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Women & Children First Books to host October ticketed events, author talks - From a Women & Children First press release - Women & Children First will host events in October for some of the biggest books of the season: Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss, Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, the paperback release of The Mothers by Brit Bennett, The Glass Eye by Jeannie Vanasco, and Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith. Details below and in at http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Nicole-Krauss—Jennifer-Egan—NASTY-WOMEN—Brit-Bennett—-Isabel-Allende-at-Women—-Children-First-.html?soid=1101357241095&aid=bC85MPUkKYk . Tickets for ...


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Black Ensemble Theater to premiere Living The Black Renaissance - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — Black Ensemble Theater continues the 2017 Season ( The Dance Theater Season ) with the World Premiere of Living The Black Renaissance ( More Than a Moment in History ), written and directed by Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor.Living The Black Renaissance ( More Than a Moment in History ) will be performed at ...


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StartOut Awards to honor Top LGBTQ Business Leaders and Innovators - From a StartOut press release - San Francisco, CA ( September 26, 2017 ) - StartOut, the leading national nonprofit dedicated to empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) entrepreneurs and business leaders, announced the winners for its upcoming 6th Annual StartOut Awards, which will take place on Friday, October 6th at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco, in a ceremony presented ...


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THEATER REVIEW Sylvester, or The Wicked Uncle - Playwright: adapted by Christina Calvit from the novel by Georgette Heyer At: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: $40. Runs through: Oct. 29 Regency Romances, preferably adapted for the stage by Christina Calvit, never fail to delight Lifeline audiences, who could happily revel in ladies wearing long dresses and gentlemen clad in tight breeches for as many seasons as ...


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THEATER REVIEW A View from the Bridge - Playwright: Arthur Miller At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: $25-$95. Runs through: Oct. 15 Arthur Miller made no secret of his desire to write plays exhibiting the gravity and grandeur of classical tragedy, nor his disappointment at having to convey—and in his eyes, diminish—those qualities in contexts easily comprehended by mid-20th-century North American patrons. Neither has Ivo ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Rembrandt - Playwright: Jessica Dickey At: Steppenwolf Theatre Upstairs, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; Steppenwolf.org; $20-$104. Runs through: Nov. 5 Simon, a dying old poet, comforts his younger lover of 35 years, as Henry whispers calmly but urgently, "Don't die! Don't Die! Don't Die!" and sobs in Simon's arms. This final scene of The Rembrandt is profound, moving, tender and true. ...


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THEATER REVIEW A New Brain - Music by: William Finn Book by: William Finn and James Lapine At: No Exit Café, 6970 N Glenwood Ave. Tickets: Theo-u.com; $29-59 Runs through: Oct. 29 BY JAMES R. WILKE Before seeing this production, I was admittedly concerned about the risks inherent for a small Chicago theater company tackling William Finn's semi-autobiographical off-Broadway musical comedy about a young composer suddenly ...


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Two projects of lesbian-owned tello Films nominated for honors - From a press release - Nashville, TN ( September 20, 2017 ) — Lesbian-owned filmed production company, tello Films recently received news that two of their projects have been nominated for International Academy of Web Television ( IAWTV ) Awards. Maybelle received a nomination for Best Writing ( Bridget McManus ) for a drama and Best Original Song ( Karman Kregloe ). After the death ...


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Dance for Life raises $233,000+ for dancers with critical health and life issues - From a press release - Chicago Dancers United ( CDU ), which mobilizes Chicago's dance community by raising funds through dance, welcomed nearly 2,300 guests at the 26th annual Dance for Life Chicago performance Aug. 19 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Approximately 600 guests attended a pre-performance gala reception at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Avenue. From a ...


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The Importance of Being Earnest on stage at Writers Theatre Nov. 8 - Dec. 23 - From a press release - Glencoe, IL— Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, presents The Importance of Being Earnest, written by Oscar Wilde and directed by Halberstam. The Importance of Being Earnest runs November 8 — December 23, 2017 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The Press ...


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NUNN ON ONE: FILM Fawzia Mirza shows viewers 'Signature Move' - Signature Move—a new film directed by Jennifer Reeder and written by Fawzia Mirza and Lisa Donato—is a much-anticipated Chicago-made lesbian feature film that has been garnering praise this year as it tours the festival circuit around the world. The film tells the story of a thirtysomething lesbian lawyer named Zaynab ( played by Mirza ) living in Chicago who starts ...


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Reeling 35 LGBTQ film fest in Chicago offers variety Sept. 21-28 - Reeling, the second-oldest LGBTQ film festival in the world, celebrates its 35th anniversary with an exciting slate of movies that showcases the amazing diversity of the queer experience. Chicago's international festival unreels Sept. 21-28 at Landmark Theatres' Century Centre Cinema, with the opening-night premiere at Music Box Theatre. Reviews to just a few of the films are below: HELLO ...


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Lavender Country in Chicago Sept. 26 - Lavender Country—the band led by lifelong gay-rights and social-justice activist Patrick Haggerty—is coming to Chicago to perform at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 9 p.m. The Golden Horse Ranch Band and Slop Sink will also be on the bill. Lavender Country ( 1972—1976, 2000 ) was a country-music band that formed in 1972. The ...


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Billy Masters - "He's not harming anyone wearing a dress. So, if he wants to wear a dress? Awesome. Good on him."—Brian Austin Green's refreshing response to people who criticize his 4-year-old son Noah being out in public dressed as female characters such as Elsa in "Frozen" or Snow White. And I agree—it's all fine until he wants to go to school dressed ...


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Riot Fest melts faces in the park - Riot Fest rocked Douglas Park once again this year on Sept. 15-17. The weather was sunny with temperatures above 80 degrees—practically melting faces of diehard fans that love to head bang to guitar solos. The lineup, while metal-focused, still had enough variety to attract the minions of all ages. New generations were introduced to Nine Inch Nails, who headlined Sept. ...


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Theater Critics' Picks - Barbecue, Strawdog Theatre at Steppenwolf 1700, through Sept. 30. What people believe always trumps the truth. Satirical playwright Robert O'Hara ( Bootycandy ) explores this conundrum, and also issues of cultural appropriation that blur Black/white race lines. JA Bonnie and Clyde, Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit, through Oct. 15. The saga of the Depression-era lovers who chose outlaw thrills over ...


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Showbiz news: 'Will & Grace,' drag show, Mario Lopez, Rosie's ex dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In addition to Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally returning to reprise their roles on Will & Grace, the cast of the classic sitcom has been teasing the return of guest actors from the original run like Minnie Driver and Harry Connick Jr., according to NewNowNext.com. Recently, Messing posted an on-set Instagram with Bobby Cannavale, announcing the ...


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REELING FILM FESTIVAL Nelson Rodriguez tackles immigration, love in 'En Algun Lugar' - In the movie En Algun Lugar—which will be shown at the Reeling Film Festival on Sept. 22-23—Nelson Rodriguez and Andrew L. Saenz play a Chicago couple ( Abel and Diego, respectively ) who face a complication when it turns out that one of them is an undocumented immigrant. Rodriguez—a local actor and recent Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree ...


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TRUST, CAIR hosting storytelling event - TRUST Collective-Chicago and CAIR-Chicago will host a storytelling event Thursday, Sept. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at CAIR-chicago, 17 N. State St., 15th floor. CAIR-Chicago—the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group—protects civil liberties, promotes mutual understanding, and mobilizes Muslim communities to fully contribute to our democracy. Founded in July 2016 "post-Orlando," TRUST Collective-Chicago consists of Latinx, LGBTQ and Muslim ...


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Story Time with Drag Queens continues - "Muffy Fishbasket Presents Story Time with Drag Queens" will continue with events throughout September and October. Muffy Fishbasket and her Good Time Gals read some of their favorite stories to a room full of children. Each child requires a ticket, and all children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Upcoming events are: —Sept. 22 during the evening ...


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Tennessee Loveless tells queer stories through art - Tennessee Loveless is sick of talking about his color blindness. Yes, as a full-time artist, it can be a challenge, but it's something he's learned to work with and embrace. He'd rather focus his attention on his art, specifically on his latest project, "Drag Landscapes." For this series of paintings, Loveless has interviewed several drag queens from around the country ...


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Hubbard Street's 'Space' Sept. 21-24 - Hubbard Street Dance Chicago ( HSDC ) will present its fall program, "Space, in Perspective" ( working title ), for seven performances at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph St., on Sept. 21-24. Featuring the 16 company members as well as 16 dancers in the Hubbard Street Professional Program ( HS Pro ), the work will be choreographed by guest ...


-Use-It-or-Lose-It-Sept-23-at-Greenhouse

'Use It or Lose It' Sept. 23 at Greenhouse - Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., is hosting "Use It or Lose It: An Evening of Short Plays About Your Rights" on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. The event spotlights original works inspired by contemporary and historic legal battles the ACLU has fought on behalf of U.S. residents' rights and freedoms. "Use It" features short plays by Thomas ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Rumer Willis spins tunes and tales at Hard Rock - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actres/singer Rumer Willis has carved out a strong career on her own, apart from being the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore. She made her film debut on her mother's film Now and Then and later with her on Striptease. She worked with her father on two films also The Whole Nine Yard and Hostage. She stood out in ...


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South Africa celebrates PrideTV's first anniversary - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - South Africa became the first African country to launch an LGBT network when PrideTV made it debut in August 2016. Since that time, subscription has increased and LGBT people now have a platform where they can watch programs catering to their community. In an email interview, PrideTV's spokesperson, Joanna Raphael Katz discussed the need for the network, the evolution of ...


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Green Tie Ball features DJ White Shadow, Taylor Kinney - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Green Tie Ball, one of the longest running charity events in Chicago, returned Sept. 15 at Artifact Events on Ravenswood. This year's theme, "Devil in the Green City," focused on a 1893 setting and guests were encouraged to dress for the occasion. A breezy outdoor area featured Don Julio Tequila and, in every corner of the venue, booths of ...


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Indie film raises awareness of dangers of sex trafficking - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ric Morgan never imagined he would become an actor. He had dabbled in acting in his middle school days, but, in his "previous life," as he calls it, he focused on public health. Morgan worked as in law enforcement, most notably as a bomb technician. "You wouldn't think that art and paramilitary law enforcement would jive," he said. "They seem ...


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Freelancers Anonymous, new LGBTQ comedy feature shooting in September - Award-winning Spanish filmmaker Sonia Sebastian ( De Chica en Chica/Amazon ) teams up with Lisa Cordileone and playwright Amy Dellagiarino to bring you Freelancers Anonymous, a comedy feature highlighting the LGBTQ community and women in tech industries. Featuring a top notch cast including Alexandra Billings ( Transparent ), Natasha Negovanlis ( Carmilla ), Lisa Cordileone ( Easy Abby ), Jennifer ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Spotlight on Women in Artemesia Fall Festival 2017 - It's not every day that audiences can have a direct say in what plays are produced by a theater company. But that's exactly what the women-focused Artemisia is doing with its Fall Festival 2017. "We do new work, so I really wanted a situation where the audience participated in experiencing the new work directly—to focus on the text," said Artemisia ...


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Politics, diversity dominate Emmys - The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, held Sept. 17, was historic in several ways—and, with Stephen Colbert hosting, featured a mix of humor and politics. One of the historic developments that happened was out scribe Lena Waithe becoming the first Black woman to win the Emmy for Best Comedy Writing ( winning with Aziz Ansari for the show Master of None ...


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Sam Smith premieres video for new single "Too Good At Goodbyes" - Sam Smith premieres the official video for his new single "Too Good At Goodbyes" today. The video was directed by Luke Monaghan, watch it at the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_ub7Etch2U . "Too Good At Goodbyes" is the first new music from Smith since the release of his Oscar and Golden Globe-winning "Writing's On The Wall," the James Bond theme song for Spectre. ...


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Reeling LGBTQ film festival kicks off Sept. 21 at Music Box Theatre - From a press release - ( CHICAGO, IL — September 13, 2017 ) Reeling, the second-oldest LGBTQ film festival in the world, kicks off its landmark 35th anniversary festival next Thursday, September 21 at Music Box Theatre with the Chicago premiere of Northwestern University alum Tom Gustafson's HELLO AGAIN. The sex-fueled all-star screen adaptation of the 1994 Off-Broadway musical stars Pretty Little Liars heartthrob Tyler ...


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Chicago Fringe Opera leads with transgender coming of age story at Center - Chicago — Now in its fourth year, Chicago's "alt-opera company" ( John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune ) Chicago Fringe Opera ( CFO ) announced its 2017-2018 season today. The company's mission is to produce works composed in English, often from the twenty-first century, and brought to life in immersive, site-specific and experiential settings. CFO produces two fully-staged productions each season ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Heavens Are Hung in Black - Playwright: James Still. At: Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $35. Runs through: Oct. 21 The year is 1862. The secessionist rebellion that was to have been resolved in a few months continues to escalate in volume until refugees crowd our nation's capital, and president Abraham Lincoln, beset by dissenting factions in both parties, ...


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THEATER REVIEW Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical - Playwrights: Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott At: Morton College Campus ( Building A ), 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero. Tickets: 708-656-1800 or JPACTheatre.com; $20. Runs through: Sep. 30 Peek under the hood of Priscilla—Queen of the Desert: The Musical, and you'll find a parred down story with familiar juke-box hits, all designed not to pull focus away from Priscilla's ...


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Mary Lambert Everybody Is A Babe Tour in Chicago Nov. 10 - September 8, 2017 ( Los Angeles, CA ) — Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Mary Lambert announces the Everybody Is A Babe Tour. The tour will kick off Oct. 21 in San Diego at the Casbah and on Nov. 10 is in Chicago at the Beat Kitchen. Tickets are on sale at https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1527420 . Artist Mal Blum will support the tour. Additionally, the ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Invisible Scarlet O'Neil - Playwright: Barbara Lhota, based on the comic strip by Russell Stamm At: Babes With Blades Theatre, Company at the Factory, 1623 W. Howard St. Tickets: $25. Runs through: Oct. 14 Sorry, Wonder Woman, but your long-lost older sister is back to resume her place in superherstory. Russell Stamm's comic strip focusing on the adventures of a scientist's daughter turned crime-fighter ...


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The Annoyance Theatre to premiere LGBTQ baseball musical comedy "Striking Out" - From a press release - September 14th, Chicago, IL - The Annoyance is proud to premiere a new LGBTQ musical comedy "Striking Out", at 7:30pm on Sunday September 24th at The Annoyance Theatre and Bar in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. "Striking Out" is a two act musical about the first straight baseball player in a world where all professional athletes are gay. The Chicago Otters ( ...


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FALL THEATER PREVIEW Fall classics and revivals reflect diversity - Theatergoing audiences weary of the same young white het males lamenting their first-world problems will find a variety of demographics represented in this fall's roster of classic and revival plays, ranging from interethnic lovers rebelling against injust laws and angels rebelling against unjust deities to all-female ensembles of—um, advanced age. Already running Machinal, Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln ...


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Auditorium to mark 50th anniv. with dance companies - On Sunday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m., the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., will commemorate the 50th anniversary of its grand reopening with a one-night-only mixed repertory program featuring dancers from some of the world's premier dance companies. Said companies include the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Dutch National Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Joffrey ...


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FALL THEATER PREVIEW And now for something you've never seen! - Since the early days of off-Loop Theater, Chicago audiences have preferred the new over the same-old same-old. Today, Chicago theaters present in excess of 800 productions every year, according to the League of Chicago Theatres, and nearly half of them are world premieres while many more are American or local premieres. Of course, it's impossible to predict whether the new ...


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FALL THEATER PREVIEW Queer theater for the fall - There's plenty of variety this fall when it comes to plays, musicals and concerts featuring LGBTQ characters and themes. Choose from campy and drag-filled spoofs to serious contemporary dramas. All shows in Chicago unless otherwise noted. World premieres Trevor: The Musical, Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. A showbiz-minded boy struggles with his sexuality, bullying and contemplating suicide in ...


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Mirza movie to debut Sept. 28 at Music Box - The lesbian-themed movie Signature Move—starring local Pakistani Muslim lesbian actor Fawzia Mirza—will have a special screening at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., starting Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. ( Co-star Shabana Azmi is slated to appear. ) The official Chicago premiere is Friday, Sept. 29. Signature Move won the Grand Jury Award for Best U.S. Narrative Feature ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Tobly McSmith creates a parade of parodies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bob and Tobly McSmith are the creators and writers of a long string of parodies based on TV shows. Exclamation points are a popular occurrence in titles, with Bayside! The Musical!, Full! House! The Musical and Showgirls! The Musical! They are currently working on Philadelphia: On Ice and Anne Frank 2: Hungry for Vengeance ( and Bread ). Until then ...


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Second City cooks up comedy for George Wendt's roast - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Sept. 9, Second City alumni and friends of George Wendt walked a red carpet before a planned comedic roasting of the actor at 230 W. North Ave. Titled I Can't Believe They Wendt There the evening's proceeds benefited Gilda's Club of Chicago and The Second City Alumni Fund. Several of the stars stopped to chat with Windy City Times ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic..., Route 66 Theater Company at Den Theatre, through Sept. 23. Halley Feiffer's irreverent comedy of adult children and ailing moms displays enough warmth to earn its showy title. MSB Barbecue, Strawdog Theatre at Steppenwolf Theatre, through Sept. 30. What people believe always trumps the truth. Satirical playwright Robert O'Hara (BootyCandy) ...


Theater-Spotlight

Theater Spotlight - Chicago Shakespeare Theater inaugurates its new third theater—a multipurpose space called The Yard—with The Toad Knew. This imported production from France's La Compagnie du Hanneton is devised by physical theater master James Thierrée and delves into dreams and nightmares as recreated by a troupe of dancers, high-wire artists and musicians. The Toad Knew plays five performances only between Tuesday, Sept. ...


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'Fun Home' part of Victory's season - Victory Gardens Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Chay Yew and Managing Director Erica Daniels, announced the lineup for its 2017-2018 season. Among the productions is Fun Home ( Sept. 19-Nov. 12 ). Hailed as one of Broadway's most original musicals and winner of five Tony Awards, Fun Home is inspired by Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir. Other upcoming ...


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Cast named for 'Significant Other' - About Face Theatre and Theater Wit have announced the full casting for the Midwest premiere of the romantic comedy Significant Other, by Joshua Harmon, playwright of the hit comedy Bad Jews. AFT Artistic Associate Keira Fromm is directing. Significant Other will feature AFT Artistic Associates Benjamin Sprunger and Alex Weisman with Ninos Baba, Amanda Drinkall, Tiffany Oglesby, Cassidy Slaughter-Mason and ...


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CGMC's 'Rock Bottom' cabaret shows in Sept. - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Twenty-six members of the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus will perform in the cabaret show "Hitting Rock Bottom: kNOw Hope" on Sept. 15-16. The Friday, Sept. 15, show will be at Oak Brook's Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 31st St., at 8 p.m.; and the Saturday, Sept. 16, shows will be at 8 and 10 p.m. at Chicago's Uptown Underground, 4707 N. ...


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Showbiz news: Todrick Hall, Ellen Page, Jake Gyllenhaal, immigration projects - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dancer/YouTube personality Todrick Hall—who appeared in Taylor Swift's "Look What Your Made Me Do" video—has spoken out after he was criticized for taking part, The Independent reported. Hall was featured as one of the dancers in the clip, and found that he was instantly trolled as a "sellout." Hall, who is openly gay, claims he was accused of betraying both ...


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LGBT exhibit in Indianapolis center - In Indianapolis, the Indiana Historical Society will host a fall exhibit featuring stories from Indiana's past and present LGBT community with the opening of a new exhibit, "Be Heard: LGBT Experiences in Indiana," the South Bend Tribune reported. The exhibit will be shown Sept. 16-Nov. 4 at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center's Rosemary McKee Lanham Gallery. More ...


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Sept. 16 Guaranteed Rate Field anti-violence music fest suddenly canceled - A Sept. 16 anti-violence music festival at Guaranteed Rate Field featuring music stars Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Fifth Harmony, Prince Royce, DNCE, Fat Joe, Jeremih, Lupe Fiasco, Carl Thomas and Felix da Housecat has been cancelled, according to DNAInfo.com. The festival was set to be produced by the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, which controls Guaranteed Rate Field, and Get IN ...


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FALL DANCE PREVIEW Innovation abounds this fall - Chock full of innovative performances by local independent dance makers as well as opportunities to see new work from some of the most important choreographers of our time, Chicago is brimming with creative energy this fall. Mark your calendars for these not-to-be-missed productions: —The Dance Center of Columbia College ( 1306 S. Michigan Ave.; Colum.Edu/Dance-Center ) welcomes back Reggie Wilson/Fist ...


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MOVIES Del Shores film a 'Sordid' affair - Del Shores' sequel to his wildly successful cult hit Sordid Lives will be shown at Center on Halsted on Sunday, Sept. 17. The new film, A Very Sordid Wedding, is already a runaway success, with 25 sold-out premiere events since it opened in Palm Springs earlier this year. It reunites the cast from the original story, which Shores has turned ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Alison Moyet and her 'Other' self - Songstress Alison Moyet has a unique voice that first caught attention with the duo Yazoo. That teamed her with Vince Clarke of Erasure fame creating several hits like "Only You," "Don't Go" and "Situation." She went solo afterward. Her debut album, Alf, was named after her punk-rooted nickname. It reached number one in the UK thanks to the single "Invisible," ...


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Megan Carney is new artistic director of About Face Theatre - From a press release - The Board of Directors of About Face Theatre Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Megan Carney as AFT's new Artistic Director. Carney, who currently serves as the Director of the Gender and Sexuality Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will join the company this fall. She succeeds Andrew Volkoff, who stepped down earlier this summer. "After ...


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Lesbian filmmaker readies final episodes of Riley Parra web series - From a press release - Los Angeles, CA ( September 13, 2017 ) — Christin Baker, owner of tello Films will release the final two episodes of her hit web-series Riley Parra on Sunday, September 17 and the finale on September 24. Riley Parra, which was modeled after a series of books is about a detective struggling to do the right thing in a corrupt ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "And now we go back to Chris Cuomo. He's on the docks and looks like it's taking quite a pounding!"—Anderson Cooper tossing it back to Cuomo during CNN's Hurricane Irma coverage—each in tight, wet shirts. Alas, no pounding was shown. I am a terrible name-dropper. Last week, I posted about spending a lovely day in Venice with old friends Michael ...


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THEATER REVIEW A Night in Alachua County - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Jennifer Rumberger. At: WildClaw Theatre Company at The Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $30. Runs through: Oct. 7 All fiction begins with the question "What if," but what separates the basement/dorm-room scribblers from the inspired storytellers is that the former abandon their inquiry as the initial excitement wanes, while the latter forge ahead until all possibilities have been ...


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THEATER REVIEW Bonnie and Clyde - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Book by Ivan Menchel, music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Don Black. At: Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $33-$38. Runs through: Oct. 15 "Dying ain't so bad/not if you both go together/a short and loving life/that ain't so bad " croons our heroine. "I won't get to heaven/so why not raise some hell?" declares ...


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THEATER REVIEW The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Book: Jay Paul Deratany; Music: Joe Stevens & Keaton Wooden; Lyrics: Stevens, Wooden & Deratany. At: Permoveo Productions and Pride Films and Plays at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252 or AlbertCashierTheMusical.com; $40. Runs through: Oct. 15

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Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher in Back to Back Tour here Oct. 14 - Chicago native Cameron Esposito returns to her hometown with her wife and fellow comedian Rhea Butcher for a show at the Vic Theater on Saturday, Oct. 14 on their multi-city "Back To Back" stand-up tour. Cameron and Rhea are the stars and creators of the hit TV comedy series "Take My Wife" which ran for two seasons and was critically ...


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THEATER REVIEW Cicada Summer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Claire Saxe. At: Rough House Theatre Company at Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division Ave. Tickets: RoughHousetheater.com; $20. Runs through: Sept. 30 Most dramatized tales of mankind vs. insect generally conclude with the bug blown up, squashed or incinerated: consider The Fly, Them ( giant ants ), The Beginning of the End ( giant grasshoppers in Chicago ) and Mothra. ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Embodying butch/femme - Local actors Nate Santana and Danni Smith are used to being judged by their onstage performances. But now the two will be facing judgements on their abilities to properly embody characters who must respectably be feminine or butch in the regional premieres of two acclaimed shows. Santana stars in The Legend of Georgia McBride at Skokie's Norhtlight Theatre. Matthew Lopez's ...


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THEATER REVIEW Honeymoon in Vegas - Book: Andrew Bergman; Score: Jason Robert Brown. At: Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire. Tickets: 847-634-0200 or MarriottTheatre.com; $50-$60. Runs through: Oct. 15 Honeymoon in Vegas flopped on Broadway back in 2015, despite a slew of good critical reviews. The musical even received a ringing endorsement by esteemed composer Stephen Sondheim in an interview for The New York Times. Now ...


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Chritics' Picks - Aladdin, Cadillac Palace Theatre, through Sept. 10. This national tour is a corporate Disney product, no doubt. But most audiences nostalgic for the blockbuster 1992 animated feature probably won't care since Aladdin delivers as a wowing, big-budget stage spectacle. SCM The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Red Theater at Strawdog Theatre, through Sept. 16. There's still plenty of bash-crash-and-thrash, but ...


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THEATER REVIEW A Funny Thing Happened on the Way... - Playwright: Halley Feiffer. At: Route 66 Theatre Company at the Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $35. Runs through: Sept. 23 Halley Feiffer's play A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City may not hold the record for the longest play title of the last half-century—that ...


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THEATER REVIEW Barbecue - Playwright: Robert O'Hara At: Strawdog Theatre Company at Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre, 1700 N. Halsted St.. Tickets: 312-335-1650; Steppenwolf.org/tickets; $45. Runs through: Sept. 30 Five adult siblings with substance-abuse issues gather for a barbecue, which is cover for a family intervention for Barbara, the out-of-control crackhead sister nicknamed "Zippety-Boom" for her violent moods. In fact, there are two sets of siblings ...


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THEATER REVIEW One Thousand Words - Playwright: Book and lyrics by Michael Braud, music by Curran Latas At: Theater Faction at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: $17.50-$27.50. Runs through: Sept. 17 Michael Braud and Curran Latas have written a musical containing everything a romantic story could want. To start, it's a memory play, with all the hindsight guilt and regret engendered thereby. Its framing ...


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Dragapalooza supports Equality Illinois - Make way for Dragapalooza, bringing together the biggest names in Chicago drag for a one-night-only affair, Thursday, August 31, at Sidetrack. The big night was hosted by Dixie Lynn Cartwright and featured performances from drag families such as Strange Doll Haus, Geek Squad and Squad Goals. Dragapalooza is a fundraiser for Equality Illinois. Photos by Jed Dulanas ...


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NUNN ON ONE George Takei gets political, talks future plans - "Oh my!" George Takei's coming back to town and he's talking exclusively to Windy City Times before he gets here. Best known for playing Hikaru Sulu on the television series Star Trek, he has gone where no man has gone before on social media. His TV resume is lengthy with shows like Heroes, The New Normal and Hawaii Five-0. Movies ...


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NUNN ON ONE Betty Thomas: Actress/director returns to Chicago - Second City is bringing the celebs to town to raise money for a good cause. "I Can't Believe They Wendt There: The Roast of George Wendt" has roastmaster Jason Sudeikis presenting friends such as Bob Odenkirk, Betty Thomas and David Koechner, among others, to poke fun of a comedy legend. The funds raised will benefit Gilda's Club Chicago and The ...


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'Queens on Wheels' Sept. 8-10 - Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, 12 S. Michigan Ave., and Do312 bring back their skate night series with a weekend of "Queens on Wheels" on Friday-Sunday, Sept. 8-10. —Peach on Wheels ( Friday, Sept. 8: 7-9 p.m. ): Peach is a pop-up party series dedicated to empowering LGBTQ+ women and femmes. —Femme's Room ( Friday, Sept. 8: 10-12 a.m. ): Voted ...


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EXPO CHICAGO Sept. 13-17 - EXPO CHICAGO—a platform for global contemporary art and culture—will take place Sept. 13-17 at Navy Pier. Just a few of the expected exhibitors include Berg Contemporary ( Reykjavik ), Corbett vs. Dempsey ( Chicago ), AKINCI ( Amsterdam ), Richard Gray Gallery ( Chicago; New York ), Mariane Ibrahim ( Seattle ), Rhona Hoffman Gallery ( Chicago ), Karla Osorio ...







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