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Entertainment: Celebs react to marriage news; Jeremy Renner; Spider-Man - COMPILED BY ANDREW DAVIS Celebrities reacted to the news regarding marriage equality. Many more seemed to be on the "pro" side, with people such as David Beckham, Madonna, Jennifer Hudson, Tyson Beckford, Ricky Martin and Sir Ian McKellen reacting positively, according to Queerty. Donnie Wahlberg posted a photo of himself and fellow New Kid on the Block Jonathan Knight ( ...


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Spotlight, Critics' Picks - If you missed Sean Graney's epic adaptation of the 32 surviving Greek tragedies All Our Tragic, The Hypocrites has bravely revived this modern-day contemporary festival of Dionysus ( the god of theater and wine ) for another limited run. All Our Tragic continues through Sunday, Aug. 9, at The Den Theatre's Heath Main Stage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. Curtain times ...


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THEATER REVIEW Moby Dick - Playwright: David Catlin, adapted from Herman Melville novel. At: Lookingglass Theatre, Water Tower Pumping Station. Tickets: 312-337-0665; www.lookingglasstheatre.org; $40-$80. Runs through: Aug. 28 I've seen six stage adaptations of Moby Dick, among them versions by the House, Redmoon and Remains theaters. This one is best by far because it follows the massive novel more comprehensively ( to the degree possible ...


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THEATER REVIEW Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown - Playwright: Guillermo Reyes. At: Pride Films & Plays at the Apollo Studio, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6100; www.ticketmaster.com; $20-$25. Runs through: July 26 Whether you trace the origins of the format to Spalding Gray's Swimming to Cambodia in 1985 or John Leguizamo's Mambo Mouth in 1990, it was still inevitable that the gay male Latino immigrant experience would soon ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Broadway 'losers' - At the 2015 Tony Awards, Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori's complex musical Fun Home ( based upon lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel's acclaimed 2006 graphic memoir of the same name ) bested some more populist choices like An American in Paris and Something Rotten! for the top prize of Best Musical. Conversely, Lincoln Center Theater's sumptuous production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's ...


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Billy Masters - "I have a gay ex-husband. People always say to me, 'How did you not know? He loves decorating and fashion and clothes.' But we actually did have sex a lot. I didn't know at the time, though, that in his mind he was fucking the bartender at the Olive Garden!"—Fran Drescher's speech after being honored by the Stonewall Community Foundation ...


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BOOK REVIEW Course Correction - By Ginny Gilder, $26.95; Beacon Press; 272 pages The song went 'round and 'round in your head. Maybe that's why it's called "a round." You know how it works: One group starts to sing and, when they get to a certain point, the next group begins anew and so on, until the endings lap like waves. But, as in the ...


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Upcoming - Esteem Awards July 4 at Sidetrack PrideIndex.com announced the recipients of the Ninth Annual Esteem Awards, which will take place Saturday, July 4, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St., 2-5 p.m. A few of the local finalists are: —Outstanding Service, Male: Erik Glenn, program manager of Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus (CBGMC) —Outstanding Service, Female: Mona Noriega, chairman and commissioner ...


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Queercast host Matheny looks back at program - Amy Matheny, a pioneer in LGBT broadcasting whose roots are local and yet carrying a voice that now reaches worldwide, is turning off her microphone—at least for the time being. An East Tennessee native who has called Chicago home for the past 20 years, Matheny is the long-standing host of Windy City Queercast ( WCQ ), the weekly podcast of ...


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Former 'Idol' contestant sings at 'Spanglish Pride' - Former American Idol ( season 12 ) semifinalist Jaidah Christina Davila ( JDA ) kicked off her three-song performance June 26 with a powerful version of Lady Gaga's LoveGame. She then went with the toned-down Hozier hit "Take Me To Church." Then she belted out her new single, "Real Eyez," from her upcoming album. Davila was cheered throughout the performance, ...


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TELEVISION David Oyelowo talks personalities, sexuality in HBO's 'Nightingale' - The HBO movie Nightingale, starring Oscar nominee David Oyelowo ( Selma ), opens with a horrific act—and for the rest of the approximately 90-minute film, he holds court as the only character on the screen, as the viewer sees different layers of his character, Peter Snowden. Oyelowo recently talked with Windy City Times about different aspects of the movie, including ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Scott Turner Schofield, 'Bold' turn on daytime soap - Scott Turner Schofield is a diversity speaker who has created a pathway into acting on television. Schofield debuted this past May on The Bold and the Beautiful as Nick becoming the only transgender actor that is part of a regular broadcast daytime television cast. Several shows created by Schofield, Becoming a Man in 127 Easy Steps and Debutant Balls, have ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Who & the What - Playwright: Ayad Akhtar. At: Victory Gardens Theater at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.victorygardens.org; $15-$60. Runs through: July 12 A young artist defies the legacy of his ancestors to pursue a career proscribed by his tradition-bound family. Does this scenario sound familiar? You bet it does—it's The Jazz Singer. It's also My Name Is Asher Lev, A ...


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THEATER REVIEW A Work of Art - Playwright: Elaine Romero. At: Chicago Dramatists Tutterow Theatre, 1105 W. Chicago Ave. Tickets: 312-633-0630; $33. Runs through: July 19 A Work of Art is second in Elaine Romero's trilogy of poetic dramas about the United States at war. The 16th Street Theatre presented the first play, Graveyard of Empires, last April. There's little in either play about combat, few references ...


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Chapin Hall launches 'Voices of Youth Count' - Chapin Hall launches 'Voices of Youth Count' Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago is launching Voices of Youth Count, a multi-year original research and policy effort designed to understand how many unaccompanied runaway youth and young people experiencing homelessness there are in the United States. The effort also aims to create a clear and full picture of what it ...


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Neverland Productions to change upcoming party's name after uproar - After an online uproar over the name of an upcoming Market Days weekend party, event organizers quickly acknowledged the mistake, apologized, and immediately announced it would be changing the name of the party on Friday night, Aug. 7. Neverland Productions, which ran three well-attended events/parties over Pride weekend in Chicago, announced its Market Days party would be, Savages—and the initial ...


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ENTERTAINERS 'Drag Race' alum Ginger Minj takes 'Christ' on the road - The talented and funny Ginger Minj almost won the RuPaul's Drag Race on Logo during season seven. Before that, she reigned over the pageant circuit in the South. Hailing from Leesburg, Florida, she now calls Orlando her home. Presented by Murray & Peter, Crossdresser for Christ: The Musical will take her on a whirlwind tour. Windy City Times: Hi, Ginger. ...


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MUSIC ROUNDUP JC Brooks; Baathhaus; St. Lucia; Neon Trees - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - With the explosive news of the ruling on marriage equality on the eve of Gay Pride Weekend in Chicago on June 26, the month turned out to be one of the gayest musically in recent history here. The biggest event was queer icon Bette Midler's concert on June 18 at The United Center, her first full-fledged tour in a decade. ...


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Love is Colorful, Make it Blu film series launched - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 30, 2015 ) — Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago ( 221 N. Columbus Drive ), launches new video series, "Love is Colorful, Make it Blu," celebrating the diversity of love. Part of an ongoing commitment the hotel has to the LGBT community, the video series follows three couples as they experience the hotel, and each share their ...


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Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Ever wondered what a lesbian take off of Sweeney Todd might be like? Ponder no further since Sabrina Harper and Margaret Hicks have transformed Stephen Sondheim's "Demon Barber of Fleet Street" into Sweetie Maude, Chicago's "Satanic Stylist of State Street" in this new gender-switching musical spoof. Let's see if there are enough lesbian fans of a musical theater masterpiece like ...


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Billy Masters - "Fuck off. EVERY show has new stuff & YOU know I'm KNOWN for that."—Kathy Griffin tweets a response to someone who said he'd wait to see her "till u can com up w som new stuff." Them's fighting words. If you've learned nothing else from the two decades I've been writing this column, it's that the better looking you are, ...


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The mysteries of Debra Messing - This season of The Mysteries of Laura has just wrapped up but Debra Messing and the gang are already gearing up for second time around in the fall. In case anyone missed it the series follows a single mom NYPD homicide detective who cracks cases who is raising twin boys while clashing with her police detective ex-husband. The Mysteries of ...


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THEATER REVIEWS On Your Feet! - Playwright: Alexander Dinelaris. At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com; $33-$100. Runs through: July 5 The new musical On Your Feet! is based on the life of singing sensation Gloria Estefan. The story chronicles her life from growing up in Cuba to making her comeback after a tragic accident. There are nods to other musicals, a pinch ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Jerry Mitchell talks about achieving 'Feet' - Right out of Paw Paw, Michigan, a huge talent was born unto the world. Jerry Mitchell left his humble beginnings behind to perform on Broadway as a dancer in Brigadoon and On Your Toes. His first choreography experience involved Jekyll & Hyde; he then moved on to You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and The Full Monty. He directed and ...


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THEATER REVIEW Goldfish - Playwright: John Kolvenbach. At: Route 66 Theatre Company at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.greenhousetheater.org; $39-$43. Runs through: July 12 Leo Ledger has an addictive gambling habit and a propensity for losing bets. This not-uncommon correlation stems from his conviction that he is unworthy of happiness, so that his efforts to conceal this flaw are orchestrated to ...


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THEATER REVIEW Body + Blood - Playwright: William Nedved. At: Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-283-7071; www.thegifttheatre.org; $25-$35. Runs through: Aug. 9 Jesus was 33 at the time of The Passion and Dan is 33 when he decides to become a priest, almost certainly not coincidental in this pithy, stimulating and well-staged world premiere. Something of a slacker and business failure, Dan ( Nicholas ...


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THEATER REVIEW Porcelain - Playwright: Chay Yew. At: Prologue Theatre at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.prologuetheatreco.org; $25. Runs through: July 12 Chay Yew may not be represented in the annals of Gay Theater as prominently as, say, Tony Kushner or Mart Crowley, but hindsight affirms the impact of his 1992 play addressing prejudice—racial, cultural and sexual—in a country where consensual ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Chekhovian Durang - Out director Steve Scott says that audiences don't need to have an extensive knowledge of Anton Chekhov's plays to enjoy the comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. The 2013 Best Play Tony Award-winner by gay playwright Christopher Durang is currently making its Chicago debut at the Goodman Theatre in a production directed by Scott. But Scott says if ...


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CONCERT REVIEW Bette Midler makes magic with her music - At 69, Bette Midler proved that blondes have more fun at the United Center on June 18. The Divine Miss M joked about herself and her audience throughout the evening. "Who drove here?" she asked."I'm so glad my fans can still drive at night. There are 50 shades of gray in this section!" There was truth in that statement, with ...


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BOOK REVIEW Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial - By Kenji Yoshino, $26; Crown; 384 pages Third finger, left hand. If you're wearing a ring there, chances are that it means more than a bit of metal around your digit. It's undoubtedly more precious than the sum of its parts. It means a commitment of marriage—that is, if you can get married, because some still cannot. And in ...


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caliXta: Molding her career as a VJ/DJ - Isabel Buchanan Arellano transforms into caliXta, a dual VJ and DJ—it's a job she created because "I didn't see [the dual role] happening in Chicago," she said. Her first venture was as a DJ, which she ended up learning out of necessity when she and some friends were interested in similar music, mostly from Latin America, but would lament that ...


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'Too Much Light' to benefit Night Ministry - The troupe The Neo-Futurists will present its annual Pride Weekend benefit 30 Queer Plays in 60 Straight Minutes, a special edition of Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind: 30 Plays in 60 Minutes that combines queer and gender binary-smashing plays from the past with new work to benefit and support local LGBTQ organizations. The 2015 beneficiary is The ...


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Upcoming: Kelly Clarkson, Black Alphabet Fest, Knuckles CD, Iddy Id art - Iddy Id art exhibition Aug. 14 at Space 1858 Iddy Id Design will present a group exhibition of new works featuring mixed media, visual and performing artists. "A.U.C.T.I.O.N." will be a one-night-only run Friday, Aug. 14, at Space 1858, 1858 W. Grand Ave. Several local and out-of-state artists will be featured, including Iddy Id Design, Ayodele Drum and Dance, Nish ...


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MOVIES 'Horses' director on lesbian romance, working with animals - By Gary M. Kramer - German writer/director Monika Treut has been a vibrant force in queer cinema for decades. Her debut film, Seduction: The Cruel Woman, in 1985, was an instant classic, and her reputation as a filmmaker of importance was cemented with her feminist effort, The Virgin Machine. Other career highlights include her sexy contribution to the anthology, Erotique, her trans documentary, Gendernauts, and ...


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Knight at the Movies: Let's get serious about Pride - Celebrate Pride with Larry Kramer and these other LGBT pioneers. There are many reasons Our People celebrate Pride. One of the most compelling, of course, is to honor the achievements of those who came before us; the brave activists who fought the culture wars on so many fronts. One of the fiercest, Larry Kramer, is the subject of a forthcoming ...


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Upcoming: East of Eden, Harris season, Bent - 'East of Eden' cast announced Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced the full cast for the first show of its 40th-anniversary season—the world-premiere production of John Steinbeck's East of Eden. The cast features ensemble members Kate Arrington as Cathy Trask, Francis Guinan as Samuel Hamilton, Tim Hopper as Adam Trask and Alan Wilder as Dr. Murphy and Mr. Bacon. The production is ...


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Chicago Shakespeare Theater gala raises $1.2M - Chicago Shakespeare Theater ( CST ) celebrated Shakespeare's legacy with GALA 2015 on June 8 at the theater's home on Navy Pier. The event raised $1.2 million for Chicago Shakespeare in Urban Communities initiatives. Three hundred and fifty of Chicago's civic, corporate and cultural leaders attended the event that benefitted CST's engagement programs such as Team Shakespeare education initiatives and ...


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Dan Savage parody in Andersonville; talkback July 9 - Hell in a Handbag Productions is kicking off its 2015-16 season with the Midwest premiere of Miracle!, a parody of The Miracle Worker that Dan Savage reimagined. The production, which Derek Van Barham is directing, will play through July 10 at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. There will be a special talkback with Savage on Thursday, July 9, at ...


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World: Soccer star comes out; 'Thrones' criticized; activist fined - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Swiss soccer star Ramona Bachmann has revealed she is a lesbian, according to Gay Star News. The 24-year-old has revealed she is in a committed relationship with Camille Lara, a 21-year-old student based in Sweden. The news has been welcomed by the mayor of Zurich, Corin Maunch—herself an out lebsian. Vitaly Milonov, the notorious architect of Russia's "gay propaganda" laws, ...


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Entertainment: John Barrowman; Dallas Buyers Club; Ellen Page; Downton Abbey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Gay actor John Barrowman ( Doctor Who; Torchwood; Arrow ) is again in trouble with the trans community after using an anti-trans slur and then telling those who were offended to "lighten up," according to Gay Star News. The situation first started in October 2014, when the Scottish-American entertainer posted a video online in which he used the word "tranny-tastic." ...


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Blues Festival; Imagine Dragons; Mumford & Sons - If there was any doubt that summer had not arrived here, The 32nd Annual Chicago Blues Festival, held in Grant Park from June 12-14, doused that notion with a vengeance. Yes, the chilly rain came pelting down the night I went ( June 13 ) and bedeviled the overflow crowd, but it did not sully the spirit. Petrillo Band Shell ...


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SEVEN Dance Club, set to open in former Spin Nightclub - The final piece of the former Spin Nightclub puzzle is SEVEN Dance Club, set to open at the end of June at 3206 N. Halsted St., Windy City Times has learned. SEVEN will feature an array of live entertainment and what it is promoting as Chicago's best DJs seven days a week. SEVEN is the third and final establishment housed ...


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Loving Repeating, musical tribute Gertrude Stein - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 19, 2015 ) — Kokandy Productions is pleased to continue its 2015 season with LOVING REPEATING, a musical tribute to the life and loves of celebrated American author Gertrude Stein. Using Stein's own works as lyrics, LOVING REPEATING is adapted by Frank Galati ( The Grapes of Wrath, The Accidental Tourist ), with music by Stephen Flaherty ...


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Biography of gay pioneer Barbara Gittings out in time for Pride - CHICAGO - Barbara Gittings: Gay Pioneer, the first full-length biography of the woman who has been called the mother of the gay-rights movement, is available in time for Pride 2015. The book is by journalist Tracy Baim, author of 11 books on LGBT history. Award-winning writer Lillian Faderman wrote the foreword for the book. It is available in both a ...


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Cazwell shows his Pride - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC - Known mainly by one name, Cazwell continues to pump out the beats to clever wording. Instead of staying in the closet like many of his peers, this talented wordsmith came out in a big way with controversial gay rhymes. His song "Ice Cream Truck" struck big at the gay bars, thanks to an unforgettable video. He continues that trend with ...


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TELEVISION Paula Abdul: So she thinks she can judge - Season 12 of the Emmy-winning TV competition show So You Think You Can Dance just kicked things off on Fox. It features open auditions around the United States, then more testing rounds eventually leading to finalists. A variety of dance styles are usually featured but this season there's a twist, with two teams of stage versus street. One contestant will ...


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Theater Spotlight, Critics' Picks - Libby Lane, Dan Gold and Sam Button-Harrison, the stars of The Book of Merman, reunite to appear alongside other Pride Films and Plays ensemble members in Robert Ollis' one-night-only revue Gay Today: A Pride Cabaret. It features plenty of songs of modern romance and self-discovery. Pride Films and Plays' Gay Today: A Pride Cabaret is 7 p.m. Monday, June 22, ...


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THEATER REVIEWS Soon I Will Be Invincible; Queen Amarantha - Soon I Will Be Invincible; Queen Amarantha Playwright ( Invincible ): Christopher M. Walsh, Christopher Kriz ( music/lyrics ). At: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood. Tickets: 773-761-4477; www.lifelinetheatre.com; $40. Runs through: July 19 Queen Amarantha Playwright ( Amarantha ): Charles Busch. At: Otherworld Theatre at City Lit, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/82655; $20. Runs through: June 28 Fantasy ...


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THEATER REVIEW Liberty City - Playwright: April Yvette Thompson. At: ETA Creative Arts Center, 7558 S. South Chicago Ave. Tickets: 773-752-3955; www.etacreativearts.org; $20. Runs through: July 12 The entire world looks different to a child—psychologically, of course, with its array of new creatures and concepts, but physically, too. Everything is bigger, for one thing. Adults appear initially, not as faces, but as buttocks and bellies, ...


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THEATER REVIEW Abraham Lincoln Was a F*gg*t - Playwright: Bixby Elliot. At: About Face Theatre at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2275 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336 or www.aboutfacetheatre.com; $20-$35. Runs through July 5 There's a whole lot happening in Abraham Lincoln Was a F*gg*t, now receiving a strong Chicago premiere courtesy of About Face Theatre. Bixby Elliot's controversially named comic drama has conjectural historical reenactments, modern-day gay youth facing ...


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THEATER REVIEW Love and Human Remains - Playwright: Brad Fraser. At: Cor Theatre at Rivendell, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.cortheatre.org; $25. Runs through: July 11 Brad Fraser's group portrait of young Canadians embracing the sunset of nihilistic hedonism—before the fallout from the AIDS epidemic registered across all segments of society—was a lot more shocking in 1991. The danger of libidinal license is a theme long ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Questioning faith - Gay playwright William Nedved hopes to get people talking with his drama Body + Blood. It concerns a young man who shocks his family and girlfriend when he announces seemingly out of the blue that he plans to become a Catholic priest. "I was inspired to write this play because I'm gay and was raised Catholic," said Nedved. "And I ...


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Hell in a Handbag to present Bette, Live at the Continental Baths - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 17, 2015 ) — On the heels of its hit production Miracle!, Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to continue its 2015-16 season with BETTE, LIVE AT THE CONTINENTAL BATHS, a musical tribute to the legendary Bette Midler starring Caitlin Jackson, directed and choreographed by Christopher Pazdernik with music direction by Jeremy Ramey as Barry Manilow. ...


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Lesbian musicians kick off Pride Month - Gay Pride Month 2015 kicked off with a flood of lesbian artists who played here on consecutive nights while offering fans a wide variety of styles. The parade started June 4, when Canadian LGBTQ ally Jenn Grant opened for Chris Delmhorst at Evanston's SPACE to showcase her latest album, Compostela. Grant, who recently headlined a benefit show for LGBTQ activist ...


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Slo 'Mo takes Pride in R&B - Remix! Slo' Mo: Slow Jams for Homos will celebrate Pride on the South Side with "Paradise at Promontory" on Friday, June 19. Slo 'Mo, the award-winning dance party, has been grooving to R&B classics for four years. With its residency at Logan Square's The Whistler, dancing queens can attend the party on the third Thursday of every month. The Slo ...


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DJ contest held at Center on Halsted - On June 13, Lake View's Center on Halsted hosted "By Women For Women: Everything Old is New Again," which pitted female DJs of the LGBTQ community against each other while promoting an evening of music and dance. DJ Gemini Jones won over a competitive field that included DJ Sandra Suave and DJ All the Way, among others. Event sponsors included ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Writer Todd Almond gets 'Melancholy' - The Piven Theatre Workshop is presenting the Midwest premiere of Melancholy Play: a chamber musical. The story follows a bank teller named Tilly who turns her melancholy attitude into something loveable. Writer Todd Almond has a vast array of work, from working on Stage Kiss and The Odyssey to starring as Ariel in The Tempest. He wrote the original music ...


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Entertainment: Larry Kramer; Jussie Smollett; Warhol; Kristen Stewart - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The feature Larry Kramer in Love & Anger will debut on HBO on Monday, June 29, a press release stated. The debut coincides with Kramer's 80th birthday on June 25. Larry Kramer in Love & Anger is highlighted by present-day footage as he reminisces about his life in the midst of battling complications from a liver transplant and a decade ...


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The Midwest welcomes Emily West - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer Emily West began with a career in country music that quickly went south. Her song "Rocks in Your Shoes" peaked at 39 on Billboard's country charts and she sang a duet with Keith Urban in 2010 that didn't take off the way things were predicted. With the ninth season of the NBC show America's Got Talent ( AGT ), ...


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MUSIC The (Ting) Ting's the thing - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dance-music duo Katie White and Jules De Martino make up The Ting Tings, arriving straight out of Britain. They formed in 2007 in Greater Manchester then hit it big with the popular song "That's Not My Name." Their third album, Super Critical, was released last year. The two talked about the creation of the album to Windy City Times the ...


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Groups from across the nation to converge for dancing festival - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 12, 2015 ) —The Chicago Dancing Festival is proud to announce the 9th annual program will take place August 25-29, 2015. Co-produced by renowned choreographer Lar Lubovitch and highly esteemed Chicago dancer Jay Franke, the Chicago Dancing Festival will bring together leading ballet, modern and contemporary dancers from Chicago and across the country to present the largest ...


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Windy City Gay Chorus, Windy City Treble Quire to perform "When You Believe" - From a press release - \Chicago, IL — Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire will present two performances of When You Believe on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 5pm and 8pm at Ebenezer Lutheran Church ( 1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago, IL ). Advance purchase tickets are available at http://wcpawhenyoubelieve.brownpapertickets.com. From the days of the Stonewall riots up to the present fight ...


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Ensemble throws fundraiser in Uptown - On June 7, shhh...OUT! Lakeside Pride Jazz Ensemble threw the public and themselves a "Let's Fall in Love" fundraiser/concert/party at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, in acknowledgement of the passing of same-sex marriage in 37 states and the anticipated ruling of the Supreme Court by the end of June. As an offshoot of the larger Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles, which ...


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OUT! Lakeside Pride Jazz Ensemble throws fundraiser in Uptown - On June 7, shhh...OUT! Lakeside Pride Jazz Ensemble threw the public and themselves a "Let's Fall in Love" fundraiser/concert/party at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, in acknowledgement of the passing of same-sex marriage in 37 states and the anticipated ruling of the Supreme Court by the end of June. As an offshoot of the larger Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles, which ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I believe I can't get nominated because of my views on gay marriage. I'm in favor of gay rights. I'm in favor of gay marriage. I see it as an issue of equality."—Rudy Giuliani explains to FOX News why he won't run for president. I'm not sure if we should get the blame ... or the credit. Like everyone else ...


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Knight at the Movies: Pride Month movies - There are no end of ways to celebrate Pride month leading up to the 46th edition of Chicago's Pride parade. One of my favorites—no surprise—is by once again watching some of my favorite queer-themed movies. Many of these will be familiar; some, less so. It makes perfect sense that a lot of LGBT-themed movies don't have happy endings—or beginnings—so I'm ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight: Ithamar Has Nothing to Say Comedian and actor Ithamar Enriquez ( Arrested Development, Key and Peele ) bravely performs a one-man sketch show without saying a single word in Ithamar Has Nothing to Say, which comes to Chicago for four performances after an extended run in Hollywood. Ithamar Has Nothing to Say plays in Donny's Skybox Studio Theatre ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Secret Garden - Book and Lyrics: Marsha Norman; . Score: Lucy Simon. At: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. Tickets: 773-753-4472 or www.courttheatre.org; $45-$65 ( $25 kids ). Runs through: June 21 The 1991 Broadway musical The Secret Garden can divide die-hard fans of the namesake 1911 children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Librettist Marsha Norman and composer Lucy Simon introduced characters not ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Stick-Fly

THEATER REVIEW Stick Fly - Playwright: Lydia R. Diamond. At: Windy City Playhouse, 3014 W. Irving Park Rd. Tickets: 773-891-8985; www.windycityplayhouse.com; $20-$45. Runs through: July 5 Twenty years ago, Lydia R. Diamond set out to write a "well-made" family drama in the style of mid-20th-century authors like Lillian Hellman—a genre that Horton Foote, Lorraine Hansberry and Tracy Letts have since invoked. The venerable conference-round-the-couch ...


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DANCIN' FEATS A very Royal engagement - Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa in 1869, "Don Quixote" is a beloved ballet by audiences and dancers alike. The lead woman, Kitri, is one of the strongest female characters in classical ballet, first appearing on U.S. stages in the 1940s with the grand pas de deux performed by members of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. The Royal Ballet of ...


BOOK-REVIEW-All-I-Love-and-Know

BOOK REVIEW All I Love and Know - By Judith Frank. $26.99; Wm. Morrow; 432 pages   Everything's gonna be alright. You tell yourself that a dozen times a week. Something lost? It'll be alright. Deadline missed? It'll be fine. It'll work out, it's okay, you're all good. Keep repeating it, and maybe that'll make it so. But, as in the new novel "All I Love and Know" ...


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Frankie Knuckles, Melissa Etheridge on CDs; Robin Williams series; Village People; 'Boystown' - Melissa Etheridge show out on CD, DVD Shout! Factory has released the Melissa Etheridge concert "A Little Bit of Me: Live in L.A." It's out on CD, Blu-ray/CD and DVD/CD as well as a digital edition, and a deluxe digital edition available exclusively on iTunes. The disc chronicles Etheridge's Dec. 12, 2014, show at the Orpheum Theater—the final night of ...


Former-college-athlete-is-now-a-rising-DJ

Former college athlete is now a rising DJ - Sandra Urquiaga started working as a DJ simply because of her lifelong love of music. She was, after all, always buying the new releases once they came out and would make tapes for friends by recording different songs from the music she had. "As a kid, I would always try to record mixes on the radio by Bad Boy Bill, ...


BOOKS-Harold-and-Maude-revisited

BOOKS 'Harold and Maude,' revisited - Harold and Maude, with its marriage of cynicism and hope, transcends its 1971 release date to find fans of all generation. Initially a box-office disaster, over the years its star has risen, and newfound admirers might be surprised to learn that screenwriter Colin Higgins adapted the script into a novel shortly after the film's debut. Recently, Chicago Review Press acquired ...


Siskel-event-spotlights-actor-Mark-Ruffalo

Siskel event spotlights actor Mark Ruffalo - The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago brought in two-time Academy Award nominee Mark Ruffalo to host a dinner at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago June 6. Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips covered Ruffalo's dynamic career with a Q&A segment. Both men are from Kenosha, Wisconsin, along with several others in attendance such as ...







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