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Steve Grand CD to come out March 24 - Steve Grand—the openly gay local singer-songwriter who, in 2013, spent $7,000 of his own money to produce a music video for the song "All American Boy," and became a viral sensation—will debut his album ( also called All American Boy ) on March 24. Fueled by donations from nearly 5,000 fans, Grand ( a former Windy City Times 30 Under ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Happy Birthday Russell. Birthdays are like rim jobs—you gotta get involved. Open up and get ready for another great year!"—So said the inscription on the birthday cake of Russell Tovey on the set of HBO's Looking, which just started its second season. He says it's a sign of things to come. We sure hope so! So, I'm having sex with ...


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'Orange' nabs SAG awards - The awards season continued with the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Jan. 25. The Netflix series Orange Is the New Black won twice—once for best comedy ensemble and other with Uzo Aduba ( who portrays "Crazy Eyes" ) winning best female actor in a comedy series. In winning, Aduba edged Modern Family's Julie Bowen, Nurse Jackie's Edie Falco, Veep's ...


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Knight at the Movies: Baby, it's cold outside! - When the weather outside is frightful—as it is these short, frosty days—that's the time when a film fan like myself gets out the winter movies. It may seem perverse but, baby, when it's this cold outside I like nothing more than to shovel down to the frosty depths of my admittedly vast movie collection for some frigid weather favorites. Some ...


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Music events: Artemis concert Feb. 6-7; OUTMusic Awards put off - Artemis Singers concert Feb. 6-7 Chicago lesbian feminist chorus Artemis Singers will present "Loves Lost, Loves Found," a concert of songs about love in all its complexity, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie. Artemis Singers will perform Adele's "Rumour Has It," ...


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Theater Spotlight; Critics' Picks - If you've ever wanted to attend an immersive performance art happening, now is your chance to do so with REVIVAL 2015: Source::Evolution, which builds upon the 2013 version of the event. See what spectacles have been cooked up this year by creators Eric Andrew Hoff, Jesse Morgan Young and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. REVIVAL 2015: ...


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PBS series includes 'Limited Partnership' and 'Homestretch' - A film about a couple's decades-long fight for the right to marry and a documentary about homeless Chicago youths are in the line-up of PBS' Independent Lens' winter/spring 2015 season. Limited Partnership, which will air June 15, centers on a gay couple's 40-year fight for the right to marry in the United States. The Homestretch, which will run April 13, ...


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Chicago Theatre Week grows; About Face's 'A Kid Like Jake' in Feb. - Chicago Theatre Week is expanding. The upcoming celebration of theatregoing in Chicago is returning for its third year and will take place Feb. 12-22, spanning a week and two full weekends for the first time. More than 100 productions are expected to participate as part of the 2015 line-up. Chicago Theatre Week is presented by the League of Chicago Theatres ...


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THEATER REVIEW Accidentally, Like A Martyr - Playwright: Grant James Varjas. At: A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells St. Tickets: 312-943-8722; www.aredorchidtheatre.org; $30-$35. Runs through: March 1 Don't be fooled by the Bee Gees playing on the jukebox or the twinkling lights strung over the walls. This isn't 1973; it's 2005, the lights are because it's three days before Christmas and the music is so Edmund, ...


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THEATER REVIEW Plastic Revolution - Book: Will Cavedo & Andrew Hobgood; Score: Julie Nichols and Hobgood. At: The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.thenewcolony.org; $20-$25. Runs through Feb. 22 The New Colony may call Plastic Revolution a world premiere, but it's actually a thoroughly revised version of the company's 2009 show Tupperware: An American Musical Fable. And while Plastic Revolution is a definite ...


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THEATER REVIEW Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play - Playwright: Anne Washburn; music by Michael Friedman. At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 1-773-975-8150; www.TheaterWit.org; $38 ( $25 if 29 or under ). Runs through: March 1 In Act I of this intelligent but disturbing play, television's The Simpsons is a fondly-remembered program in the near-future ( think I Love Lucy episodes ). In Act II, seven years ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Life-and-Sort-of-Death-of-Eric-Argyle

THEATER REVIEW The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle - Playwright: Ross Dungan. At: Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn Ave.. Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.steeptheatre.com; $10-$35. Runs through: Feb. 28 Consider for a moment how many great works of art originated with a young man trying to impress a girl ( or boy—let's be fair ), or a young woman pouring out her heart to an unseen listener/viewer. Consider, also, the popular ...


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MUSIC Gwen Stefani: Underneath it all - From bed in her Los Angeles home, Gwen Stefani insisted she doesn't mind doing her first gay press interview in a decade on her day off. "I love talking about myself," the No Doubt frontwoman said, giggling. Set to release her third solo album this spring, Stefani rang to open up about her "late in life" introduction to the gay ...


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Coming up in film and music - Films on LGBTs and the Middle East on Jan. 31 Silk Road Rising and the Chicago Palestine Film Festival will host "Breaking Borders," an evening of screenings followed by a discussion with the filmmakers. The event will take place Saturday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m. at The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington St. The films slated to be ...


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MUSIC Mike Maimone and the Mutts set out to impress in 2015 - Mike Maimone is a gay musician whose most recent passion project is as manager, vocalist, and keyboardist with the band, the Mutts. The Mutts released its latest album, Fuel Yer Delusion Vol. 4, on Dec. 9, 2014. The band also recently performed at Riot Fest 2014 and Maimone was featured at the OUTspoken series at Sidetrack, a monthly LGBTQ live ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER K. Todd Freeman flies freely in 'Airline Highway' - Steppenwolf ensemble member K. Todd Freeman is bringing sass to a Sissy this season. Directed by the "Wicked"-ly talented Joe Mantello, Airline Highway depicts the drama surrounding the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a motel in New Orleans. The cast comes together for the final party set at the motel for Miss Ruby brings some poignant moments to the story ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A modern 'Princess' - Out playwright and performer Aaron Holland's world premiere play Princess Mary Demands Your Attention includes a mystical drag queen, pot-smoking and shade-throwing teenagers and an agoraphobic protagonist who feels trapped by an overwhelming duty to stay in Richmond, Va, and watch over his widowed mother. Oh yeah, the play was also inspired by Tolstoy's epic 1869 novel War and Peace. ...


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Joel Grey officially comes out as gay - Broadway and movie veteran Joel Grey has officially come out as a gay man, according to People magazine. Grey was married for 24 years and has raised two children: actress Jennifer Grey ( of Dirty Dancing fame ) and chef James. However, Grey, 82, recently told People, " I don't like labels, but if you have to put a label ...


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Entertainment: Zarley's new CD; Dan Savage project; Kylie Minogue - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out singer-songwriter Matt Zarley will release his newest album, hopefulROMANTIC, on Feb. 10, according to a press release. hopefulROMANTIC will be available in two versions: a pop album featuring original versions of each song, and a soundtrack to his short film of the same name with new arrangements of each track re-imagined specifically for the film. Zarley's first solo album, ...


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BENT NIGHTS George Ezra holds concert at UIC Pavilion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Regardless of how her career evolves from here on out, Adele will go down in history for bringing back the power of singing as a pure art form. Forget neo-soul, the annual flood of talented new faces ( who have a tendency to trill to distraction ) or the fusion of genres, Adele has put the emphasis back on great ...


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BOOKS 'Boystown' moves from online to print - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - When Jake Biondi set out to begin writing Boystown in the summer of 2013, his intention was to make it an online serial—the continuing story of the exploits of his characters released chapter by chapter. However, given the immediate popularity of the series, Biondi has not only released Boystown as an online serial, but now has two print editions of ...


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Event headlines in dance, music, art - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Giordano Dance at Auditorium Jan. 31 The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., will present Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC) in the company's first full-length performance at the venue as part of the "Made in Chicago" Dance Series, Saturday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m. Highlights will include the world premiere of "Shirt Off My Back," a full-company work ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - The percussive dance revue STOMP has been playing off-Broadway since 1994 and wowing the world through a series of international tours. If you haven't seen the show, which features drummers making noise out of everyday objects, catch the current tour of STOMP now playing in Chicago. STOMP continues through Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. ...


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THEATER REVIEW Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them - Playwright: A. Rey Pamatmat. At: First Floor Theater at the Flatiron Arts Center, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 312-857-6406; www.firstfloortheater.com; $20. Runs through: Jan. 31 The Tolentino family is not what is usually defined by that term. Doctor Mom died of cancer after divorcing Doctor Dad, who now lives with his girl friend, periodically depositing money in a bank account ...


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Obama part of new edition of Rustin's writings - Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin - Barack Obama and Barney Frank add their words of wisdom to the new edition of Bayard Rustin's Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin with a foreword and afterword, respectively. Frank is known for being the first openly gay Congressman; also, he married his partner in his last year in office. "Bayard would be very proud to ...


THEATER-REVIEW-A-Map-of-Virtue

THEATER REVIEW A Map of Virtue - Playwright: Erin Courtney. At: Cor Theatre at Rivendell, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.CorTheatre.org; $25. Runs through: Feb. 14 Are birds happy harbingers of pleasant days and flights of fancy? Or are they figures of foreboding a la Poe's raven and Hitchcock's flocks? Mark, an adult gay man, carries a tiny wood statuette of a meadowlark, which he stole ...


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THEATER REVIEW Keys of the Kingdom - Playwright: Penny Penniston. At: Stage Left at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.theaterwit.org; $20-$32. Runs through: Feb. 15 What we know for sure is that while in New York City for a book-signing, high-profile preacher Ed Newell was shown a painting that the common citizens of Lower Manhattan worshipped as a shrine. Upon returning to his 400-member ...


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WINTER THEATER SPECIAL Risk and resurrection: Theater classics, revivals - Plays drawn from the repertoire of Western drama are usually dismissed as "safe options" for theaters—what could be more reliable, after all, than a script arriving with a decades-long track record of pleasing audiences? This popular impression renders all the more astonishing the degree of daring reflected in this winter's selection of ( at least ) twice-told tales. Big ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Book-of-Merman

THEATER REVIEW The Book of Merman - Book and Score: Leo Schwartz. At: Pride Films and Plays at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets: 800-838-3006 or www.pridefilmsandplays.com; $20-$30. Runs through Feb. 15 Ever wondered what shenanigans might ensue if a couple of missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints happened to ring the doorbell of a woman who may or may not be ...


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Billy Masters - "I'm not playing the race card. I'm playing the rice card."—Margaret Cho Tweets a response to people who felt her Golden Globes appearance was racist. She also said, "I'm of mixed North/South Korean descent—you imprison, starve and brainwash my people, you get made fun of by me." In a recent interview, Graham Norton discussed how difficult it is for gay ...


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Beck Kramer shines with sci-fi Web comic - Beck Kramer created a comic to submit for an anthology from LGBTQ writers and artists, yet her work was not accepted for publication. But Kramer brought the characters to life in another form. Kramer, 32, a lesbian who lives in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood and grew up in Elmwood Park, launched her comic, Relativity ( www.relativitycomic.com ), last May. It is ...


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MOVIES Queer couple addresses Alzheimer's in 'Still Alice' - By Gary M. Kramer - In Still Alice—writer/directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's beautiful, intelligent adaptation of Lisa Genova's novel—Alice ( Julianne Moore ) is a Columbia University linguistics professor who experiences the symptoms of early onset Alzheimer's. This compelling, moving drama shows the effect the disease has on her and her family. Still Alice is all about loss and control as the title character ...


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WINTER THEATER SPECIAL Winter premieres: Something new - It's a new year with another 800 or so productions, the typical annual total of plays, revues, musicals, one-person shows, etc. presented by the 230-plus theater companies in the greater Chicago area. You really can't go anywhere these days—Bridgeport, Naperville, Albany Park—without bumping into a theater troupe. So what's going to be good? How the hell do I know? I ...


WINTER-DANCE-SPECIAL-Plenty-of-dance-to-heat-up-the-winter

WINTER DANCE SPECIAL Plenty of dance to heat up the winter - Winter took a while to officially land in Chicago; the dance scene, on the other hand, has yet to take a break. The winter season for dance audiences is notoriously slow—not so in 2015! —The Cambrians is a brand new company with Benjamin Wardell at the helm ... sort of. Wardell has a surrounded himself with a strong team of ...


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Theater news: Upcoming events - Dead Writers mark 'A Wilde Affair' Dead Writers Theatre Collective announces its 2015 season "A Wilde Affair," focusing on the theme of forbidden love with works by Oscar Wilde and Moliere. All works take place at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. This season marks the company's fifth anniversary and the first time the company is offering its plays for ...


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WINTER THEATER SPECIAL LGBTQ theater has plenty to offer - If you're looking for theater that explores LGBTQ issues, then you're in lots of luck this winter. Gender non-conformity, bullying and Broadway diva worship are just a few of the topics explored in the shows listed below. All shows in Chicago unless otherwise noted. LGBTQ shows: A Map of Virtue, Cor Theatre at Rivendell Theatre, now to Feb. 14. ...


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OUTMusic Awards ceremony postponed - The OUTMusic Awards event—which honors LGBTQA artists, and which were supposed to be held Jan. 19—has been postponed. "Due to circumstances beyond our control we are forced to postpone [the Jan. 19] 9th Annual OUTMusic Awards, which was to be held at the Town Hall Theater," it states on the website's home page. The message continues, "We apologize for any ...


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BOOK REVIEW Soldier of Change - The phone call began another very long day. It arrived approximately 10 seconds after you walked to your desk—the first of that kind of interruption, followed by dozens of urgent ( to the sender ) emails and six cubicle drop-bys. Alas, you didn't get much done that day. Sometimes, you just want to be left alone to do your work ...


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DINING 'Dinner Party' kicks off fourth year - "The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano," held at City Winery, kicked off its fourth year Jan. 12 with a pre-event wine-tasting featuring famed sommelier Robert Houde that benefitted The Trotter Project. After sipping wine, chef Kevin Hickey of The Duck Inn cooked for Bill Kurtis, SNL alumna Julia Sweeney, musician Nicholas Barron, host Elysabeth Alfano and the audience of 170 ...


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Jesse Tyler's project; Streisand's honor; an offer to Bieber - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jesse Tyler Ferguson's Tie The Knot bowtie collection has released three limited-edition items inspired by Ira Sachs' movie Love Is Strange, which stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, according to a press release. The bowties are "The Sachs-Torres" ( expressing a collaboration between Ira and his husband, Boris Torres ), "The John Lithgow" and "The Alfred Molina." The bow ties, ...


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Jennifer Hudson 'Turns It Up' at Chicago event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Partnering with singer Jennifer Hudson and the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel, 644 N. Lake Shore Dr., hosted a house party Jan. 14. "Turn It Up for Change" brought drag and high fashion straight from Boystown with local favs Trannika Rex and Shea Coulee. Promoter Legendary Damon sparkled down the runway while DJ White ...


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Upcoming events: Art and performance - Sosa exhibit at Nat'l Museum of Mexican Art UNICEF, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the National Museum of Mexican Art will be the beneficiaries of proceeds from Erik Sosa's new art show, "ap[ART]," at the museum, 1852 W. 19th St.,on Saturday, Jan. 24, 6-10 p.m. The museum's galleries will stay open after hours for this special event. This new ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Singer performs 'Wright' from the heart - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dylan Wright is an up-and-coming queer singer/songwriter based in Chicago. His sound is a mixture of folk and acoustic, with deeply personal lyrics. Wright's first album release, As A Ghost ,covers topics such as love and death. His first music video, for "Iron Gates," features man-on-man action told with a distinct visual style. Wright currently is collaborating with Dan Foley ...


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BENT NIGHTS Homo for the Holidays; Glitter Creeps; Laura Ann Grace - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For those already stuck in the funk of January 2015 ( new semester, spent Christmas cash, broken Christmas toys, used snow, cabin fever, the reality that this is just the start ) or felt that the holidays lacked LGBTQ pizzazz, the reality is that the year has already kicked off with a snappy queer blast. If hearing Johnny Mathis sing ...


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'On the Red Carpet' Feb. 22 at Park West - Center on Halsted will hold its annual "On the Red Carpet" Academy Awards party Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave. The red carpet is at 6 p.m. The telecast will start at 7:30 p.m., with the silent auction ending and event drawing at 9 p.m. There will also be a predict-the-winner contest; ballots will be ...


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'The Imitation Game' gets multiple Oscar nods - The Imitation Game—a movie about the life of the late gay British codebreaker Alan Turing—received eight Academy Award nominations when they were announced Jan. 15. The film was nominated for actor ( Benedict Cumberbatch ), supporting actress ( Keira Knightley ), director, film editing, original score, production design, adapted screenplay and picture. Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel led the ...


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Knight at the Movies: Hello, Oscar! - After celebrating my 10th anniversary last year, writing hundreds of in-depth reviews over the years as film critic for Windy City Times, 2015 seems like a good time to introduce a different type of movie coverage. This new version of my column takes into account our speed-of-light lives in which culturally we often prefer to browse; to window-shop through an ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "You can plow the f*ck out of my fields any day!"—Bachelor hopeful Kaitlyn's greeting to Chris Soules when she gets out of the limo. She may not have gotten the first-impression rose, but she really did make an impression. While we're already two weeks into the new year, in Hollywood the year doesn't begin until awards season. And that gets ...


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Theater: MLK show; Sweat Girls at Fest; Comedy theater opens - African American Arts Alliance's MLK show Jan. 19 The African American Arts Alliance will hold "Justice Is Ours," the 4th Annual Martin Luther King Jr,, Day Celebration (A Dedication of Dance, Song, Poetry and Music), on Monday, Jan. 19. The event will feature performances from Sketch N' Tyme, The Robbert Reddrick Trio, Alexis Rogers, Yahdina Udeen, Dawn Bless, Red Clay ...


Spotlight-and-Critics-Picks

Spotlight and Critics' Picks - There are two different touring musical spoofs of E.L. James' bestselling S&M novel Fifty Shades of Grey, but the better-reviewed of the two is clearly 50 Shades! The Musical Parody. The show is back again briefly in Chicago, just as anticipation builds for the film version that comes out this Valentine's Day. So get your laughs in while you can. ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Kiss Kiss Cabaret - Playwright: written and performed by the ensemble. At: Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway. Tickets: www.kisskisscabaret.com . Runs through: TBA A licensing delay postponed the opening of this latest addition to Chicago's historical "speakeasy" district at Broadway and Lawrence Avenue—recently targeted by Mayor Emanuel for rejuvenation—but the Kiss Kiss Cabaret forged ahead with a "press rehearsal" in the newly-furbished Uptown Underground, ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Rousseve's 'Stardust' explores technology, race, queerness - Growing up in Houston, Texas, in the 1960s and 1970s to parents hailing from Louisiana, David Roussève was surrounded by music and the arts. "My father was a jazz musician. ... I started out as an actor as a child, doing really bad versions of Sesame Street in Houston," he chuckled in a phone interview with Windy City Times. "I ...


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THEATER REVIEW 28th Annual Young Playwrights Festival - Playwrights: Deja Jenkins, Daisianee Minenger, Taylor Vazquez, Steve Maloy. At: Pegasus Theatre Chicago at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave. Tickets: 773-878-8864 or www.pegasustheatrechicago.org; $18-$30. Runs through Jan. 31 Pegasus Theatre Chicago, formerly known as Pegasus Players, has had its share of financial and artistic ups and downs in recent years. But the company had remained steadfast with producing its ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Cookie-Play

THEATER REVIEW Cookie Play - By: Ken Prestininzi. At: Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland Ave. Tickets: 773-384-0494; $20 ( two-for-one Thursdays ). Runs through: Feb. 14 Trap Door Theatre's mission of producing obscure and unusual work is as resolute as ever in Cookie Play, the fourth collaboration between playwright Ken Prestininzi and director Kate Hendrickson to be housed in Bucktown's esteemed theatrical hole-in-the-wall. A ...


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Entertainment: 'Queer as Folk' reunion; Sam Smith; Forbes' lists - The cast and writers of Showtime's groundbreaking series Queer as Folk are returning for one-time reunion special at this year's ATX Festival, which begins June 4 in Austin, Texas, The Wrap reported. The award-winning show, which aired from 2000 to 2005, followed the lives of a group of gay friends and their relationships, careers, loves and ambitions. Based on the ...


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YEPP event features Crys Matthews - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Jan. 10, the Unitarian Church of Evanston hosted a benefit performance and dinner for YEPP ( Youth Empowerment Performance Project ) featuring a concert from out singer/songwriter Crys Matthews. YEPP works with homeless LGBTQ youth in yearlong "cycles" to help evolve personal experiences and identities into theatrical performance pieces. Once the pieces are set, YEPP then tours the show ...


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Singer Jess Godwin gets OUTmusic nods, has upcoming anthology - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For straight ally Jess Godwin, music has been a part of her life since she was 5. A musician with an eclectic sound, Godwin has parlayed her talents across a number of genres over the years. Godwin has performed at a variety of LGBT events throughout her career including the 2014 Biggest MINI Wedding Ever ceremony sponsored by MINI of ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Bye-Bye-Liver

THEATER REVIEW Bye, Bye, Liver - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: written and performed by the ensemble. At: The Public House, 3914 N. Clark St. Tickets: 800-650-6449; www.pubhousetheatre.com; $20. Runs through: open run Just as any two coinciding activities can be turned into a competition—e.g., penny pitching, centipede racing—almost any fixed text can serve as the basis for synchronized consumption of intoxicating beverages. In 2006, Byron Hatfield's comedy troupe, ...


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Producer Jonathan Murray takes us inside 'The Real World' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - MTV's Real World changed the landscape of television back in 1992 and is the longest-running reality series in history. A PBS documentary series, An American Family, inspired producers Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray to create a show that made for unforgettable television. By using a cast of regular young people picked to live in a house together the creators didn't ...


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OUTspoken! takes place at Sidetrack - The first installment of 2015's OUTspoken!, the monthly showcase of LGBTQ oral storytelling, took place Jan. 6 at Sidetrack in front of an SRO house of enthusiastic supporters and participants. The event, which takes place on the first Tuesday of each month, focuses on personal stories that LGBTQ individuals share. Art Johnston ( co-owner of Sidetrack and LGBTQ-rights pioneer ) ...


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'Transparent' very visible at Golden Globes - Amazon's groundbreaking TV series Transparent snagged two awards at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards, which aired on NBC Jan. 11. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assocation made Transparent the first online show to win Best TV Comedy or Musical. Jill Soloway's show—which is about an older man/father who makes the transition into becoming a woman, and the reactions and lives of ...


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Former 'Idol' contestant shines on Chicago stage - She's now a server and singer at La Cueva, an LGBT nightclub in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood. It's Jaidah Christina Davila, 30, a South Side native who sparkles. [Note: Online research about La Cueva says that it is closed. Davila is aware of such reports, but confirmed the nightclub definitely is open for business.] She was "JDA" during her run ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I could listen to you and Don Lemon talk sports all night long."—Kathy Griffin's quip about Anderson Cooper and Lemon discussing football. Well, Don was discussing football. Coop was talking about his favorite halftime shows. You might not realize it, but your beloved Billy Masters is a creature of habit ... when it's convenient. New Year's Eve is one of ...


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MOVIES The perfect 'Match': Sir Patrick Stewart reflects on gay roles - In the new indie film Match, which becomes available on VOD Jan. 15, Sir Patrick Stewart plays queer Julliard dance instructor Tobias, who meets with a couple, played by Matthew Lillard and Carla Gugino, for an interview. However, the interview proves to be a ruse, and Tobias finds himself ambushed and forced to confront the possibility he fathered a child ...


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Richard Blanco, August Wilson part of poetry series - Openly gay poet Richard Blanco and the late playwright August Wilson will be among those featured during Poetry Foundation's winter/spring 2015 events season. On Thursday, Jan. 8, "Las Chavas: Poetry and Film from Honduras" will feature Blanco, the fifth inaugural poet of the United States; Brad Coley, director of the forthcoming documentary Las Chavas; and Cheryl Chapman, executive director of ...


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Theater Spotlight, Critics' Picks - The brutal murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in 1998 led to many reflective works of art, ranging from documentary theater pieces like The Laramie Project and its follow-up 10 years later, to out author Lesléa Newman's book of poetry titled October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard. Now, North Central College theater director Carin Silkaitis has adapted October ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Telling tales and getting sketchy - January wouldn't seem to be the best time to stage major theater festivals in Chicago, what with the frigid cold weather. But there are three prominent Chicago theater festivals braving the snowy conditions this month, with two featuring LGBTQ components. The newcomer on the block is the first of what is hoped to be a biennial Chicago International Puppet Theatre ...


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THEATER REVIEW Panic on Cloud 9 - Playwright: written and performed by the ensemble. At: Second City at Pipers Alley, 1616 N. Wells St. Tickets: 312-337-3992; www.secondcity.com; $23. Runs through: open run Unlike such niche-market troupes as Annoyance, the Public House, the Cornservatory, Gorilla Tango and the Cupid Players, Second City's international status attracts patrons of all demographics, reflecting cultural backgrounds ranging from urban neighborhoods and nearby ...


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THEATER REVIEW Penny the F*ckable Dolphin: A Love Story - Book, music and lyrics: Kristina Felske. At: Annoyance Theatre, 851 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-697-9693 or www.theannoyance.com; $15-$20. Runs through Feb. 11 Every now and then you see a comically shocking stage title that piques your prurient curiosity. Take for instance Penny the F*ckable Dolphin: A Love Story now playing at the Annoyance Theatre. It's billed as being based on ...


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THEATER REVIEW Cupid Has a Heart On - Playwright: Cupid Players. At: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252; www.stage773.com; $22. Runs through: open run There's no shortage of you're-all-losers sketch comedy, but from its inception in 2000 ( under the title Cupid Misfires His Eros ), the mission of "Chicago's longest-running musical comedy" has been to declare us all losers. Instead of extolling giddy infatuation or ...


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Sweat Girls part of Fillet of Solo Festival - Running as part of Lifeline Theatre's 18th Annual Fillet of Solo Festival, The Sweat Girls Are: Tribal Elders will take place on consecutive Saturdays ( Jan. 10, 17 and 24 ) at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. It will run at 4 p.m. on Jan. 10 and 17, and 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 24. Caroline Andres, Cindy Hanson, Dorothy ...


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DOUBLE REVIEW The Pirates of Penzance; The Mikado - Libretto: W.S. Gilbert; Score: Arthur Sullivan; Adaptation: Sean Graney. At: Den Theatre, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.the-hypocrites.com; $36-$50. Runs through Feb. 7 The late Canadian-British comedian Anna Russell ( 1911-2006 ) was famous for spoofing the conventions of classical music, with "How to Write Your Own Gilbert and Sullivan Opera" as one of her best sketches. In it she ...


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BOOK REVIEW Best-Kept Boy in the World - By Arthur Vanderbilt, $19.99; Magnus Books; 189 pages   Before the ease of sites like RentBoy.com, male hustlers relied on word of mouth. But legendary "un homme fatal" Louis Denham ( Denny ) Fouts managed to command a worldwide presence before there was even a World Wide Web. If you haven't heard of him, know that pretty much everyone wanted ...


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Comedians present cancer show at Sketchfest - "I think cancer touches everybody in some way shape or form," said Chicago comedienne Judy Fabjance. She should know. A performer with GayCo and instructor at Second City, Fabjance was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, inspiring her to create a solo show, "Are You There Judy? It's Me, Cancer." While her cancer was in remission for three years, it ...


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Theater notes: Rose Tattoo; McNally as featured playwright - 'The Rose Tattoo' at Theater Wit Jan. 15 Shattered Globe Theatre is presenting Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo Jan. 15-Feb. 28 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Greg Vinkler, the artistic director of Peninsula Players, will direct. Set on the Louisiana Gulf Coast in a Sicilian-American village, Williams delves into the world of Serafina Delle Rose, an overprotective widow ...







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