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Entertainment news: Jake Gyllenhaal; 'The Wiz'; Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ten years after Brokeback Mountain, actor Jake Gyllenhaal was asked if he thought the landscape had changed for actors playing gay, according to LGBTQ Nation. Gyllenhaal told BET, "Oh definitely it's changed. I think playing a role and living a life are two very different things. I think telling stories, and all different stories, is what makes acting so great. ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Holy Mark: The Tragedy of a Fallen Priest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Gregory Alexander, $14.99; Mill City Press; 290 pages I am going to start by giving you, gentle readers, a caveat to this review: I am culturally a Roman Catholic. Anne Rice is quoted as having loved this book, saying it's "irresistible, profoundly compelling…" That being said, I do not share Rice's unmitigated high praise of The Holy Mark. ...


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Upcoming: Queer graphic novelist; Iddy Id art exhibit; Kinsey Sicks - Queer graphic novelist in Chicago Aug. 7 Drawn, Out Press will celebrate the fifth issue of Steve MacIsaac's graphic novel series Shirtlifter with an author reading on Friday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. at Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N. Broadway. This issue, the first in four years, concludes Steve MacIsaac's Unpacking graphic novel. The series follows Matt, a gay graphic designer ...


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Lolla again offers something for all - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For 2015, the Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park continued to celebrate diversity in music over a three-day period ( July 31-Aug. 2 ). There were more than 130 bands on eight stages that offered a little something for everyone. Although classic headliners like Paul McCartney and Metallica did bring in the older crowd, the younger generation continued to rule ...


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Disc and That: Upcoming and recent DVDs - —Aloha ( Aug. 25 ): For those who love romantic comedies, there's this film that was in theaters earlier this year. Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams star in the movie about a once-admired pilot, Brian Gilcrist ( Cooper ), who returns to Hawaii for a military contract job and is assigned to work with a young U.S. Air ...


Upcoming-Theater

Upcoming: Theater - Greensboro: A Requiem. Documentary play about the 1979 attack of the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party on a Communist Workers' Party Rally in Greensboro, North Carolina. The production examines questions of race and police negligence. By American Theater Company at American Theater Company, 1909 W Byron St, Chicago. Runs through August 2, 2015. Tickets at-the-door, ( 773 ...


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Amanda Lepore releases "I...Amanda Lepore: Make Over Sessions" - From a press release - The world's mega-famous transsexual returns to the dance floor with "I...Amanda Lepore: Make Over Sessions", her long-awaited double-disc album of remixes and re-edits of classics from her acclaimed debut. Some of the tracks on the new record have been completely overhauled such as the now Giorgio Moroder-inspired Zoned Out update of "Doin' It My Way." A few, including "My Pussy" ...


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Lea DeLaria: On acting in 'Orange,' covering Bowie on CD - Lea DeLaria has certainly sung for her supper—literally. Since the '90s, the self-identified Illinois-born butch has established herself as a standup comedienne, actress and jazz singer. June 2015 saw her reprise fan favorite character Big Boo on the third season of Netflix's hit dramedy series Orange Is the New Black ( OITNB ), while July's House of David ( Ghostlight ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Pop porn - Out actor Steve Love wasn't originally supposed to star in the world premiere musical comedy Stanley in the Name of Love for The New Colony. Love previously choreographed The New Colony's revised Tupperware musical Plastic Revolution, so he was initially contacted to help add some choreography for this ensemble-devised show. But director Sean Kelly instead asked Love to audition for ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight The Chicago Human Rhythm Project celebrates its 25th anniversary with a special "Jubalee" gala performance of Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales starring 10-time Tony recipient Tommy Tune ( Grand Hotel, Nine, My One and Only ) The company then puts a focus on up-and-coming international masters of tap and Chicago masters of the dance form in two ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Grand-Concourse

THEATER REVIEW Grand Concourse - Playwright: Heidi Schreck. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20-$89. Runs through: Aug. 30 BY MARY SHEN BARNIDGE This play features a pretty teenage girl afflicted with cancer working in a church-affiliated charity facility—but don't haul out your hankies yet. There's also a paranoid ex-hippie prone to go off his medication, but you can keep your ...


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THEATER REVIEW Loving Repeating - Playwright: Music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics and text adapted by Frank Galati from the writings of Gertrude Stein. At: Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; www.kokandyproductions.com; $38. Runs through: Aug. 30 With the benefit of hindsight enjoyed by enlightened citizens in 2015, we can look upon the lifetime partnership of Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas ...


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THEATER REVIEW Bette! Live at the Continental Baths - Playwright: Various composers. At: Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets: www.handbagproductions.org; $20-$35. Runs through: Aug. 21 No sooner had Juvenal coined his famous 100 A.D. catch phrase, "Mens Sana in Corpore Sano" ( "a healthy mind in a healthy body" ) than his fellow Greeks began to use it as an excuse for ...


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THEATER REVIEW A Perfect Ganesh - Playwright: Terrence McNally. At: Eclipse Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6875 or www.eclipsetheatre.com; $20-$30. Runs through: Aug. 23 Can audiences empathize with characters who frequently epitomize the stereotype of the "Ugly American" abroad? Or a bigger challenge is whether audiences of today can give a second chance to a distraught character who shockingly uses racist ...


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Shakespeare in the Parks thru Aug. 16 - Chicago Shakespeare Theater ( CST ), the City of Chicago, Chicago Park District and Boeing partner to present the annual citywide summer tradition, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks. This summer, 24 performances of Shakespeare's Greatest Hits travel to 17 neighborhood parks across Chicago, free for all, through Aug. 16. In its fourth year, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks inaugurates cultural ...


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Louisiana comedian Jen Kober coming to The Den Theatre - From a press release - CHICAGO ( July 28, 2015 ) — Louisiana comedian JEN KOBER will bring her southern brand of down-home comedy to the Windy City for one night only on Sunday, August 9 at 7 pm for an evening benefitting Interrobang Theatre Project at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. The event will also include live jazz by Louisiana ...


Plus-One-Web-series-focuses-on-lesbian-relationships

'Plus One' Web series focuses on lesbian relationships - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Plus One is a Web series filmed in Chicago that delves into the lives of a group of friends—both lesbian and straight—who fall in and out of love. The show was written by and stars two lesbian women—comic Mo Welch and Dannielle Owens-Reid an author and co-founder of the Everyone Is Gay organization. Windy City Times talked to the L.A.-based ...


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Local film festival celebrates Black LGBT stories - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Black Alphabet Film Festival ( BAFF ) opened July 24 at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts on the campus of the University of Chicago. Now in its third year, the festival—which celebrates films about the Black LGBT community—has seen immense growth from its humble beginnings. "The way that it came about was a group of ...


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Indigo Girls, Malone take over The Vic - On July 21, Indigo Girls landed at The Vic Theater for an evening of harmonies, mandolins, guitars and celebration. The celebrations were plentiful as this tour marked the 30th anniversary of the duo—composed of Emily Salier and Amy Ray—coming together as a band while heralding the long-awaited release of their 14th album, One Lost Day ( IG Recordings/Vanguard Records ). ...


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Entertainment: Nick Jonas; Caitlyn Jenner; Lucy Lawless; RuPaul - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer/actor Nick Jonas was literally in chains for his performance at G-A-Y at London's Heaven club recently, NewNowNext.com noted. "You know we gotta do something special for the G-A-Y audience," he teased, as drag queens Mary Mac and Baga Chipz put his arms in shackles before moving down to put two more around his ankles. Jonas eventually broke free of ...


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Salve Regina: A Coming of Gay Story at Center in August - From a press release - Center on Halsted is proud to announce the upcoming presentation of Javier Rivera's one-man show, Salve Regina: A Coming of Gay Story. The one-man spectacle, written and performed by Puerto-Rican born Chicago artist Javier Rivera, will be staged in the Hoover-Leppen Theatre at Center on Halsted on Saturday, August 22 at 7:30 pm, and August 23 at 3 pm. The ...


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Upcoming: Market Days; Lollapalooza; Clarkson; Joel Hall; Tune; Dance for Life - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Market Days acts: Aaron Carter, Salt-N-Pepa Northalsted Market Days has announced the musical acts for the Aug. 8-9 event that will take place on North Halsted Street between Belmont Avenue and Addison Street, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Among the acts performing on the North Stage at Addison on Aug. 8 are Blu Cantrell ( "Hit 'Em Up Style" ) at 1:45 ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-THEATER-Mark-Burrell-is-steppin-in-Pippin

NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Mark Burrell is steppin' in 'Pippin' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Life's a three-ring circus for the revival of four-time Tony Award winner Pippin. Now on a national tour, Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey and the choices he makes in life. Mark Burrell wears many hats on the tour. He's an assistant choreographer, dance captain and understudy for the role of Charles. Burrell made ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Pentatonix's Mitch Grassi's in the mix - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pentatonix rose to the top of the a cappella world after winning the television competition show The Sing-Off on NBC. The group consists of five members from Arlington, Texas,: Kirstie Maldonado, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola. The PTXofficial YouTube page is not only a hit with subscribers, but two members of the group host a comedic ...


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VEHICLE REVIEW BMW 335i GT xDrive improves the quintessential sports sedan - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - BMW's 3-Series is the quintessential sport sedan, setting a tough standard that others struggle to attain. But, it is not perfect. While it's a finely engineered toy from behind the wheel, rear-seat passengers are better left behind. And, luggage space? There's usually enough, but sometimes not enough. A low ride height enhances handling, but makes stooping in less than elegant. ...


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MUSIC Fed Up Fest - The second Fed Up Festival took place in the heart of Bridgeport July 24-26, and continued the standard set from last years event by addressing queer, race, and trans issues in an upfront manner. There was a strong irony with this festival, as it was last year, in that it took place in a neighborhood with a long history of ...


These-Boots-Are-Made-for-Working

These Boots Are Made for Working - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kyle Taylor Parker has some mighty big heels to fill in the national tour of Kinky Boots. The part of Lola was originally played by Billy Porter (and, in this interview, Windy City Times found out about Parker's take on it). The Broadway musical, based on the movie of the same name, was inspired by true events telling the story ...


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Chaz Bono on stage in "Down the Road" in LA - From a press release - Actor, "Down the Road" producer and activist Chaz Bono returns to the stage in a dramatic portrayal in the role of William Reach, a serial killer serving a life sentence in a maximum security prison for the mrders of l9 women. His newest victims could be Dan and Irin Henniman, the true-crime writers who are interviewing him for his biography. ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT About Face takes 'Breaths,' marks anniversary - There's a deliberate synchronicity to the title of About Face Youth Theater's new show Fifteen Breaths. It was 15 years ago that the queer youth theater produced its first show, which had the title of First Breath. "We've had an incredible run and we've been really lucky to see queer youth theater that has been lauded and applauded," said About ...


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The reframing of Adam Lambert: His past, dating problems - Stripped of that glossy sheen, those painted nails and the purple mane that he famously flaunted on his 2009 post-American Idol debut, For Your Entertainment, Adam Lambert's latest album cover isn't even in color. His hair still reaches the same towering heights as his voice on The Original High but, otherwise, he's unadorned. The glam is gone. In our recent ...


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Knight at the Movies: Do I Sound Gay?; Black Alphabet; restored films - Do I Sound Gay? Out journalist David Thorpe's anxiety over sounding gay—an anxiety that has long been a subconscious problem with Our People and historically a source of derision from straight culture—is explored in Thorpe's fast-paced, breezy documentary Do I Sound Gay? After a breakup with his boyfriend and facing a bit of a midlife crisis, Thorpe decided that his ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Contemporary updates of Chekhov's The Seagull often haven't fared too well critically, but Aaron Posner's Stupid Fucking Bird turned out to be an exception. Sideshow Theatre Company's Midwest premiere of the show was so successful that Carlisle Hart, LLC is bringing the entire cast back for a commercial remounting for the summer. Stupid Fucking Bird runs from Thursday, July 23, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Grand-Concourse

THEATER REVIEW Grand Concourse - Playwright: Heidi Schreck. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20-$89. Runs through: Aug. 30 This play features a pretty teenage girl afflicted with cancer working in a church-affiliated charity facility—but don't haul out your hankies yet. There's also a paranoid ex-hippie prone to go off his medication, but you can keep your tasers holstered, too. Staff ...


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NUNN ON ONE Sandra Bernhard: Feeling '#blessed' - Sandra Bernhard is a woman of many talents. Stand-up has always been a part of her act, even before her big break in Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy, for which she won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress. After her many appearances on the Roseanne sitcom she continues with more TV shows such as ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Take-Me-Back

THEATER REVIEW Take Me Back - Playwright: Emily Schwend. At: The Poor Theatre at Collaboraction, 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: www.thepoortheatre.org; $10-$16. Runs through Aug. 8 In The Poor Theatre's Midwest premiere of Emily Schwend's drama Take Me Back, you genuinely feel that you're watching a diabetic mother on stage who has been magically transported directly from the play's setting of Muskogee, Oklahoma. But it's actually ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Whatever

THEATER REVIEW Whatever - Playwright: Robert Tenges. At: the side project, 1439 W. Jarvis St. Tickets: 773-340-0140 or www.thesideproject.net; $10-$20. Runs through Aug. 9 Abortion and easy access to firearms are introduced in the first few minutes of Whatever, a drama by Robert Tenges now receiving a world premiere at the side project. Sure enough, that gun goes off before the end, but the ...


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THEATER REVIEW Men of Soul - Playwright: Daryl D. Brooks. At: Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-769-4451; www.blackensemble.org; $55-$65. Runs through: Aug. 31 The disagreement over what precisely constitutes "soul" will never be resolved, but two major components emerging from the decades-long dispute are experience at overcoming adversity, whether personal or ancestral, and a performance style characterized by the phenomenon called "duende"—a quasi-theoleptic ...


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Upcoming: Theater - Runs through: August 2 Bard Fiction Playwright: Ben Tallen, Aaron Greer and Brian Watson-Jones. At: Commedia Beauregard at City Lit in Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 312-487-1893; www.cbtheatre.org; $30. Runs through August 2, 2015. Greensboro: A Requiem. Documentary play about the 1979 attack of the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party on a Communist ...


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Lesbian director on movie debuting at Black Alphabet festival - Chicago's Black Alphabet Film Festival presents The Same Difference, a documentary directed by first-time filmmaker and out lesbian Nneka Onuorah. The documentary examines lesbians who discriminate against other lesbians based on gender roles as well as the hypocrisy and segregation that some lesbians face within the community. Windy City Times talked to Onuorah about what inspired the film, facing obstacles ...


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Upcoming: Tommy Tune; EXPO Chicago; 'Loving'; 'Dance for Life' - Tommy Tune at July 30 tap event The Chicago Human Rhythm Project ( CHRP ) welcomes 10-time Tony Award winner Tommy Tune at its 25th-anniversary Jubalee Gala. This evening, hosted by WGN's Dean Richards, takes place Thursday, July 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave. At the Jubalee, Tune will perform his ...


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Author of Shirtlifter at Unabridged Books Aug. 7 - From a press release - Drawn, Out Press is pleased to celebrate the fifth issue of Steve MacIsaac's graphic novel series SHIRTLIFTER with an author reading on Friday, August 7th at 7:00 PM at Unabridged Bookstore in Chicago, IL. A Canadian artist who currently lives in Long Beach, California after several years in Japan, MacIsaac's comics explore the intersection of culture, identity, and sexuality: how ...


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MUSIC Dave Koz on marriage equality, Stevie Nicks and his new CD - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In the quarter-century since releasing his first album, out saxophonist has been nominated for nine Grammys, gotten a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and collaborated with a ton of well-known artists ( including Stevie Wonder, India.Arie and Toby Keith ). Koz recently talked with Windy City Times about his upcoming CD, Collaborations 25th Anniversary Collection ( out July ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Kenya Moore is 'Gone with the Wind Fabulous' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The charismatic Kenya Moore started with pageants and wound up being "Gone With the Wind Fabulous." The Detroit native was crowned Miss USA in 1993, and then appeared in a flood of television shows such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Martin and The Parkers. Her movie appearances include Waiting to Exhale and Deliver Us from Eva. She joined the ...


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TRAVEL Soar into Arizona - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Arizona, also known as the Grand Canyon State, is quite immense, being the sixth largest state. The state capital, Phoenix, is known for having LGBT-friendly businesses and a rapidly expanding artist community. Phoenix is the largest city in Arizona, with Tucson being second. While the heat can be brutal at times in the summer months, Arizona is the perfect destination ...


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BENT NIGHTS Ruido Fest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As I mentioned in the July 15 Bent Nights, Chicago is now in the midst of a tidal wave of festivals. On the weekend of July 10 alone, there were nine large-scale events going on, excluding block parties and non-musical festivals. One of the new kids on the block was the first Ruido Festival, on July 10-12 in Adams-Medill Park, ...


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Pitchfork features Wilco, Sleater-Kinney - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pitchfork Music Festival turned 10 years old as it began a three-day run Union Park. Light sprinkles didn't keep fans away on Friday, July 17, and Chicago-based flooring company FLOR cleverly marketed by providing more than 1,500 carpet squares for free to cover muddy spots for spectators. More than 40 bands played on the three various stages, some including rockers ...


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Upcoming: Poetry; Market Days; Doobie Brothers CD; Mika album; ACTIVATE - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Brooks poetry contest July 22 On Wed., July 22, at 7 p.m., 20 poets from across Illinois will compete for a poetry prize started by Gwendolyn Brooks in partnership with the Guild Literary Complex. The event will take place at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. The 20 semi-finalists will compete for a ...


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MUSIC Out singer Jen Foster returns with double album - By Skylar Baker-Jordan - Jen Foster is no stranger to the rainbow spotlight. In addition to producing three albums and three EPs, the video for her song "Closer to Nowhere" was number one on LOGO in both 2008 and 2009, and her collaboration with the She4Me project has been viewed more than 1 million times on YouTube. Windy City Times sat down with her ...


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Upcoming: Book Fair; Cannabis conference; marriage law seminar - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Newberry Book Fair on July 23-26 The 31st annual Newberry Book Fair will take place July 23-26 at the Newberry, 60 W. Walton St., in the Gold Coast. Opening hours are Thursday, July 23-Friday, July 24, 12-8 p.m.; and Saturday, July 25-Sunday, July 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. There will be more than 120,000 used books, music and collectibles. A couple ...


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Entertainment: Jennifer Hudson; Lee Daniels; Margaret Cho; Thomas Roberts - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jennifer Hudson crashed one of the first gay weddings to take place in Dallas, and surprised two very happy grooms ( Chris and Scott Lindsey ) by performing an impromptu mini-concert, TheStir reported. The Oscar winner wanted to show her support to the LGBT community following the landmark Supreme Court decision a few weeks ago to legalize same-sex marriage. Hudson ...


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Loving Repeating musical tribute to author Gertrude Stein - From a press release - CHICAGO ( July 20, 2015 ) — Kokandy Productions is pleased to continue its 2015 season with LOVING REPEATING, a musical tribute to the life and loves of celebrated American author Gertrude Stein. Using Stein's own works as lyrics, LOVING REPEATING is adapted by Frank Galati ( The Grapes of Wrath, The Accidental Tourist ), with music by Stephen Flaherty ...


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Step Up Productions announces 2015-16 season - CHICAGO ( July 17, 2015 ) — Step Up Productions is pleased to announce its full 2015-16 Season, kicking off this fall with Neil Simon's Tony Award-winning romantic comedy BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, directed by Michael Driscoll. Then, Step Up rings in the holidays with its third annual HOLIDAZE, a hilarious and heartfelt collection of original, holiday-themed short works by ...


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HIV+ musical comedy web series "Merce" premieres - From a press release - New York, NY, July 16, 2015 —Being single, middle-aged and HIV+ in New York City isn't always easy, but Merce couldn't be happier! Hailed as "Seinfield with HIV" by Poz Magazine, Merce follows the adventures of an HIV+ Polyanna who sings and dances his way through life in search of self-acceptance and true love. With his gal-pal roommate, three gay ...


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Michelle Malone makes music - Not only does Michelle Malone have a grass roots music career but she is also down to earth. She started her own music label SBS Records back in 1992 that brought her playing over 1,000 live concerts. Her tunes have played on TV shows like True Blood, Felicity, and Dawson's Creek. Malone has duetted with Gregg Allman and been backed ...


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Piccolo's 2015/2016 season opens With local playwright adaptation - From a press release - EVANSTON - Piccolo Theatre turns 15 this year, and opens its 2015/2016 season with a reworked Russian classic, The Overcoat, originally written by Nikolai Gogol. Local playwright, Laura Schellhardt who oversees the playwriting initiative at Northwestern University, initially wrote her adaptation, The Outfit, for the Theatre Arts Division of Northwestern's National High School Institute Cherubs Program. Serendipity Theatre Company produced ...


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LGBTs among Emmy nominations - The Emmy nominations were announced July 16, and HBO Game of Thrones led all shows with 24 nominations. ( HBO hauled in a total of 124 nods, Variety reported; ABC was a distant second with 42. ) There was plenty of LGBT-related recognition among the noms, with Transparent and Orange Is the New Black receiving nods. Transparent received a nod ...


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Macbeth cast announced - From a press release - CHICAGO - Midsommer Flight announces its fourth season presenting free Shakespeare productions, returning to Chicago parks this summer with the classic tragedy Macbeth. Dedicated to presenting quality, accessible productions of Shakespeare's plays, Midsommer Flight is a proud arts partner with the Chicago Park District. Midsommer Flight's Founder and Producing Artistic Director, Beth Wolf, will direct this summer's production of Macbeth. ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Singing gay icons - Die-hard fans of the Grammy-winning singer/actress Bette Midler are well-aware that her rise to stardom includes an unconventional run performing in 1970s New York at the gay male bathhouse known as the Continental Baths. Midler herself has stated in interviews that she's proud of Continental performances, which is where she laid the foundations for a spot as a gay icon ...


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Billy Masters - "I'm sorry—are you THAT famous?"—Nicolle Wallace's response when Raven-Symone said that she doesn't sign autographs because it just goes on too long and she ends up getting a cramp in her hand. Yes, this is what The View has come to. People are insane. This is not a new observation, but it comes courtesy of a trio of stories which ...


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Knight at the Movies: Tangerine; Tig; Mr. Holmes; Edith Lake Wilkinson - Back out on the streets after 28 days in lockup, Sin-Dee ( Kitana Kiki Rodriguez ) celebrates Christmas Eve by buying a donut to split with her best friend, Alexandra ( Mya Taylor ). But when Alexandra lets it slip that Sin-Dee's pimp boyfriend, Chester ( James Ransone ), hasn't been faithful while she's been away, she goes ballistic. A ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Get a possible glimpse at a future season of Victory Gardens Theater via its 2015 IGNITION Festival of New Plays. Seven new play readings are on the roster, and a few have celebrities attached. For instance, Tony Award-nominee and out actor Andre De Sheilds' solo show Confessions of a P.I.M.P. is based upon his own journey from inner-city ...


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MOVIES David Thorpe: It's okay to sound 'gay' - "If I'm in a hotel and I call the front desk, they always say, 'We'll have that right up to you, ma'am,'" says author David Sedaris in Do I Sound Gay? a documentary that turns up the volume on "gay voice" by featuring interviews with LGBT celebrities—as well as complete strangers on the street—about their experiences "sounding gay." "I'm embarrassed ...


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THEATER REVIEW Brilliant Adventures - Playwright: Alistair McDowell. At: Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn Ave. Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.steeptheatre.com; $10-$35. Runs through: Aug. 15 Audience members scrutinizing their playbills for this Steep Theatre production may have attributed to printing error two actors listed for a single role, but, in fact, ambiguous taxonomical clues are an integral component of stories including among their furnishings a bona fide ...


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THEATER REVIEW Kiss of the Spider Woman: The Musical - Book: Terrence McNally; Music: John Kander; Lyrics: Fred Ebb. At: Benevolent Theatre at Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland St. Tickets: www.benevolenttheatre.com; $20-$25. Runs through July 26 You've got to admire the pluck of some itinerant Chicago theaters as they cram challenging works into tiny storefront spaces. But sometimes they bite off more than they can chew, and that's the ...


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THEATER REVIEW Kinky Boots - Playwright: Music and Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, book by Harvey Fiersteain. At: Broadway In Chicago at the Cadillac Palace, 151 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; www.broadwayinchicago.com; $25-$108. Runs through: July 26 During its pre-Broadway development in Chicago, audiences saw a different show every night, so busy were songwriter Cyndi Lauper and scriptwriter Harvey Fierstein putting the final touches on the ...


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Artist Elijah Burgher has a magical time - by Ben Sanders - Chicago-based artist Elijah Burgher continues to find success at every turn. He just opened and closed his first solo exhibition at Chelsea's Zieher Smith and Horton Gallery in New York and now is back in Chicago, where his work is currently on display at the Elmhurst Art Museum as part of the New American Paintings: Midwest Edition exhibition. He's just ...


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DISH: SAVOR New York Delicatessen; Be Leaf - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Take one co-owner from Indianapolis and another who already has a long-established Chicago eatery, and what do you get? Naturally, it's New York Delicatessen ( 2921 N. Clark St.; SecondCityDeli.com ). After the original New York Deli was closed in March, Isaac Work ( yes, that's his actual name ) and Clark Street Dog owner Angelo Velliotis—taking the spot over ...


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Mark Merlis on 'JD: A Novel' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - JD is unusual in the panoply of gay literature. That is Mark Merlis' doing. It is not only the devices he employs to tell his story centered around Jonathon Ascher, a long-forgotten but once-relevant cultural hero—it is the narrative itself. Martha, Ascher's long-surviving widow, is asked permission to open her husband's archives for a professor interested in telling Ascher's biography. ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Kate Pierson roams if she wants to - Founding the popular party band B-52s in Athens, Georgia, has kept singer Kate Pierson a busy girl over the years. She constantly toured with the band that brought us hits like "Love Shack" and "Roam" along the way. While with them, she has worked with Iggy Pop, REM and David Byrne on hits, among many others. Now with her first ...


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THEATER REVIEW Bard Fiction - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Ben Tallen, Aaron Greer and Brian Watson-Jones. At: Commedia Beauregard at City Lit in Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 312-487-1893; www.cbtheatre.org; $30. Runs through: Aug. 2 A theater company whose proclaimed goal is the forging of intercultural connections through plays-in-translation might be expected to traffic in modern-language adaptations of, say, Goldoni or Lope de Vega. ...


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BENT NIGHTS Headliners at Taste of Chicago - We are pulling into the middle of July and that can only mean one thing in Chicago: festivals. They're massive events designed for thousands—neighborhood shindigs, itty-bitty one-day gatherings, and new, old, traditional, and reconfigured blow-outs by the score. At this time of year in this town, if you can't find an outdoor attraction that strikes your fancy, then there is ...


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Animated series to feature transgender actress, lead character - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A new animated comedy will make history when it launches later this year as the first animated series to feature a transgender character in a lead role that is also voiced by a transgender actress, Julie Rei Goldstein. The series, Gen Zed, is about four college-age individuals who come together through the online gaming community and decide to move into ...


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Upcoming: Hall & Oates; Kelly Clarkson; Black Alphabet Film; Book Fair - Hall & Oates show July 31 in Aurora Daryl Hall & John Oates' only Chicago-area concert this summer will take place Friday, July 31, at Aurora's RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees have six number-one singles and six certified platinum albums. A few of their singles include "Kiss on My List," "Maneater," "Private ...


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Entertainment: Marriage film; 'Million-Dollar Listing'; Ryan Reynolds - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Fox is developing a film based on the Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states, according to TheWrap. The studio's Fox 2000 division picked up the life rights to Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the landmark court case. The story will also partly be based on 21 Years to Midnight, a forthcoming book proposal by ...


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Court Theatre opens season with August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Court Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, presents August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean, directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson. Gem of the Ocean will run September 10 — October 11, 2015 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. Press Opening is Saturday, September 19 at 8:00 ...







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