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Entertainment-news-Ab-Fab-George-Takei-RuPaul-muscle-movies

Entertainment news: 'Ab Fab,' George Takei, RuPaul, muscle movies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Absolutely Fabulous stars Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders were big hits at the Hearst Tower luncheon, which included designers Christian Siriano, Zac Posen, Isaac Mizrahi and Rebecca Minkoff, Page Six noted. While discussing Kate Moss' dip into the Thames in the film during a Q&A, Lumley revealed that another supermodel, Naomi Campbell, appeared in an early episode of the series, ...


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NUNN ON ONE: PERFORMANCE Stacey Magiera talks about her Cirque performance - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - TORUK-The First Flight is soaring into the United Center this August for Chicago audiences. This Cirque du Soleil show is inspired by James Cameron's movie Avatar but is set thousands of years prior. The word "toruk" refers to a predator called a leonopteryx that rules the Pandoran sky. In the storyline, a Na'vi is about to ride it for the ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Portrait

THEATER REVIEW The Portrait - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Susan Padveen. At: Solo Celebration at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $34-$48. Runs through: Aug. 14 The stage contains a room identifiable as an artist's studio only by its array of easels and canvases. A door leads to a sunny garden, tea and coffee-making appliances are in evidence, along with indications of resident felines. The owner ...


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Amanda Bearse talks lesbian web series, Married ... with Children - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A "wonderful script" attracted Amanda Bearse to her latest project, the five episode web series Skirtchasers, which follows the relationship of a formerly estranged father and daughter who realize they have one big thing in common: commitment issues. Bearse, who is best known for her role as Marcy D'Arcy on Fox's Married … with Children and as a director of ...


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Links Hall Presents Joshua Kent and Mark McCloughan and more in August - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Links Hall is pleased to present Trio A / Trio B, a double bill featuring performances of "The Top" by New York-based Mark McCloughan's No Face Performance Group performed with Jaime Maseda and Melissa Krodman — and "Watching Me / Watching You" by Chicago-based artist Joshua Kent and his two collaborators Courtney Mackedanz and Matthew Nicholas. Combining ...


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Pitchfork picks art over airplay - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bringing the noise to Union Park on July 15, Pitchfork Music Festival continued to explore a range of music on the weekend. One DJ who performed was even titled The Range, coincidentally enough. Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen played a bit early that date just after 6 p.m., but that worked out well for the many families that brought young ...


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World news: Gay Arabic mag, Islamic official, Charlize Theron - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A gay magazine being published in Arabic and made available across the Middle East was hailed as progress by commenters around the world, Gay Star News noted. However, while it was a landmark moment for LGBTI rights, the magazine's founders are now facing potential lawsuits and death threats from people furious over the "promotion of homosexuality." My Kali, an online ...


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'Thingification' breathes new unique life into poetry - Poet, performance artist and activist Duriel E. Harris has accomplished something rare—she has elevated poetry from a medium that is usually read or studied and, instead, given it a more vibrant, multidimensional life on stage. The co-founder of Call & Response ( "a dynamic of Black women and performance" ) and the Black Took Collective ( described as an "avant-garde ...


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Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins XXVIII coming in August - From a press release - CHICAGO ( July 13, 2016 ) — Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. is ending it's 30th and final season of theater with Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins XXVIII. This event will take place at The Den Theater at 1333 N. Milwaukee on August 19, 20, & 21. Tickets are $10 for an all day pass and $25 for a weekend pass. ...


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Jen Richards talks Emmy nomination and Trans 102 - For former Chicagoan Jen Richards, who is transgender, the Emmy nomination for Her Story—the web series she co-wrote and co-stars in—seemed surreal. "It was a lot to process," said Richards, who now lives in Los Angeles. "I didn't think we were going to get it—not because I didn't think it was deserving. I think it was. It's just that it ...


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Shattered Globe Theatre announces 2016-17 season - From a press release - CHICAGO ( July 20, 2016 ) — Shattered Globe Theatre is pleased to announce the first two productions of its 2016-17 Season, kicking off this fall with a revival of Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard's quintessential American drama TRUE WEST, directed by James Yost. The production will feature Shattered Globe Ensemble Members Joseph Wiens, Kevin Viol and Rebecca Jordan with ...


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Writers Theatre announces casting for 25th Anniversary Season - From a press release - Glencoe, IL—Writers Theatre Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce casting for the first five plays of the company's 25th Anniversary Season, The season opens with a new adaptation of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, directed and adapted by Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Scott Parkinson, featuring Kareem Bandealy, Christine Bunuan, Arya Daire, Sydney Germaine, Matthew Hawkins, Thomas ...


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Duriel E. Harris' Thingification on stage at MPAACT Summer Jams - Thingification: MPAACT Summer Jams takes place on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago. Tickets are $20 at the door. Advance tickets available online. Thingification—written, composed, and performed by Duriel E. Harris—is a one-woman show combining poetry, performance, music and dance to invigorate audiences with the life-affirming energy of word-sound-power. Set in ...


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BiNet USA to Launch Bi Stories, Present Panel on Bisexuality at Comic-Con - From a press release - San Diego - BiNet USA, the nation's umbrella organization and voice for bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer ( bi+ ) people, will launch a new campaign at this week's upcoming Comic-Con, focused on bi+ people and their families and loved ones sharing their stories. The stories will be collected as part of a program aimed at raising awareness of the discrimination ...


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Saunders and Lumley: The sweetie darlings of Ab Fab talk - Those sweetie darlings—the appallingly self-centered, hard-partying PR maven Edina "Eddy" Monsoon ( played by Jennifer Saunders ) and her constant gal pal, the blonde beehived man-trapping, chain-smoking sometime fashion editor Patsy ( played by Joanna Lumley )—are back. These iconic characters, first seen in the hit Britcom Absolutely Fabulous that Saunders created and wrote, were sensations on both sides of ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I think that it is a project that is misconceived and ( sadly for the players ) badly cast. The producer and director seem to have missed the point entirely."—Richard O'Brien, writer of The Rocky Horror ( Picture ) Show ( and the original Riff Raff ), gives his opinion on the FOX remake starring Laverne Cox as a "sweet ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Finding [HOME] - When Andrew Volkoff took over as artistic director for the LGBTQ-focused About Face Theatre in 2013, one of his producing goals was to make each new show by the About Face Youth Theatre ( AFYT ) debut on an annual basis rather than unveiling a world premiere every two years. Largely tasked with that accelerated artistic schedule has been Ali ...


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Theater spotlight on Byhalia, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight If you missed The New Colony and Definition Theatre's January co-production of Byhalia, Mississippi, Evan Linder's critically acclaimed and Jeff Award-winning drama is back with its entire original cast in a much-anticipated revival. Thanks to Steppenwolf Theatre's Visiting Company Initiative, Linder's astute and cutting drama returns to make audiences question modern-day race relations. It all kicks off when ...


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THEATER REVIEW Between Riverside and Crazy - Playwright: Stephen Adly Guirgis. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: $20-$89. Runs through: Aug. 21 When the 2015 Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Stephen Adly Guirgis' wry examination of marginalized citizens struggling to get by—and not particularly choosy how they do it—against overwhelming odds, nobody suspected that the troubles of these disenfranchised lowlifes would be vying for ...


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PERFORMANCE Hot-button issue at center of Privilege to Pee - Although a theater's Monday night stages are traditionally dark, Stage 773 of Lakeview's Circle Theatre was lit by an ensemble gold mine of talent July 11. The evening brought a capacity audience continually to their feet, while wiping away the tears of laughter and poignancy wrought by some of the city's most ethereal voices in often deeply personal choices of ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Space-Age

THEATER REVIEW Space Age - Playwrights: Ricardo Gamboa and Sean Parris. At: Free Street Theater at Pulaski Park Field House, 1419 W. Blackhawk St. Tickets: Freestreet.org; Pay-what-you-can admission. Runs through: Aug. 1 Artistic and romantic collaborators Ricardo Gamboa and Sean James William Parris have done their homework on their new confessional two-man performance art piece Space Age ( For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide ...


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DOUBLE REVIEW A Midsummer Night's Dream - DOUBLE REVIEW A Midsummer Night's Dream Playwright: Shakespeare. At: First Folio Theatre, Mayslake Forest Preserve, Oak Brook. Tickets: 630-986-8067; FirstFolio.org; $29-$39. Runs through: Aug. 14 Bite: A Pucking Queer Cabaret Playwright: Derek Van Barham, after Shakespeare. At: Pride Films & Plays at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets: 800-737-0984; PrideFilmsAndPlays.com; $25-$30. Runs through: Aug. 14 A Midsummer Night's ...


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NUNN ON ONE: COMEDY Talking with 'Queen of Mean' Lisa Lampanelli - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lisa Lampanelli will probably forever be known as "Comedy's Lovable Queen of Mean." Known for not pulling her punches over the years, this stand-up comedian has roasted a variety of people, including Pamela Anderson, William Shatner,and Donald Trump. Lampanelli taped Long Live the Queen for HBO in 2009, and followed that with another one-hour special, Dirty Girl, for Comedy Central. ...


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WCPA names new artistic director - Windy City Performing Arts ( WCPA ) has announced the selection and appointment of Dr. Eric Esparza as the artistic director of Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire. In addition to directing WCPA's flagship choruses, Esparza is the director of choral activities and vocal area coordinator at DePaul University in Chicago. He conducts the DePaul Chamber and ...


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Knight at the Movies: Absolutely Fabulous; Star Trek Beyond; The Witness - Sweetie sweetie darlings Patsy and Edina—those two narcissistic, hard-partying London-based "sweetie darlings" who took the world ( and just about every gay bar's TV set ) by storm—are back, 25 years after the Britcom debuted in the early '90s. In Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, their first on-screen romp, Jennifer Saunders returns as Eddy, the trend-chasing publicist whose most renowned client ...


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Sami Grisafe Releases 'All-Un-American' Today - Groundbreaking Former Pro-Athlete Pens Protest Song Inspired By Donald Trump's Campaign Strategy - July 13th, 2016, Los Angeles, CA: California Songstress Sami Grisafe will release her forthcoming single 'All-Un-American' to iTunes, Amazon and streaming sites on July 13. In the vein of classic protest songs, the anthemic track was written as a direct answer to Donald Trump's 'Make America Great' slogan as well as other increasingly worrying headline news events in the U.S.A. ...


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Local entertainment news - Hal Sparks at Zanies July 24 Actor/comedian Hal Sparks will perform at Zanies Comedy Night Club, 1548 N. Wells St., on Sunday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m. Along with starring as the inventive scientist Donald Davenport in Disney XD's Lab Rats, Sparks has directed a few episodes of the comedy show. He hosted E!'s Emmy-winning Talk Soup and had a ...


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Entertainment news: 'Tarzan' kiss, Christian Siriano, Abby Wambach, Mary Lambert - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The UK Mirror reported that a gay kiss was cut out of the final edit of the new Tarzan film—because test audiences were left "perplexed" by it, the director has revealed. The new film, The Legend of Tarzan, includes a character named Captain Leon Rom, a ruthless Belgian soldier played by Christoph Waltz, who is now rumored to be Tarzan's ...


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THEATER REVIEW Kin Folk - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: William Glick. At: The New Colony at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: TheNewColony.org; $20-$25. Runs through: Aug. 14 Lucy and her siblings would make the perfect poster family for transitioning. They're about to sell their home and relocate to the Chicago area. Lucy's perfectionist sister Mary has reinvented herself as video celeb, Mary-Beth, a blogger whose ...


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Reeling LGBTQ film fest returns Sept. 22-29 - CHICAGO, IL - Chicago Filmmakers announces the 34th edition of Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, to be held Sept. 22-29, 2016 at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema ( 2828 N. Clark St. ) and other venues around the city. The festival will present a selection of the best new LGBTQ films from around the globe. A production of Chicago ...


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OUTspoken LGBT storytelling at Sidetrack marks 2 years Aug 2 - From a press release - Retell. Relive. Relate. OUTspoken!, Chicago's monthly evening of LGBTQ Storytelling celebrates its two-year anniversary on Tuesday, August 2. Our August evening of storytelling and celebration will include special moments and surprises for the always-supportive, engaged audience. OUTspoken!'s second year included going on the road with a feature spot in Lifeline Theater's FILLET OF SOLO, a special joint event with Chicago ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Katja Bavendam on her 'Giant Life' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Katja Bavendam is making a big splash with My Giant Life on the TLC Network. Season two kicks off with a new lesbian cast member who is 6'8" and lives in New York. Her wife, Julie McGuire, is 5'2," making for an interesting dynamic. They have been married for a year and the storyline on the show follows their journey ...


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Jazz Jennings part of TLC's block party - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Stadium Green at Soldier Field was full of laughter, music and the smells of local food trucks on July 16 for TLC's second-ever Block Party event. For the celebration, the television channel flew in stars from hit shows like Cake Boss, Say Yes to the Dress and Long Island Medium to meet their fans. Amid all the chaos, Jazz ...


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BENT NIGHTS Taste of Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 36th Annual Taste of Chicago tried to offer something for every musical palate and largely succeeded—splendidly. Never mind all that food: The fest offered mainstage helpings of rap/hip-hop ( The Roots with a cameo from Chance the Rapper ), old-school alternative rock ( The Decemberists, Billy Idol, Chris Connelly ), new alternative rock ( Shakey Graves, The Kongos, Elle ...


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Legendary Baton owner Jim Flint looks ahead at 75 - In their 2011 biography of one of the Chicago LGBTQ community's most longterm entrepreneurial figures Jim Flint: The Boy From Peoria, authors Tracy Baim and Owen Keehnen described the owner of the nearly half-century-old Chicago landmark The Baton Show Lounge and the founder of Continental Pageantry Systems as "something of an enigma to those not familiar with him." "This former ...


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Chicago Musical Theatre Festival coming Aug. 8 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( July 13, 2016 ) — Underscore Theatre Company is pleased to announce the full line-up for its third annual CHICAGO MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL, featuring 14 new musical productions. Created to showcase and support Chicago's burgeoning field of musical theatre creators, this year's festival will be held August 8 — 28, 2016 at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 ...


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Chicago Dancing Festival to debut at Navy Pier - From a press release - CHICAGO ( July 14, 2016 ) — The Chicago Dancing Festival, the nation's largest dance festival, proudly announces repertoire for its 10th annual series with George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco ( performed by Pennsylvania Ballet in its Chicago Dancing Festival debut ), Alexander Ekman's Episode 31( The Joffrey Ballet, originally commissioned in 2013 ), Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain ( The ...


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Transparent, Her Story, RuPaul among Emmy nominations - The 68th annual Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced July 14, with a diverse list of nods that included Transparent, RuPaul's Drag Race and Modern Family—as well as Her Story, a web series that looks at the lives of trans women. The trans series Her Story received a nomination for Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. Her Story is ...


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THEATER REVIEW Schoolhouse Rock Live! - BY ERIC KARAS - Music and lyrics: Various individuals. At: Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; BroadwayinChicago.com; $16-24. Runs through: Aug 28 I'll "unpack my adjectives" and tell you about Schoolhouse Rock Live! at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower place. This musical revue is made up of educational songs from the well loved television cartoon shorts from ...


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Theater spotlight on WOZ: A Rock Cabaret, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight Tony Award-nominee and Broadway veteran André De Shields ( The Wiz, Ain't Misbehavin' ) is the very special guest star playing The Wizard for the return of WOZ: A Rock Cabaret. Instead of the classic 1939 MGM film score, WOZ features rock anthems of the 1980s and '90s to tell L. Frank Baum's all-American story of a ...


OPERETTA-REVIEW-The-Cousin-from-Nowhere

OPERETTA REVIEW The Cousin from Nowhere - Music & Libretto: Rideamus ( Fritz Oliven ) and Eduard Kunneke. At: Chicago Folks Operetta at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252, or at Stage773.com or ChicagoFolksOperetta.org; $25-$40. Runs through: July 24 Poor beautiful, wealthy Julia. Living her pampered life in a mansion and attended by servants, the girl has almost everything her heart could desire. But her ...


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THEATER REVIEW Wastwater - Playwright: Simon Stephens. At: Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn. Tickets: 866-811-4111 or www.steeptheatre.com; $25-$35. Runs through: Aug. 13 The name of the deepest lake in England lends its moniker to Stephens' latest drama, an intriguing trio of deep, interconnected stories weaving together the relationships of eight individuals, at the same hour on the longest evening of the year. The playwright ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "OK, Sheryl, don't sing unless you have to."—Loretta Devine onstage with co-stars Sheryl Lee Ralph and Jennifer Holliday at the special 35th-anniversary reunion of Dreamgirls. But she said it with love, as old friends often do. While I was frolicking at the Filth2Go Beach House in Provincetown on Independence Day, a gay man was being arrested at the beach in ...


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OUTSPOKEN!: Sidetrack's monthly storytelling event - Being heard at OUTSPOKEN!, Sidetrack's monthly storytelling event, Tue., July 5. Photos by Bryan Smith ...


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MUSIC Steven Tyler climbs 'Out on a Limb' - Rock icon Steven Tyler is taking his new solo album out on the road, with a Chicago stop planned. "Love Is Your Name" is his first single from his debut country solo record, We're All Somebody From Somewhere. The "Demon of Screamin'" will be forever known for his antics and vocal gymnastics as part of the band Aerosmith for more ...


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Knight at the Movies - Ghostbusters; Wiener-Dog I ain't afraid of no ( female ) ghosts The storm of controversy that has broken over the heads of the filmmakers and cast of the remake of Ghostbusters—which opens Friday, July 15—would seem to be the proverbial tempest in a teapot. Having encountered the original in 1984 and on a few occasions since, I haven't quite been ...


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THEATER 'Space Age' focuses on queer kids of color - Talking to Ricardo Gamboa and Sean Parris mere hours after Orlando felt uncanny. The couple, well-known in Chicago's theater scene, have co-written a play, Space Age, about growing up as queer kids of color, and clearly the crime committed against Black and Brown LGBTQ people haunted Gamboa as he spoke. "I think one of the questions we were wrestling with ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Thodos' 'New Dances,' unplugged - Each summer, the company dancers of Thodos Dance Chicago get to show off their choreographic panache in the New Dances series. Apart from supporting Thodos' mission to foster well-rounded artists who dance, teach and choreograph, New Dances has yielded a number of outstanding works, some of which are adopted into the company's repertory for the next season. Kentucky native John ...


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BI AND BI: Evan Rachel Wood provides Forest fire - Openly bisexual actress Evan Rachel Wood is fired up lately about the Orlando massacre, misconceptions about bisexuality and her role in the post-apocalyptic indie Into The Forest. Headed by queer female dream team Ellen Page, Wood, and director Patricia Rozema ( When Night Is Falling, I've Heard The Mermaids Singing ), the film is based on Jean Hegland's post-apocalyptic 1996 ...


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Karen Olivo, Miguel Cervantes and Alexander Gemignani join Chicago Hamilton cast - KAREN OLIVO, who electrified audiences with her Tony Award-winning portrayal of Anita in the 2009 Broadway revival of WEST SIDE STORY, returns to the stage as the brilliant and beautiful Angelica Schuyler in the Chicago production of HAMILTON, it has been announced by producer Jeffrey Seller. Joining Ms. Olivo in Chicago are Broadway veterans MIGUEL CERVANTES as Alexander Hamilton, and ...


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Hell in a Handbag brings back Bette, Live at the Continental Baths - CHICAGO ( July 12, 2016 ) — Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to bring back last season's steamy, sell-out hit Bette, Live at the Continental Baths, with Caitlin Jackson recreating Bette Midler's historic bathhouse concert in New York City. This year, Handbag is bringing the bathhouse to Boystown with nine performances only from August 12 — September 10, ...


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THEATER REVIEW Dating & Dragons - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Mike Ooi. At: Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St. Tickets: 866-811-4111 or TheFactoryTheater.com; $10-$25. Runs through: Aug. 13

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Billings, McKechnie join PFP board - Pride Films and Plays' ( PFP's ) board of directors announced that Broadway legend Donna McKechnie and actor/activist Alexandra Billings ( Transparent ) have become the inaugural members of the group's honorary board. In a statement, McKechnie said, "Pride Films and Plays is a wonderful organization full of extremely talented and creative people. In the short time I spent with ...


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Entertainment news: Zachary Quinto, Dolly Parton, Tig Notaro, Michael Sam - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Heroes and Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto is set to star and executive produce Biopunk, an hourlong drama based on the book Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life, by Wired magazine's senior business/technology writer Marcus Wohlsen, Deadline reported. Quinto and his longtime producing partner, Neal Dodson of Before The Door Pictures, are among those executive-producing the series. Biopunk ...


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'Mamby on the Beach' takes over Oakwood Beach - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On July 2-3, the music festival Mamby on the Beach overran the Oakwood Beach area. Buses shipped in tons of music fans from remote parking areas. For two days a variety of artists were offered; Milky Chance, Chet Faker, Santigold. Wild Belle, Lupe Fiasco and Mayer Hawthorne were among those added to the variety presented on the holiday weekend. Gay ...


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National Archives LGBTQ event in Chicago July 15-16 - On July 15-16, the National Archives and Records Administration ( NARA ) will host the National Conversation on Rights and Justice: LGBTQ Human and Civil Rights at the Center on Halsted and the Chicago History Museum. This program is part of a nationwide initiative to facilitate discussion of rights in the 21st century. On Friday, July 15, at 5:30 p.m. ...


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Comedians perform for a cause - On July 7, comedians came out for a good cause at The Laugh Factory Chicago to raise money for The Center Orlando, an LGBT center aiding the survivors and victims' families of the June 12 Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. The night was hosted by Scott Duff, who was surrounded by LGBT funny people and their supporters; they included ...


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PFP establishing Pride Arts Center - Pride Films and Plays, the LGBTQ+ focused company founded in 2010, will take up residence in the two theaters at 4139 and 4147 N. Broadway ( collectively known as the Pride Arts Center ) that Profiles Theatre recently vacated. The 90-seat space at 4139 N. Broadway will serve as the primary venue for the company's stage productions and will be ...


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Rivendell presents Midwest premiere of Grizzly Mama - From a press release - Rivendell Theatre Ensemble ( RTE ), Chicago's only Equity theatre dedicated to producing new work with women at the core,announces the Midwest premiere of Grizzly Mama. The production, directed by RTE member Megan Carney, runs September 10 — October 15, 2016, at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Avenue in Chicago. The press opening is Sunday, September 11 at 6 ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Woman-Who-Amuses-Herself

THEATER REVIEW The Woman Who Amuses Herself - Playwright: Victor Lodato At: Idle Muse Theatre Company at Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway Tickets: 773-340-9438 or IdleMuse.org; $15-$20 Runs through: July 24 It's a safe guess that playwright Victor Lodato would be perfectly happy if your mind "went there" with the title of his play The Woman Who Amuses Herself. But it's not nearly as salacious as all that ...


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THEATER SPOTLIGHT, CRITICS' PICKS - SPOTLIGHT Circle Theatre continues its Full Circle Series of benefit concerts where all the proceeds go to worthy causes. It's a Privilege to Pee: Owning Your Identity and Other Basic Human Rights is a cabaret concert response to the anti-LGBTQ legislation passed in North Carolina earlier this year, and the starry local talent lineup includes Honey West, Lili-Anne Brown, Dixie ...


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THEATER Queer as 'Folk': Trans actress stars in New Colony play - William Glick's play, Kin Folk, proposes a trio of sisters on the brink of major change. Following the death of their parents, the plan is to sell the family house in the suburbs and follow their respective blisses in glamorous Chicago. Mary prepares to launch her homemaking website, offering advice on creating the perfect household. Eleanor has recently transitioned from ...


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TRANS JUSTICE Owen Daniel-McCarter takes helm of Illinois Safe Schools - Attorney Owen Daniel-McCarter usually begins every meeting he leads or every email he sends with the words "Beautiful people." It is a philosophy that has guided his life, despite a childhood beset by the kind of merciless bullying that would leave anyone with an understandably negative view of the world. However, Daniel-McCarter's belief that there is inherent value in every ...


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MOVIES Alexander the great ally - True Blood alum Alexander Skarsgard - Alexander Skarsgard sure knows how to offset the uproar over his missing loincloth in The Legend of Tarzan. "I'm actually wearing it right now," teases Skarsgard, joking about the brouhaha regarding this Tarzan's more civilized article of clothing as he portrays the jungle warrior in Warner Bros.' new take on a classic tale. "I do all my phoners in a ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Book of Mormon - BY ERIC KARAS - Music & Lyrics & Book by Trey Parker, Matt Stone & Robert Lopez At: The Private Bank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; BroadwayinChicago.com; $35-225 Runs through: Aug 14 Hello! The Book of Mormon tour is back in Chicago and as funny as ever. A overachieving Mormon Missionary Elder Price ( Ryan Bondy ) is partnered with an underachieving ...


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THEATER REVIEW Importance of Being Earnest - Playwright: Oscar Wilde At: The Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6860 or at DeadWriters.net; $40. Runs through: July 31 When the box-office staff introduces the play as "three hours long, with two intermissions," a theatregoer might start to get anxious. But relax! It's Oscar Wilde, he of infamous rapid-fire witticism, and Importance of Being Earnest is regarded as ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Seedbed

THEATER REVIEW The Seedbed - BY SEAN MARGARET WAGNER - Playwright: Bryan Delaney At: Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-728-7529 or Redtwist.org; $30-$35 Runs through: July 17 Redtwist Theatre's production of Bryan Delaney's The Seedbed is an oddity. Like the characters onstage, the show is warm yet distant, and filled with love and disgust all at once. Like an optometrist's eye chart, no matter how hard you ...


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BOOKS Bisexual author talks about 'Road' to self-discovery - BY NINA MATTI - David Matteson has served many roles in his life: author, professor, counselor, minister, father, husband and lover. He taught psychology and counseling Governor's State University and holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Alfred University, a graduate degree in theology from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and a Ph.D. in counseling from Boston University. When he realized his bisexuality in ...


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Billy Masters - "Trump seems to be very much for women. He seems very much behind the LGBT community because of what happened in North Carolina with the bathroom issue. He backed the LGBT community."—Caitlyn Jenner shares her thoughts on Donald Trump. This reminds me of her infatuation with Ted Cruz. Perhaps she wishes Trump were behind her! As we were preparing for ...


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Stained-glass experts to lead tours of local sites - Two unique bus tours of important Chicago stained glass will take place on Friday, July 8, 2016. The tours are co-sponsored by the American Glass Guild and the Stained Glass School of the Stained Glass Association of America, bringing together national and international experts in the field of stained glass for conferences in the Chicago area the same week, along ...


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Stage Left Theatre announces Season 35 - From a press release - Stage Left Theatre is pleased to announce the programming for its 35th season. The season begins with the world premiere of The Bottle Tree by Beth Kander directed by ensemble member Amy Szerlong. The Bottle Tree was developed through Stage Left's Downstage Left program, at the Ashland New Plays Festival and and has received an Honorable Mention on The Kilroys ...


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Entertainment: Caitlyn Jenner, Matthew McConaughey, Latrice Royale, 'Queer As Folk' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Caitlyn Jenner poses with the gold medal she won with a stunning decathlon victory at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games on the new cover of Sports Illustrated, according to People. The cover marked the first time she had the medal around her neck in 40 years. Jenner, who keeps the medal in her nail drawer, revealed that she used to ...


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Queer singer Wojcik makes Chicago stops - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On July 2, out singer/songwriter/animator Hailey Wojcik played an intimate show in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Schubas. Then on July 3 the Michigan-based artist screened some of her animation videos at the Annoyance Theater. Wojcik, who has been nicknamed "The Wednesday Addams of her genre," played solo on guitar and with the aid of a computer console. Her ...


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Celebrating Scarlett Johansson at the Siskel - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago brought actress Scarlett Johansson for a celebration on June 30 at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. The annual fundraising event had perfect timing, as Johansson made national news that day as Hollywood's top-grossing actress. Windy City Times asked what her splurge item would be now that she makes ...


Upcoming-entertainment-events-around-Chicago

Upcoming entertainment events around Chicago - 'Chigaygo' at Laugh Factory Orlando benefit on July 7 On Thursday, July 7, Laugh Factory Chicago's queer-comedy showcase Chigaygo is presenting a special one-night only event to raise money for The Center Orlando, the LGBT center providing victim relief in the wake of the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub. Laugh Factory and its owner, Jamie Masada, have a long-standing history of ...







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