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  Dance for Life Chicago announces 2019 lineup for Aug. 17 event

Dance for Life Chicago announces a lineup of popular companies and artists returning to the stage Aug. 17 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., Chicago. Dance for Life, which mobilizes Chicago's dance ...


  THEATER REVIEW Hands on a Hardbody

Playwright: Doug Wright ( book ), Amanda Green ( lyrics ), Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green ( music ) At: Refuge Theatre Project at the Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence Ave. Tickets: $30; Runs ...


  SHOWBIZ Hugh Jackman, Sam Smith, festival news, Taraji P. Henson

Hugh Jackman is set to be Broadway's next "Music Man," Page Six noted. Producer Scott Rudin officially confirmed Jackman's casting in his revival of The Music Man, telling The Hollywood Reporter he was psyched "about the ...


  Ariana, Gambino, Monae part of Lollapalooza

Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots and The Strokes are among the headliners for Lollapalooza, which will take place Aug. 1-4 in Chicago's Grant Park. More than 180 acts were announced for this year's music ...


  Leather Archives exhibiting Bearnot's 'Fruiting Bodies'

The Leather Archives and Museum ( LA&M ), 6418 N. Greenview Ave., is presenting "Fruiting Bodies," a solo exhibition by Andrew Bearnot in the museum's Guest Artist Gallery ( GAG ). The exhibition will include new ...


  Laura Aguilar exhibit at NMMA

The exhibit "Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell" will be shown at the National Museum of Mexican Art ( NMMA ), 1852 W. 19th St., March 22-Aug. 18. Sybil Venegas is the curator. There will be more ...


  Chicago Sinfonietta's "In Darkness We Rise" highlights Jewish experience March 23

CHICAGO ( February 2019 ) — For the world's most vulnerable, persecuted and troubled, even in the most sorrowful times of darkness, moments of light are bound to emerge. Chicago Sinfonietta, the nation's most diverse orchestra, ...


  BOOK REVIEW Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls

By T Kira Madden $27; Bloomsbury Publishing; 304 pages Anyone who came of age in the late 1990s and early 2000s knows the name Steve Madden. Trendy and chunky, the shoes were lusted after by many ...


  BOOK REVIEW Dugan's Bistro and the Legend of the Bearded Lady

By Owen Keehnen $17; Out Tales, Publishing; 148 pages Bob Theiss contained multitudes—most under a completely different name. Known as the Bearded Lady ( or BL ) to gay Chicagoans of the 1970s and early '80s, ...


  "Trans Art Is" Trans Day Of Visibility 2019 Launch Celebration March 31

The Chicago Therapy Collective is at is again, building platforms for Trans and QTPOC* artists to share their voices, sounds, movements, and truths and bringing you a phenomenal lineup of creatives. Get excited, Chicago! Join us ...


  THEATER REVIEW How to Live on Earth

Playwright: MJ Kaufman At: Chimera Ensemble at the Flatiron, 1573 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets:; $23. Runs through: March 24 Those travel advertisements asking us "Wouldn't you like to get away from it all?" inform MJ ...


  Ravinia Festival Experience Center, immersive-experience theater, to open

HIGHLAND PARK, IL — Ravinia Festival will open a major addition to the park, the RaviniaMusicBox Experience Center, later this summer. The new building features an immersive-experience, 65-seat theater and a museum gallery space. Described by ...


  Ravinia announces 2019 summer lineup

HIGHLAND PARK, IL — Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman today announced the not-forprofit festival's complete 2019 summer lineup—more than 140 events from May 31 through Sept. 15— boasting more than 70 artist debuts and 50 ...


  eta seeking executive director

The board of directors for the eta Creative Arts Foundation is seeking an experienced executive director with a strong background in African-American arts and cultural traditions. The foundation was started in 1971, by Abena Joan Brown, ...


  'Lights, Camera, Sing!' Windy City Performing Arts to perform cinematic scores March 30

Windy City Performing Arts ( WCPA ) will hold "Lights, Camera, Sing!" on Saturday, March 30, at 7 p.m. at Gannon Concert Hall at DePaul University, 2330 N. Halsted St. The group will perform the great ...


  SPRING MUSICAL REVIEW Singing and swinging through spring

Chicago will see and hear 20 musicals between now and late May. Some are touring hits calling again, such as Jersey Boys ( Nederlander Theatre, April 2-7 ) and Falsettos ( Nederlander, May 28-June 9 ); ...


  Billy Masters

"He is circumcised. I have a gorgeous, circumcised penis and I want him to have the same."—Andy Cohen is not talking about what he looks for in a prospective paramour's equipment. He's talking about his son. ...


  THEATER REVIEW Southern Comfort

Authors: Dan Collins ( book/lyrics ) and Julianne Wick Davis ( music ) At: Pride Films & Plays, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: 866-811-4111;; $25-$40. Runs through: March 31 This musical is deeply heartfelt but ...


  THEATER REVIEW The Bridges of Madison County

Authors: Marsha Norman and Jason Robert Brown At: Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, 721 Howard St., Evanston. Tickets: or 773-347-1109; $39-69. Runs through: April 21 Theo Ubique, director Fred Anzevino and music director Jeremy Ramey have ...


  THEATER REVIEW Remember the Alamo

Playwright: Nick Hart At: The Neo-Futurist Theatre, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. Tickets:; $25 ( pay-what-you can Thursday nights ). Runs through: April 27 Here's a world premiere that brings fresh meaning to the phrase "Tex-Mex." ...


  Women In Comedy to host "A Love Letter to Myself, A Chicago Variety Show"

Chicago, Illinois — On Monday March 25, Women in Comedy hosts "A Love Letter to Myself" from 6 to 9 p.m. at Revolution Brewery. "A Love Letter To Myself" honors the journey of a woman's quest ...


  New musical comedy "Once Upon A One More Time" set to Britney Spears music

A musical comedy featuring the songs of Britney Spears will fill the slot at the Chicago theater left vacant when producers of the upcoming Michael Jackson bio-musical cancelled its own pre-Broadway run in the Windy City, ...


  Steppenwolf Theatre Company to present Ms. Blakk for President

CHICAGO ( March 12, 2019 ) — Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today the full casting for the world premiere of MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT, co-written by ensemble members Tina Landau ( SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical ...


  SAVOR Tuscany on Taylor; Victory Italian

DISH Dining Guide

"That's Italian!" Besides being the slogan for a popular spaghetti sauce, that was my immediate reaction after visiting a pair of restaurants that seemingly encompass the essence of Italy—albeit in different ways. Tuscany on Taylor ( ...


  Gerber/Hart hosts Black Lesbian Archives stop

Kru Maekdo is a 26-year-old creative director, archivist, and artist. She is the owner of Maekdo Productions, a multimedia production and event programming company serving women's art's and community within the LGBTQ community. On Feb. 23, ...


  THEATER REVIEW The Ruse of Medusa

Author: Erik Satie At: Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. Tickets:; $25. Runs through: April 7 Camped out like a settlement of snobby hobos in the hoarded wreckage of an eccentric great aunt's estate ...


  THEATER REVIEW Dutch Masters

Playwright: Greg Keller At: Jackalope Theatre at the Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. Tickets:; $5-$30. Runs through: April 6 A playwright struggling to assemble one or more dissimilar personalities and keep them in contentious proximity can ...


  SPRING THEATER REVIEW Hot-button plays for a cold spring

The groundhog lied to us! Winter in Chicago is not yet over, boots and parkas still litter the foyers and the New Year has been delayed until the equinox—so start your countdowns now in anticipation of ...


  Wiggins Weighs In On Giant Little Ones

There's a new, little movie in town that defies labels in big ways while showing a whole spectrum of the LGBT community. Giant Little Ones depicts two best friends involved in a sexual incident that changes ...


  Critics' Picks

On Clover Road, American Blues Theater at Stage 773, through March 16. The unplanned Steven Dietz festival continues with this twisted desert-cult psychological thriller featuring Philip E. Johnson in one of his rare creepy-villain roles ( ...


  THEATER REVIEW The Man Who Was Thursday

Playwright: adapted by Bilal Dardai from the story by G.K. Chesterton. At: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: and 773-761-4477; $40. Runs through: April 7 There's a lesson to be learned from G. K. ...


  SHOWBIZ: Aguilera, Beyonce, Tribeca Film Festival, Marc Jacobs

The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced the organization will honor six-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera with the HRC Ally for Equality Award at the 2019 HRC Los Angeles Dinner. ( As previously announced, ...


  DINING Cochon555 winner, Lent offerings, St. Patrick's items

—Chicago "Prince of Pork" Chef Daniel Espinoza, of Cantina Laredo, came out on top at the annual pork-centered event Cochon555. Espinoza will represent Chicago at Grand Cochon—the national finale on Sept. 15—in Chicago. Johnny Contraveos, the ...


  Symphony musicians on strike for first time since 2012

Despite 11 months of negotiations, Chicago Symphony Orchestra ( CSO ) musicians—represented by the Chicago Federation of Musicians ( CFM )—and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association ( CSOA ) did not reach agreement on a new ...


  MUSIC Lakeside Pride unveils new agenda at inaugural gala

On March 9, the Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles unveiled a bold new agenda at its inaugural gala. The event, titled "Take the Stage," was held on the stage of the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park and ...


  THEATER REVIEW The Man Who Was Thursday

Playwright: adapted by Bilal Dardai from the story by G.K. Chesterton At: Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Tickets: and 773-761-4477; $40. Runs through: April 7 There's a lesson to be learned from G. K. ...


  'Legally Blonde' collection now out on Blu-ray

The Legally Blonde Collection, centering on the character Elle Woods ( played by Reese Witherspoon ), is out on Blu-ray. The series is courtesy of Shout! Factory's Shout Select line, available now for pre-order from, ...


  BOOKS Chicago author talks space opera, queer representation

Chicago author/Hollywood stuntwoman SL Huang ( author of the science-fiction novel Zero Sum Game ) has recently teamed with fellow authors Becky Chambers ( The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet ), Yoon-Ha Lee ( ...


  Chicago Inclusion Project to offer Professional Performance Training Series

Chicago, IL—The Chicago Inclusion Project is launching a new initiative dedicated to providing performance development training to Chicago area artists in underrepresented communities. The new, pay- what-you-can series will consist of master classes, workshops, and mentor ...


  Writers Theatre season to include Sondheim's Into The Woods, Ibsen's A Doll's House

Glencoe, IL—Writers Theatre Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce the company's 2019/20 six play season, opening with Into the Woods, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine, ...


  BOOKS Kimberly Dark's 'Daddies' issues

Writer and raconteur Kimberly Dark plucks the fig leaf off the patriarchy in her latest work. In The Daddies, writer and raconteur Dark excavates layers of man culture and custom that have saturated everyday life. As ...


  'Reap the Grove' reading March 15

Artemisia Theatre will stage a reading of Caity-Shea Violette's LGBT production Reap the Grove—the winner of Artemisia's 2017 Fall Festival of new plays—on Friday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee ...


  NUNN ON ONE, MUSIC. Jess Glynne 'Always' in the mix

English singer Jess Glynne come to widespread attention with the hit single "Rather Be," by Clean Bandit. Her debut album, I Cry When I Laugh, debuted at number one on the UK albums chart and her ...


  Robyn performs at Aragon Ballroom; party continues at Berlin

Swedish pop princess Robyn appeared in a puff of smoke at the Aragon Ballroom on March 6. Although it was only 20 degrees outside, it felt about 100 inside with a sold-out show made popular, in ...


  BOOKS Sissy Pride, Talking With Gender Activist and Author Jacob Tobia

Sissy: A Coming of Gender Storyis a smart, compelling, honest and very funny new memoir by Jacob Tobia. In the book, the activist, writer and co-producer/host of the MSNBC television series Queer 2.0 shares the personal ...


  SHOWBIZ Tyler Blackburn, Ellen Page, Isaac Mizrahi, Annie Lennox

Former Pretty Little Liars actor Tyler Blackburn recently talked with Entertainment Weekly about the same-sex relationship his character, Alex, has on the new CW show Roswell, New Mexico with extraterrestrial jaded genius Michael. In part, Blackburn ...


  Winifred Haun & Dancers to present Spring Open Rehearsal March 31

Chicago — Winifred Haun & Dancers will present the 7th annual Spring Open Rehearsal on March 31 at Hubbard St. Dance Center. This event will showcase the latest works made by Company artists: Solomon Bowser, Ariel ...


  Chicago Premiere of Cambodian Rock Band at Victory Gardens Theater April 5

Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater continues its 44th season with the Chicago Premiere of Cambodian Rock Band, written by Lauren Yee, featuring songs by Dengue Fever and directed by Marti Lyons. Cambodian Rock Band runs April ...


  Women & Children First March events include noted authors

Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. Am I Man Enough? Storytelling Show & Podcast ( This is the rescheduled date due to the January weather cancellation. ) Am I Man Enough? is a storytelling show ...


  American Blues Theater announces five plays of the 2019-2020 Season

Chicago, IL— American Blues Theater, under the continued leadership of Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside, announces the lineup for its 2019 — 2020 Season, "Then & Now". American Blues' 34th Season will include the Chicago Premiere of ...


  Steppenwolf Breaks Ground Today on New Campus Expansion

CHICAGO ( March 5, 2019 ) — Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the nation's premier ensemble theatre, proudly breaks ground today on the next phase of its multi-year campus expansion on Halsted Street in Chicago's Lincoln Park. The ...


  Disney's Frozen to premiere in Chicago in 2020

CHICAGO ( March 5, 2019 ) — From the producers of The Lion King and Aladdin, Disney's Frozen, the Tony®-nominated Best Musical, will play an exclusive 11-week premiere engagement at Broadway In Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre ...


  THEATER REVIEW Mike Pence Sex Dream

Playwright: Dan Giles At: First Floor Theater @ The Den, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets:; $25. Runs through: March 16 I don't understand why some gays incorrectly insist that Vice-President Mike Pence is/was gay. Why-oh-why ...


  Jonathan Zeng to present Songs that Speak

Jonathan Zeng will present Songs that Speak, a cabaret featuring favorite tunes from the worlds of musical theatre and popular music, with Jonathan Zeng ( vocalist ), Michael R. Oldham ( Pianist/composer ), Daniel Eastwood ( ...


  THEATER REVIEW The Ruse of Medusa

Author: Erik Satie At: Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division St. Tickets:; $25. Runs through: April 7 Camped out like a settlement of snobby hobos in the hoarded wreckage of an eccentric great aunt's estate sale, ...


  MOVIES New Madonna docudrama gets into the groove

Who's that girl? Meet Madonna's doppelganger—Jamie Auld, a 23-year-old actress taking on the role of pre-fame Madonna in a new film chronicling the pop icon's early life in Queens, NY. Written and directed by Guy Guido, ...


  THEATER REVIEW Act(s) of God

By: Kareem Bandealy At: Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan Ave. Tickets:; $40-$75. Runs through: April 7 Questions about existence and the nature of creation lie at the heart of Kareem Bandealy's Act( s ) of ...


  Five Worth Finding: Emotional book, Studio Three and more

—The Truth About Aaron: This book about the late football star/convicted murdered Aaron Hernandez, written by brother Jonathan, is a warts-and-all account of the sometimes brutal childhood Aaron had. Among other things, Jonathan discusses Aaron's talent, ...


  The Best Party of Our Lives: Stories of Gay Weddings

By Sarah Galvin $18.95; Sasquatch Books; 226 pages Your summer is filling up quickly. It starts with graduations and confirmations. You've already got a pile of "Save the Date" cards for a bunch of weddings, and ...


  Lesbian spoken word artist Staceyann Chin in Evanston March 7

Lesbian spoken word artist Staceyann Chin will be in town March 7 for a rare performance. Chin is a Jamaican-born lesbian poet, writer, political activist, performance artist, & Mother to 7 year old Zuri. On Thursday, ...


  THEATER REVIEW I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart

Playwright: Morgan Gould At: Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: 773-334-7728;; $38. Runs through: March 23 This show made me feel old, with many pop song snippets and gamer/TV references I didn't know, ...


  For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf at Court Theater

Chicago, IL - Court Theatre, under the leadership of Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, and Executive Director Angel Ysaguirre, continues its 2018/19 season with For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is ...


  Rent 20th Anniversary Tour tickets on sale March 8

CHICAGO ( March 1, 2019 ) Broadway In Chicago is delighted to announce tickets for the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour will go on sale on Wednesday, March 6. The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour will play Broadway ...


  Film program on March 1 addresses Cuban LGBT politics

The next installment of Cuban Visions, a year-long film series exploring both early revolutionary and contemporary Cuban life and culture, will explore the impact of LGBT politics and on the nation. The program, featuring filmmaker Damian ...


  Feminist film fest kicks off at Columbia College

A number of LGBT-themed films are featured within the Chicago Feminist Film Festival, running Wed., Feb. 27-Friday, March 1. The films will screen at Columbia College's Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., and are free ...


  SHOWBIZ 'Pose,' actor comes out, Miley Cyrus, Janet Mock

GLSEN will honor the cast and creative team of Pose with the Champion Award during the 2019 GLSEN Respect Awards: New York, on Monday, May 20, at Cipriani 42nd Street, a press release noted. Golden Globe-nominated ...


  THEATER REVIEW Munsterspiel

Playwright: Gregory Peters At: Berger Park Coach House, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd. Tickets: or 800-838-3006. Runs through: March 16 In an era of "fake news" and the day-by-day perpetual fact-checking of every presidential tweet, ...


  THEATER REVIEW Twilight Bowl

Playwright: Rebecca Gilman At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: $10-45;; 312-443-3800. Runs through: March 10 Small towns in the Midwest are their own animal. In some ways, like the happy families in Tolstoy's ...


  THEATER REVIEW An Inspector Calls

By: JB Priestley At: The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand Ave. Tickets: 312-595-5600 or; $46-$88. Runs through: March 10 U.S. audiences find comfort in watching the British upper class, especially in decadent ...


  Critics' Picks

Mojo Mickeybo, Irish Theatre of Chicago at the Davis Cinema, playing February 27-28 only. Owen McCafferty's account of his boyhood in the slums of Belfast incensed its real-life counterparts, but Seanachai Theatre's 2009 hit production give ...


  MOVIES 'Mapplethorpe' brings controversial photographer to the big screen

Mapplethorpe is a movie starring Matt Smith ( Doctor Who ) as the controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe that will start running in Chicago on Friday, March 1. The film covers the rise of the maverick shutterbug ...


  MUSIC Artemis Singers chorus celebrates inspiring women

In honor of herstory, Artemis Signers begins Women's History Month with a concert Sunday, March 3, at the Irish American Heritage Center titled "Sheroes: Women Who Inspire Us." Founded in 1980, Artemis Singers is a Chicago-based ...


  TV. Nafessa Williams breaks barriers as Black lesbian superhero

When Nafessa Williams' agent set her up to audition for the new CW network show Black Lightning, she had no idea who Black Lightning was, or even that it was going to be s superhero show—much ...


  The Baton celebrates 50 years

Half a century of show! The Baton celebrates 50 years at one of their final shows in its West Loop location. Follow Jim Flint and the ladies of The Baton into the next half-centruy at the ...


  New film sparks talk on broken justice system for local trans women

Eisha Love is a 29-year-old trans woman with profound stories to tell about her life in Chicago and its justice system. Her life is under current reconstruction after being incarcerated. And now, there's a documentary that ...

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