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'Unplugged' performance to tackle rape, suicide - Paul McComas and Maya Kuper will rock against rape, depression and suicide with their performance of "Unplugged" at the Evanston venue 27 Live on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. McComas' Unplugged was published in 2002 as a novel. McComas said he envisioned from the beginning that the story would eventually jump off the pages. The novel, performance and screenplay ...


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GayCo Productions turns 18, is Bearly Legal - From a press release - CHICAGO—-It's official! GayCo Productions is on the market! The boundary-pushing comedy organization can now legally buy cigarettes, vote, have sex and, thanks to marriage equality in Illinois, get married to a 54-year-old muscle daddy and divorce him and take all his Design Within Reach furniture. GayCo Productions turns 18 years old this year, and, to celebrate a whole new world ...


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Haunted site having LGBTQ night Oct. 19 - Morton Grove's Fear City Chicago, 8240 North Austin Ave., will host a special night, "Scream!," to celebrate the LGBTQ community on Sunday, Oct. 19, 7-11 p.m. A full cocktail bar and other refreshments will available for purchase at the concession stand at Fear City, and a DJ will spin tunes. Also, The "gAy List" Bus Tours will provide transportation, leaving ...


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Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscars - Actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the Academy Awards for the first time, Variety reported. Although this will mark Harris' first time hosting the Oscars, he has plenty of hosting experience, having hosted the Tony Awards four times as well as the Emmy awards twice. Harris also performed the opening musical number during the 2010 Oscars. The 87th Annual Academy ...


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Knight at the Movies: Dracula Untold; film notes - How differently would audiences respond to Dracula Untold—Universal's latest attempt to reboot its classic monsters franchise—if the actor playing Dracula was openly gay? Would it diminish their ability to immerse themselves into the filmmakers attempt to explain the origins of vampire lore that is the basis of the film? Would they ascribe some sort of underlying queer symbolism to Vlad ...


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Upcoming shows: Laramie Project; Brickman; McComas, Kuper, Kennedy - 'The Laramie Project' at NU Oct. 24-Nov. 2 The Laramie Project, a chronicle of the life of a Wyoming town following the 1998 kidnapping and murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard, will be staged at Northwestern University Oct. 24-Nov. 2. The production, which Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project wrote, will launch the Virginia Wadsworth ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I've got my hands on their butts probably more than their wives."—Tom Brady describes the unique relationship he has with his teammates on the New England Patriots. Well, what's a little pigskin between friends... It's nice to know that even in my mid-40s, I can still have new experiences. But here's one I didn't see coming. Last week, someone admitted ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Donna McKechnie, the primary performing muse to late director-choreographer Michael Bennett in such musicals as A Chorus Line, Company and Promises, Promises, is the headlining star for Pride Films and Plays' annual benefit Simply Sensational: Legends. The event features McKenchnie and other performers in addition to a raffle for fabulous door prizes. Pride Films and Plays' ...


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Trans musician to appear at documentary screening - Jennifer Leitham, the renowned transgender jazz bass virtuoso, will be in Oak Park on Sunday, Oct. 19, as part of the special screening of I STAND CORRECTED—the true story of Leitham, who transitioned publicly during the height of her career. Formerly known as John Leitham, the artist played with such top acts as The Tonight Show All-Stars, Mel Tormé and ...


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Cyndi Lauper talks about 'Kinky Boots' - Winner of six Tony Awards, the Broadway hit musical Kinky Boots debuted on The Great White Way in October 2012 and hasn't slowed down since. The popular musical is based on the 2005 film Kinky Boots, which was serendipitously inspired by a true story. With music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, Kinky Boots was ...


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THEATER REVIEW Take Me Out - Playwright: Richard Greenberg. At: Eclectic Theatre Company at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6875; www.eclectic-theatre.com; $25. Runs through: Nov. 2 Richard Greenberg launches his world of sports play with superstar batter Darren Lemming announcing to the press that he is gay, but the repercussions vested upon his teammates, his fans and his career will not be what we ...


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THEATER REVIEW Witches Among Us - Playwright: Music & Lyrics by Scott Free, book by Rick Karlin. At: New American Folk Theatre at The Call, 1547 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-426-6442; www.newamericanfolktheatre.org; $15-$20. Runs through: Nov. 7 The martyrs of Salem, Massachusetts, were not the first scapegoats of a society undone by its own fears, but the source of their persecution has entered our language ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Wild Party - Score: Michael John LaChiusa; Book: LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe. At: Bailiwick Chicago at Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000 or www.bailiwickchicago.com; $40 . Through Nov. 1 It's likely that die-hard musical-theater fans will forever be bickering and taking sides over The Wild Party. That's because in New York during the year 2000, two completely different musicals ...


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THEATER REVIEW Danny Casolaro Died for You - Playwright: Dominic Orlando. At: TimeLine ( sic ) Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave. Tickets: 773-281-8463; www.timelinetheatre.com; $39-$52. Runs through: Dec. 21 I'm not a conspiracy theorist. I believe Oswald acted alone. Still, I know there are vast international crime networks doing business with each other far outside any law. I know, too, our government does business with them in the ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Gay bar drama - Plays and musicals with characters who fall within the LGBTQ spectrum appear all over Chicago stages, from Equity flagships like the Goodman Theatre and Steppenwolf Theatre Company to the tiniest of storefronts like The Side Project or the Apollo Studio. But there's also something to be said about targeting LGBTQ audiences precisely where they like to hang out. This explains ...


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Jennifer Hudson and HRC; Transparent; Annie Lennox on Beyonce - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released a Web video featuring Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson for its "Americans for Marriage Equality" campaign, according to a press release. In the video, Hudson discusses her longtime support for LGBT equality and announced a new partnership with HRC. She also broke the news that she will be performing at the ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Sinead O'Connor takes us to 'Church' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Sinead O'Connor has always danced to the beat of her own drum. While it may be hard to figure her out personally, the fact remains that her music has struck a chord with a generation. The Irish singer/songwriter started in the '80s with her first album The Lion and the Cobra to critical acclaim, then broke out to mainstream success ...


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Dining news: Hot Doug's replacement; Chefs Hall of Fame - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —As early as Dec. 1, Frank Meats Patty is expected to move into the iconic Avondale space at California and Roscoe that Hot Doug's occupied, according to an NBC Chicago item. Hot Doug's closed its doors for good Oct. 4. Owner Doug Sohn said he has to vacate the building by Nov. 1, adding he plans to auction off the ...


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DIVERSIONS Haunted houses get into the spirit outside Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As Halloween quickly approaches, Illinois offers some sure scares in the haunted-house category that will entertain for many moons. Chicago itself doesn't have a lot in this category, unfortunately, other than a few haunted bus tours and Navy Pier's Zombie Containment for tourists. Horror fans have to travel outside the city limits to stir up some real fears. Some of ...


-Laverne-Cox-talks-about-The-T-Word

Laverne Cox talks about 'The T Word' - From a press release - MTV and Logo TV have joined forces to simultaneously premiere Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word on Oct. 17. The 60-minute documentary highlights seven transgender youths from varying walks of life with one of the world's most famous trans icons in the center of it all—Orange is the New Black's Laverne Cox. The Emmy-nominated actress recently made history when she ...


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Chicago Gay Men's Chorus to present Lipstick & Lyrics - From a press release - Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) starts off their 2014/2015 season with Lipstick & Lyrics, "Into the Hood: A Mary-Tale", on October 25, 2014 at 8:00pm at the fabulous Park West. Hear your favorite fierce drag princesses sing live while on a quest to be the fairest at the ball, all while evading the scheming, evil villainesses. Talented fair ...


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46th Jeff Awards celebrates excellence in Chicago theatre - From a press release - October 13, 2014 — Chicago, IL. At the gala 46th Annual Equity Jeff Awards held at Drury Lane Oakbrook on Monday, October 13, awards were spread among numerous theatres honoring a season of outstanding productions. From Writers Theatre, "The Dance of Death", a battle of wits between a tyrant and his manipulative wife, received the Production-Play award for a large ...


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MOVIES Rory Kennedy re-creates 'Last Days in Vietnam' - Rory Elizabeth Katherine Kennedy, 45, is the youngest of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy's 11 children. Born a mere three months following RFK's assassination in 1968, Rory's personal history has long been laden with the remnants of Vietnam ( her father was campaigning for president on the anti-war platform when he was killed ), and now she's taking ...


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Eileen Myles: Queer, funny, feminist stand-up and poetry - From a press release - Poetry Off the Shelf: Eileen Myles Poet Eileen Myles discusses Afterglow, her new fantasy and dog memoir CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation and the Chicago Humanities Festival are pleased to feature a talk by New York poet Eileen Myles. Myles' gift for chronicling the life of the writer in a queer, funny, feminist, and ultimately provocative way makes her readings ...


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Terrence McNally Eclipse Theatre Company's featured playwright - From a press release - Lips Together, Teeth Apart; A Perfect Ganesh; The Lisbon Traviata Chicago's Eclipse Theatre Company, the Midwest's only theatre company to focus on a single playwright each season, will feature the works of award-winning American playwright Terrence McNally for their 2015 Season. Eclipse will explore the range of McNally's output with three full productions, plus readings and public events about the ...


BOOK-REVIEW-The-Brick-Yard-

BOOK REVIEW The Brick Yard - By Lauren E. Childers - by Carol Lynne, $13.99, eBook $5.50; Totally Bound. Publishing; 185 pages This male-on-male book of erotic romance is set in the South Side of Chicago. The story is told in alternating first person through the main character Lucky Gunn and his lover, Dray. The story follows the trials and tribulations faced by many of the youth that go through ...


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Alan Cumming on his memoir, acting - Bisexual Scottish actor Alan Cumming has been celebrated for his work in such films as Any Day Now, garnered a Tony Award in Broadway's Cabaret and currently appears on TV in The Good Wife. In his memoir, Not My Father's Son, Cumming details his tragic childhood growing up in a household filled with abuse at the hands of his late ...


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Vives Q features Norma Seledon - Vives Q launched its fall First Tuesdays series Oct. 7, 2014 at Blanco y Negro Restaurant, 4043 W 26th Street, Chicago. The featured interview was lesbian leader Norma Seledon, on the fourth anniversary of the death of her longtime partner Alicia Amador. Norma's two daughters, Queli and Eva Tellez participated in the discussion, which was led by Emmanuel Garcia. American ...


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Knight at the Movies: Pride; film notes - Given the improbability of the true story that is the basis for director Mathew Warchus' Pride, it makes perfect sense why everyone involved realized this would make a great movie. In England, in 1984 two disparate groups—a small faction of the gay community and a tiny segment of the enormous and mostly conservative striking miner movement—found solidarity under the oppressive ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Mary-Lambert-tells-her-Secrets

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Mary Lambert tells her 'Secrets' - The bipolar lesbian who rocks mom jeans is at it again with a new album. Lyrics from the latest single "Secrets" tell all with a description of the personal things that make her unique—including the characteristics mentioned in the opening sentence. The massive hit "Same Love" took over the airwaves with her guest vocals on the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ...


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Dustin Lance Black talks marriage rights, traveling and London - Dustin Lance Black is a charmer. That much became apparent during a recent phone conversation with the Oscar-winning screenwriter ( for Milk, which starred Sean Penn ). However, behind that easygoing facade is a fierce advocate for marriage rights—a fight that constantly takes him around the country. ( Also, that journey will bring the American Foundation for Equal Rights board ...


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CIFF's LGBT highlights: Week one - The 50th anniversary of the Chicago International Film Festival is being celebrated as the fest kicks off tomorrow night, Thursday, Oct. 9, with the Chicago premiere of Miss Julie, which stars Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell and was directed by Liv Ullmann. ( Ullmann and Farrell will attend the gala red-carpet event. ) The first week of the fest ( ...


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NUNN ON ONE Gay actor from 'Nurse Jackie' shows theater chops - Chicago Cabaret Professionals ( CCP ) will celebrate in a big way this October with an anniversary gala at Park West. Performer Stephen Wallem will be the organization's national honoree. The Rockford, Illinois, native is known for playing the role of gay jack-of-all-trades Thor Lundgren on the Showtime feature Nurse Jackie. However, he also has extensive theater experience; he has ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Call Chicago comedian Shawn Bowers a creep ( if you want ) for what he calls the art of "goldfishing," which his adventures of pretending to be a woman on popular online dating sites for his own amusement. Hear all about Bowers' duplicity in The Goldfish Project: Procreation, which is co-curated by Sarah Gitenstein and produced by The New Colony ...


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THEATER REVIEW Bethany - Playwright: Laura Marks. At: Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-283-7071 or www.thegifttheatre.org; $20-$30. Runs through Nov. 23 Laura Marks' 2013 off-Broadway drama Bethany grips audiences from the start and won't let go. Now making its Chicago premiere at The Gift Theatre in an edge-of-your-seat staging by Marti Lyons, Bethany craftily instills feelings of hope and dread as you ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Night Alive - Playwright: Conor McPherson. At: Steppenwolf theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20-$82. Runs through: Nov. 16 Conor McPherson may have forsaken alcohol after his brush with the Grim Reaper, but his universe is still that of a pub-crawler down to his last euro, reliant on the grudging charity of family and friends. In this myth-infused underworld realm, demons ...


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THEATER REVIEW The World of Extreme Happiness - Playwright: Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; www.GoodmanTheatre.org/Happiness; $10-$40. Runs through: Oct. 12 [Editor's note: A pivotal plot twist is revealed in this review.] This new play may not be a good production, but it certainly is pertinent. Hong Kong may be bloody when you read this, as Beijing suppresses massive demonstrations supporting free ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Heidi Latsky dancer reinvents himself--twice - Robert Simpson, 65, moved to New York City in 1971 for two reasons: to dance and to come out. Simpson grew up near Albany, New York, and started taking dance classes while in college. Shortly after arriving in New York City, Simpson found himself on scholarship with the esteemed choreographer Alwin Nickolais and surrounded by like-minded artists in New York's ...


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THEATER REVIEW At Home at the Zoo - Playwright: Edward Albee. At: City Lit at Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-293-3682; www.citylit.org; $29. Runs through: Oct. 26 Edward Albee's curmudgeonly decision to affix an addendum, written in 2004, to his career-making one-act play, written in 1959, shouldn't be surprising. Far from solving mysteries probed for over five decades by learned scholars and acting-class students ...


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Robert Patrick: One of oldest gay playwrights on theater history - LGBT HISTORY MONTH by Henrik Eger, Philadelphia Gay News - Robert Patrick is the author of Kennedy's Children and The Haunted Host, one of America's oldest gay plays, now celebrating its 50th anniversary. He was one of the leading lights of the off-off Broadway, fringe and gay-theater movements in the United States. When he was younger, he made the mistake of selling his copyrights and now, at age 76, he ...


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News notes: Local entertainment, events - Trans* activist McDonald delivering lecture At the University of Chicago (UChicago), LGBTQ Student Life's 2014 OUTober keynote speaker will be trans* activist CeCe McDonald, who will address racism, transphobia and incarceration that transgender women of color face. The keynote will take place at a free event at the University of Chicago Law School Auditorium, 1111 E. 60th St., at 6 ...


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Billy Masters - "I have been given a lot of roles that are downtrodden, mammy-ish."—Viola Davis explains her zeal for landing the lead in How To Get Away With Murder, the best performing new one-hour drama of the season. Of course, would it kill anyone to give this woman a Kleenex? She's made a career out of close-ups of her snot. No time ...


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Sugar & Spice: Brunch at Trenchermen - If you've tired of the typical Sunday morning pancakes-and-eggs drill, shake up your brunch routine with a trip to Trenchermen, where breakfast classics are cleverly upgraded and reinterpreted. Trenchermen's ( far superior ) version of the Egg McMuffin, for instance, pairs fluffy scrambled eggs with a juicy slice of deliciously salty corned beef, topped with melted Gruyere. Meat lovers hit ...


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Steel Panther, Judas Priest and a fire festival - BENT NIGHTS: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As a non-heavy metal rock fan, I was taken aback by Judas Priest's "Farewell Epitaph" show in 2011. Although I love it hard, big and fast ( a helping of Queen, a dollop of Pink Floyd, and hearty portions of Iggy Pop and Alice Cooper ), metal was not something that I could cozy up to, except for that one ...


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Documentary on telephone hotlines out in November - From a press release - NEW YORK — At hotlines across the country, the phones never stop ringing. People call to confide in strangers - looking for advice, entertainment, or simply to connect with someone they don't know. HOTLINE is a documentary about telephone hotlines, the people who call—and the people who answer— and the ways human conversation and contact can fight isolation and alienation ...


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Bennett and Gaga's CD; Melissa on marriage; Laverne in Vegas - Showbiz news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's acclaimed jazz album, Cheek To Cheek, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Album, the Jazz Album and Traditional Jazz Album charts, according to a press release. With the release of Cheek to Cheek, Bennett breaks his own record, set in 2011 when Duets II debuted at number one at the age of 85. ...


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Dining news: Sous chef battle; new Andersonville spot - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The restaurant 312 Chicago, 136 N. LaSalle St., celebrates Italian Heritage Month with its first annual "Battle of the Sous Chefs" with Luis Silva and Juan Ramirez. Each sous chef is battling it out to win a spot for his appetizer and dessert recipes on 312 Chicago's upcoming winter menu. Dishes include pan-roasted jumbo calamari; crab and shrimp with kale; ...


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Dario Franchitti appears at rare craft event - Former race-car driver and native Scot Dario Franchitti has turned curator, selecting the items for The Balvenie 2nd Annual Rare Craft Collection, a traveling gallery that stopped in Chicago Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at Gallery 1028. People took in the exhibition items—which included a handmade coffee table built with gears of a race car, specially crafted bagpipes, boots and a saddle ...


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Akira fashion show attracts hundreds - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It's unlikely a vehicle dealership has had this kind of patronage—at least recently. Hundreds of people went to Grossinger City Autoplex, 1550 N. Dayton St., on Oct. 5 as the fashion retailer Akira held its 12th Annual Fall Fashion Show. Attendees enjoyed everything from small bites and drinks from businesses such as Umami Burger, neuro, SOCIAL Enjoyments, Municipal Bar + ...


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Focused Media launches with celebration of The Gay Agenda - Activist Mary Morten and Jim Bennett's newly launched production company, Focused Media LLC, was created to "produce socially relevant content … for underrepresented voices and to challenge preconceived notions," according to Bennett. And on Oct. 1 at Boystown nightspot Sidetrack, attendees gathered to celebrate the upcoming second season of one of its projects, The Gay Agenda. The Gay Agenda is ...


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Black Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award honors Joel Hall - From a press release - CHICAGO — The African American Arts Alliance is proud to announce that one of the most exciting awards ceremonies of the year will take place on Monday, October 27, 2014, at the DuSable Museum of African American History. The Black Excellence Awards stands apart from other award ceremonies in that it is the only interdisciplinary arts awards ceremony in Chicago ...


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Beatles celebration at Governors State U - Chicago, IL - It's been 50 years since the Beatles changed rock 'n roll forever with their first American TV appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in February, 1964. Join us for a trip back in time to the 1960s to experience a live performance of Abbey Road, the Beatles' best-selling album of all time. Classic Albums Live will perform ...


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Laramie Project launches Northwestern's MainStage season - by Judy Moore, Northwestern University - The Laramie Project, a chronicle of the life of a Wyoming town following the 1998 kidnapping and murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard, will be staged at Northwestern University Oct. 24-Nov. 2. The production, written by Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project, will launch the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts' 34th Mainstage ...


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October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard to premiere - By Lori Thompson - Non-profit theatre company, Trust Theatre Ensemble, will premiere their stage adaptation of October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard at Theatre Wit in Chicago this October. Written by Lesléa Newman, who was the keynote speaker for Gay Awareness Week at the University of Wyoming in 1998, the year Matthew Shepard was killed, October Mourning is a poetic exploration of this ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Happy anniversary: Lyric's Anthony Freud marks milestones - Anthony Freud has been general director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago since 2011. But it won't be until 2015-16 that Windy City opera fans will have the chance to experience the first full Lyric season that Freud entirely planned. That's because the world's major opera companies often program their seasons as far as five years in advance in order ...


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THEATER REVIEW Jane Eyre - Playwright: Christina Calvit from Charlotte Bronte's novel. At: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: 773-761-4477; www.lifelinetheatre.com; $40. Runs through: Oct. 26 The novels of the Bronte sisters have served as a touchstone for Lifeline Theatre for much of its history. The troupe first presented Jane Eyre almost 25 years ago, repeated it as the millennium turned and now approaches ...


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MUSICAL REVIEW A Kurt Weill Cabaret - Arrangements and music direction: Jeremy Ramey. At: Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: 800-595-4849 or www.theo-u.org; $25-$29. Runs through Oct. 19 Count me among the chorus of critics who feel that the diverse music theater works of Kurt Weill ( 1900-1950 ) deserve more renown and full-scale revivals. But in the meantime, I'm ...


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THEATER REVIEW Rest - Playwright: Samuel D. Hunter. At: Victory Gardens Theater at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.victorygardens.org; $20-$60. Runs through: Oct. 12 Existential voids come in all shapes and sizes. Samuel D. Hunter's begins in an unnamed assisted-living facility located ( unsurprisingly ) in the hinterlands of a likewise remote Idaho city. Its corporate owners are closing it down ...


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Lincoln Avenue: Chicago Stories - BOOK REVIEW - By Gregg Shapiro $14.95; Squares & Rebels Press; 91 pages The main character in "Lunch with a Porn Star," a short story included in author Gregg Shapiro's new collection, Lincoln Avenue: Chicago Stories, encounters adult-film legend Billy Bigg several times, first on the El, then a few times at a Loop lunch spot. "When his naked face and body began ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Yu Tsai's 'Model' behavior - Tyra Banks is back with cycle 21 of her hit show America's Next Top Model. Miss J and Kelly Cutrone both have returned as judges from the past and there's a new kid on the block with mentor Yu Tsai. Not only does he guest-judge on the panel at times but is the photo shoot creative consultant. This openly gay ...


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Octavia Spencer: 'Red' is the new black - NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION - Academy Award-winning Help actress Octavia Spencer has paid her dues in the business. She started as a nurse in A Time to Kill that led to Bad Santa and Spider-Man. Her television roles have included ER, Becker and Ugly Betty. Recently, she was in the James Brown biopic Get on Up as well as Fruitvale Station, which is about the ...


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THEATER REVIEW Season on the Line - Playwright: Shawn Pfautsch. At: The House Theater of Chicago at the Chopin, 1543 W. Division St. Tickets: 773-769-3832; www.thehousetheatre.com; $25-$35. Runs through: Oct. 26 This is a play aimed at audiences who know how plays are made—or who want to know how plays are made. The playmakers, in this case, are the Bad Settlement Theatre Company ( BSTC ), and ...


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Renowned chef brings spice and Suzy Wong - Arnold Myint was on vacation last summer at a friend's lake estate in Idaho when and where he befriended the owners of Taverna 750, a Lake View restaurant known for its shared-plate menu. They didn't talk too much business since it was, after all, a vacation. But when Myint visited Chicago over the past year or so, he stopped by ...


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Knight at the Movies: Last Weekend; Hunted; notes - Over the last decade, the openly gay novelist Tom Dolby has won literary acclaim for his queer-themed novels and other writings. He now makes his feature debut with Last Weekend. Dolby scripted the movie, and his college pal Tom Williams co-directs. Based on Dolby's own privileged upbringing, the story focuses on the Labor Day weekend gathering of a dysfunctional family ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Paloma Faith's 'Perfect' plan - Singer Paloma Faith is returning to Chicago on tour this October and she's on a mission to convert new followers. This British bombshell is taking listeners through the ages on her latest endeavor, A Perfect Contradiction. Thanks to a little help from her friends Pharrell Williams and Raphael Saadiq, the writing is top-notch and her voice just soars. The talented ...


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Hercules and Love Affair, the C-word and a 'Broken Heart' - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - DJ Andy Butler's project, Hercules and Love Affair, leaps from the turntable to tour around the world. The new album The Feast of the Broken Heart has a revolving line up of vocalists as does the live show. This songwriter tackled growing up gay in the song "Blind," and the songs "Liberty" and "I Try To Talk To You" deal ...


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Theater spotlight; Critics picks - Redmoon Theater has teamed with the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago to present The Great Chicago Fire Festival, an inaugural theatrical spectacle to celebrate the city's strength and resurgence following the Great Fire of 1871. Highlights of the event include fireworks, specially built houses on the river that will be set ablaze, plus celebrity grand marshals Jesse ...


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Billy Masters - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "I am not gay, with the exception of him. He is an angel. He's not a terrestrial mortal. This is someone who has fallen from the stars and occasionally treats us to his image on these flickering images in the silver screen."—Dax Shepard tells Ellen DeGeneres about his love for Brad Pitt. I don't believe he's ever been as effusive ...


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DISH: SAVOR River Roast - River Roast, 315 N. LaSalle St., has a lot to live up to. For starters, it's in the spot that Fulton's on the River occupied—a restaurant that so impressed this diner and his friend that the banana cream pie literally brought a tear to the eye of said dining companion. Also, would the team of award-winning chefs Tony Mantuano and ...


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Morten, Bennett launch production company - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Mary Morten and Jim Bennett will launch their new Chicago-based production company, Focused Media, LLC, by celebrating the second season of their most popular project, The Gay Agenda, with a party at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., on Wed., Oct. 1, 6-8 p.m. The Gay Agenda is an online talk show in which a panel of LGBT activists critiques mainstream ...


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DISH: SAVOR Treble-Maker Grill at 27 Live - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In case you can't tell from its name, Evanston's Treble-Maker Grill at 27 Live ( 1012-1014 Church St.; http://27live.com/ ) is about music—specifically rock music. Looking on the walls would be the second indication of the theme of this year-old venue. On the back wall of the restaurant are photos of musicians such as Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, ...


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Disc and That: Upcoming and recent DVDs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season One ( already out; $29.99 ): Andy Samberg ( formerly of SNL ) won a Golden Globe Award for his lead role in this Fox comedy, which I have to say is one of the funnier shows on television. Set in the fictional 99th Precinct of the New York City Police Department in Brooklyn, the single-camera series ...


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BOOK REVIEW My Thinning Years: Starving the Gay Within - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by John Killacky - In my generation, gay boys and their daddies had complicated relationships. I know I did, growing up in a working-class Irish Catholic family in Chicago some 60 years ago. Middle child of five and the oldest boy, I was not what my dad imagined his first son to be. There weren't any role models back then for parents or questioning ...


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Clay Aiken's hacking comment; Tina Turner museum; Joe Manganiello - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former American Idol star and aspiring politician Clay Aiken has weighed in on the nude photo-hacking scandal that has reportedly victimized more than 100 celebrities, NewNowNext.com. Aiken, who is running for Congress, told The Washington Post it was wrong to take revealing photos of yourself, saying, "Anybody who takes inappropriate pictures of themselves deserves exactly what they get." However, he ...


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La Roux Oct. 1; Big Freedia Oct. 10; By Women for Women Oct. 25 - By Women for Women' Oct. 25 at Joffrey Tower With the Women's Action Committee of Center on Halsted hosting, "By Women For Women: Art-Performance-Engagement" will present the Community Leader Awards to Kat Fitzgerald, and Vera Washington & Patricia S. McCombs. The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 25, at Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph St., at 6:30 p.m. Washington and ...







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