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Knight at the Movies: Happy Valley; film notes - Amir Bar-Lev's documentaries My Kid Could Paint That and The Tillman Story brilliantly illuminated the real stories behind the media's pumped-up coverage of their subject matters—and he does much the same in Happy Valley, his documentary about the fallout that befell Penn State University and the school's beloved football coach Joe Paterno in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child ...


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Theater Spotlight, Critics' Picks - Writer and performer David Sedaris skyrocketed to fame with his essay The Santaland Diaries, which detailed the quirky ins and outs of performing as an elf in Macy's Department Store in New York. First it was broadcast via radio on NPR, then published and eventually transformed into a hit one-man show by director Joe Mantello. Mitchell Fain returns to star ...


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THEATER REVIEW Dee Snider's Rock and Roll Christmas Tale - Playwright: book, music and lyrics by Dee Snider. At: Broadway In Chicago at the Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; www.broadwayinchicago.com; $30-$90. Runs through: Jan. 4 . Paula Killen's Music Kills a Memory features a simultaneous harmony medley of "Superstar" and "Piece of My Heart"—a feat relying on the melodies sharing the same chord progression. After Dee Snider ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Lady-Balls

THEATER REVIEW Lady Balls - Playwright: John Loos. At: Annoyance Theater, 851 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-697-9693; www.theannoyance.com; $20. Runs through: Jan. 22 Playwright John Loos was once a photographer for his school yearbook—duty endowing him with an insider's view of the "unchecked aggression, emotion, joy, loss and friendship" associated with women's collegiate basketball. His account of the fictional Tallahassee Lady Fireballs encompasses all of ...


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THEATER REVIEW Point and Shoot - Playwright: Jake L. Freund and Liz Ellison. At: Cold Basement Dramatics at The Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee. Tickets: www.pointandshoot.brownpapertickets.com; $15. Runs through: Dec. 7 The mission of Cold Basement Dramatics is "telling stories about things we hide from ourselves and others," but this tale of a 1950s gay man isn't quite on-target although Point and Shoot is well-produced. Unlike many ...


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OPERA REVIEW Porgy and Bess - Libretto: DuBose and Dorothy Heyward with Ira Gershwin; Score: George Gershwin. At: Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets: 312-827-5600 or www.lyricopera.org; $20-$249. Runs through Dec. 20 Porgy and Bess may be considered by many critics to be "The Great American Opera," but that hasn't stopped ongoing debate about how and where this 1935 opus by composer George ...


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Sugar & Spice: Parlor Pizza Bar - There's a casual new dining option in the West Loop, which usually tends to focus on more upscale restaurants. Parlor Pizza Bar opened in September, just in time for patrons to luxuriate in summer's lasts gasps on the patio. For now, you'll be enjoying the uniquely topped thin crust pizzas inside ( next to one of the blazing wood-fired ovens, ...


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AFC prepares for World of Chocolate - On Thursday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m., The AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) will present the 13th annual World of Chocolate ( WoC ) at Union Station, at South Riverside Plaza. Both AFC President/CEO John Peller and Jill Allread, one of WoC's co-chairs, talked with Windy City Times about this year's undertakings. While Peller has been with AFC ...


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TV veteran Verica to direct film in Chicago area - Television veteran Tom Verica ( How to Get Away with Murder ) is making his feature directorial debut with the indie Building Bridges, which is slated to film in the Chicago area next spring, ReelChicago.com noted. Verica plays Viola Davis' husband on ABC's How to Get Away with Murder, but is also a resident director and co-executive producer on lead-in ...


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BOOKS Talking with iconic author Felice Picano - Felice Picano made a stop in Chicago to promote his latest memoir Nights at Rizzoli. The Center on Halsted hosted a reading for Picano and Carlos T. Mock. Picano has written three memoirs to date including Nights at Rizzoli, True Stories and True Stories Too, all unique in that the reader gets a vision of each historical moment in addition ...


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Windy City Queercast marks 600th show - On the evening of April 11, 2006, the very first Windy City Queercast was appropriately heralded with Pearl Jam's 1991 debut single, "Alive." Radio celebrity and Queercast host Amy Matheny and Peter Mavrik ( a DJ and co-host at the time ) began by remarking on the beautiful early spring weather. "What a gorgeous day in the city," Mavrik exclaimed. ...


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Musical event examines the Black experience - On Nov. 18-19, The Columbia College Center for Black Music Research ( CBMR ) presented "Black Vocality II: Cultural Memory, Identities, and Practices of African-American Singing Styles." The event presented a series of scholars, singers and vocal performers who explored the ways in which singing has shaped, defined and re-contextualized the Black experience. Far from being an arid academic symposium, ...


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OFF-BROADWAY 'Sylvester' musical: Serving realness - Anthony Wayne has appeared in fantastic, Tony-winning Broadway shows including Pippin, The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, and Anything Goes. Yet the openly gay, African-American Harlem resident admits there aren't a lot of roles out there for people of color his age, despite his formidable talents as a dancer, singer and actor. So, in collaboration with his boyfriend, ...


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Theater, dance, music news and events - Joffrey's 'Nutcracker' Dec. 5-28 The Joffrey Ballet will celebrate the 27th annual presentation of Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker in a 24-performance engagement at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., on Dec. 5-28. Joffrey Ballet Co-Founder Gerald Arpino contributed to Robert Joffrey's version, having choreographed the Land of the Snow scene, which closes Act I, and the ...


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The Voice's Michelle Chamuel to play Lincoln Hall - Amherst, Massachusetts Top 10 contestant on NBC's The Voice Season 4, Michelle Chamuel, is preparing to "Face the Fire" with her brand new album. By her side: someone to "keep her warm," a la Grammy-winning girlfriend Mary Lambert, although she will only say, "She's amazing," when Macklemore's muse comes up in conversation. Keeping the focus on the music has always ...


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Taylor Swift, Spotify and the Musical Food Chain Myth - "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." — Alice Walker I cannot tell you how happy I am that the conversation about Taylor Swift and Spotify is happening. Maybe people will start listening to what independent artists like me and my peers have been saying for years now. A little background ...


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Billy Masters - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "I'm the only artist who needs a leash! I'm King Kong's mother!"—Susan Boyle reveals her struggle with Asperger's syndrome. I've known many people who have been on a leash, but that's another story. One of my best friends is constantly enraged when Barbra Streisand is referred to as an EGOT winner—winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Why? Because ...


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Cher cancels; Michael Sam's honor; Andy Cohen outs Spacey - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cher has cancelled her "Dressed to Kill" tour on doctors' orders, Gay Star News noted. The legendary gay icon said she was "devastated" and has pledged to finish it next year. The 68-year-old "Strong Enough" singer was given medical advice that she needed more time to recover from an ongoing viral infection. Almost 30 dates were cancelled, including shows in ...


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New Wicker Park restaurant; "Ballerina Hot Chocolate" - Dining news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Chicago restaurant veteran Michael Taus is aiming for a mid-to-late January launch of Taus Authentic—a brand-new, 6,000-square-foot Wicker Park restaurant ( at the former Prasino space at 1846 W. Division St. ). Taus worked in the kitchens of Chef Pierre Pollin at Le Titi de Paris, Chef Joachim Splichal at Patina and Chef Charlie Trotter before launching his own restaurant, ...


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'Nuts & Bolts: 2014' on Nov. 29-30 - The Joel Hall Dancers & Center ( JHDC ) returns its critically acclaimed "Nuts & Bolts" dance extravaganza—a reimagining of The Nutcracker—to the Chicago stage at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St. This one-of-a-kind "Nutcracker" hops cultures and genres, fusing classic Tchaikovsky with Duke Ellington and house music. The 10th incarnation of this holiday performance ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Tove Lo gets into the 'Habit' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The new Swedish pop sensation Tove Nilsson—better known as Tove Lo—is quickly taking over the United States. Her single "Habits ( Stay High )" is burning up the charts, and has tons of radio airplay. Her debut album, Queen of the Clouds, was released this year, and it contains a variety of possible pop gems. She's written for girl group ...


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TRAVEL Las Vegas: Show(s) and tell - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Las Vegas, Nevada, is one of the top tourist destinations in the world and with good reason. Entertainment, dining and relaxation are all within walking distance of upscale luxury properties. First off, pack those bags and fly Southwest Airlines, which has proven itself to be a low-cost carrier. The are many options for a places to rest but Delano Las ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Christmas Truck - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A rare treat—I get to share a review of a new children's Christmas book with two reviewers who can relate more than I. Tolade and Tolani are older than the target audience ( 6 to 8 ), but not by much. Tolade ( 9 ) awarded 4.5 stars out of five to the delightful story of a young boy and ...


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Winning Marriage book event, Library exhibit explores marriage - 'Winning Marriage' book event Dec. 15 Freedom to Marry and Equality Illinois will host the Chicago launch of Marc Solomon's book Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits—and Won by Marc Solomon. The event will take place Monday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. at Organizing for Action, 224 N. Desplaines St. ...


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Penny Severns book: The price of a closeted political life - "The best years of our lives were written in invisible ink." That phrase comes in the preface to Under This Beautiful Dome: A Senator, A Journalist, and the Politics of Gay Love in America, a new book from Seal Press by Terry Mutchler about her five-year relationship with Penny Severns, a state senator who twice ran for statewide office in ...


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Country star Ty Herndon comes out of the closet, Billy Gilman follows - Country music star Ty Herndon announced he is "an out, proud, and happy gay man" in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that aired Nov. 20, according to Advocate.com. The singer's career includes 17 Billboard hits over a span of nearly two decades. ("What Mattered Most," "Living in a Moment" and "It Must Be Love" are his three number-one hits, and ...


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Out actor Harrison White on LGBT productions, Chicago roots - As a kid growing up on the South Side of Chicago, Harrison White always dreamed of being a performer. "I remember singing at my Head Start graduation and seeing the tears of joy streaming down my mother's face. I didn't even know I could sing," said White. This started off a lifelong love of performing that was solidified when White ...


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Director Mike Nichols dies - Mike Nichols, the entertainment icon and husband of ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, died suddenly at the age of 83, ABC News reported. Nichols was born in Germany in 1931, and came to the United States when he was 7, when his family escaped Nazi Germany. He graduated from the Walden School in New York City, and began pursuing theater ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Bearly-Legal

THEATER REVIEW Bearly Legal - Playwrights: The ensemble. At: GayCo Productions at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted St.. Tickets: 773-871-3793 or www.gayco.com/bearlylegal; $13-$18. Runs through Dec. 20 Chicago's longest-running LGBTQ sketch comedy troupe GayCo Productions turns 18 years old with a new revue called Bearly Legal. Yet it's odd that GayCo didn't mine that milestone age for a series of comedy sketches involving newly ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Iphigenia-in-Aulis

THEATER REVIEW Iphigenia in Aulis - Playwright: Euripides, translated by Nicholas Rudall. At: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. Tickets: 773-753-4472; www.CourtTheatre.org; $45-$65. Runs through: Dec. 7 Director Charles Newell and translator Nicholas Rudall's admirable new version of Iphigenia in Aulis is one Euripides ( 480-406 BCE ) himself would recognize, and that's good. It's lucid, vigorous and musical without gimmicks or condescension to its audience, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Tamer-of-Horses

THEATER REVIEW Tamer of Horses - Playwright: William Mastrosimone. At: Teatro Vista at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.victorygardens.org; $25-$30. Runs through: Dec. 14 William Mastrosimone's reputation as a playwright is based in bunker-dramas premised on a few people in a small space exploring a single underlying question until its possibilities are exhausted. The thesis for this three-handed exercise—premiering in 1985 and twice ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Women-at-War

THEATER REVIEW Women at War - Playwright: Megan Carney. At: Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N.Ridge Ave. Tickets: 773-334-7728; www.rivendelltheatre.org; $32-$35. Runs through: Dec. 6 Women at War does for the female front-line grunts in the Iraqi wars what Tracers did for their male counterparts in Viet Nam, breaking from conventional depictions of women-in-uniform as wholesome all-American campfire girls—or, more recently, Hallmark-card moms skyping smiley greetings to ...


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DISH: SAVOR Old Crow Smokehouse; Kokopelli - Chef Tony Scruggs is Old Crow Smokehouse ( 3506 N. Clark St.; http://www.oldcrowsmokehouse.com/ ). This is something he told me directly, although he didn't need to. An engaging personality, Scruggs is an expert storyteller, talking about everything from his time on the Fox show Masterchef ( where he finished 16th ) to the fact that he travels 60 miles to ...


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Richard Simmons; Anderson Cooper pranked; Hot in Cleveland ending - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Richard Simmons' spokesperson that although the exercise guru is "sad" that a knee injury has sidelined him professionally, he is hardly a recluse, The New York Daily News reported. Longtime spokesman Thomas Estey was responding to reports that Simmons, 66, has been a shut-in for almost a year due to paralyzing depression over his health and the death of his ...


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R Family Vacations: Staying strong and fabulous - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - R Family Vacations was founded 11 years ago by travel entrepreneur Gregg Kaminsky and Kelli Carpenter and since then 19,000 people have traveled the world with Gregg and Kelli on trips designed just for our community. R Family Vacations is unique in the travel space. The R Family experience is for everyone. Families don't just mean children. It can be ...


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BENT NIGHTS Reagan Youth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The highly influential anarcho-punk rock pioneers Reagan Youth stormed Reggie's Rock Club Nov. 15 for what turned into a hardcore punk-rock celebration. After recording one album ( Youth Anthems for the New Order, 1984, R Records ) the original band disintegrated amid drug abuse and suicide. As an influence, the original Reagan Youth brought hardcore punk rock to the East ...


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OUT! Bowling in Naperville through Dec. 18; Sports news - OUT! Bowling in Naperville runs through Dec. 18 Organizer Nathaniel Miracle has put together an LGBTQ bowling league at Naperville Brunswick Zone XL, 1515 Aurora Ave., every Thursday night from 8 p.m. to midnight. League bowlers began Sept. 25, and will bowl every Thursday through Dec. 18 ( except on Thanksgiving ). Also on Dec. 18, a charity fundraiser will ...


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Entertainment: Auditorium marks 125th; concert fundraiser; Barlesque - Auditorium Theatre to mark 125th with gala Exactly 125 years from when the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University opened its doors in 1889, the national historic landmark, led by Board Chairman Melvin L. Katten and Executive Director Brett Batterson, will mark its 125th anniversary with a special performance, "Living the History: 125 Years of the Auditorium Theatre" on Tuesday, Dec. ...


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Soap opera's Hall in 'Special Rudolph' Dec. 7 - Days of Our Lives star Deidre Hall will be featured in Hell in a Handbag's annual benefit "A Very Special Rudolph" Sunday, Dec. 7, 5-10 p.m., at Dank Haus German American Cultural Center, 4740 N. Western Ave. Hall will join Handbag for the evening's festivities and appear in a very special production of the perennial hit show Rudolph the Red-Hosed ...


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Film events: Scrooge & Marley; Indie film fest - 'Scrooge & Marley' has local screenings The holiday season moves into high gear on Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7, when the Chicago holiday film Scrooge & Marley returns to the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., a little more than two years from the date of its red-carpet premiere at the historic venue in 2012. Both screenings ...


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Theater spotlight; Critics' Picks - The reconceived 2012 Broadway revival of Annie wasn't the smash hit that many in the theater industry hoped. So instead of replicating that revival, producers of a new non-Equity national tour turned to original Annie lyricist and director Martin Charnin ( who will turn 80 later this month ) to restage the beloved 1977 Tony Award-winning hit. Annie continues now ...


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Mapplethorpe; In These Boxes; Art Smith to be honored - Mapplethorpe exhibition through Nov. 22 "Robert Mapplethorpe: Photographs from The Kinsey Institute Collection" will go on display through Nov. 22 at Indiana University's Grunwald Gallery. With the Grunwald Gallery and The Kinsey Institute jointly presenting, the exhibition marks the first time this group of photographs has been publicly shown. For further information, contact the Grunwald Gallery at 812-855-8490 or grunwald@indiana.edu. ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "What I say in the book is, 'A BJ a day keeps the divorce attorney away.'" —Niecy Nash shares her secret for a successful marriage. Who am I to argue with someone who fixed Sherri Shepherd up with her most recent husband? I love the Internet—not just because of the juggernaut BillyMasters.com has become, but because: 1 ) virtually anyone ...


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TRAVEL Eureka Springs, Ark.: Living on mountain time - Like the gravity of spring water running down a mountainside, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, located in the Ozarks in the northwest corner of the state, has a power to draw a diverse group of citizens and tourists ... many of whom end up as citizens. It's the kind of place that enchants you and convinces your heart that it's found its ...


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AOL True Trans concludes first season - By Gretchen Rachel Blickensderfer In the late 1990s, America Online's ( AOL's ) chat rooms were havens for transgender people to meet and talk with others secure behind the relative anonymity of a screen name. Within that microcosm, there were still plenty of bullies, a fair amount of intolerance ( depending upon which room one visited ) and predators on ...


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John Ritter's son plays gay character on CBS' 'The McCarthys' - On Nov. 10, Windy City Times participated in a conference call with actor Tyler Ritter ( son of the late, great John Ritter ) and show creator Brian Gallivan, where they discussed their new comedy on CBS, The McCarthys. The McCarthys is "based on Brian Gallivan's real-life Boston family, and [Ritter] plays the character inspired by Brian's life, Ronny McCarthy. ...


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Lypsinka back on stage after almost a decade - By Frank Pizzoli - John Epperson's legendary Lypsinka is now on the New York stage until Jan. 3, 2015. The character is his lip-synching drag alter ego. He brings to the stage Lypsinka! The Trilogy consisting of three different productions—two revivals: Lypsinka! The Boxed Set, a revue featuring excerpts from films and musical recordings, and The Passion of the Crawford, a recreation of a ...


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Angela Bassett on 'Horror Story' and playing intersex - NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION - Actress Angela Bassett continues to take on interesting projects in an ever-growing career. She has morphed into real-life people such as Tina Turner, Betty Shabazz, Voletta Wallace, Rosa Parks and Katherine Jackson, portraying them on the big and small screens. The talented Yale alumna continues to be nominated for films such as The Score, Akeelah and the Bee, Meet the ...


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NUNN ON ONE Talking with Mr. Grinch - The Chicago Theatre goes green this holiday season with a new production of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The show will feature songs such as "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas" from the classic animated special. Max the Dog serves as the narrator to the tale of the Grinch attempting to rob Christmas from the ...


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Knight at the Movies: Foxcatcher; film notes - Foxcatcher left me feeling tremendously unsettled. It's eerie, pervasive undertone fills one with a sense of dread—not unlike Sean Durkin's Martha, Marcy, Mae, Marlene and Alexandre Moors' Blue Caprice. That's reason enough for a lot of folks to take it in. And the arresting performances of Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, as its three leading characters, certainly help ...


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Rockin' around the Christmas tree with Dee Snider - NUNN ON ONE - Dee Snider always finds a way to rock. In the '80s his group Twisted Sister made unforgettable videos for "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock" that fought the system. From the long blonde hair to the heavy eye shadow his heavy metal drag look made him a standout amongst the other bands in the day. Since 1997, ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Da' Von Doane embraces all facets of himself - After a 16-year absence, Dance Theatre of Harlem ( DTH ) comes into town Nov. 21-23 to perform at Chicago's stunning Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University ( who happens to be celebrating its 125th birthday this year ). Auditorium Theatre Executive Director Brett Batterson feels privileged to present DTH, whose program will include a beautiful program of mixed repertory by ...


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The fairy gardener - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I have many rose of Sharon shrubs in my yard and, of course, many seedlings that I eventually give away or pull. One such bloomed, and is this glorious mixture of red and purple/pink. I hope its seeds come true ( tho' it's a very promiscuous tribe ). A sensible friend marked this seedling with a necktie that was around ...


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COMEDY Todd Glass admits to some dos and don'ts - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Todd Glass is eager to come to Chicago's UP Comedy Club Nov. 20-22 as he shares some words about his recent memoir The Todd Glass Situation and some of his personal views about what it means for him to be a comedian who also happens to be gay. The Todd Glass Situation is about his process coming out in the ...


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Lakeside Pride, Lea DeLaria and Artemis celebrate Women In Music - Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles celebrated Women in Music Nov. 16 with Lea DeLaria as host. DeLaria, currently staring as "Big Boo" in Orange is the New Black, has a long history as a stand-up comic, actor, writer, and jazz musician. DeLaria helped welcome to the stage the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band with special guests, the Artemis Singers. For the occasion ...


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Chicago Artists Chorale inaugural concert Dec. 16 - From a press release - CHICAGO, Nov. 17, 2014 — The Chicago Artists Chorale, a new group of more than 50 members entirely from the area's professional theatre community, will present its inaugural concert on Dec. 16 at the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple. A smaller 20-member Chicago Artists Ensemble will also sing at the 7:30 p.m. concert. Led by Founding Artistic ...


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Artemis Singers to present "Loves Lost, Loves Found" in 2015 - Artemis Singers presents "Loves Lost, Loves Found" concert Feb. 6 & 7, 2015 Artemis Singers ( www.artemissingers.org ), Chicago's Lesbian Feminist Chorus, will present "Loves Lost, Loves Found," a concert of songs about love in all its complexity, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, and at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 N. Lincoln ...


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About Face Theatre presents Big Red and the Boys - From a press release - CHICAGO ( November 12, 2014 ) — For that special mix of naughty and nice, About Face Theatre, in association with Theater Wit, presents Big Red and the Boys, a non-traditional evening of songs, stories and spirits starring Meghan "Big Red" Murphy, John Francisco*, Patrick Andrews* and Nick Davio. This sexy and spicy holiday concert plays five performances only December ...


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Artemis Singers: Celebrating 35 years of shows - A community of lesbian feminist women who sing, Artemis Singers has been a fixture of the Chicago music scene for 35 years. Artemis Singers holds the distinction of being the first lesbian feminist chorus in the United States and, in 2008, the group was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. The group is open to any ...


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Culture Club comeback; Ariana Grande's change; Mark Wahlberg - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Grammy winner Culture Club announced that its sixth studio album, Tribes, will be out in early 2015 in North America on Different Man Music ( via Kobalt Label Services ). The first single, "More Than Silence," which the original band members ( including Boy George ) performed on The View Nov. 6. The band is also touring North America throughout ...


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Knight at the Movies: Interstellar; The Theory...; film notes - Somewhere deep in the inner recesses of Christopher Nolan's space epic Interstellar, there's a halfway decent movie just waiting for liftoff. But good luck finding it within the depths of the movie's interminable 168-minute running time and good luck hearing it after being driven nearly deaf by Hans Zimmer's rumbling, ear-splitting score. Thank God it wasn't in 3-D, too—I don't ...


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'Over the Rainbow' at Sidetrack Nov. 12 - The 4th Annual Over the Rainbow, a benefit to raise money and awareness for those who struggle with cancer in the LGBT community, will be held Nov. 12 at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted, 7-10 p.m. Performers appearing in Over the Rainbow include Matt Alber, Amy Armstrong, Molly Callinan, Circuit Mom, Get On The Floor Dance Company, Sharriese Hamilton, Kelly Lauren, ...


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Theater spotlight, Critics picks - The previous two national tours of The Color Purple that visited the Windy City featured Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child fame as Shug Avery in 2007, then American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino as Celie in 2009. Well now, the 2005 Broadway musical based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is back again, this time with Tony and Grammy winner Jennifer ...


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THEATER REVIEW Lotto Fever in the Sucker State - Playwright: Leigh Johnson. At: Saint Sebastian Players at St. Bonaventure, 1641 W. Diversey Pkwy. Tickets: 773-404-7922 or saintsebastianplayers.org; $10-$20. Runs through Nov. 23 There is no reason why Leigh Johnson's drama Lotto Fever in the Sucker State should last nearly three and a half hours. If a play is going to be that long, it had better be something epic ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Inside - Playwright: Lydia R. Diamond. At: MPAACT at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; www.mpaact.org; $15-$25. Runs through: Nov. 30 In the context of a linear plot, it would be called a "soliloquy"—like when Hamlet ( or the King of Siam, for that matter ) stops to mull over his next course of action. Lydia R. Diamond, however, dispenses ...


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THEATER REVIEW A Bright Room Called Day - Playwright: Tony Kushner. At: Spartan Theatre Company at Chemically Imbalanced, 1422 W. Irving Park Rd. Tickets: 636-373-0586; www.spartantheatre.org; $15-$20. Runs through: Nov. 23 "Moral exuberance" declares Zillah Katz, our story's narrator-guide, is the key to escaping creeping despotism. No playwright was more morally exuberant in 1985 than Tony Kushner, his outrage so great that it would require the two-part seven-hour ...


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THEATER REVIEW Featherstone - Playwright: Vincent Truman. At: Viable Theater Company at Charnel House, 3421 W. Fullerton Ave. Tickets: 773-871-9046 or thecharnelhousechicago.com; $15. Runs through Nov. 23 It's not a crime to be an Anglophile. If it were, playwright and actor Vincent Truman would be found guilty. Just look at Truman's world-premiere comedy Featherstone for Viable Theater Company, in which he wrote and stars ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Lyric brings back 'Porgy and Bess' in Zambello production - Lesbian director Francesca Zambello has some amazing and timely memories working on her production of Porgy and Bess, a work many critics consider to be "The Great American Opera." The first time Zambello staged the 1935 Broadway "folk opera" composed by George Gershwin with a libretto co-written by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin, it was in 2005 for Washington National ...


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Music coming up: Carmen Carrera; Harris, Osborne at Staples event - Carmen Carrera at The Back Room Nov. 12 RuPaul's Drag Race alum Carmen Carrera will perform at The Back Room, 937 N. Rush St., on Wed., Nov. 12, 5-8:30 p.m. In 2014, Carrera was included as part of the Advocate's annual "40 under 40" list and has appeared on the CW show Jane the Virgin. This event is being filmed, ...


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Billy Masters - "They don't come onto me. I've never been propositioned. Fellas, you're dropping the ball."—Jon Cryer reveals that he's never been hit on by a guy. However, he claims to have been often mistaken for being gay—a confusion he chalks up to coming off as an "effeminate heterosexual dork" and his "encyclopedic knowledge of showtunes." His marriage to Ashton Kutcher on ...


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Movies upcoming: Homeless teen film, Indie film fest - Screening of homeless teen film Nov. 13 A free screening of The Homestretch—a film about three homeless Chicago teens, one of them LGBT—will take place Thursday, Nov. 13, at Berry United Methodist Church, 4754 N. Leavitt St., at 7 p.m. A free-will offering to benefit The Night Ministries will follow the screening, the Gay Liberation Network and Berry United ...


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NUNN ON ONE Ryan Seacrest talks 'Idol,' clothes, Kardashians - Macy's on State Street kicked off the holidays with a tree-lighting in the historic Walnut Room Nov. 8. This year marks the 107th lighting of the tree in the Walnut Room with 3,000 ornaments and 6,000 LED lights. During the event, carolers and a 4-year-old from the Make-A-Wish campaign lit the tree along with host Ryan Seacrest and American Idol ...


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Bow & Stern Oyster Bar - The way that seafood is prepared and served is pretty tried and true, so few restaurants deviate successfully from the established pattern. Wicker Park's Bow & Stern Oyster Bar, however, updates old standards with uber-fresh ingredients and creative pairings. The roomy Chicago Avenue space, which used to be a public library, is dressed in warm wood and soothing blues, with ...


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Eileen Myles reads from forthcoming dog memoir - On Nov. 2, the 25th Chicago Humanities Festival hosted well-renowned New York poet Eileen Myles at the Poetry Foundation. Myles opened with chronicles from poetry new and old, but dedicated much of the time for an extended reading of her forthcoming dog memoir, Afterglow, inspired by her now-late companion Rosie. As the Chicago Humanities Festival honors many artists and intellectuals ...


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NUNN ON ONE NeNe Leakes lets it all hang out - Linnethia Monique ( or "NeNe" ) Leakes is not scared of controversy. She has built a career with the franchise The Real Housewives of Atlanta on the Bravo channel that has possibly outgrown the drama. A health scare this season led her to not attending cast member Phaedra Park's birthday party in the Philippines. The reality show documenting women in ...







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