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THEATER-REVIEW-Finding-Neverland

THEATER REVIEW Finding Neverland - Music and lyrics by Gary Barlow & Eliot Kennedy. Book by James Graham. At: Cadillac Palace Theater, 151 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; BroadwayinChicago.com; $27-123. Runs through: Dec 4 Finding Neverland, the Broadway musical tour, has landed in Chicago. It's based on the movie and play about author J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired the classic Peter Pan. J.M. ...


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THEATER REVIEW Electra - Playwright: Sophocles, translated by Nicholas Rudall]. At: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. Tickets: 773-753-4472; CourtTheatre.org; $48-$68. Runs through: Dec. 11 Two citizens meet in ancient Athens. "So who will win the playwriting prize at the City Dionysia?" asks the first. "My heart's with Euripides," his friend replies, "but smart money is on Sophocles." "Oh, no!" exclaims the first, "Not ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Fundamentals

THEATER REVIEW The Fundamentals - Playwright: Erika Sheffer. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: $20-$89. Runs through: Dec. 23 The speechwriters for the recent election got it wrong. The people of whom we should beware are not those with nothing to lose, but those with just a little to lose—and that little is all they have. The employees of this high-end Manhattan hotel ...


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THEATER REVIEW Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley - Playwright: Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon. At: Northlight Theatre at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets: $30-$81. Runs through: Dec. 18 If the thought that crosses your mind upon initially viewing the parlor of Pemberley is "Did British families have Christmas trees in 1815?" or if the news that the Darcys' Yuletide guests ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Homo for the holidays? A December theater preview - Whether you're in the mood for a heartwarming Christmas tale or an irreverent camp comedy, there are all kinds of stage plays and musicals to get you in the mood for the holiday season. Here's a select sampling of shows; those marked with an asterisk ( * ) indicate significant LGBTQ content. All productions in Chicago unless otherwise noted. Holiday ...


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Victory, Center, Art AIDS hosting talk, tour Nov. 30-Dec. 1 - Victory Gardens Theater, Art AIDS America Chicago and Center on Halsted have announced the two-day World AIDS Day event. "We're Still Here: HIV/AIDS Then & Now." "We're Still Here: HIV/AIDS Then & Now"—an HIV/AIDS arts and cultural impact panel and performance—is scheduled to take place on Wed., Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. ...


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Billy Masters - "I'm almost positive a certain beloved daytime talk-show host once had me kicked out of a backstage dressing room at the Emmy Awards. I can't prove it, but this person, who has short blonde hair, has a mean streak that all of Hollywood knows about."—Kathy Griffin's clearly afraid to name Ellen DeGeneres. But we're not—because we have positive stories about ...


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Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: December's featured storytellers - The December edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info. Bea Cordelia Bea Cordelia is an award-winning, Chicago-bred writer, solo performer and teaching artist, specializing in issues of gender, sex and sexuality, queerness and the body. ...


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'The Trans List' to air Dec. 5 - HBO Documentary Films will debut The Trans List Monday, Dec. 5, 7-8 p.m. CT, on HBO. Directed by portrait photographer/filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders ( HBO's The Black List, The Out List and The Latino List, among others ) and featuring interviews by Janet Mock, The Trans List shines a light on prominent members of the transgender community. Individuals such as Amos ...


Stevie-Nicks-in-Chicago-Dec-3

Stevie Nicks in Chicago Dec. 3 - Grammy-winning icon Stevie Nicks has announced The 24-Karat Gold Tour, which began Oct. 25. The tour will bring Nicks to Chicago's United Center on Saturday, Dec. 3. The Pretenders will be the special guests. Nicks, a multi-platinum selling artist who has been dubbed "the reigning queen of rock and roll" by Rolling Stone Magazine, has had six Top 10 albums ...


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Leslie Jordan at NEIU on Dec. 8 - Emmy-winning actor and comedian Leslie Jordan will perform his stand-up at Northeastern Illinois University on Thursday, Dec. 8, to conclude NEIU Gives Back Week. The performance, titled "An Afternoon With Leslie Jordan," is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the auditorium on the main campus, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. While tickets are free to students, a donation of a nonperishable ...


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NUNN ON ONE Swingin' with Jane Lynch - Actress Jane Lynch returned to her roots in Illinois to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contribution to comedy. She appeared at Second City to discuss her accomplishments at the opening reception for the Chicago Comedy Film Festival. What a career the Evergreen Park native has had. After graduating from Illinois State University, she spent 15 years at the ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Tom Hewitt hooks into 'Finding Neverland' - Inspired by the 2004 movie, Finding Neverland has now been made into a musical Broadway show. After closing this past August in New York, the production is now traveling and making its way to the Windy City. The story centers around Scottish writer J.M. Barrie, his relationship with Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, and her four sons. This serves as the inspiration ...


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Theater spotlight on The Complete Deaths, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight Take a comically macabre journey through the more than 70 onstage and often gruesome deaths in William Shakespeare's complete works with The Complete Deaths. Created by the comic troupe Spymonkey based out of Brighton in the United Kingdom, The Complete Deaths finds humor in poisonings, stabbings and even cannibalism. The Complete Deaths continues through Sunday, Dec. 11, upstairs ...


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Deeply Rooted concerts Dec. 3-4 - Deeply Rooted Dance Theater will stage its 20th-anniversary kickoff concerts Saturday, Dec. 3 ( 7:30 p.m. ) and Sunday, Dec. 4 ( 2 p.m. ) at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. Deeply Rooted will feature two world premieres: When Men, which explores the idea of abandoning stigmas to strengthen from within, choreographed ...


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'SheFest' Dec. 12 - Pride Films and Plays will host SheFest at The Broadway, 4139 N. Broadway, on Monday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. SheFest is a one-night variety show which celebrates queer, female-identified artists through music, movement, spoken word, storytelling, and stand-up comedy. It is co-produced by PFP company members Carolyn Reynolds and Kenzie Seibert, with Tess Guilfoile directing. Tickets are $10-$15; call ...


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'World of Chocolate' Dec. 1 at Revel - The AIDS Foundation of Chicago's 15th annual World of Chocolate winter gala will take place Thursday, Dec. 1— World AIDS Day—at Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market, 6-9 p.m. There will be elaborate decor and sweet treats from 22 of Chicago chocolatiers, restaurants and caterers. Admission is $135-$2,000; call 312-334-0935 or visit AIDSchicago.org/chocolate . ...


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Leather collection focus of Dec. 11 talk - Leather Archives & Museum ( LA&M ) visiting scholar Scott Herring will give a presentation on the special collections of Samuel M. Steward at the museum, 6418 N. Greenview Ave., on Sunday, Dec. 11, 1-3 p.m. Gay artist Steward ( 1909-1993 ) was a once-forgotten modernist and pornographer who has experienced a renaissance thanks to art historian Justin Spring's 2010 ...


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BENT NIGHTS Holiday releases - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Although people may think that as the writer behind Bent Nights, I am a pagan witch who has an affinity for roasting small animals and children alive, in all actuality I appreciate the year-end holidays just like everyone else. It may not be the sentimental nostalgia that many feel, but it is appreciation, nonetheless. What makes the end of the ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Breon Arzell is a 'Travel'-ing man - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Breon Arzell presents Pegasus Theatre's Rutherford's Travels playing the title character, Rutherford Calhoun. It is the tale of Rutherford Calhoun, a newly freed slave who travels to New Orleans and winds up on a slave ship headed to Africa. After moving to Chicago three years ago from Detroit, Arzell has appeared at as Steppenwolf, Bailiwick and Raven theaters. The ...


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Entertainment news: Andy Cohen, Ruby Rose, RuPaul, GALECA's top actresses, Madonna - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bravo's Andy Cohen thinks Donald Trump is actually a Democrat, Page Six noted. During a panel with Sarah Jessica Parker at 92Y, Cohen said if he could talk to the president-elect, "I would say, 'I know you want to live in your gold-leaf tower but please don't; you're going to f—k up traffic.' I'd also say that 'you have the ...


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Drag legend Charles Busch's one-man show to launch Pride Arts Center series - From a press release - CHICAGO: Pride Arts Center presents Charles Busch; That Girl, That Boy in The Broadway in the Pride Arts Center for two nights only on January 29 and 30, 2017. This is the first time this theatrical legend will play his solo show in Chicago. And this is the first of what will be quarterly Pride Arts Center Presents events featuring ...


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Film to critique Hollywood representations of disabled characters - CHICAGO - A group of disability activists, scholars, and filmmakers are announcing their Kickstarter campaign to raise completion funds for Code the the Freaks, "a blistering critique of Hollywood representations of disabled characters that gives the mic to some of Hollywood's most incensed and ignored critics — actual disabled people, according to co-writer Susan Nussbaum. Taking its name from Tod ...


Handbag-Productions-Presents-The-Rip-Nelson-Holiday-Spectacular

Handbag Productions Presents The Rip Nelson Holiday Spectacular - From a press release - CHICAGO ( November 23, 2016 ) — Hell in a Handbag's favorite bitter television has-been returns — and just in time for the holidays! David Cerda's world premiere comedy The Rip Nelson Holiday Spectacular directed by Steve Love, plays November 20 — December 30, 2016 at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. Tickets are currently available ...


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THEATER Tales of the Big Apple - On a recent visit to New York I saw two new plays and two old ones, all with significance for Chicago. The new plays are certain to be produced here, possibly within the next 12 months as part of our 2017-2018 theater season. First, The Harvest by Samuel D. Hunter, presented in a six-week run ( closes Nov. 20 ) ...


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Theater Spotlight on Tonya and Nancy The Rock Opera, Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Journey back to the 1990s for one of the ice-skating world's most notorious scandals with Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera. Underscore Theatre Company presents the Chicago debut of composer Michael Teoli and librettist Elizabeth Searle's dark musical take on the infamous rivalry and "knee-whack" incident involving American ice skaters Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. Tonya and Nancy: ...


THEATER-REVIEW-King-Charles-III

THEATER REVIEW King Charles III - Playwright: Michael Bartlett. At: Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave. Tickets: $48-$88. Runs through: Jan. 15 Once upon a time, there was a prince who assumed the throne late in life. Vowing to rule wisely, when his advisors proposed a law violating his conscience, he refused to grant his approval, and when his kingdom's voting body ...


THEATER-REVIEW-La-Gringa

THEATER REVIEW La Gringa - Playwright: Carmen Rivera. At: Urban Theatre at Batey Urbano, 2620 W. Division St. Tickets: $20. Runs through: Dec. 11 When your present is boring and/or future uncertain, it's easy to muse upon your past. This search for "roots" may be based in recorded lineage, or may reach back centuries to an age/place/tribe/event rendered all the more mythical by the reluctance ...


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THEATER REVIEW [Trans]formation - Playwright: Various contributors and five devisers. At: Nothing Without a Company & The Living Canvas, Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: NothingWithoutACompany.org; $30. Runs through: Dec. 17 I had an easy time, compared to many, as a cisgender gay man coming out while also growing secure in my masculinity. I can only imagine the challenges for those ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Roz-and-Ray

THEATER REVIEW Roz and Ray - Playwright: Karen Hartman. At: Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; VictoryGardens.org; $15-$60. Runs through: Dec. 11 There's no denying the heartbreaking and historic resonance of Roz and Ray, Karen Hartman's two-actor AIDS drama now making a rolling world premiere at Victory Gardens Theater. Yet it's hard to ignore so many dialogue and characterization pitfalls in Roz ...


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'Holidivas' Dec. 2, 3, 13 - Opera star Cynthia Clarey will perform alongside Chicago Gay Men's Chorus in its holiday production of "Home for the Holidivas," a show featuring holiday music made famous by renowned solo female singers. The shows will take place: —Friday, Dec. 2, at Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., at 8 p.m.; —Saturday, Dec. 3, at the North ...


Don-We-Now-Dec-3-in-Chicago

'Don We Now' Dec. 3 in Chicago - Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire will present "Don We Now" Saturday, Dec. 3, 5 and 8 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, 77 W. Washington St. Spirituals, Carols, Hanukkah, and seasonal songs receive creative treatment in the classical, musical theater and Broadway styles. There will be a sing-along and guest musicians. Tickets are $20-$35; visit DonWeNow.bpt.me. ...


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LGBT doc on Mariela Castro debuting Nov. 28 - A documentary about LGBT-rights activist Mariela Castro—the daughter of President Raul Castro and a member of Cuba's National Assembly—will debut Monday, Nov. 28, at 8 p.m. CT on HBO. Mariela Castro's March: Cuba's LGBT Revolution follows Castro and her LGBT supporters as they spread their universal message of equality across the country. In addition, Castro serves as the director of ...


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Report: LGBTQs lacking in Spanish-language scripted TV - GLAAD recently released its first-ever Spanish-Language media report, "Nearly Invisible." The report offers an analysis of LGBTQ characters in prime-time Spanish-language scripted television airing in the United States July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016. "Nearly Invisible" found that only 14 of the 516 characters examined were LGBTQ ( 3 percent )—and only seven of those characters appeared in more than half ...


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Knight at the Movies: Holiday movie offerings - Like it or not, it's beginning to look like Christmas and if holiday movies are your thing ( and longtime readers of this column know that they are mine ), there's a nice assortment of holiday-themed movies—new and old on the big and small screen—to crank up your Yuletide spirit. Highlights of area screenings, some holiday fare on the small ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Fain and dandy for the holidays - For the past eight years, actor/writer Mitchell Fain has been dressing up to be "Crumpet the Elf" in Theater Wit's annual production of David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries. But for some reason the rights to the hit one-man holiday show were restricted for 2016. "As an actor, it's great to know that I have a gig at the end of ...


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Victory, Center, Art AIDS hosting talk, tour Nov. 30-Dec. 1 - Victory Gardens Theater, Art AIDS America Chicago and Center on Halsted have announced the two-day World AIDS Day event. "We're Still Here: HIV/AIDS Then & Now." "We're Still Here: HIV/AIDS Then & Now"—an HIV/AIDS arts and cultural impact panel and performance—is scheduled to take place on Wed., Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. ...


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THEATER REVIEW Star Spangled Sitcoms: Huzzah & John Adams - Written by: Cody Melcher. Directed by: Dylan Schaefer. At: City Lit Theater 1020 W Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: BrownPaperTickets.com; $20. Runs through: Dec. 4 Cody Melcher is presenting his two plays—Star Spangled Sitcoms: Huzzah and John Adams—in the City Lit theater space in Edgewater. Huzzah is a parody based on the beoved sitcom Cheers, and John Adams is a parody ...


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NUNN ON ONE: PERFORMANCE Carlos Thomas 'Stomps' the yard - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In an eight-member troupe, Carlos Thomas plays on our team in the hit show Stomp. Conventional instruments are thrown out the window as hubcaps, wooden poles, and garbage cans are some of the common objects used to entertain. Originally created in 1991 by two blokes in the UK, Luke Cresswell and Steve McNichols premiered the show at the Edinburgh Fringe ...


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Entertainment news: Ricky Martin, Kelly Osbourne, Jussie Smollett, Frank Ocean - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ricky Martin told Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that he popped the question to artist Jwan Yosef, his boyfriend of more than a year, People reported. "We just got engaged," he gushed. "I proposed. I was really nervous. But I got on my knees and I took out —not a box... I just had them in a little ...


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BENT NIGHTS Josh Radin; Glitter Creeps - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On an uncharacteristic note for Bent Nights, we have troubadour Josh Radin, who rolled into town for a packed gig at Thalia Hall on Nov. 8. Radin unfairly tends to get stuck into that "pop rock" bracket, and the term negates his talent for writing and performing with such subtle finesse that his music defies description. He sings specifically about ...


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About Face Theatre's Temperamentals tells story of the Mattachine Society - From a press release - CHICAGO ( November 16, 2016 ) — About Face Theatre is pleased to announce casting for its Chicago premiere of The Temperamentals, Jon Maran's Off-Broadway hit about America's first LGBT rights organization, directed by Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff. The Temperamentals will feature Paul Fagen, Lane Anthony Flores, Kyle Hatley, Rob Lindley and Alex Weisman. The Temperamentals will play January 13 ...


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Theater Spotlight, Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Plays written and directed by women are the focus of Idle Muse Theatre Company's annual Athena Festival. Company member Sara Robinson curates the festival which features plays from Chicago, New York and California. Idle Muse Theatre Company's Athena Festival plays at Jackalope Theatre's The Frontier, 1106 W. Thorndale Ave., Chicago. Performances on Saturday, Nov. 19, feature Tiffany Oglesby's ...


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THEATER REVIEW Rutherford's Travels - Playwright: adapted by Ilesa Duncan and David Barr III, from the novel by Charles Johnson. At: Pegasus Theatre at Chicago Dramatists, 773 N. Aberdeen St. Tickets: $30. Runs through: Dec. 4 Virtually every culture includes in its folklore tales recounting the adventures of social misfits who forsake home and kin to roam the wide world, and in doing so, come ...


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MUSICAL REVIEW End of the Rainbow - Playwright: Peter Quilter.. At: Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252; PorchlightMusicTheatre.org; $45-$51. Runs through: Dec. 3 It wouldn't be inaccurate to describe Peter Quilter's play End of the Rainbow as "the Judy Garland breakdown show." No doubt catty contingents of gay men will attend hoping for an over-the-top bio similar to the way that ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Shrewish

THEATER REVIEW Shrewish - Playwright: Barbara Zahora. At: Artemisia at Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway. Tickets: $25. Runs through: Nov. 20 A Wyrd Sister walks into a bar—one of Macbeth's Wryd Sisters, called "witches" by unreconstructed foozles, to be exact—where she encounters a young man acting like a jerk. At first, she and her four girlfriends attempt to punish him by turning him into ...


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THEATER REVIEW I Am My Own Wife - Playwright: Doug Wright. At: About Face at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; AboutFaceTheatre.com; $40. Runs through: Dec. 10 The 2002 original of I Am My Own Wife was doubly remarkable: first, because it began life at Chicago's About Face Theatre and, second, for Jefferson Mays' tour-de-force performance in multiple roles. Seeing this radically different staging by About ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A personal AIDS crisis - Chicago is getting a double dose of drama from Seattle-based playwright Karen Hartman. The rolling world premiere of her play Roz and Ray is now at Victory Gardens Theater following an earlier run at Seattle Repertory Theatre, while The Book of Joseph gets its world premiere in January at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. "My husband is from Chicago and my mother ...


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Santa Speedo Run Dec. 3 in Boystown - The Santa Speedo Run—an annual holiday event to benefit local LGBT charities in Chicago—will take place Saturday, Dec. 3, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Participants run one mile through the heart of Chicago's Boystown neighborhood wearing only a Santa hat and Speedo ( as well as running shoes, of course ). All are welcome. The sign-in will begin at ...


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'Strut' fashion show Nov. 20 - MadMan Productions' Strut—an annual World AIDS Day fashion show—will take place Sunday, Nov. 20, at The Promontory Chicago, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., with the showtime at 6 p.m. Speakers will include Dr. Chad Zawitz ( from The CORE Center ) and Elhadji Gueye ( Maison de Haj ). Models will display fashions from Maison ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "So, when I'm alone, I do masturbate a lot. I don't know why. It's like you have those days where it's just like, I have a ton of writing to do, or a ton of reading to do, and you're just like, OK, I'm going to be on the couch all day or in bed all day just doing that. ...


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Nightspots: The Big To Do - Nightspots weekly picks to help you plan your nightlife calendar - Barlesque: Get Hammered with Thor Wed., Nov. 16 Kit Kat Lounge, 3700 N. Halsted St. Thor ( Russell ) will put the hammer down with epic drink and food specials. Raffle for tickets to see the Victory Gardens Theater production of Roz and Ray. Special performances by Kit Kat Lounge Diva Lila Martinez. Proceeds go to Russell's fundraising goals for ...


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'Art AIDS America' coming Dec. 1 - Art AIDS America—a groundbreaking exhibition that underscores the presence of HIV in art in this country—culminates its U.S. tour at the Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted St., Dec. 1-April 2, 2017. A pre-opening event, "We're Still Here: HIV/AIDS Then & Now," will take place at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., on Wed., Nov. 30, 7-9 p.m. This temporary ...


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BOOK REVIEW Accepted: How the First Gay Superstar Changed the WWE - By Pat Patterson with Bertrand Hebert $25.95; ECW Press; 258 pages You are the champion of all time. Nobody can beat you; nobody can even tie your record. When it comes to thumb-wresting, you know all the moves and you really throw your arm into it for the win. Hands-down, you're the best. So now read Accepted, by Pat Patterson ...


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Driehaus to exhibit French posters in Feb. - The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St., has announced the special exhibition "L'Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters," running Feb. 11, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018. The exhibition features approximately 50 posters dating from 1875 to 1910 created by five grand masters: Jules Cheret, Eugene Grasset, Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha. Each of the five masters of ...


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Book of essays speaks Black queer truths of the next generation - E. Patrick Johnson's book, titled No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies, reveals tactful truth from the next generation of scholars and activists about the Black queer experience. Johnson is chair of the Department of African-American studies and the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African-American studies at Northwestern University. He is a Southerner in the ...


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'Half the Sky' exhibit at Illinois Holocaust Museum - Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center and YWCA Evanston/North Shore are partnering to present the Midwest premiere of a special exhibition at the Museum titled "Women Hold Up Half the Sky," which identifies one of the central moral challenges of the 21st century: full equality for women. Inspired by the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women, ...


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Stevie Nicks in Chicago Dec. 3 - Grarmy-winning icon Stevie Nicks has announced The 24-Karat Gold Tour, which began Oct. 25. The tour will bring Nicks to Chicago's United Center on Saturday, Dec. 3. The Pretenders will be the special guests. Nicks, a multi-platinum selling artist who has been dubbed "the reigning queen of rock and roll" by Rolling Stone Magazine, has had six Top 10 albums ...


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'Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour' to debut on Showtime Dec. 9 - Showtime Networks and Madonna have announced that her concert film Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour will premiere Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. CT on Showtime, on-air, on demand and over the internet. Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour was shot around the world and features a collection of live and behind-the-scenes footage culminating in performances at the Sydney Olympic Park in March ...


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MCA presenting 'Riot Grrrls' - The Museum of Contemporary Art ( MCA ) Chicago is presenting "Riot Grrrls," described as "an exhibition that celebrates the profusion of brash and adventurous paintings by female artists and also responds to the charges of sexism that pervade the art world, from male artists garnering the highest prices for their work, to their disproportionate representation in exhibitions." "Riot Grrrls" ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MOVIES Julie Dash talks 'Daughters of the Dust' - Filmmaker Julie Dash has left her mark on the world by making the first full-length feature by a African-American woman in general theatrical release in the United States debuting in 1992. The historic Daughters of the Dust went on to be included in the National Film Registry in the Library of Congress. After receiving an MFA in motion picture and ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TV/PODCASTS Kirsten Vangsness talks 'Criminal Minds,' being queer - Actress Kirsten Vangsness currently portrays Penelope Garcia in the CBS series Criminal Minds. She has also play the role in Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. The California native is appearing in new movies like Kill Me, Deadly and Axis, along with heading to Chicago for a live podcast reading. Windy City Times: So you began your ...


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'Rip Nelson' to run Nov. 20-Dec. 30 - Hell in a Handbag Productions is running David Cerda's world-premiere comedy The Rip Nelson Holiday Spectacular Nov. 20-Dec. 30 at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Handbag ensemble member Ed Jones stars as Rip Nelson, a mash-up of iconic television celebrities Paul Lynde, Rip Taylor and Charles Nelson Reilly. Joining Rip on this bizarre holiday romp is his trusted make-up ...


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Greenhouse has new initiative - The Greenhouse Theater Center is seeking applicants for its new Resident Theater Company Program that is set to launch in 2017. The newly created initiative aims to foster the growth of itinerant Chicago theatre companies by providing affordable performance spaces and resources to expand audiences. The Resident Theater Company Program features a weekly rental rate of $1,500, in contrast to ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Production aims to '[Trans]form' dance community - Nothing Without a Company ( NWaC ) has been pushing the boundaries of live theater in Chicago since 2005, with a specific focus on creating artistic opportunities for LGBTQ voices and stories. Anna-Rose li-Epstein started NWaC with her wife, Hannah; together, the couple was voted one of Windy City Times' 30 under 30 in 2014. The group's latest project is ...


Queer-Ill-Okay-Dec-9-17

'Queer, Ill + Okay' Dec. 9-17 - Joseph Varisco, in association with Oracle Theater, is presenting the fourth year of Queer, Ill + Okay, a multidisciplinary performance series featuring LGBTQ artists living with HIV and other chronic illnesses. Queer, Ill + Okay will be presented Dec, 9-17 at Oracle Theater, 1802 W. Bernice Ave. The featured performers will be Avery R. Young, Angel Katz, Bea Cordelia, Deven ...


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'Conversation with Doug Wright' Nov. 19 - About Face Theatre ( AFT ) will host A Conversation with Doug Wright, playwright of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning play I Am My Own Wife and the Broadway-bound musical War Paint. The Q&A will be held Saturday, Nov. 19, at 12:30 p.m. at The Eldis Neeson Theatre at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave. in ...


Joffrey-Ballet-to-present-world-premiere-of-Christopher-Wheeldons-The-Nutcracker

Joffrey Ballet to present world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's The Nutcracker - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Joffrey Ballet, led by Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Executive Director Greg Cameron, proudly presents the highly anticipated world premiere production of The Nutcracker by Christopher Wheeldon, winner of the 2015 Tony Award® for Best Choreography for An American in Paris. The Nutcracker will be presented at the Joffrey's home venue, the historic Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt ...


Michael-Schreiber-writes-about-gay-artist-Bernard-Perlin

Michael Schreiber writes about gay artist Bernard Perlin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Michael Schreiber's journey into renowned gay artist Bernard Perlin's ( 1918-2014 ) life started with a fan letter and that blossomed into his current role as curator of Perlin's estate. He's also the author of One-Man Show: The Life and Art of Bernard Perlin. Schreiber grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, and graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead with a degree ...


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Entertainment: Wanda Sykes, 'Transformation,' female superheroes, John Legend - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Wanda Sykes drew boos from the audience ( and then reportedly flipped off audience members ) at a charity event in Boston over the weekend when she criticized President-elect Donald Trump, The Hollywood Reporter noted. Onstage at the Nov. 12 Comics Come Home benefit show at the TD Garden, Sykes said, "After the election, I was going around consoling people. ...


Gross-Indecency-Three-Trials-of-Oscar-Wilde-has-women-in-traditionally-male-roles

Gross Indecency: Three Trials of Oscar Wilde has women in traditionally male roles - From a press release - CHICAGO — Moisés Kaufman's enduring drama of Oscar Wilde's three trials for homosexual behavior in late 19th Century England will be presented through a new lens with the casting of female actors in some of the roles traditionally played by men. Leading the cast as Wilde will be Jamie Bragg** , known for her roles with Oracle Productions ( Circle-Machine, ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-TV-Real-Housewife-Cynthia-Bailey-walks-the-runway-alone

NUNN ON ONE: TV Real Housewife Cynthia Bailey walks the runway alone - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Reality Star Cynthia Bailey worked the runway for Wilhelmina Models that led her from New York to Atlanta. She joined the third season of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta and has been a regular ever since. She appeared on The Next: 15 as well as Cupcake Wars. Her businesses include an eyewear line, a modeling school and a backpack ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSICALS Wesley Edwards talks 'Reindeer' games - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is tells the classic Rankin/Bass story that first aired in 1964. It has aired every year since, making it the longest running holiday television special in history. The musical version flies into The Chicago Theatre Nov. 17-20 for nine shows. Performer Wesley Edwards plays Hermey, an elf who longs for a different life. As ...


Chicagos-Featherproof-Books-gets-heavy-with-post-election-activism

Chicago's Featherproof Books gets heavy with post-election activism - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Founded in 2005 by writers Zach Dodson and Jonathan Messinger, Chicago-based Featherproof Books is known for publishing "strange and beautiful fiction and nonfiction and post-, trans-, and inter-genre tragicomedy." This is in keeping with Dodson and Messinger's original mission to publish whatever they wanted. In 2014, Tim Kinsella ( author of Featherproof titles All Over and Over and The Karaoke ...


Ruth-Negga-on-her-breakout-role-in-the-movie-Loving

Ruth Negga on her breakout role in the movie 'Loving' - Ruth Negga is having the breakout year that all actors work and dream crave. Not only is the Irish-Ethopian actress co-starring in Preacher, AMC's red-hot TV series adaptation of the sci-fi action graphic novel ( just renewed for a second season ), but she's winning raves from critics and audiences for her portrayal of Mildred Loving in the movie Loving. ...







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