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About Face Theatre to premier "after all the terrible things I do" - From a press release - CHICAGO ( February 12, 2016 ) — Following its hit world premiere of Le Switch, About Face Theatre is pleased to continue its 20th Anniversary Season with the Chicago premiere of A. Rey Pamatmat's compelling drama after all the terrible things I do, directed by Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff, playing March 11 — April 10, 2016 at Theater Wit, 1229 ...


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Upcoming: Patricia Racette in 'Humaine'; sexual-assault exhibit; Trans exhibit - Patricia Racette in 'Humaine' Feb. 14 Chicago Opera Theater( COT ) continues its 2015-16 season with a double bill featuring Francis Poulenc's La Voix Humaine and Giacomo Puccini's Gianni Schicchi at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., on Feb. 14 ( at 3 p.m. ). The evening of one-act operas begins with "Humaine," starring soprano ...


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Theater Spotlight Muse of Fire; Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight See what happens when Jewish prisoners interred at Auschwitz concentration camp in 1942 try to perform a comedy based upon the Dreyfus Affair in Jake Rosenberg's Holocaust drama Muse of Fire. As the play goes on, dark secrets emerge and many questions arise about comedy in the face of horror. Genesis Theatrical Productions' Muse of Fire plays ...


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THEATER REVIEW Body/Courage - Playwright: Danielle Pinnock. At: Waltzing Mechanics and Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: 773-334-7728 or www.rivendelltheatre.org; $32-$35. Runs through: Feb. 27 There's no denying the enjoyable acting talent of Danielle Pinnock. As the star of her one-woman show Body/Courage, Pinnock engagingly morphs from character to character while also displaying a wonderful flair for quirky comic timing. So it's ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Old Friends - Playwright: Horton Foote. At: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-338-2177; www.raventheatre.com; $42. Runs through: March 26 Romantic impulses are usually better indulged in early life, when the odds are greater that the perpetrators will emerge with minimal damage, but at an age where their peers were following their bliss, the Bordons and Ratliffs of Harrison, Texas, were following ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Explorers Club - Playwright: Nell Benjamin. At: Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Rd. Tickets: 1-773-891-8985; www.windycityplayhouse.com; $25-$55. Runs through: April 17 A deft cast and director make this silly little farce exactly what it should be: a silly little farce. I mean that in the best way because it's not easy. There aren't enough stars in heaven to number the times ...


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THEATER REVIEW American Buffalo - Playwright: David Mamet. At: Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company at Angel Island, 735 W. Sheridan Rd. Tickets: 773-871-0442; www.maryarrchie.com; $30. Runs through: March 6 With the wrecking ball looming on the horizon, Mary-Arrchie Theatre returns to its roots for one last stand, and in doing so, demonstrates once again the blend of visceral and cerebral performance that launched its 30-year-career as one ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Milwaukee Ballet starts conversations with 'Dorian Gray' - The full-length story ballet is back in style, thanks to a number of in vogue, internationally renowned choreographers like Christopher Wheeldon, Stanton Welch, John Neumeier and Alexei Ratmansky creating new narratives or reimagining classical favorites. Add Michael Pink to this list, who, for decades has created original and reimagined ballets while steering the helm at Milwaukee Ballet since 2002. His ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Reporter Amanda Hess, in a story published Monday, acknowledges she wrongly wrote that 'one in three Black men who have sex with me is HIV-positive.' In fact, the statistic applies to Black men 'who have sex with men.'"—The Washington City Paper corrects a typo. It's amazing the difference in meaning caused by a dropped "n." In years to come, youngsters ...


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GLAAD Award nods announced - GLAAD has announced the nominees for its 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on April 2 at The Beverly Hilton, and in New York on May 14 at the Waldorf Astoria New York. Special honorees for each city will be announced in coming weeks. Among the nominees are Academy Award ...


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MUSIC Married lesbian couple make music as Whatismu - Musician Lorrie Kountz and wife Laura Jansons make up the instrumental guitar fusion duo Whatismu. The two musicians released their self-titled debut CD in 2015 and have embraced a sound that is a hybrid of Indian percussion, rock guitars and EBM synthesizers—think Anoushka Shankar meets Led Zeppelin. Kountz talked with Windy City Times about her musical history, what inspired the ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Life is a 'Cabaret' for Randy Harrison - Actor Randy Harrison may always be remembered as fresh-faced Justin Taylor on the Showtime drama Queer as Folk. He played the part for five seasons, which led him to being internationally recognized. Many may not know of the thriving theater career that he has hammered out over the years, being in productions of Wicked and Amadeus, among many others. Harrison ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Amy Landecker lands dream job on 'Transparent' - Actress Amy Landecker has finally hit it big, playing Sarah Pfefferman in the breakout Amazon Studio hit Transparent. Her roots began in Chicago as the daughter of radio personality John Records Landecker. After a theater career in the Windy City, she moved to L.A. when she was 38 to begin films and TV commercials. She struck a chord in the ...


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Entertainment news: Nick Jonas; Laverne Cox; Abby Wambach; Hugh Jackman - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nick Jonas—who's played gay on two different TV shows and has been accused of "baiting" the gay community—was asked to clarify his recent comments that he wouldn't "confirm nor deny" whether he's ever had sex with a man in an interview with Complex, NewNowNext.com reported. "It's funny. I play a gay character on a TV show," he said. "Whether it's ...


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Productions with LGBTQ+ elements are semi-finalists in contest - From a press release - Chicago, IL — A slate of 11 vibrant and kinetic new LGBTQ+ plays and musicals have emerged as Semi-Finalists in Pride Films and Plays' 2016 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest. They come from writers across the United States, and were selected by a reading team from across the country doing blind readings of the manuscripts. The semi-finalists are: ...


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BENT NIGHTS Strawberry Jacuzzi; Le Tour; Velocicopter; Absolutely Not - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Four DIY bands—Strawberry Jacuzzi, Le Tour, Velocicopter and Absolutely Not ( who generally play low-key bars or DIY spaces )—hit one of Chicago's most venerated venues, The Metro, and not a moment too soon. In the first weeks of 2016, the DIY scene here was hit especially hard by three unexpected events. First was the passing of local performance/multimedia artist ...


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Performance artist LeVan D. Hawkins on career and storytelling - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - While growing up in Robbins, Illinois—the oldest majority-Black suburb in the Chicago area and one of the oldest incorporated Black municipalities in the United States—LeVan D. Hawkins always dreamed of being a writer and actor/performance artist. When Hawkins was considering his college options his mom convinced him that he should get a degree in accounting so he applied to the ...


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Curious Wine named 2016 Lee Lynch Classic Award recipient - From a Golden Crown Literary Society press release - Curious Wine by Katherine V. Forrest has been named the 2016 Lee Lynch Classic Award Recipient. The book is the seminal lesbian romance, breaking all sales records, going on to sell more than 250,000 copies and setting the standard for lesbian emotional and sexual expression. Hundreds of thousands of lesbians were moved and validated by the story, and the storytelling ...


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Lesbian filmmakers earn Oscar nomination; film at Music Box Feb. 5-11 - by Sari Staver - When San Francisco filmmakers Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman were nominated for an Oscar for their film Last Day of Freedom, friends started asking one question: "What are you wearing?" to the Academy Awards gala. "That was the last thing on our minds," said Hibbert-Jones, 53, an associate professor of art at the University of California, Santa Cruz. "I thought ...


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Black Ensemble Theater offers Sensational Soulful '60s - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor opens the 40th Anniversary Season ( The Season of Greatest Hits ) with audience-favorites Doo Wop Shoo Bop and Those Sensational Soulful '60s running in repertory, February 13 — March 20, 2016. Doo Wop Shoo Bop, written by Jackie Taylor and Jimmy Tillman, and directed by Jackie Taylor, runs ...


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Knight at the Movies: - Hail, zombies! This week, your local Cineplex offers two films of very different genres. We have a black comedy about classic Hollywood and a post-apocalyptic variation on a literary classic, neither of which was screened in time for WCT deadlines. At this point in their career—with an unusually strong track record of more than 15 critically hailed, commercially successful movies—any ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Last-Defender

THEATER REVIEW The Last Defender - Writer and Director: Nathan Allen. At: The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. Tickets: 773-769-3832 or www.thehousetheatre.com; $40-$45. Runs through March 13 Unbeknownst to many, the world recently suffered a nuclear Holocaust and I'm partially to blame for it. And you can be a contributor to mass annihilation, too, if you suit up to be ...


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THEATER REVIEW Mothers and Sons - Playwright: Terrence McNally. At: Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets: 847-673-6300; www.northlight.org; $25-$79. Runs through: Feb. 27 The title is not Mothers and Gay Sons. The setting, in a married gay household, is almost secondary although it's reflective of Terrence McNally as a gay man. Yes, we learn the play's mother, Katherine Gerard ( Cindy Gold ), is homophobic ...


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THEATER REVIEW Another Word for Beauty - Playwright: Jose Rivera. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; www.goodmantheatre.org; $25-$75. Runs through: Feb. 21 Bogata's Buen Pastor ( Good Shepard ) Prison was, at one time, a convent serving as a women's shelter, before decades of Colombian civil unrest transformed it into a crowded, neglected, ill-supervised facility for the confinement of female criminals, dissidents and other ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Gun angst in Andersonville - Lesbian playwright Sarah Gubbins spoke slowly and thoughtfully as she carefully chose her words during a phone interview regarding her world-premiere drama Cocked for Victory Gardens Theater. Since the play explores current issues of gun ownership and gun violence in the United States today, it's understandable why Gubbins' responses frequently sounded as if she was treading carefully around a minefield. ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Plus, who wants to watch a bunch of amateurs dancing on live TV?'"—Julianne Hough as the newly named Sandy Young from Salt Lake City in FOX's Grease: LIVE. Just what we need—a Mormon Sandy! Here's my opinion about remakes—if you're gonna bother, you better have a new take on the show or performers who blow you away. Neither was the ...


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SAG Awards the model of diversity - As opposed to the Oscars—which have received a lot of backlash recently over the issue of race—the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild ( SAG ) Awards, which took place Jan. 30, was a model of diversity. Idris Elba made his own mark in other ways, winning two awards in the same evening—for best supporting actor in a movie ( for ...


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Upcoming: 'Beauty in Exile' Feb. 9; Joffrey's 'Bold Moves' - 'Beauty in Exile' event Feb. 9 The lecture/discussion event "Beauty in Exile," featuring artist Riva Lehrer, will take place Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St., 2-4 p.m. This talk is, in part, a memoir of sexual identity and, in part, an examination of the societal wall that excludes the disabled. This series is free and open ...


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RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8 - "Condragulations" to Chicago girls Kim Chi and Naysha Lopez, who are both competing in RuPaul's Drag Race Season 8. The new season, which sees Kim and Naysha competing in a field of 12 contestants, kicks off Mon., March 7, on Logo TV, with premiere parties all over the city. ...


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COMEDY Margaret Smith talks Ellen, stealing jokes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Margaret Smith has been tickling people's funny bones for more than two decades. The award-winning comedian and acting vet honed her craft in her Chicago hometown, but brought her talents to the stage at her stand up shows, in front of the camera on TV and behind the scenes. Smith talked with Windy City Times about making Ellen DeGeneres laugh, ...


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Theater Spotlight: La Voix Humaine; Critic's Picks - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Theater Spotlight: La Voix Humaine Lesbian soprano Patricia Racette makes her Chicago Opera Theater debut in gay French composer Francis Poulenc's drama La Voix Humaine ( The Human Voice ). In this Jean Cocteau-inspired piece, a heartbroken woman converses and pleads with an unseen lover over the telephone. Also on the double bill program is Giacomo Puccini's one-act comedy Gianni ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Man-Who-Murdered-Sherlock-Holmes

THEATER REVIEW The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Music & lyrics by Julie. Shannon and Michael Mahler, book by John Reeger. At: Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-325-1700; www.mercurytheaterchicago.com; $25-$65. Runs through: March 20 Three helpful pre-curtain facts: First, novelist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a real-life doctor and criminal-science buff who often assisted in solving actual cases ( Victorian gentlemen of status being ...


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Entertainment: Ricky Martin; Vampire Weekend; Celebrity Apprentice; Tim Gunn - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Puerto Rican music superstar Ricky Martin will be receiving a star on the Walk of Fame in Puerto Rico on Feb. 3, according to a Latin Post item that cites People en Espanol. The out singer, one of the artists credited with popularizing Latin pop in the U.S., began his career as a member of the boy band Menudo in ...


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Series with Riva Lehrer to examine intersections of disability, art, and culture - From a press release - CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, January 29, 2016 — Presented by Bodies of Work, 3Arts, UIC's Department of Disability and Human Development, and the Disability Resource Center at UIC, EXPOSURE features the work of the 2015 - 2016 3Arts UIC Fellows, Riva Lehrer, Arlene Malinowski, and Barak adé Soleil. This new series offers insight into the practices of artists exploring the intersectionality between ...


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SAG Awards exhibit diversity - As opposed to the Oscars—which have received a lot of backlash recently over the issue of race—the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild ( SAG ) Awards, which took place Jan. 30, was a model of diversity. "Ladies and gentleman, welcome to diverse TV," actor Idris Elba said. Elba made his own mark in other ways, winning two awards in the ...


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'Clandestina' offers difference -- and a cause - In 2015, three powerful and transformative Chicago women from entirely different but successful backgrounds found each other and decided to do something about the dearth of safe spaces for lesbian and queer women in the city. Monica Raymund is an accomplished, award-winning actress who has shared her craft with students at The Broadway Theatre Project and Heifetz International Music Institute. ...


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Pride Films and Plays to present Raggedy And world premiere - From a press release - Chicago, IL —Pride Films and Plays is excited to present the World Premiere of David Valdes Greenwood's comedy Raggedy And, opening March 12, 2016 at Rivendell Theater. Delia Kropp will be the first transgender actress to portray a trans character for a major Chicago stage production. Before gender transitioning, Delia Kropp trained in England and Chicago, and acted with a ...


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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Auditorium Theatre in March - From a press release - CHICAGO — The Auditorium Theatre's annual Chicago presentation of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will bring a wide array of premieres, new productions, and classics to life on its landmark stage Tuesday, March 8 through Sunday, March 13. Beloved as one of the world's most popular dance companies, Alvin Ailey's pioneering legacy of uplifting, uniting, and celebrating the human spirit ...


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Riva Lehrer to give Beauty in Exile talk with clips from film "Self-Preservation" - From a press release - Beauty in Exile: A Lecture and Discussion with Riva Lehrer featuring clips from the film "Self-Preservation: The Art of Riva Lehrer Tuesday, February 9th, 2:00-4:00pm at Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria St., Chicago, IL, 60607 This program is part of EXPOSURE: A Series of New Developments in Disability Arts & Culture We live in a world utterly obsessed with physical ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Spotlight Chicago Shakespeare Theater kicks off its Shakespeare 400 Chicago celebration ( commemorating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death ) by hosting Cheek by Jowl and the Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre's touring co-production of Measure for Measure. Performed in Russian with English subtitles, the production ( by director Declan Donnellan and designer Nick Ormerod ) presents a modern ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Sunset-Baby

THEATER REVIEW Sunset Baby - Playwright: Dominique Morisseau. At: Timeline Theatre at Baird Hall, United Church of Christ, 615 W. Wellington Ave. Tickets: 773-281-8463; www.timelinetheatre.com; $38-$51. Runs through: April 10 "There's nothing sentimental about a dead revolution!," snaps the heroine of our play, thereby refuting our presumptions of youth as starry-eyed romantics. Her assessment arises from a childhood overshadowed by a father imprisoned for crimes ...


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THEATER REVIEW Making It Home - Playwrights: The Ensemble. At: Youth Empowerment Performance Project at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6875; www.wesayyepp.com; $14-$17. Runs through Jan. 31 Actors in training programs are often taught to use "sense memory," which is to tap into past personal experiences and emotions to make characterizations and performances more real. But when young LGBTQ actors relate their own stories ...


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THEATER REVIEW London Wall - Playwright: John Van Druten. At: Griffin Theatre Company at the Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.griffintheatre.com; $36. Runs through: Feb. 14 The entrance of women into the clerical workforce properly dates to 1868 ( when the first Remington typewriters featured casings decorated with flowers ), but the shortage of men following World War One precipitated increased numbers of ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Le-Switch

THEATER REVIEW Le Switch - Playwright: Philip Dawkins. At: About Face at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.aboutfacetheatre.org; $35. Runs through: Feb. 21 Le Switch is the second world premiere I've seen since November with a hero unable to accept the increasing heteronormative nature of gay rights in this era of legal same-sex marriage. The other was Peter Parnell's Dada Woof Papa ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Rock, romance and depression - Music stars Iggy Pop and Tom Waits both have their surnames in the title of Pop Waits, a world-premiere performance piece for The Neo-Futurists. But the show's creators and principal performers—Malic White and Molly Brennan—stress that Pop Waits isn't an impersonation concert. "The piece is not biographical. We're not telling the story of [Iggy Pop or Tom Waits]," said Brennan ...


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Academy aims to increase diversity - In a response to public backlash regarding the racial makeup of the latest batch of Oscar acting nominees, the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences announced what it referred to as "a sweeping series of substantive changes" to its rules Jan. 22 to promote diversity in its membership, TheWrap reported. The board unanimously decided to commit to doubling the number ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "First of all, Lily should have won. And I would love to go down on you."—Amy Schumer's perhaps drunken acceptance speech for Best Actress in a Comedy at the Critics' Choice Awards. Given the recent rumors about Amy, perhaps she stole this joke from Jane Wagner. With discussions that diversity is missing from the current crop of Oscar nominees is ...


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Local composer talks teaching, audio projects - From an early age, Andrew "Drew" Edwards has been interested in how music is made. He's parlayed that interest into a career as a composer/owner of Blue Police Box Music. Edwards founded the company seven years ago. Since then he's composed music for theater, film, television, radio, Web content/podcasts, commercials and video games. "I wanted to name my business something ...


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Entertainment: Caitlyn memoir; Idris Elba; Christian Bale; Jillian Michaels - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Grand Central Publishing announced that it plans a spring 2017 publication for a memoir by Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender activist and reality star and former Olympic athlete, the Associated Press noted. The book, currently untitled, will be co-written by Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger, who wrote a Vanity Fair cover story about Jenner. According to Grand Central, the memoir ...


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Disney's Aladdin begins tour at Cadillac Palace Theatre - From a press release - CHICAGO ( January 26, 2016 ) —Disney Theatrical Productions and Broadway In Chicago proudly announce that Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical, will launch its North American tour in Chicago. The 12-week engagement begins performances at Broadway In Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre( 151 W. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601 ) on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 and plays through Sunday, July 2. ...


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Publishing company launches with book on Audre Lorde - From a press release - New York, NY, January 26, 2016…..Villarosa Media, founded by a family with over 50 years of combined journalism and literary experience, is poised to become a new player in the publishing business, a boutique publishing company of quality fiction and nonfiction books primarily by and about African Americans and the African diaspora. Their inaugural book, The Wind is Spirit, was ...


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First Comes Love author at Women & Children First Feb. 11 - From a press release - PHILADELPHIA, PA- Photographer B. Proud, author of First Comes Love: Portraits of Enduring LGBTQ Relationships, will discuss her book with Scott Duff of OUT CHICAGO radio on February 11th, 2016 at 7pm at Women & Children First Bookstore. Released in the fall of 2014, First Comes Love, according to Philadelphia photographer B. Proud, includes a glimpse into the real lives ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Ava Cherry talks Bowie and Vandross - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Originally from Woodlawn, Illinois, singer Ava Cherry was influenced musically by her love affair with the late David Bowie. In return, he released some of his most creative music during that time with The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and Diamond Dogs. Cherry moved him in a more R&B direction with Young Americans and also sang with the Astronettes, ...


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Five Worth Finding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Warmer Winter Chicago ( WarmestWinterChicago.com ): Chicago's Chance the Rapper and The Empowerment Plan have collaborated on this initiative, which aims to bring 1,000 EMPWR coats to the city's individuals who are experiencing homelessness. ( As of Jan. 12, the goal had been reached, but people can still donate. There are more than 125,000 homeless people in Chicago. ) —25 ...


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BENT NIGHTS Muse; Honey Hole Johnson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Here we are in the first month of the new year and already Brit stadium art-rock act Muse has dropped an overripe cliche on us. The trio's seventh album, Drones ( Warner Bros. Records ), is a concept album about an individual taking on mindless authority and impossible odds while remaining true to themselves. We've been fed this tale since ...


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Victory Gardens presents world premiere of Cocked by Sarah Gubbins - From a press release - Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater continues its 41st season with the world premiere of Cocked by Sarah Gubbins, directed by Victory Gardens Theater Associate Artistic Producer Joanie Schultz. Cocked runs February 12 — March 13, 2016 with the press performance on Friday, February 19, 2016, at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. The cast of Cocked includes ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I'm just a gay guy from Indiana who doesn't play basketball."—CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller talks to the press about diversity both in front of and behind the camera. And yet CBS is the only major network NOT doing a Broadway musical. What's up with that? Did you hear about Shuttlegate? Because of increased security at the Golden Globes, everyone ...


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Upcoming: Oscar; YEPP's 'Making It Home'; sexual-assault exhibit; Artemis; Siskel - 'A Night with Oscar' Feb. 28 at Center The Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., will host the Academy Award-related event "A Night with Oscar" on Sunday, Feb. 28. Doors will open for red-carpet arrivals at 6 p.m., and there will be bar service and a buffet. The Oscars telecast starts at 7:30 p.m. There will be the Green ...


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Knight at the Movies: 45 Years; The Lady in the Van - Dames As lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II once wrote, "There's nothing like a dame." That certainly applies to two of the movies greatest: Dame Maggie Smith and Dame Charlotte Rampling. These legendary actresses couldn't be more different on screen and achieve their mesmerism over audiences in very different ways. Smith is the mistress of annihilating all and sundry with a quickly ...


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Pride Films and Plays' LezPlay Film Festival, lesbian shorts by women. - From a press release - Chicago, IL —Pride Films and Plays announces eight short films from four different countries receiving their Chicago premieres during LezPlay Film Festival at the Public House Theatre ( 3914 N Clark ) on February 22nd, 2016. Pride Films and Plays' LezPlay Film Festival includes a couple's existential barrage of delusion, a teenage girls search for courage in revealing her double ...


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WINTER THEATER PREVIEW El Nino brings a storm of classics, revivals - Classics and revivals were once staged to copy the original as closely as casting and budget permitted. Nowadays, though, directors are unafraid to interpret texts from decades, or even centuries, ago with an eye to addressing our own society in our own age, while modern authors increasingly turn to the past in seeking to illuminate the present. This winter's theater ...


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THEATER REVIEW Year of the Rooster - Playwright: Eric Dufault. At: Red Theater at the Frontier, 1106 W. Thorndale Ave. Tickets: www.redtheater.org; admission free. Runs through: Feb. 6 The play's rural Oklahoma setting, by itself, is enough to prepare us for Gil Pepper's sorry existence. He lives with his slovenly mother and her ancient canine companion. He works at a fast-food franchise where his misspelled name tag ...


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THEATER REVIEW No Wake - Playwright: William Donnelly. At: Route 66 Theatre Company at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.greenhousetheater.org; $35. Runs through: Feb. 7 Anyone wondering why white people are projected to become a minority in the United States need only look at the abundance of recent plays focusing on the impaired child-rearing capabilities of WASPs. Ineptitude doesn't mean that divorced ...


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THEATER REVIEW Bruise Easy - Playwright: Dan LeFranc. At: American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron Ave. Tickets: 773-409-4125; www.atcweb.org; $43-$48. Runs through: Feb. 14 Two young actors give outstanding performances in this world premiere, playing estranged siblings of a disintegrated family. Kelly O'Sullivan ( Tess ) and Matt Farabee ( Alec ) are committed, completely believable, quietly nuanced and passionate ... to the degree that ...


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DOUBLE REVIEW Byhalia, Mississippi; Mutt - Byhalia, Mississippi Playwright: Evan Linder. At: The New Colony & Definition Theatre Company at Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.thenewcolony.org; $20. Runs through Feb. 14 Mutt Playwright: Christopher Chen. At: Red Tape Theatre & Stage Left Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.theaterwit.org; $15-$30. Runs through Feb. 14 Four Chicago theater companies ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Pride Films and Plays has a new male singing quartet featuring Emmy Award winner Scott Gryder, Jeff Award winner Donterrio Johnson and Chris Logan and Luke Meierdiercks, who starred in Pride Films and Plays' Chicago premiere of The Boy from Oz. Their goal? To heat things up this winter with a revue of summery music in The Boys ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Strained relations - Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally was understandably upset by some of the dismissive criticism that greeted his 2014 Broadway drama Mothers and Sons, which makes its Chicago-area debut this month courtesy of Northlight Theatre in Skokie. "I was quite appalled at what some people said in now that we have marriage equality, it makes a play like Mothers and Sons ...


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Theater submissions sought for [Trans]formation - The Living Canvas, in partnership with Nothing Without a Company ( NWaC ), is reaching out to the trans community for submissions; stories, paintings, poems, allegories, songs or any work of art that explores the naked truth of being transgender for a new work of theater created and devised by trans voices entitled [Trans]formation. Interested persons should email submissions or ...


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Flower & Garden Show in March - To celebrate Chicago, the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, presented by Mariano's, has a full slate of garden builders creating plans to develop gorgeous gardens interpreting "CHICAGO IS," the show's 2016 theme. The Chicago Flower & Garden Show will take place March 12-20 at Navy Pier, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Among the show's offerings in 2016 will ...


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Lesbian duo Whatismu to perform in Chicago area - Whatismu—a performance duo coming to the Chicago area in February—is the vision of guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Lorrie Kountz. The members are couple Lorrie Kountz and Laura Jansons. The couple, who own a home in Elgin, Illinois, were married in 2008 in Toronto. Whatismu's demo attracted attention from industry heavy-hitters, producers Lee and Jolee Popa, who proceeded to produce and engineer the project ...


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MUSIC Business owner presenting 'Fight Song' charity concert - As a dancer, Jacob Leatherman has worked with top recording artists and the Hollywood elite. As the owner of BLOWN by bocaj ( Jacob spelled backwards ), Leatherman is calling the shots as a first-time business owner. The philanthropic businessman is set to launch his first annual charity concert "Fight Song," an event that hopes to raise money and awareness ...


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Lucas Museum founding president: A story through art - With the Star Wars franchise handed over to Disney and its latest installment already smashing box office records for an opening weekend, its creator George Lucas is in production and collaboration on another legacy to be passed down to multiple generations of children and adults. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will not require their imaginations to travel to a ...


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Web series aims to tell realistic trans experiences - The scripted new media Web series Her Story aims to break new ground in Hollywood by offering a realistic glimpse into trans life. The plot involves complex characters who share in life's everyday struggles, opportunities, elations, and fears. Her Story is co-written by Jen Richards ( I Am Cait ) and Laura Zak ( #Hashtag ), is directed by Sydney ...


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Gilda's LaughFest announces artists - Gilda's LaughFest announced the addition of Miranda Sings and other ticketed shows for the 2016 festival, which takes place March 10-20 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Among others slated to perform are David Cross, Seth Meyers, Kathy Griffin, Chris D'Elia and Heather McDonald. Individual tickets are $7-$80; they are available at the Van Andel Arena Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets, LaughFest Central ...


WINTER-DANCE-PREVIEW-Conversation-and-experimentation

WINTER DANCE PREVIEW Conversation and experimentation - Ramping up for the big tours to roll through town in the spring, a number of exciting projects are coming to fruition. Hometown storefront choreographers are encouraging audiences to engage in thought-provoking dialogue about the choreographic process in January, while the usual suspects present promising line-ups in February and March. —Zephyr Dance presents the aMID Festival Jan. 21-31, a two-weekend ...







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