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Reeling-LGBTQ-film-festival-announces-Sept-21-28-lineup

Reeling LGBTQ film festival announces Sept. 21-28 lineup - From a press release - ( CHICAGO, IL - August 17, 2017 ) 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. Festival passes and ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Food-Show

THEATER REVIEW The Food Show - Playwright: Dan Kerr-Hobert, Caitlin Stainken and the ensemble. At: The Neo-Futurists at the Metropolitan Brewery, 3031 N. Rockwell St. Tickets: $10-$25. Runs through: Sept. 2 The four necessities required by human beings for survival are air, water, food and shelter. On this occasion, the Neo-Futurists have forsaken their Andersonville digs to set up shop in the Metropolitan Brewery's future Avondale ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Monticello

THEATER REVIEW Monticello - Playwright: Thomas Geoghegan. At: Aurora Theater Works at the St. Bonaventure Oratory, 1625 N. Ashland Ave. Tickets: $20. Runs through: Sept. 3 The date is July 2, 1826. Former President Thomas Jefferson lies in poor health at Monticello, his debt-ridden home in Virginia, where his nephew Randolph is pressuring the composer of our country's Declaration of Independence to refute his ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Engage-

THEATER REVIEW Engage! - Playwright: Brendan T. Stallings. At: Stellar Productions at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; TheaterWit.org; $20. Runs through: Aug. 25 It sounds like the start of a joke: An alien, an android, a human and a monk are stuck in deep space together when all of a sudden. I guess it is a joke because Engage! is designed ...


DANCIN-FEATS-Dance-for-Life-Chicago-set-to-dazzle-once-again

DANCIN' FEATS Dance for Life Chicago set to dazzle once again - By Joanna Furnans - Chicago Dancers United will host the 26th annual Dance for Life Chicago gala and performance event on Saturday, Aug. 19. at the Auditorium Theatre. Dance for Life Chicago began in 1991 as a rather DIY performance fundraiser with the aim of assisting dancers in the Chicago community affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. At the time, founding dancer Keith Elliott did ...


Macklemore-others-at-Sept-16-festival

Macklemore, others at Sept. 16 festival - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Fifth Harmony, Prince Royce, DNCE, Fat Joe, Jeremih, Lupe Fiasco, Carl Thomas and Felix da Housecat are among the musical acts slated to perform at the inaugural all-day Get IN It MusicFest, to be held Sept. 16 at noon-10:30 p.m. at Guaranteed Rate Field, which is the home of the Chicago White Sox play, according to ...


Manolo-Blahnik-film-out-Sept-22

Manolo Blahnik film out Sept. 22 - Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards—an in-depth portrait of legendary fashion designer Manolo Blahnik—will premiere locally at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., on Friday, Sept. 22 Growing up on a remote Spanish Canary island, Manolo made shoes out of sweet wrappers for lizards that he caught in his family's garden. After opening his first store ...


Yippie-Fest-Aug-18-20

'Yippie Fest' Aug. 18-20 - The first-ever Yippie Fest—a continuous, live theater festival in the spirit of the Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Festival ( which closed last year after 28 years at the Mary-Arrchie Theatre )—will take place Aug. 18-20 at the Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave. The website includes a pre-sale of tickets for the festival, with early purchasers receiving the ...


Bewildered-cast-announced

'Bewildered' cast announced - Hell in a Handbag Productions, celebrating its 15th-anniversary season, has announced casting for the world premiere of Bewildered—a musical parody of the classic TV sitcom Bewitched that's told from the perspective of Gladys Kravitz, Samantha Stephens' iconic nosy neighbor. The production will run Sept. 27-Nov. 11 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. The production will feature ensemble members David ...


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Driehaus exhibiting French posters - The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St., has announced the special exhibition "L'Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters," running through Jan. 7, 2018. The exhibition features 45 posters dating from 1875 to 1910 created by five grand masters: Jules Cheret, Eugene Grasset, Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha. Each of the five masters of the medium ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Declan-McKenna-Breakout-star-on-trans-teens-identity

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Declan McKenna: Breakout star on trans teens, identity - British singer Declan McKenna is heading for the big leagues and people like Adele are singing his praises. He won Glastonbury Festival's Emerging Talent Competition in 2015 where he gained the opportunity to perform on William's Green Stage. Afterwards he was signed with Columbia Records. His new album What Do You Think About the Car? is full of pop tunes ...


MOVIES-Actress-raps-about-performing-hip-hop-in-Patti-Cake

MOVIES Actress raps about performing hip-hop in 'Patti Cake$' - Watch out, world: There's a new rapper in town, and her name is Patti Cake$. A plus-sized white girl from New Jersey named Patricia Dumbrowski is going to hustle and flow her way to the top and nothing is going to stop her. Actress Danielle Macdonald stars in the new movie in which her character experiences bullying, family drama and ...


Reeling-film-festival-returns-Sept-21-28

Reeling film festival returns Sept. 21-28 - The 35th edition of Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival will run Sept. 21-28. The first Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival took place in April 1981 in Chicago Filmmakers' 90-seat folding-chair screening room on West Hubbard Street, according to its website. Opening night will take place at Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. The rest of ...


Ken-Burns-to-discuss-Vietnam-War-Sept-7

Ken Burns to discuss 'Vietnam War' Sept. 7 - Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will preview their new 10-part documentary, The Vietnam War, with an exclusive screening and discussion at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 6:30-8:30 p.m. During this special evening, Burns and Novick will discuss the "making of" of the film, show excerpts from the 18-hour documentary and answer questions from ...


Cards-Against-Humanity-Aug-25

'Cards Against Humanity' Aug. 25 - Cards Against Humanity Live will return one night only on Friday, Aug. 25, at 8 p.m. at The Greenhouse Theater Center ( downstairs mainstage ), 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. The irreverent night of improv comedy inspired by the popular and politically incorrect party game Cards Against Humanity will feature special guest host Matthew Hoffman, who is behind the "You Are ...


George-Takei-in-Chicago-on-Sept-7

George Takei in Chicago on Sept. 7 - In conjunction with its first original exhibition "Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties," Alphawood Gallery is presenting "An Evening with George Takei" at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. When he was incarcerated as a child with his family, Takei lived ...


Benefit-concert-for-Russian-violinist-Aug-26

Benefit concert for Russian violinist Aug. 26 - Chicago LGBTQ community leaders are hosting a benefit concert for Artem Kolesov, a 23-year-old gay man who caught the world's attention when he came out earlier this year on YouTube as part of a Russian "Children-404" project, which invites teenagers to share their stories and discuss LGBT issues in Russia. The concert, "From Russia with Love: A benefit concert for ...


THEATER-SPOTLIGHT-Gypsy

THEATER SPOTLIGHT Gypsy - Reacquaint yourself with the musical theater world's ultimate "stage mother from hell" when Music Theater Works presents the 1959 Broadway classic Gypsy. The ambitious musical features a rousing score by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim, with a savvy script by Arthur Laurents based upon the memoirs of famed 20th century burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee. Gypsy plays seven performances only ...


THEATER-REVIEW-HAIR-The-American-Tribal-Love-Rock-Musical

THEATER REVIEW HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical - Music: Galt MacDermot. Book & Lyrics: Gerome Ragni & James Rado.Directed by: Brenda Didier. At: Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: MercuryTheaterChicago.com: $30-$65. Runs through: Sept. 17 Mercury Theater Chicago presents HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, the famous hippie anti-war musical that was groundbreaking on Broadway. A group of young hippies in the village sing songs of ...


THEATER-Critics-Picks

THEATER Critics' Picks - Hir, Steppenwolf Theatre, through Aug. 20. It's hard to like the characters in Taylor Mac's darkly distorted family sitcom, but only a joker couldn't admire the astonishing performances, especially Francis Guinan as the nearly-wordless father in clown make-up. Director Hallie Gordon's fine foursome features Amy Morton as a vengeful mom. JA An Octoroon, Definition Theatre at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, ...


DIFFAs-White-Party-on-Aug-23-

DIFFA's White Party on Aug. 23 - The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS/Chicago ( DIFFA/Chicago ) Auxiliary Board is hosting its third annual White Party—"Under the Midsummer's Sky"—on Wed., Aug. 23, at Exhibit on Superior residential tower, 165 W. Superior St. Venue tours with the bKL Architecture team will take place 5-6 p.m., with the White Party on the roof deck at 6-9 p.m. The building's in-house ...


Sedaris-Ginsburg-Ailey-dancers-part-of-Auditoriums-season

Sedaris, Ginsburg, Ailey dancers part of Auditorium's season - The Auditorium Theatre announced its 2017-18 season under new Chief Executive Officer Tania Castroverde Moskalenko—along with its new tagline, "The Theatre for the People." Diverse programming is the hallmark of the upcoming season, with everything from a talk with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's annual visit. Some of the highlights are as ...


Fahrenheit-Chicago-Pride-South-on-the-Lake-Announces-Entertainment-Lineup

Fahrenheit Chicago, Pride South on the Lake Announces Entertainment Lineup - From an Equality Illinois press release - CHICAGO—Non-stop entertainment from top rap artists, R&B and house singers, drag performers, and DJs will be featured at Fahrenheit Chicago—Pride South on the Lake, an end-of-summer beach party of fun, music, and social networking for LGBTQ Illinoisans, their friends and families. International queer rap artist Cakes da Killa, whose debut album drops this fall, and singer-songwriter Cor.Ece will highlight the ...


Showbiz-news-Stephen-Amell-Empire-Michael-Stipe-Sense8

Showbiz news: Stephen Amell, 'Empire,' Michael Stipe, 'Sense8' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Arrow star Stephen Amell has hit back at fans who left homophobic comments on his Facebook page, PinkNews reported. The TV star took time out from filming Arrow in Vancouver to attend the city's Pride parade over the weekend, posting a snap of himself wearing a giant rainbow balloon contraption—and some fans left anti-gay messages. Amell responded, in part, "I ...


The-Fair-Maid-of-the-West

The Fair Maid of the West - Playwright: Thomas Heywood, adapted by Kevin Theis. At: Oak Park Festival Theatre in Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park. Tickets: $30. Runs through: Sept. 2 Thomas Heywood's sword-and-cloak extravaganza was a blockbuster in 1631, but then faded from popularity until 1986, when Trevor Nunn turned it into a swashbuckling pageant for England's Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1994, Kevin Theis ...


MOVIES-Filmmakers-discuss-documentary-about-Ferguson-uprising

MOVIES Filmmakers discuss documentary about Ferguson uprising - Whose Streets? is a powerful documentary about the Ferguson, Missouri, uprising, as told by activists of the movement. An unarmed teenager named Michael Brown is killed by police and left in the street for hours in St. Louis, Missouri. Residents—such as lesbian Brittany Farrell—react and protest along with people from around the country. Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis chronicle ...


BOOKS-Riki-Wilchins-discusses-trans-movement-memoir

BOOKS Riki Wilchins discusses trans movement memoir - Riki Wilchins founded the first national transgender advocacy group GenderPAC in 1996. She is currently the executive director of the True Child organization, a philanthropic effort leading the way in gender studies and trainings. The 65-year-old Lambda Literary Award winner may be a leader in transactivism now, but it didn't start out that way. Wilchins was in search of transactivism ...


NORTHALSTED-MARKET-DAYS-Inaya-Day-to-return-to-Market-Days-after-a-decades-absence

NORTHALSTED MARKET DAYS Inaya Day to return to Market Days after a decade's absence - By Tarina Hargrays - Singer and songwriter vet Inaya Day is back with a new hit song and will be returning to Chicago for Northalsted Market Days after nearly 10 years. Day has been in the music industry for more than 20 years and has recently come out with a cover of the '70s hit "Love Is in the Air," which is one of ...


NORTHALSTED-MARKET-DAYS-JC-Brooks-lays-soul-bare-with-music

NORTHALSTED MARKET DAYS JC Brooks lays soul bare with music - Four years since it released its last album, JC Brooks' indie-soul sound is making a comeback. The Chicago-based band dropped their fourth album The Neon Jungle in April, and since then have been touring the country, sharing their new style with fans everywhere before hitting Northalsted Market Days for a performance on Sunday, Aug. 13. Windy City Times caught up ...


MUSIC-Lollapalooza-grows-organically-in-size-diversity

MUSIC Lollapalooza grows organically in size, diversity - Lollapalooza's annual music festival returned to Grant Park Aug. 3-6, complete with the usual unpredictable weather, scantily clad attendees and musicians competing for attention. This year a new roller rink was revealed, new stylish flushable portable toilets were presented, and arcade games were available to play. Armbands could be charged up with funds for cashless transactions and people could pre-order ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Whos-Afraid-of-Virginia-Woolf

THEATER REVIEW Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - BY SEAN MARGARET WAGNER - Playwright: Edward Albee. At: City Lit Theatre, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: PulseTheatreChicago.com; $20. Runs through: Aug. 20 Pour a drink and put in your mouth guard: Theater's most notorious cage match—Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?—is back by popular demand. Pulse Theatre and Director Chris Jackson have succeeded at doing something wonderful and necessary in this often-visited New Carthage ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Last-Dancer-Standing-More-Than-Hip-Hop

THEATER REVIEW Last Dancer Standing (More Than Hip-Hop) - Playwright: Rueben Echoles. At: Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: $55-$65. Runs through: Sept. 3 A competition—whether between warring nations, athletic clubs or ambitious entertainers—is suspenseful in its very concept, but rarely is the victory quickly determined. Compressing the events to the abbreviated length dictated by modern theater practice can be accomplished by dividing the dramatic focus according ...


THEATER-REVIEW-In-the-Wake-

THEATER REVIEW In the Wake - Playwright: Lisa Kron. At: The Comrades, at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336; the-comrades.com; $15-$20 ( plus fees ). Runs through: Aug. 26 In the Wake takes place between November 2000 and mid-2005, and concerns Ellen ( Rose Sengenberger ), a twentysomething writer living in New York, and the surrogate family she's constructed: live-in boyfriend Danny ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-A-musical-Trevor-project

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A musical 'Trevor' project - The entire cast and creative team behind the world-premiere musical Trevor at Glencoe's Writers Theatre know they're facing huge expectations. "The biggest challenge with this piece is taking what is a 16-minute film, and to create a two-act musical out of it," said Trevor director Marc Bruni, who is best known for helming Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway. ...


TELEVISION-Out-Major-Crimes-actor-talks-LGBTs-in-Hollywood

TELEVISION Out 'Major Crimes' actor talks LGBTs in Hollywood - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - With five successful seasons under its belt and a sixth on the way, TNT's hit drama Major Crimes is making waves. Windy City Times chatted with the series' Phillip Keene, who plays LAPD civilian investigator Buzz Watson, to get his take on the show. Windy City Times: How's your summer going? You must be busy with shooting season six! Phillip ...


BENT-NIGHTS-Fed-Up-Fest

BENT NIGHTS Fed Up Fest - The Fed Up Collective threw its fourth annual festival July 28-30 at The Co-Prosperity Sphere in beautiful Bridgeport—and managed to redefine itself. Regardless of the festival's focus on punk and the DIY aesthetic, this edition went on without a hitch while smoothly incorporating its pro-LGBTQ message in an organic way. If the three day blowout lacked the massive size and ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "'So You Think You Can Dance' Winner Gets A Year In Jail"—Industry trade headline. What did the runner-up get? There are no accidents. I believe that as much as I believe I will once again fit into my size 30 skinny jeans! Days ago, Caitlyn Jenner was seen wearing a red cap emblazoned with the phrase "Make America Great Again." ...


LGBTQ-artists-part-of-Veterans-for-Peace-fest-in-Chicago-through-Aug-13

LGBTQ artists part of "Veterans for Peace" fest in Chicago through Aug. 13 - From a press release - The nation's only veteran organization fully dedicated to abolish all war, Veterans for Peace, is hosting their first Chicago Convention and Music Festival August 9th-13th, 2017 at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel ( 17 E. Monroe Street ). Now in its 32nd year, Veterans for Peace convention is themed "Education Not Militarization", and will host a public Veterans Town Hall ...


Ken-Burns-here-to-screen-The-Vietnam-War-Sept-7

Ken Burns here to screen The Vietnam War Sept. 7 - CHICAGO — August 2, 2017 — Tickets are available now for an exclusive screening and discussion with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick to preview their new 10-part documentary The Vietnam War, in advance of its premiere on WTTW11 and wttw.com in September 2017. The event is presented by WTTW/Chicago PBS, in partnership with the Auditorium Theatre. The Vietnam War: An ...


tello-Films-first-lesbian-network-to-receive-Emmy-nomination

tello Films first lesbian network to receive Emmy nomination - From a press release - Nashville, TN ( August 3, 2017 ) — Last month, tello Films received its first Emmy nomination for their original web series "secs & EXECS." Actress, Mindy Sterling received the nomination for her role in the series. This makes tello Films the first lesbian network to receive such an honor. Sterling, best known for her role as Frau Farbissina in ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-THEATER-Dani-Shay-soldiers-on-in-Albert-Cashier

NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Dani Shay soldiers on in 'Albert Cashier' - The CiviliTy of Albert Cashier is a bold and timely new show opening Sept. 6 at Stage 773. It is a musical set during the Civil War by GLAAD-nominated writer and Chicagoan Jay Paul Deratany. Albert Cashier was a soldier who was born Jennifer Hodgers. When this is discovered, an uproar from the small, Illinois community really hits home. Deratany ...


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'Chad Deity' Aug. 15-Sept. 16 - Red Theater Chicago announces the start of its sixth season with an upcoming production of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, written by Kristoffer Diaz and directed by Jeremy Aluma. Performances run Aug. 15-Sept. 16 at Strawdog Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice Ave. The production follows Macedonio Guerra, a Puerto Rican wrestler, as he rises from the bottom of the pecking ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Triassic-Parq-The-Musical

THEATER REVIEW Triassic Parq: The Musical - Book and lyrics: Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz and Steve Wargo; Music: Pailet. At: Circle Theatre at Heartland Studio, 7016 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: CircleTheatreChicago.org; $28. Runs through: Aug. 13 I find it a bit of a head-scratcher that some people went so far as to label Triassic Parq: The Musical as a piece of "trans" theater. If I were to ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Fight-City

THEATER REVIEW Fight City - Playwright: Scott OKen. At: The Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St. Tickets: $25. Runs through: Aug. 26 Violent post-apocalyptic dystopias are hardly rare in fiction today, but what distinguishes Scott OKen's futuristic action-adventure fable from traditional speculations in this genre is that the dramatic question raised by its pessimism is not "How come I still can't get laid?" but "How ...


Critics-pics-

Critics' pics - Little Fish, Kokandy Productions @ Theater Wit, through Aug. 20. This wonderful 90-minute jazz cantata has a big powerhouse score ( words/music by Michael John LaChiusa ) to tell the story of a contemporary woman in search of self-confidence. The tale isn't terribly original but the performers and band make it remarkable. JA Beauty's Daughter, American Blues Theater at Stage ...


Theater-spotlight-on-An-Evening-of-Magic

Theater spotlight on An Evening of Magic - If you missed Brett Schneider's COMMUNION: An Evening of Magic last spring, now's your chance to see this critically acclaimed interactive one-man show again in another intimate setting. An actor and magician, Schneider is also known locally for starring in and creating the illusions for the Goodman Theatre's recent run of The Magic Play. COMMUNION: An Evening of Magic plays ...


THEATER-REVIEW-An-American-in-Paris-

THEATER REVIEW An American in Paris - Playwright: Craig Lucas ( book ), George & Ira Gershwin ( music/lyrics ). At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com; $24-$95 ( plus fees ). Runs through: Aug. 13 An American in Paris is a drop-dead gorgeous physical presentation that also has easy—if not terribly deep—emotional appeal. Based on the Oscar-winning 1951 film with legendary performances by ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Brave-Like-Them

THEATER REVIEW Brave Like Them - Playwright: The About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble. At: Pride Arts Center 4147 N. Broadway. Tickets: 773-784-8565; AboutFaceTheatre.com; $20 or pay what you can. Runs through: Aug. 6 The riot-grrrl movement is explored with About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble's latest production Brave Like Them. To truly understand this show one must do their homework or have lived through the underground feminist ...


THEATER-REVIEW-An-Octoroon

THEATER REVIEW An Octoroon - Playwright: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. At: Definition Theater at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $15-$40. Runs through: Aug. 20 What you need to know about the play called The Octoroon is that it was authored by Dion Boucicault in 1848, and recounted the story of a proud Louisiana family menaced by a neighboring slaveholder bent on seizing their property, along ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Directing-diversity

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Directing diversity - Kareem Fahmy brings some interesting perspectives in directing for the second Crescent and Star Staged Reading Series: Arab and Muslim Journeys. It features three in-development plays presented by Chicago-based Silk Road Rising. Fahmy, a gay Canadian-born director of Egyptian descent who now lives in New York, stages the first reading on Aug. 5 and 6. It is Chicago-based Egyptian-American playwright ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Yeah, we're still friends. Look, I said what I said. ... I didn't think what she said was appropriate. I wish her the best and I hope she bounces back and is back on the road. She's incredibly funny, and a lot of people love her."—Anderson Cooper tells Andy Cohen about the status of his friendship with Kathy Griffin. It's ...


Black-Alphabet-Film-Festival-Aug-18-19

Black Alphabet Film Festival Aug. 18-19 - After a brief hiatus, the Black Alphabet Film Festival is returning, taking place Aug. 18-19 at the Reva David and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. The festival focuses on films and works highlighting Black LGBTQ and SGL ( same-gender loving ) experiences. The event kicks off Aug. 18 with the short film 90 Days, directed ...


Dance-for-Life-Aug-19

Dance for Life Aug. 19 - The 26th annual Dance for Life Chicago will showcase eight companies Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., at 7:30 p.m. Chicago Dancers United ( CDU ), which mobilizes Chicago's dance community by raising funds through dance, presents this annual benefit performance that is preceded by a 5 p.m. gala reception at the ...


Showbiz-news-Kerry-Washington-Magic-Mike-Jinkx-Monsoon-Ricky-Martin

Showbiz news: Kerry Washington, 'Magic Mike,' Jinkx Monsoon, Ricky Martin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLSEN announced that it will honor Scandal actress Kerry Washington with the Inspiration Award at the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards on Oct. 20 in Beverly Hills, California, according to Page Six. GLSEN praised Washington for her work with President Barack Obama's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, advocating for marriage equality and championing anti-domestic violence campaigns. Shonda Rhimes—creator of ABC's ...


FameFiction-queer-alt-rock-band-in-Chicago-Aug-8

Fame&Fiction, queer alt-rock band, in Chicago Aug. 8 - From a press release - NASHVILLE, TN ( July 26, 2017 ) — Nashville-based alternative 6-piece queer rock band Fame&Fiction will embark on their first tour ever beginning next week. They will appear Aug. 8 at Reggies Music Joint, Chicago. Collectively, Fame&Fiction write and develop songs around the energy of 6 souls rocking out in an East Nashville basement together. While Fame&FictionN's sound is alternative ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-ENTERTAINMENT-Tristan-Tom-spreads-pride-through-puppetry

NUNN ON ONE: ENTERTAINMENT Tristan Tom spreads pride through puppetry - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Tristan Tom is out to spread a message of acceptance into the world through puppets. He invites children between the ages of 2 and 8 to visit Pride Films & Plays, 4139 N. Broadway, where his velvet friends will be reading works such as I am Jazz and Red: A Crayon's Story at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays throughout ...


Cinema-Chicago-honors-Jane-Fonda

Cinema/Chicago honors Jane Fonda - The legendary actress Jane Fonda made a rare appearance in Chicago on July 29 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago. In between wrapping up filming her successful Netflix series Grace and Frankie and starting a new movie called Our Souls at Night, Fonda flew into town to attend "A Tribute to Jane Fonda." She walked the red carpet to ...


FILM-REVIEW-Atomic-Blonde

FILM REVIEW Atomic Blonde - Director: David Leitch. Starring Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman. Time: 115 minutes Currently in wide release Atomic Blonde is a heavily stylized action picture that is based on the Oni Press graphic-novel series The Coldest City. Charlize Theron stars as Lorraine Broughton, an undercover M16 agent investigating a murder in Berlin during the Cold War. The story is mainly ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Jody-Watley-still-thrills

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Jody Watley still thrills - Jody Watley has performed for most of her life, starting on the stage at 8 years old with her godfather Jackie Wilson. She then danced on Soul Train and, later, became part of the R&B group Shalamar, who had hits like "A Night to Remember" and "Dancing in the Sheets." As a solo singer, she released a successful self-titled album ...


THEATER-SPOTLIGHT-Play-it-Again-Sam-

THEATER SPOTLIGHT Play it Again, Sam. - The young drag-theater collective Sadhaus finds inspiration from the classic 1942 Hollywood film Casablanca for its limited run of Play it Again, Sam: A Cabaret at the End of the World. Expect a cocktail of drag, lip sync, live music and much theatricality from local performers like Wanda Screw ( Alex Benjamin ), Lucky Stiff ( Gina Marie Hayes ), ...


THEATER-Critics-Picks

THEATER Critics' Picks - Hir, Steppenwolf Theatre, through Aug. 20. It's hard to like the characters in Taylor Mac's darkly distorted family sitcom, but only a joker couldn't admire the astonishing performances, especially Francis Guinan as the nearly wordless father in clown make-up. Director Hallie Gordon's fine foursome features Amy Morton as a vengeful Mom. JA Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night, Theo ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Little-Fish-

THEATER REVIEW Little Fish - Playwright: Michael John LaChiusa ( book, music & lyrics ). At: Kokandy Productions, Theatre Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; KokandyProductions.com; $33-$38. Runs through: Aug. 20 Jazz aficionados rejoice: Little Fish is your kinda' show! It's not the story but the singing and swinging that sell this one, as well as Michael John LaChiusa's varied top-drawer score. His vocal ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Megastasis

THEATER REVIEW Megastasis - Playwright: Kia Corthron. At: Eclipse Theatre Company at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: $30. Runs through: Aug. 20 If Kia Corthron weren't writing in 2017 about 2017, it would be easy to imagine her plays ranking alongside the gritty portraits of life among the underprivileged found in the Social Realism movement of the 1930s. Indeed, the tone of ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Black

THEATER REVIEW Black! - Playwright: Michael Washington Brown. At: Athenaeum Theatre Productions at the Atheneaum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: $25. Runs through: Through July 30 Early in his solo show, our author/performer recounts how, one night, he went to bed Black and awoke to find that he was "African-American"—only he wasn't. Michael Washington Brown is a citizen of the United Kingdom, you ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-riot-grrrl-rewind

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT riot grrrl rewind - The About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble is ready to rock with Brave Like Them. The world-premiere play with punk music explores the pluses and minuses of the underground "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s, and is devised by an LGBTQIA youth group. Admittedly, many of the group members ( who are between the ages of 13 to 23 ) had ...


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Billy Masters - "I always try to dance when this song comes on, because I am the Queen ... and I like to dance!"—Queen Elizabeth II allegedly made this proclamation when ABBA's "Dancing Queen" was played at a recent dinner party. Whether it's true or not, isn't it an absolutely delicious vision? Particularly if you picture her trying to coax Prince Philip to ...


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Sidetrack's OUTspoken! Series: August's featured storytellers - The August edition of OUTspoken! LGBTQ storyteller series takes place Tuesday, August 1, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 pm, stories begin at 7. See www.outspokenchicago.com for more info . —Melvyna Gaynor is retired from the Chicago Board of Education. She play drums and shakers with the Drum Diva Percussion Ensemble. She has told stories at ...


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Nunn reads at Homolatte - Homolatte, the spoken word and music series at Big Chicks, 5024 N. Sheridan Road on the first and third Tuesday of every month, will feature Windy City Times contributor Jerry Nunn, along with musician Romeo Delta Alpha, on Tuesday, August 1, at 7:30 p.m. The event is hosted by Scott Free and taped for a podcast. Nunn will be telling ...


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BOOKS Biography spotlights poet Elizabeth Bishop's queer past - Elizabeth Bishop's name and work dots English textbooks, and "the art of losing" is one of the most familiar lines of poetry in the language. But collections of Bishop's work are oddly hard to come by; her life remains even less discussed. It might surprise casual readers to learn Bishop had significant long-term relationships with women. Most of Bishop's published ...


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Mirza film wins Outfest award - Local Pakistani Muslim lesbian actor Fawzia Mirza stars in a movie, called Signature Move, that won the Grand Jury Award for Best U.S. Narrative Feature Film in this year's Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, according to AfterEllen. Mirza's relationship with her girlfriend while living in Chicago was her inspiration behind writing the script for the film: "She is now ...


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Raven Theatre's founders to retire - Raven Theatre Company announced that the theater's founders and co-artistic directors—Michael Menendian and JoAnn Montemurro—will retire at the end of the 2017-2018 season after leading the company for 35 years. Since founding Raven in 1983, Menendian and Montemurro have produced, directed, designed and/or appeared in more than 100 productions. Also, during their tenure, Raven has been honored with 23 Jeff ...


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Alison Cuddy named CHF head - The Chicago Humanities Festival ( CHF ) has announced Alison Cuddy as the newest Marilynn Thoma artistic director. Cuddy, formerly CHF's associate artistic director, will transition into the position beginning Tuesday, Aug. 1. Cuddy is already at work preparing CHF's 2018 Springfest and Fallfest themes. Cuddy spent more than 10 years at WBEZ 91.5 FM, producing the nationally syndicated program ...


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Firebrand names managing director - Firebrand Theatre—said to be the first musical-theater company committed to employing and empowering women by expanding opportunities on and off the stage—has announced the appointment of Kimberly Lawson as managing director. Originally from St. Louis, Lawson has worked with more than 20 theaters in the Chicago area as a theater administrator and performer. Currently the manager of audience services of ...


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MOVIES Jane Fonda adding film-festival honor to accolades - Actress and activist Jane Fonda has been in the movie business for more than 50 years and will be receiving the Chicago International Film Festival's Gold Hugo Career Achievement Award on Saturday, July 29. The tribute to Fonda is being held by lead sponsor SAGE Private Wealth Group, with Cinema/Chicago co-chairing. The legendary Fonda is a two-time Academy Award winner ...


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MUSIC Drag artist celebrates life in 'I Was Born This Way' - Drag artist VIZIN ( pronounced V-I-S-I-O-N ) may have covered "I Was Born This Way," but it is not the Lady Gaga song. It is a remake of a song that dates back to the '70s and even the original writer was impressed enough to track VIZIN down. Windy City Times talked with the openly gay singer about the songs' ...







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