Day was turned into a massive Barry Manilow love-in when the pop star hit the United Center for the Chicago stop of his "One Last Time" tour. With a career that has spanned more than 45 years and a track record of 27 platinum albums and 26 top 10 hit singles, it could be assumed that ...


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Going to Vegas to 'strip and dip' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Did you ever fantasize about taking a trip and just being a spa harlot? I mean literally every day—maybe twice a day or more—having every part of your overworked, super stressed body made to feel as beautiful Cleopatra herself? Every once in a while, doesn't everyone need a "strip-and-dip" trip? You've heard of the spa vacations. Almost every tourism office ...


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Jada Pinkett Smith brings her edge to 'Gotham' - Since the '90s, Jada Pinkett Smith has built a strong movie career from The Nutty Professor to the Matrix and Madagascar franchises. In her spare time she created a production company, sang in a rock band named Wicked Wisdom and authored a book. She also grew a megastar family after marrying Will Smith with two now famous children. She has ...


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Knight at the Movies: A 'Grey' day, Black history and (Oscar) gold - Just in time for Valentine's Day, here comes Fifty Shades of Grey, the dirty-movie adaptation of the dirty-book phenomenon from E.L. James ( a modern-day Jackie Susann of sorts ). Based on the advance buzz, the most interesting things about the forthcoming cinema sexcapade seem to be all the instances of "no" connected with it. There's no NC-17 rating thanks ...


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Movie celebrating Frankie Knuckles to shoot in Chicago - From a press release - CHICAGO — Feb. 11, 2015 — A new feature film, THE WAREHOUSE, will celebrate the Godfather of House Music, GRAMMY Award-winning Frankie Knuckles ( 1955-2014 ) and Chicago's legendary Warehouseafterhours club, where the internationally recognized House Music genre was born. The film will be produced byBob Teitel ( Men of Honor, Barber Shop ), Billy Dec ( Rockit Ranch/Elston Films ...


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Laverne Cox to co-star on CBS pilot - Laverne Cox already made history, becoming the first openly transgender performer to earn an acting Emmy nomination for her breakout role on Netflix's Orange Is the New Black. However, she is now looking to break more ground with the first transgender series regular character on broadcast TV played by a transgender actor, according to Deadline. Cox is set to co-star ...


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Theater spotlight and Critics' Picks - Every show for The Boystown Pregame will be different. The new comedy show features a rotating guest from the LGBTQ community and then comedians who transform the guest's topics into sketch and improvised comedy. There's also an activist spot on the bill, so get your social and politically minded friends to participate. The Boystown Pregame plays in an open run ...


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THEATER REVIEW White Guy on the Bus - Playwright: Bruce Graham. At: Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets: 847-673-6300 or www.northlight.org; $25-$78. Runs through Feb. 28 There's a startling moment in White Guy on the Bus when playwright Bruce Graham essentially pulls the rug out from under the audience. The course of the drama shifts and the mood turns pessimistic as an unflattering mirror of U.S. race ...


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THEATER REVIEW Dividing the Estate - Playwright: Horton Foote. At: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-338-2177; www.raventheatre.com; $36. Runs through: March 28 It's said that what distinguishes U.S. citizens from their European counterparts are the former's propensity for chronological inflation. The Gordons of Harrison, Texas, accumulated their fortune over a period of barely exceeding a hundred years, but even this relatively short history of ...


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THEATER REVIEW Red - Playwright: John Logan. At: Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-728-7529; www.redtwist.org; $30-$35. Runs through: March 8 "What do you see?" are the first words spoken at the start of the play. It's an important question—Mark Rothko's paintings might not look like much at first, but when exhibited under subdued lighting conditions ( as Rothko preferred ), after ...


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THEATER REVIEW La Cage aux Folles - Playwright: Harvey Fierstein ( book ), Jerry Herman ( music & lyrics ) from Jean Poiret's play. At: The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. Tickets: 1-847-634-0200; www.MarriottTheatre.com; $50-$55. Runs through: March 22 Thirty-two years after its Broadway premiere, La Cage aux Folles should be an amusing period piece. Instead, its obvious message of tolerance and self-respect remains necessary as ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to Chicago - Alvin Ailey held his first dance concert in March, 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Nearly 60 years later, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is synonymous with American contemporary dance, boasting more than 235 dances in its rep and one in particular that never gets old. A trip to the theater for an Ailey concert is ...







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