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Alison Bechdel: Artist, genius and instigator of change - - In September, Alison Bechdel became the second cartoonist to receive a MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship. Her cult comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For ran for 25 years, from 1983 to 2008, and received acclaim for its witty depiction of lesbian life and the challenges confronted by the LGBTQ community for acceptance. Bechdel's graphic memoirs, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic ...


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Knight at the Movies: Nightbreed; Advanced Style; film notes - Like many other writers, horror ( and gay ) literary icon Clive Barker has seen one of his books drastically altered when it reached the silver screen. Barker himself wrote the script adaptation for his novella Cabal ( which Morgan Creek, the studio that financed the movie, renamed with the more commercially friendly title Nightbreed ). However, Barker's vision—he also ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "You might get AIDS in Kenya. The people have AIDS. You got to be careful. I mean, the towels can have AIDS."—Pat Robertson gives advice to a woman going to Kenya to do missionary work who was concerned about Ebola. Thank God she asked Robertson, who is clearly an authority on infectious diseases. Who knew you could get AIDS from ...


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Upcoming: Honors and music - CIFF announces awards Chicago International Film Festival founder/artistic director Michael Kutza was among those announcing the winners of the festival competitions. Hosted by Chicago Sun-Times columnist and Fox News Chicago entertainment reporter and film critic Bill Zwecker, the ceremony was held Oct. 17 at The Sofitel Chicago Water Tower. Among the winners were The President, which took the Gold ...


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BOOK REVIEW Gaybash - By David Jay Collins, $3.99 ( e-book ); 243 pages David Jay Collins weaves a suspensful—yet foreseeable—tale embodying all the classic components of a Chicago gay romance: unrequited lust, reliable female sidekicks, drinks at almost every bar in Boystown, rampant gossip, exceedingly dramatic exchanges about acceptance of oneself, veiny biceps and the shattered pieces of a broken heart. Gaybash ...


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Johnny Weir: Bringing the 'Love' in new documentary - During the lead up to the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014, figure-skating champion Johnny Weir came under fire for opposing a boycott of Russia despite Putin's virulent anti-gay laws and an increasingly dangerous, violent environment for LGBTs. Activists were stunned and appalled: In an OUT Magazine opinion piece, a disgusted Michael Lucas wrote, "[Weir] only cares, as usual, about himself. ...


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EXHIBITS 'David Bowie Is' wows patrons at the MCA - Having opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art ( MCA ) Sept. 23, "David Bowie Is" offers audiences an intimate and immersive journey into the multifaceted personas and creations of an artist widely considered to be one of the most significant of his time and genre. At a preview on Sept. 19, MCA chief curator Michael Darling was joined by ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Macy Gray shows us 'The Way' - The raspy-voiced pop singer Macy Gray continues to dance to the beat of her own drum while making music. She's shown a unique perspective while nodding to classic singers like Billie Holiday for years. In 1999 her multi-platinum debut, On How Life Is, spawned a Grammy-winning song, "I Try," that played everywhere. She has since landed acting roles in movies ...


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VIEWS: Being 'Black-ish' also being 'homophobic-ish?' - The second episode of ABC's promising new comedy Black-ish left its LGBTQ viewership "black and blue." "It looks a little gay," Pop ( the grandfather played by Laurence Fishburne ) casually told his son Dre—short for Andre—while he was stretching to prepare for his talk with his son about the "birds and the bees." "It looks a little gay. The ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Theatrical puzzle pieces - Many composers and playwrights would be aghast to see their songs or scripts rearranged willy-nilly by an artsy director who feels that he or she knows better than the show's original authors. Lyricist Amanda Green experienced this exact situation earlier this year when she attended the Texas premiere of her 2013 Broadway musical adaptation of the film documentary Hands on ...


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Theater spotlight and Critics' Picks - Spotlight: Animal Farm/B> Animal Farm, George Orwell's famous allegorical novella that darkly explores an "ideal" society via barnyard animals, comes to life again on stage in a world premiere adaptation by Althos Low for Steppenwolf for Young Adults. Performances during the week are for visiting schools, but performances for the general public are available on weekends. Animal Farm continues for ...


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THEATER REVIEW At Last: A Tribute to Etta James - Playwright: Jackie Taylor. At: Black Ensemble Theatre, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: 773-769-4451; www.blackensemble.org; $55-$65. Runs through: Dec. 28 Fifteen minutes into Black Ensemble's revue, audience members might find themselves asking three questions: 1 ) What are songs written by Bob Dylan, Glen Frey and Sammy Fain doing in the score of a show billed as a tribute to Etta ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Submission - Playwright: Jeff Talbott. At: Pride Films and Plays at the Apollo Studio, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6100; www.pridefilmsandplays.com; $25. Runs through: Nov. 25 Writing under pseudonyms is hardly an unknown practice—consider the literary career of Jane Martin, the detective stories of Ed McBain, or Google a 1969 novel by Penelope Ashe called Naked Came the Stranger. Reputable artists may ...


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THEATER REVIEW Watch on the Rhine - Playwright: Lillian Hellman. At: The Artistic Home, 1376 W. Grand Ave. . Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.theartistichome.org; $28-$32. Runs through: Nov. 16 It's easy for us Americans, safely barricaded on two sides by the earth's biggest oceans, to ignore the border disputes of countries sharing more closely-forged histories and real estate. Ah, but what if those disturbances invaded our homes—indeed, our very ...


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THEATER REVIEW Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - Book: Hugh Wheeler; Score: Stephen Sondheim. At: Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252 or www.porchlightmusictheatre.org; $39-$45. Runs through Nov. 9 Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's 1979 musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street has proven itself to be a masterpiece that can hold any size stage. When cast and designed well, ...


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Upcoming events in film, music, poetry - The Poetry Foundation and the Chicago Humanities Festival will feature a talk by lesbian New York poet Eileen Myles at the foundation, 61 W. Superior St., on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. In this talk ( "Poetry off the Shelf: Eileen Myles" ), she discusses Afterglow, her new fantasy and dog memoir about her longtime companion, Rosie. The cost ...


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Laramie Project; Boy George; Library exhibit on marriage - 'The Laramie Project' at NU Oct. 24-Nov. 2 The Laramie Project, a chronicle of the life of a Wyoming town following the 1998 kidnapping and murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard, will be staged at Northwestern University Oct. 24-Nov. 2. The production, which Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project wrote, will launch the Virginia Wadsworth ...


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Sophia Bush on 'Chicago P.D.' and being an LGBT ally - NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actress Sophia Bush really puts her money where her mouth is. Originally starring in the hit TV series One Tree Hill brought Bush in the spotlight for almost a decade. She followed up the role with several movies, including John Tucker Must Die, which stars Jesse Metcalfe as the title hunk. She was in the short-lived Partners, from the creators ...


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Jennifer Knapp: Lesbian releases album, book with sense of self - MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former Christian music star Jennifer Knapp released her latest album, Set Me Free, Oct. 14 under Ani DiFranco's Righteous record label. Directly prior to her album's debut, Knapp released a full-length memoir, Facing the Music, on Oct. 7. Knapp found a home for herself under this new label after an eight-year hiatus from her musical career. For Knapp, joining Righteous ...


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Erica Ash and Teyonah Parris have 'Survivor's Remorse' - NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Starz just debuted a new series titled Survivor's Remorse this month. The half hour scripted show tells the story of the world of professional basketball and the drama behind the scenes. The show comes from the producers of such hit shows as The Cosby Show, Roseanne and Glee. Erica Ash plays M-Chuck, the lesbian sister of star Cam Calloway. Viewers ...


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Cumberbatch on OUT cover; lesbian pundit canned - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Benedict Cumberbatch—who stars as gay codebreaker Alan Turing in the film The Imitation Game—is on the November cover of OUT magazine. In it, the straight actor talks about sexuality in Hollywood, among other things: "I think if you're going to sell yourself as a leading man in Hollywood to say 'I'm gay,' sadly, is still a huge obstacle. We all ...


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Nigel Barker gives 'Face' time to Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Recently, photographer and reality television star Nigel Barker surprised Michigan Avenue shoppers with a pop-up selfie opportunity. Art Van Furniture teamed with the sharp-looking man to strike a pose on one of its couches plopped down in Pioneer Court. Referred to as a "sofie," fans were encouraged to sit on the couch with the host of The Face on the ...


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Dining news: "Dinner Party" Oct. 27; Cicchetti closes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The Oct. 27 installment of "The Dinner Party" will feature Chef Paul Virant of Vie & Perennial Virant cooking for Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director Ashley Wheater, film director Joe Swanberg, singer/Chicago Force quarterback Sami Grisafe and host Elysabeth Alfano—and the public at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., at 6:30 p.m. Visit http://www.citywinery.com/chicago/fear-no-art-presents-the-dinner-party-10-27-14.html. —Cicchetti—the lauded Italian restaurant in the Northwestern ...


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BENT NIGHTS Xina Xurner;'Shame That Tune'; Asgeir - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As promised, Pilsen art rockers Xina Xurner returned here for a blowout at DIY space Babylawn Oct. 5 after the band high-tailed it to L.A. two years ago. Just done with his MFA at USC, vocalist Young Joon Kwak, life partner Mavin Astorga and bandmate Mr. 666 ( both on synths and treated sounds ) used a small window of ...


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'Unplugged' performance to tackle rape, suicide - Paul McComas and Maya Kuper will rock against rape, depression and suicide with their performance of "Unplugged" at the Evanston venue 27 Live on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. McComas' Unplugged was published in 2002 as a novel. McComas said he envisioned from the beginning that the story would eventually jump off the pages. The novel, performance and screenplay ...


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GayCo Productions turns 18, is Bearly Legal - From a press release - CHICAGO—-It's official! GayCo Productions is on the market! The boundary-pushing comedy organization can now legally buy cigarettes, vote, have sex and, thanks to marriage equality in Illinois, get married to a 54-year-old muscle daddy and divorce him and take all his Design Within Reach furniture. GayCo Productions turns 18 years old this year, and, to celebrate a whole new world ...


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Haunted site having LGBTQ night Oct. 19 - Morton Grove's Fear City Chicago, 8240 North Austin Ave., will host a special night, "Scream!," to celebrate the LGBTQ community on Sunday, Oct. 19, 7-11 p.m. A full cocktail bar and other refreshments will available for purchase at the concession stand at Fear City, and a DJ will spin tunes. Also, The "gAy List" Bus Tours will provide transportation, leaving ...


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Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscars - Actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the Academy Awards for the first time, Variety reported. Although this will mark Harris' first time hosting the Oscars, he has plenty of hosting experience, having hosted the Tony Awards four times as well as the Emmy awards twice. Harris also performed the opening musical number during the 2010 Oscars. The 87th Annual Academy ...


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Knight at the Movies: Dracula Untold; film notes - How differently would audiences respond to Dracula Untold—Universal's latest attempt to reboot its classic monsters franchise—if the actor playing Dracula was openly gay? Would it diminish their ability to immerse themselves into the filmmakers attempt to explain the origins of vampire lore that is the basis of the film? Would they ascribe some sort of underlying queer symbolism to Vlad ...


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Upcoming shows: Laramie Project; Brickman; McComas, Kuper, Kennedy - 'The Laramie Project' at NU Oct. 24-Nov. 2 The Laramie Project, a chronicle of the life of a Wyoming town following the 1998 kidnapping and murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard, will be staged at Northwestern University Oct. 24-Nov. 2. The production, which Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project wrote, will launch the Virginia Wadsworth ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I've got my hands on their butts probably more than their wives."—Tom Brady describes the unique relationship he has with his teammates on the New England Patriots. Well, what's a little pigskin between friends... It's nice to know that even in my mid-40s, I can still have new experiences. But here's one I didn't see coming. Last week, someone admitted ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Donna McKechnie, the primary performing muse to late director-choreographer Michael Bennett in such musicals as A Chorus Line, Company and Promises, Promises, is the headlining star for Pride Films and Plays' annual benefit Simply Sensational: Legends. The event features McKenchnie and other performers in addition to a raffle for fabulous door prizes. Pride Films and Plays' ...


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Trans musician to appear at documentary screening - Jennifer Leitham, the renowned transgender jazz bass virtuoso, will be in Oak Park on Sunday, Oct. 19, as part of the special screening of I STAND CORRECTED—the true story of Leitham, who transitioned publicly during the height of her career. Formerly known as John Leitham, the artist played with such top acts as The Tonight Show All-Stars, Mel Tormé and ...


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Cyndi Lauper talks about 'Kinky Boots' - Winner of six Tony Awards, the Broadway hit musical Kinky Boots debuted on The Great White Way in October 2012 and hasn't slowed down since. The popular musical is based on the 2005 film Kinky Boots, which was serendipitously inspired by a true story. With music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, Kinky Boots was ...


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THEATER REVIEW Take Me Out - Playwright: Richard Greenberg. At: Eclectic Theatre Company at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-935-6875; www.eclectic-theatre.com; $25. Runs through: Nov. 2 Richard Greenberg launches his world of sports play with superstar batter Darren Lemming announcing to the press that he is gay, but the repercussions vested upon his teammates, his fans and his career will not be what we ...


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THEATER REVIEW Witches Among Us - Playwright: Music & Lyrics by Scott Free, book by Rick Karlin. At: New American Folk Theatre at The Call, 1547 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-426-6442; www.newamericanfolktheatre.org; $15-$20. Runs through: Nov. 7 The martyrs of Salem, Massachusetts, were not the first scapegoats of a society undone by its own fears, but the source of their persecution has entered our language ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Wild Party - Score: Michael John LaChiusa; Book: LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe. At: Bailiwick Chicago at Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000 or www.bailiwickchicago.com; $40 . Through Nov. 1 It's likely that die-hard musical-theater fans will forever be bickering and taking sides over The Wild Party. That's because in New York during the year 2000, two completely different musicals ...


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THEATER REVIEW Danny Casolaro Died for You - Playwright: Dominic Orlando. At: TimeLine ( sic ) Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave. Tickets: 773-281-8463; www.timelinetheatre.com; $39-$52. Runs through: Dec. 21 I'm not a conspiracy theorist. I believe Oswald acted alone. Still, I know there are vast international crime networks doing business with each other far outside any law. I know, too, our government does business with them in the ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Gay bar drama - Plays and musicals with characters who fall within the LGBTQ spectrum appear all over Chicago stages, from Equity flagships like the Goodman Theatre and Steppenwolf Theatre Company to the tiniest of storefronts like The Side Project or the Apollo Studio. But there's also something to be said about targeting LGBTQ audiences precisely where they like to hang out. This explains ...


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Jennifer Hudson and HRC; Transparent; Annie Lennox on Beyonce - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released a Web video featuring Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson for its "Americans for Marriage Equality" campaign, according to a press release. In the video, Hudson discusses her longtime support for LGBT equality and announced a new partnership with HRC. She also broke the news that she will be performing at the ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Sinead O'Connor takes us to 'Church' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Sinead O'Connor has always danced to the beat of her own drum. While it may be hard to figure her out personally, the fact remains that her music has struck a chord with a generation. The Irish singer/songwriter started in the '80s with her first album The Lion and the Cobra to critical acclaim, then broke out to mainstream success ...


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Dining news: Hot Doug's replacement; Chefs Hall of Fame - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —As early as Dec. 1, Frank Meats Patty is expected to move into the iconic Avondale space at California and Roscoe that Hot Doug's occupied, according to an NBC Chicago item. Hot Doug's closed its doors for good Oct. 4. Owner Doug Sohn said he has to vacate the building by Nov. 1, adding he plans to auction off the ...


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DIVERSIONS Haunted houses get into the spirit outside Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As Halloween quickly approaches, Illinois offers some sure scares in the haunted-house category that will entertain for many moons. Chicago itself doesn't have a lot in this category, unfortunately, other than a few haunted bus tours and Navy Pier's Zombie Containment for tourists. Horror fans have to travel outside the city limits to stir up some real fears. Some of ...


-Laverne-Cox-talks-about-The-T-Word

Laverne Cox talks about 'The T Word' - From a press release - MTV and Logo TV have joined forces to simultaneously premiere Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word on Oct. 17. The 60-minute documentary highlights seven transgender youths from varying walks of life with one of the world's most famous trans icons in the center of it all—Orange is the New Black's Laverne Cox. The Emmy-nominated actress recently made history when she ...


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Chicago Gay Men's Chorus to present Lipstick & Lyrics - From a press release - Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) starts off their 2014/2015 season with Lipstick & Lyrics, "Into the Hood: A Mary-Tale", on October 25, 2014 at 8:00pm at the fabulous Park West. Hear your favorite fierce drag princesses sing live while on a quest to be the fairest at the ball, all while evading the scheming, evil villainesses. Talented fair ...


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46th Jeff Awards celebrates excellence in Chicago theatre - From a press release - October 13, 2014 — Chicago, IL. At the gala 46th Annual Equity Jeff Awards held at Drury Lane Oakbrook on Monday, October 13, awards were spread among numerous theatres honoring a season of outstanding productions. From Writers Theatre, "The Dance of Death", a battle of wits between a tyrant and his manipulative wife, received the Production-Play award for a large ...


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MOVIES Rory Kennedy re-creates 'Last Days in Vietnam' - Rory Elizabeth Katherine Kennedy, 45, is the youngest of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy's 11 children. Born a mere three months following RFK's assassination in 1968, Rory's personal history has long been laden with the remnants of Vietnam ( her father was campaigning for president on the anti-war platform when he was killed ), and now she's taking ...


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Eileen Myles: Queer, funny, feminist stand-up and poetry - From a press release - Poetry Off the Shelf: Eileen Myles Poet Eileen Myles discusses Afterglow, her new fantasy and dog memoir CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation and the Chicago Humanities Festival are pleased to feature a talk by New York poet Eileen Myles. Myles' gift for chronicling the life of the writer in a queer, funny, feminist, and ultimately provocative way makes her readings ...


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Terrence McNally Eclipse Theatre Company's featured playwright - From a press release - Lips Together, Teeth Apart; A Perfect Ganesh; The Lisbon Traviata Chicago's Eclipse Theatre Company, the Midwest's only theatre company to focus on a single playwright each season, will feature the works of award-winning American playwright Terrence McNally for their 2015 Season. Eclipse will explore the range of McNally's output with three full productions, plus readings and public events about the ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Brick Yard - - by Carol Lynne, $13.99, eBook $5.50; Totally Bound. Publishing; 185 pages This male-on-male book of erotic romance is set in the South Side of Chicago. The story is told in alternating first person through the main character Lucky Gunn and his lover, Dray. The story follows the trials and tribulations faced by many of the youth that go through ...


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Alan Cumming on his memoir, acting - Bisexual Scottish actor Alan Cumming has been celebrated for his work in such films as Any Day Now, garnered a Tony Award in Broadway's Cabaret and currently appears on TV in The Good Wife. In his memoir, Not My Father's Son, Cumming details his tragic childhood growing up in a household filled with abuse at the hands of his late ...


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Vives Q features Norma Seledon - Vives Q launched its fall First Tuesdays series Oct. 7, 2014 at Blanco y Negro Restaurant, 4043 W 26th Street, Chicago. The featured interview was lesbian leader Norma Seledon, on the fourth anniversary of the death of her longtime partner Alicia Amador. Norma's two daughters, Queli and Eva Tellez participated in the discussion, which was led by Emmanuel Garcia. American ...


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Knight at the Movies: Pride; film notes - Given the improbability of the true story that is the basis for director Mathew Warchus' Pride, it makes perfect sense why everyone involved realized this would make a great movie. In England, in 1984 two disparate groups—a small faction of the gay community and a tiny segment of the enormous and mostly conservative striking miner movement—found solidarity under the oppressive ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Mary Lambert tells her 'Secrets' - The bipolar lesbian who rocks mom jeans is at it again with a new album. Lyrics from the latest single "Secrets" tell all with a description of the personal things that make her unique—including the characteristics mentioned in the opening sentence. The massive hit "Same Love" took over the airwaves with her guest vocals on the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ...


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Dustin Lance Black talks marriage rights, traveling and London - Dustin Lance Black is a charmer. That much became apparent during a recent phone conversation with the Oscar-winning screenwriter ( for Milk, which starred Sean Penn ). However, behind that easygoing facade is a fierce advocate for marriage rights—a fight that constantly takes him around the country. ( Also, that journey will bring the American Foundation for Equal Rights board ...


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CIFF's LGBT highlights: Week one - The 50th anniversary of the Chicago International Film Festival is being celebrated as the fest kicks off tomorrow night, Thursday, Oct. 9, with the Chicago premiere of Miss Julie, which stars Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell and was directed by Liv Ullmann. ( Ullmann and Farrell will attend the gala red-carpet event. ) The first week of the fest ( ...


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NUNN ON ONE Gay actor from 'Nurse Jackie' shows theater chops - Chicago Cabaret Professionals ( CCP ) will celebrate in a big way this October with an anniversary gala at Park West. Performer Stephen Wallem will be the organization's national honoree. The Rockford, Illinois, native is known for playing the role of gay jack-of-all-trades Thor Lundgren on the Showtime feature Nurse Jackie. However, he also has extensive theater experience; he has ...


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Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks - Call Chicago comedian Shawn Bowers a creep ( if you want ) for what he calls the art of "goldfishing," which his adventures of pretending to be a woman on popular online dating sites for his own amusement. Hear all about Bowers' duplicity in The Goldfish Project: Procreation, which is co-curated by Sarah Gitenstein and produced by The New Colony ...


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THEATER REVIEW Bethany - Playwright: Laura Marks. At: Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: 773-283-7071 or www.thegifttheatre.org; $20-$30. Runs through Nov. 23 Laura Marks' 2013 off-Broadway drama Bethany grips audiences from the start and won't let go. Now making its Chicago premiere at The Gift Theatre in an edge-of-your-seat staging by Marti Lyons, Bethany craftily instills feelings of hope and dread as you ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Night Alive - Playwright: Conor McPherson. At: Steppenwolf theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-335-1650; www.steppenwolf.org; $20-$82. Runs through: Nov. 16 Conor McPherson may have forsaken alcohol after his brush with the Grim Reaper, but his universe is still that of a pub-crawler down to his last euro, reliant on the grudging charity of family and friends. In this myth-infused underworld realm, demons ...


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THEATER REVIEW The World of Extreme Happiness - Playwright: Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800; www.GoodmanTheatre.org/Happiness; $10-$40. Runs through: Oct. 12 [Editor's note: A pivotal plot twist is revealed in this review.] This new play may not be a good production, but it certainly is pertinent. Hong Kong may be bloody when you read this, as Beijing suppresses massive demonstrations supporting free ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Heidi Latsky dancer reinvents himself--twice - Robert Simpson, 65, moved to New York City in 1971 for two reasons: to dance and to come out. Simpson grew up near Albany, New York, and started taking dance classes while in college. Shortly after arriving in New York City, Simpson found himself on scholarship with the esteemed choreographer Alwin Nickolais and surrounded by like-minded artists in New York's ...


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THEATER REVIEW At Home at the Zoo - Playwright: Edward Albee. At: City Lit at Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Tickets: 773-293-3682; www.citylit.org; $29. Runs through: Oct. 26 Edward Albee's curmudgeonly decision to affix an addendum, written in 2004, to his career-making one-act play, written in 1959, shouldn't be surprising. Far from solving mysteries probed for over five decades by learned scholars and acting-class students ...


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Robert Patrick: One of oldest gay playwrights on theater history - LGBT HISTORY MONTH - Robert Patrick is the author of Kennedy's Children and The Haunted Host, one of America's oldest gay plays, now celebrating its 50th anniversary. He was one of the leading lights of the off-off Broadway, fringe and gay-theater movements in the United States. When he was younger, he made the mistake of selling his copyrights and now, at age 76, he ...


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News notes: Local entertainment, events - Trans* activist McDonald delivering lecture At the University of Chicago (UChicago), LGBTQ Student Life's 2014 OUTober keynote speaker will be trans* activist CeCe McDonald, who will address racism, transphobia and incarceration that transgender women of color face. The keynote will take place at a free event at the University of Chicago Law School Auditorium, 1111 E. 60th St., at 6 ...


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Billy Masters - "I have been given a lot of roles that are downtrodden, mammy-ish."—Viola Davis explains her zeal for landing the lead in How To Get Away With Murder, the best performing new one-hour drama of the season. Of course, would it kill anyone to give this woman a Kleenex? She's made a career out of close-ups of her snot. No time ...


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Sugar & Spice: Brunch at Trenchermen - If you've tired of the typical Sunday morning pancakes-and-eggs drill, shake up your brunch routine with a trip to Trenchermen, where breakfast classics are cleverly upgraded and reinterpreted. Trenchermen's ( far superior ) version of the Egg McMuffin, for instance, pairs fluffy scrambled eggs with a juicy slice of deliciously salty corned beef, topped with melted Gruyere. Meat lovers hit ...


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Steel Panther, Judas Priest and a fire festival - BENT NIGHTS: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As a non-heavy metal rock fan, I was taken aback by Judas Priest's "Farewell Epitaph" show in 2011. Although I love it hard, big and fast ( a helping of Queen, a dollop of Pink Floyd, and hearty portions of Iggy Pop and Alice Cooper ), metal was not something that I could cozy up to, except for that one ...


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Documentary on telephone hotlines out in November - From a press release - NEW YORK — At hotlines across the country, the phones never stop ringing. People call to confide in strangers - looking for advice, entertainment, or simply to connect with someone they don't know. HOTLINE is a documentary about telephone hotlines, the people who call—and the people who answer— and the ways human conversation and contact can fight isolation and alienation ...


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Bennett and Gaga's CD; Melissa on marriage; Laverne in Vegas - Showbiz news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's acclaimed jazz album, Cheek To Cheek, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Album, the Jazz Album and Traditional Jazz Album charts, according to a press release. With the release of Cheek to Cheek, Bennett breaks his own record, set in 2011 when Duets II debuted at number one at the age of 85. ...


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Dining news: Sous chef battle; new Andersonville spot - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The restaurant 312 Chicago, 136 N. LaSalle St., celebrates Italian Heritage Month with its first annual "Battle of the Sous Chefs" with Luis Silva and Juan Ramirez. Each sous chef is battling it out to win a spot for his appetizer and dessert recipes on 312 Chicago's upcoming winter menu. Dishes include pan-roasted jumbo calamari; crab and shrimp with kale; ...


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Dario Franchitti appears at rare craft event - Former race-car driver and native Scot Dario Franchitti has turned curator, selecting the items for The Balvenie 2nd Annual Rare Craft Collection, a traveling gallery that stopped in Chicago Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at Gallery 1028. People took in the exhibition items—which included a handmade coffee table built with gears of a race car, specially crafted bagpipes, boots and a saddle ...


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Akira fashion show attracts hundreds - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It's unlikely a vehicle dealership has had this kind of patronage—at least recently. Hundreds of people went to Grossinger City Autoplex, 1550 N. Dayton St., on Oct. 5 as the fashion retailer Akira held its 12th Annual Fall Fashion Show. Attendees enjoyed everything from small bites and drinks from businesses such as Umami Burger, neuro, SOCIAL Enjoyments, Municipal Bar + ...


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Focused Media launches with celebration of The Gay Agenda - Activist Mary Morten and Jim Bennett's newly launched production company, Focused Media LLC, was created to "produce socially relevant content … for underrepresented voices and to challenge preconceived notions," according to Bennett. And on Oct. 1 at Boystown nightspot Sidetrack, attendees gathered to celebrate the upcoming second season of one of its projects, The Gay Agenda. The Gay Agenda is ...


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Black Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award honors Joel Hall - From a press release - CHICAGO — The African American Arts Alliance is proud to announce that one of the most exciting awards ceremonies of the year will take place on Monday, October 27, 2014, at the DuSable Museum of African American History. The Black Excellence Awards stands apart from other award ceremonies in that it is the only interdisciplinary arts awards ceremony in Chicago ...







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