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NUNN-ON-ONE-Sasha-Velour-talks-RuPaul-family-and-Chicago

NUNN ON ONE Sasha Velour talks RuPaul, family and Chicago - Sasha Velour is a gender-fluid artist making a living in Brooklyn, New York and is currently the artistic director, and co-founder with partner Johnny Velour for Velour: The Drag Magazine! Also described as a coffee table book, it is published twice yearly, with over a hundred pages and is advertiser free. Her illustrations and comics have been published in QU33R, ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Punk-

THEATER REVIEW Punk - Playwright: Michael Allen Harris At: The New Colony at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: TheNewColony.org; $20. Runs through: Nov. 5 Prison dramas are known for grappling with conditional or forced same-sex relations among inmates. Yet Michael Allen Harris' world-premiere drama Punk for The New Colony slightly changes the dynamics since it is set in a GBTQ unit ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - Fun Home, Victory Gardens Theater, through Nov. 12. Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori's Tony-winning musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel's 2006 graphic memoir is back. Broadway veteran Gary Griffin directs a gloriously intimate and heartbreaking production. SCM The Heavens Are Hung in Black, Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit, through Oct. 21. The year 1862 tested Abe Lincoln to his political ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Two-Mile-Hollow

THEATER REVIEW Two Mile Hollow - Playwright: Leah Nanako Winkler. At: First Floor Theater at the Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $10-$20. Runs through: Nov. 4 Arnel Sancianco's scenic depiction of the summer home once owned by now-deceased Hollywood mogul Derek Donnelly boasts a beachfront porch in its foreground and a large dining table farther upstage. Here, the surviving Donnellys—widow Blythe, stepdaughter Mary, sons Joshua ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Dracula-

THEATER REVIEW Dracula - Playwright: Sean Graney adaptation from Timothy F. Griffin's script At: The Hypocrites at Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: 773-325-1700; MercuryTheaterChicago.com; $30-$55. Runs through: Nov. 5 Lurid tales, gory mayhem and blood-splashed violence have engaged audiences from Shakespeare's time to contemporary slasher films. Often collectively called Grand Guignol ( after an early 20th-century Parisian theater that specialized in ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "Girl, listen, this is getting juicy. Andy Cohen, I'm waiting for The Real Housewives of Eastern Europe. Go get 'em! Get on this, Andy Cohen. Those bitches are gonna be fighting with swords and everything!"—Sheryl Underwood on The Talk discusses Andy Cohen's offer to mediate between Ivana and Melania Trump. I'd definitely watch that show. Every time I think I've ...


Caring-by-Sharing-concert-to-support-those-affected-by-HIV-AIDS

Caring by Sharing concert to support those affected by HIV-AIDS - From a press release - Professional singers from the musical worlds of cabaret, musical theater and opera will join forces to present the first annual "Caring by Sharing" concert to support those affected by HIV-AIDS and to remember the lives of those who have passed away. On Friday, Dec. 1, this event will be held at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, located at 1650 W. Foster Avenue ...


DISH-SAVOR-Filini-Pinstripes

DISH: SAVOR Filini; Pinstripes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Filini Bar & Restaurant ( 221 N. Columbus Dr.; http://filinichicago.com/ ) is an Italian restaurant with an unusual situation that I witnessed recently. It was a tale of two Filinis, actually. The ground level of the restaurant ( located in the Radisson Blu Aqua hotel ) was bustling, thanks to the spot's happy hour. A mix of hotel guests and ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Bridget-Everett-bringing-bawdy-cabaret-to-Chicago

NUNN ON ONE Bridget Everett bringing bawdy cabaret to Chicago - The talented performer Bridget Everett never ceases to amaze people. She has been performing in New York City for over a decade. Her cabaret shows have become legendary combining humor and rock music filling out venues traveling the country. She even did a guest spot at Carnegie Hall with the legendary Patti LuPone. She has performed stand-up on Inside Amy ...


Film-festival-to-honor-Alfre-Woodard

Film festival to honor Alfre Woodard - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, announced that actress Alfre Woodard will be honored with a Career Achievement Award as part of the 21st edition of the Festival's Black Perspectives Program. The award will be presented Saturday, Oct. 21, at a special event during the Festival to be held at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. ...


Chicago-Chamber-Choir-starting-22nd-year

Chicago Chamber Choir starting 22nd year - The Chicago Chamber Choir ( CCC ), a 40-voice ensemble, is marking its 22nd season with three programs: a commentary on our world and the joy of singing in October, a consideration of the night sky and celestial bodies in December and an exploration of the complex nature of love in April. The choir's season promises to be in step ...


Georgina-McBride-through-Oct-22

'Georgina McBride' through Oct. 22 - Northlight Theatre—under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans—will present the Chicago premiere of The Legend of Georgia McBride through Oct. 22 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. The plot is as follows: A down-on-his-luck Elvis impersonator has an overdrawn checking account and a baby on the way. When a drag show takes ...


Online-exhibition-features-Wright-photos

Online exhibition features Wright photos - When Frank Lloyd Wright traveled to Japan for the first time in 1905, he used a 4-by-6-inch camera to document this adventure. The 40 photographs from Wright's personal album are now the subject of an online exhibition ( WrightsJapan1905.org ) titled "1905: Japan Through the Lens of Frank Lloyd Wright," curated by David Bagnall of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. ...


50s-return-in-Pride-Films-Arrangement

'50s return in Pride Films' 'Arrangement' - Pride Films and Plays is now presenting Perfect Arrangement, by Topher Payne, through Oct. 22, 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago. It's 1950, and new colors are being added to the Red Scare. Two U.S. State Department employees, Bob and Norma, have been tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. There's just one problem: Both Bob and Norma are gay, and ...


Theater-Spotlight

Theater Spotlight - The Joffrey Ballet plans to abandon the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in favor of the Civic Opera House in 2020. But before that happens, catch the Joffrey performing a classic story ballet with its 2017-18 season opener: Giselle. This is the Chicago premiere of choreographer Lola de Avila's recent adaptation involving love, loss and ghostly maidens who entrap men ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Zombie-Bathhouse-A-Rock-Musical

THEATER REVIEW Zombie Bathhouse: A Rock Musical - Music & Lyrics: Scott Free. Book: Brian Kirst. Directed by: Dan Foss At: Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Tickets: ZombieBathhouse.net; $20. Runs through: Oct. 29 Just in time for Tricks or Treats comes Zombie Bathhouse: A Rock Musical at the Center on Halsted—a tale of love, identity and flesh-eating set in a gay bathhouse. The show starts off ...


DANCIN-FEATS-The-Play-is-the-thing

DANCIN' FEATS The 'Play' is the thing - By Joanna Furnans In a few weeks, Faye Driscoll and her cast of performers will return to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago for the second installment of her performance trilogy, Thank You for Coming: Play ( Nov. 9-11, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 12, 2:00 p.m., at 220 E. Chicago Ave. ). The first iteration of the series, Thank You for ...


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FILM Big names show up for 'Marshall' event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival opened Oct. 12 with a red-carpet event before the screening of the new flick Marshall at AMC River East. It is based on the true story of young lawyer ( and eventual U.S. Supreme Court justice ) Thurgood Marshall defending a Black chauffeur accused of sexual assault. Star Chadwick Boseman, who plays Marshall, reflected ...


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Showbiz news: Anderson Cooper, Kelly Clarkson, Shaun T, Coming Out Day - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Andy Cohen will co-host CNN's New Year's Eve celebration with Anderson Cooper, Deadline noted. Cohen—best known as host and EP of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live—will join Cooper in Times Square in New York City on "New Year's Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen" on Sunday, Dec. 31. CNN terminated its agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear in ...


BENT-NIGHTS-The-Hideout-Block-Party

BENT NIGHTS The Hideout Block Party - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It is a fact that summer this year officially ended Sept. 24. Never mind all that hoo-ha about Riot Fest being the last blowout of the season or that deceptive and cruel heat wave that hit the city in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The only signpost that really matters is the resurrected Hideout Block Party that took place Sept. ...


Queer-partner-dance-debuts-with-SWITCH-Chicago

Queer partner dance debuts with SWITCH: Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Imagine a safe space for LGBTQIA folks to partner dance free from traditional binary roles. That is what SWITCH: Chicago aims to provide beginning on Wed., Oct. 25, 8-11 p.m., at Voice of the City, 3429 W. Diversey Ave. Subsequent events will also take place at Voice of the City on the fourth Wednesday of every month. The genesis of ...


Jeff-Awards-honor-Steve-Scott-with-Special-Equity-Jeff-Award

Jeff Awards honor Steve Scott with Special Equity Jeff Award - From a press release - October 16, 2017 - Chicago, IL. The Jeff Awards announced today that Steve Scott will be presented with a Special Jeff Award at the Equity awards ceremony to be held on November 6th at Drury Lane Oakbrook. Mr. Scott will be honored for his career achievements that have inspired artistic collaboration, educational outreach and demonstrated dramatic creativity for more than ...


Freelancers-Anonymous-LGBTQ-comedy-feature-filmed-in-Chicago

Freelancers Anonymous LGBTQ comedy feature filmed in Chicago - Award-winning Spanish filmmaker Sonia Sebastian ( De Chica en Chica/Amazon ) teams up with Lisa Cordileone and playwright Amy Dellagiarino on Freelancers Anonymous, a comedy feature highlighting the LGBTQ community and women in tech industries. Featuring a top-notch cast including Alexandra Billings ( Transparent ), Natasha Negovanlis ( Carmilla ), Lisa Cordileone ( Easy Abby ), Jennifer Bartels ( American ...


The-New-Colony-presents-world-premiere-of-PUNK

The New Colony presents world premiere of PUNK - From a press release - CHICAGO ( October 9, 2017 ) — The New Colony concludes its 2017 Season with the world premiere of Michael Allen Harris' prison drama PUNK, co-directed by Diana Raiselis and Katrina Dion, playing October 4 — November 5, 2017 at The New Colony's resident home, The Den Theatre's Upstairs Main Stage, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. ...


Splatter-Theater-returns-to-Annoyance-Theatre

Splatter Theater returns to Annoyance Theatre - From a press release - CHICAGO - August 30th 2017. The Annoyance Theatre proudly celebrates its 30th anniversary in October with the return of its flagship show; "Splatter Theater". Now in its 30th year, "Splatter Theater" is an annual slasher spoof full of outrageous thrills and chills. Come watch as the Annoyance Theatre's white stage walls get bloodied every Saturday at 10:00 PM, with previews ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Genius-in-decline

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Genius in decline - Out actor Danne W. Taylor was surprised at how quickly the Chicago premiere of His Greatness came about. It was only about three months ago that Taylor shared a published edition of Daniel MacIvor's Tennessee Williams-inspired script to Pride Films and Plays executive director David Zak. "I figured it might show up a year or two later down the line," ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - The Heavens are Hung in Black, Shattered Globe at Theater Wit, through Oct. 21. The year 1862 tested Abe Lincoln to his political and personal max. James Still's history pageant makes a few bits up, but brings Abe to life as well as anyone has, especially as played by Lawrence Grimm. JA The Audience, Timeline Theatre Company, through Nov. 12. ...


Theater-Spotlight-on-Les-Miserables

Theater Spotlight on Les Miserables - Another national tour of the global hit musical Les Miserables is back for a brief, barricade-busting run in Chicago. Do note that this tour is not based upon the original turntable-dominated production, but rather directors Laurence Connor and James Powell's version featuring projections of Hugo's own Parisian sketches and paintings. Les Miserables plays Oct. 11-29 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, ...


TRANSPARENT-Jill-Soloway-discusses-the-future-of-the-Pfeffermans

TRANSPARENT Jill Soloway discusses the future of the Pfeffermans - Transparent won't be winding down anytime soon. A fifth season of the multiple Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series ( about a transgender female who began a gender transition late in life and her family's subsequent self-revelations ) began pre-production even before season four's recent premiere on Amazon Prime Video. This season, the Jewish-American Pfefferman clan ends up in Israel, where ...


CHAVELA-Film-looks-at-chanteuse-and-sexual-outlaw-Chavela-Vargas

CHAVELA Film looks at chanteuse and sexual outlaw Chavela Vargas - by Sari Staver - There is a stunning new documentary about the life and times of iconic chanteuse and sexual outlaw Chavela Vargas. Vargas, who died in 2014 at age 93, was a darling of Mexico City's bohemian club scene in the 1950s, when she challenged mainstream Mexican morals by dressing in men's clothing while she sang songs intended for men to woo women, ...


Queer-Brown-filmmakers-collaborate-with-CPS-students

Queer Brown filmmakers collaborate with CPS students - Video below - Vincent Martell didn't find himself inspired by filmmaking until he went to college in Barcelona. There, Martell, who now runs VAM Studios ( which has been around for just two years ), was inspired by the local film scene. "I kind of wanted to find the edginess within my art culture back home in Chicago," Martell remembered. "I looked around ...


A-Squared-arts-fest-Nov-9-12

A-Squared arts fest Nov. 9-12 - Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave., is presenting the second edition of the A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival—co-produced in partnership with Links Hall Curatorial residents A-Squared Theatre ( Hope Kim, Cary Shoda, and Giau Truong )—on Nov. 9-12. Co-presented by A-Squared Theatre, Asian Improv aRts Midwest and Links Hall, the A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival will feature contemporary ...


House-music-DJs-launch-Chosen-Few-Management

House-music DJs launch Chosen Few Management - House Music DJ and production collective the Chosen Few DJs announced its formation of Chosen Few Artist Management, Inc. ( CFAM ). Based in Chicago and Los Angeles, and led by Chosen Few DJs Wayne Williams, Terry Hunter and Alan King, CFAM will provide comprehensive management and representation to artistic talent in the global house-music space, including live performances, recording ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "You know, very few people on Planet Earth, if Little Richard dials somebody's phone number, there's nobody on Earth that wouldn't answer it. I don't care if it's the president of the United States or the president of Africa."—Danny Shelton on Three Angels Broadcasting Network. The President of Africa???? He's probably friends with the emperor of Asia! Here's what I've ...


Social-change-film-festival-Oct-13-15

Social-change film festival Oct. 13-15 - The national nonprofit organizaiton Social Change will host its social-change film festival, #ChangeFest, in three states: Illinois, California and New York. In Illinois, it will take place Oct. 13-15 at the Harold Washington Cultural Center, 4701 S. Martin Luther King Dr. The festival will feature: —29 films, including 16 world premieres—one of which is from first-time filmmaker Monica Raymund, who ...


Meet-Juanito-Doe-pays-tribute-to-being-brown-and-down-in-Chi-town

Meet Juan(ito) Doe pays tribute to being "brown and down in Chi-town" - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — From long days working on the Nabisco assembly line to long nights at el baile, from falling in love over pico de gallo and hot dogs to strange occurrences on the Ashland #9 bus, from a young boy sneaking into his mother's high heels to a young girl who feels trapped in her quinceañera dress, Meet Juan( ...


Showbiz-news-Jared-Leto-Cher-Wanda-Sykes-Weinstein-fallout

Showbiz news: Jared Leto, Cher, Wanda Sykes, Weinstein fallout - Jared Leto has landed a new role: playing the late Hugh Hefner in an upcoming biopic, Just Jared noted. The Playboy icon passed away recently at the age of 91, and Brett Ratner has a biopic planned. "Jared is an old friend," Ratner, who will direct the film, told The Hollywood Reporter. "When he heard I got the rights to ...


National-roundup-Rainbow-flag-gay-Vegas-connections-HIV-exposure-law

National roundup: Rainbow flag, gay Vegas connections, HIV-exposure law - The rainbow flag—the international symbol of LGBT liberation and pride—was unveiled in a special ceremony on Wed., Oct. 11, at the historic Stonewall National Monument, where, because of the efforts of activists, it will claim a permanent home, a press release noted. This historic event marked the first time that the LGBT flag will wave over federally funded land, under ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Bewildered

THEATER REVIEW Bewildered - Book: Ron Weaver Music & Lyrics: Aaron Benham and Ron Weaver. Directed by: Brigitte Ditmars At: Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont. Tickets: handbagproductions.org and Stage773.com: $22-$39. Runs through: Nov. 11 Hell in a Handbag productions celebrates its 15th anniversary with the staging of Bewildered, a parody musical of LGBT favorite Bewitched told from the perspective of nosy neighbor Gladys ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Queerly-Beloved-An-LGBT-Comedy-Revue-

THEATER REVIEW Queerly Beloved: An LGBT+ Comedy Revue - Written by: Katie Lee, Meaghan Morris, Kevin "KJ" Snyder, Evan Starkweather and Nathaniel Strain At: Annoyance Theatre & Bar, 851 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: TheAnnoyance.com; $10-$12. Runs through: Nov. 8 This show represents the first LGBTQ revue for Chicago comedy troupe Huggable Riot—perhaps an apt name given the youthful, huggable charm of the performers. The hour-long, mostly scripted production includes ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Quixote-On-the-Conquest-of-Self-

THEATER REVIEW Quixote: On the Conquest of Self - Playwright: Monica Hoth & Claudia Valdes Kuri, translated by Georgina Escobar At: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe. Tickets: 847-242-6000; WritersTheatre.org; $35-$80. Runs through: Dec. 17 Quixote: On the Conquest of Self gives theater veteran Henry Godinez a rare opportunity to be a clown, and Godinez—who generally plays serious roles ( when he takes time from directing and teaching )—is ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Making-of-a-Modern-Folk-Hero-

THEATER REVIEW The Making of a Modern Folk Hero - Playwright: Martin Zimmerman At: Other Theater at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave. Tickets: $25. Runs through: Oct. 29 You wonder how cults are born, swelling from small enclaves to encompass tribal sects worldwide. Martin Zimmerman offers a cautionary fable of a massive messianic movement whose origins lie in an actor of pudgy physique and modest talents, a cheap Halloween ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Choir-Boy-

THEATER REVIEW Choir Boy - Playwright: Tarell Alvin McCraney At: Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. Tickets: $43-$46. Runs through: Nov. 12 There are probably hundreds of private schools throughout our nation where young men complete their educations with no life-altering incident, but you won't find them in fiction. The premise of culturally unruly and hormone-racked adolescents confined within a unigender environment charged with ...


Music-ensemble-looks-to-tell-Chicago-stories

Music ensemble looks to tell Chicago stories - According to Bach + Beethoven Ensemble ( BBE ) Artistic Director Brandi Berry, her musical organization's mission is all about "tearing down the walls between musicians, [other] performers and the audience." The ensemble is in large part dedicated to presenting music in its historical context, using instruments that are appropriate to the period. But Berry maintained that another important part ...


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Broadway's Nick Adams to headline Pride Films and Plays's Simply Sensational - From a press release - Chicago - Pride Films and Plays' annual fall benefit, Simply Sensational, will feature Broadway musical theater star NICK ADAMS, who originated the role of Adam/Felicia in PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT, in its American premiere on Broadway. Prior to PRISCILLA, Adams had major roles in the hit revivals of A CHORUS LINE, GUYS AND DOLLS, CHICAGO and LA CAGE AUX ...


His-Greatness-on-stage-with-Pride-Films-and-Plays

His Greatness on stage with Pride Films and Plays - From a press release - Three men - a great American playwright, his trusted and loyal assistant, and a young Canadian street hustler - find themselves together for two days in a hotel room in Vancouver. The ensuing battle for power, love and loyalty is frequently funny, engagingly dark and ultimately moving. HIS GREATNESS, inspired by a 'potentially true story' during the declining days of ...


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MOVIES Sean Baker on his newest 'Project' - After studying film at New York University, Sean Baker wrote and directed his first film, Four Letter Words. He followed that with Take Out, and then created the game-changing sitcom Greg the Bunny. He showed the hustler way of life in several films such as Prince of Broadway and the transgender-focused iPhone-made feature Tangerine. His latest production, The Florida Project, ...


BOOKS-Self-made-woman-Talking-with-Denise-Chanterelle-Dubois

BOOKS Self-made woman: Talking with Denise Chanterelle Dubois - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Milwaukee-born transgender actress and businesswoman Denise Chanterelle Dubois has penned a frank and fearless new memoir entitled, Self-Made Woman about her long journey to self-acceptance and her eventual gender confirmation surgery in 2003 at age 50. Along the road, in an effort to fight the gender dysphoria she had felt since the age of 4, Denise ( as Dennis ) ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Radio-show-host-Stephanie-Miller-talks-Trump-tour

NUNN ON ONE Radio-show host Stephanie Miller talks Trump, tour - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Radio-show host Stephanie Miller continues to mix comedy with politics and these days there's plenty of material. The daughter of U.S. Rep. William E. Miller, she started performing sketch comedy in high school. She worked comedy clubs while being on the radio in the '80s and '90s. Miller hosted her own late-night television talk show and then several other shows ...


FILM-REVIEW-Professor-Marston-and-the-Wonder-Women-

FILM REVIEW Professor Marston and the Wonder Women - Director: Angela Robinson. Starring: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote Time: 108 minutes. Release: Oct. 13 Professor Marston and the Wonder Women tells the story of psychologist William Moulton Marston and the progressive relationship between him, his wife and mistress. The Wonder Woman comic book is created in the process and what goes on behind closed doors at Harvard's Radcliffe ...


VALUE-TRAVEL-DC-weekend-getaway-ideas

VALUE TRAVEL D.C. weekend getaway ideas - by Bill Malcolm - Fall is the perfect time to visit Washington, D.C.. The temperatures are cooler and fall lingers. The fall colors in the mountains west of D.C. ( Skyline Drive ) are great if you have a car ( or you can go with the LGBT hiking club, Adventuring ) or take a stroll through Rock Creek Park with the Frontrunners ( ...


SCOTTISH-PLAY-SCOTT-Prison-take

SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Prison take - Gay playwright Michael Allen Harris' world-premiere drama Punk is set in a prison's separate unit for gay, bisexual and transgender inmates. Harris got the idea after a fellow playwright friend forwarded him a short-film documentary exploring the topic. "Queer people in prison are often forgotten about, or they're never considered. There are people who live their life within the prison ...


The-1950s-return-in-living-color-in-Perfect-Arrangement-play

The 1950's return in living color in 'Perfect Arrangement' play - Pride Films and Plays is now presenting Perfect Arrangement, by Topher Payne, through Oct. 22, 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago. It's 1950, and new colors are being added to the Red Scare. Two U.S. State Department employees, Bob and Norma, have been tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. There's just one problem: Both Bob and Norma are gay, and ...


BOOKS-New-memoir-reveals-Armistead-Maupins-true-tales-of-the-city

BOOKS New memoir reveals Armistead Maupin's true tales of the city - Armistead Maupin spent four decades creating memorable characters in his Tales of the City novels but it's real-life individuals like Rock Hudson that kindle his new memoir Logical Family—illuminating the coming of age and coming out story of one of America's most indelible authors. In anticipation of the release of Logical Family: A Memoir on Tuesday, Oct. 3, Windy City ...


Hello-Again-and-Signature-Move-screen-at-Music-Box-

'Hello Again' and 'Signature Move' screen at Music Box - Chicago's Music Box Theatre has held several recent red-carpet events to premiere exciting new LGBT films. Opening night for the Reeling Film Festival screened the musical Hello Again on Sept. 21. While guests enjoyed drinks and hors d'oeuvres in the lounge nearby, several of the stars and production team stopped to talk with Windy City Times before entering the theater. ...


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Exhibit explores city's dyke nightspots - On Oct. 11, National Coming Out Day, Howard Brown Health's "Lost & Found: An exhibit exploring Chicago's dyke spaces of the '70s and '80s" will open for a limited run ( through Oct. 28 ) at Reunion Chicago, 2557 W. North Ave., in Humboldt Park. The exhibit is co-organized by producer Kristen Kaza ( co-founder of Slo 'Mo Party and ...


Billy-Masters

Billy Masters - "I am definitely not your daddy."—Nick Jonas responds to a tweet saying "Nick Jonas is literally my daddy." I believe people should really learn the meaning of the words literally, figuratively and, in many cases, versatility. After a month abroad, I am finally back on U.S. soil. While my trip was entertaining and enlightening, it was also exhausting. I don't ...


Horror-film-marathon-Oct-7-at-Music-Box

Horror-film marathon Oct. 7 at Music Box - The 24-hour horror-movie marathon known as "Music Box of Horrors" will return to the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., on Saturday, Oct. 7, at noon. Along the films that will be shown, there will be tributes to horror-film directors George Romero and Tobe Hooper. Some of the movies slated to run include Land of the Dead ( 2005 ...


Park-at-Wrigley-has-Oct-8-classical-show

Park at Wrigley has Oct. 8 classical show - The Park at Wrigley, 3637 N. Clark St., has announced its first outdoor classical music experience, showcasing Chicago musicians on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2-4 p.m. "The Line-Up"—a three-part classical music showcase—is a free live music experience featuring selections for brass, strings and woodwinds. Edwin Outwater ( music director Laureate of Ontario's Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and director for summer concerts at the ...


Hell-in-a-Handbag-15th-anniv-event-on-Oct-15

Hell in a Handbag 15th-anniv. event on Oct. 15 - To mark Hell in a Handbag Productions' 15th anniversary, it will hold a quinceañera-style party on Sunday, Oct. 15, 5-10 p.m., at The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway. The evening will include a Mexican buffet, cocktails, games, a silent and live auction, the world's greatest raffle, and a live performance of Handbag highlights ( and lowlights ) spanning the past ...


A-Squared-arts-fest-Nov-9-12

A-Squared arts fest Nov. 9-12 - Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave., is presenting the second edition of the A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival—co-produced in partnership with Links Hall Curatorial residents A-Squared Theatre ( Hope Kim, Cary Shoda, and Giau Truong )—on Nov. 9-12. Co-presented by A-Squared Theatre, Asian Improv aRts Midwest and Links Hall, the A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival will feature contemporary ...


Elton-John-to-release-greatest-hits-collection

Elton John to release greatest-hits collection - Elton John announced that Diamonds will be released Friday, Nov. 10 through UMe. Diamonds is the ultimate greatest hits collection from John; it will be available on as a one-, two- or three-CD limited edition box set; two-LP heavy-weight gatefold vinyl; and digital formats. The three-CD limited edition box set contains 34 tracks over two discs, plus 17 bonus tracks ...


Bad-Taste-on-first-Wednesdays

'Bad Taste' on first Wednesdays - Hell in a Handbag Productions and Mo Less's revue Bad Taste will play the first Wednesday of every month—beginning Oct. 4—at The Charnel House, 3421 W. Fullerton Ave. The evening of queer and camp curiosities features what's being called "a rotating cast of Chicago's most daring and disgusting performance artists: burlesque, drag, clowning, sideshow, comedy and cosplay—all with a shocking ...


Critics-Picks

Critics' Picks - A View from the Bridge, Goodman Theatre, through Oct 15. Arthur Miller's tale of immigrants and family strife is ageless, but Ivo van Hove's lends it an opera verismo grandeur to resonating in full blood with first-time viewers of the American classic. MSB Honeymoon in Vegas, Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire, through Oct. 15. This jazzy 2015 musical featuring a score by ...


Spotlight-on-Duke-Ellingtons-Greatest-Hits

Spotlight on Duke Ellington's Greatest Hits - Music Theater Works' new revue Duke Ellington's Greatest Hits features plenty of jazz standards like "Mood Indigo" and "Sophisticated Lady" composed by the late esteemed American title composer. But also be on the lookout for other numbers like "Take the 'A' Train" and "Lush Life" composed by Ellington's late and openly gay songwriter friend Billy Strayhorn, too. Duke Ellington's Greatest ...


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Extended edition of 'Dreamgirls' out Oct. 10 - Winner of two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes, Dreamgirls arrives Tuesday, Oct. 10, in a Blu-ray Combo gift set with a Digital HD copy and on Digital HD featuring a director's extended edition and never-before-seen bonus features from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The Blu-ray Combo gift set is presented in new collectible book-style packaging with images of the musical ...


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THEATER REVIEW Perfect Arrangement - Playwright: Topher Payne At: Pride Films & Plays, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: 00-737-0984; PrideFilmsAndPlays.com; $25-$35. Runs through: Oct. 22 Perfect Arrangement is billed as a comedy and begins as a witty parody of white, smartly dressed 1950s sitcom America. However, the increasingly serious Act II ends up anything but funny. Structurally, as distinct from the ideas expressed in it, the ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Cartreze Tucker talks 'Motown' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Motown the Musical is returning to Chicago to tell the story of Berry Gordy's journey from boxer to music mogul. Expect popular songs like "My Girl and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," among many others, to be a part of the show. Cartreze Tucker is an out and proud performer in Motown with a background of touring in productions such ...


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DOUBLE REVIEW The Rocky Balboa Picture Show and 26 Presents Net-Flix and Kill - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Net-Flix and Kill Multiple playwrights. At: Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: PrideArtsChicago.com; $10. Runs through: Oct. 28 The Rocky Balboa Picture Show, Multiple playwrights. At: Corn Productions at Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: Cornservatory.org; $10-$15. Runs through: Oct. 31 There's no shortage of camp comedies for Chicago's Halloween season. Two new shows this year are Corn ...


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LGBT HISTORY MONTH The musical 'Gypsy' is LGBT history? - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - LGBT history can be found in every aspect of our lives. Sometimes it just comes as a surprise to learn that something, or someone, you've known about was gay. Given the title of this column, you may think this is going to be about the lyricist of "Gypsy"—my favorite Broadway composer, Stephen Sondheim, who's gay—it isn't. And if you think ...


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Drag act AAA Girls to perform Oct. 5 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Famed drag performers Willam Belli, Alaska Thunderfuck and Courtney Act—teaming once again as The AAA Girls—will stop at Chicago's Logan Square Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 5, as part of their tour. Presented by Fullscreen Live, the tour will start in Dallas on Sept. 20 and pass through 15 North American cities, including NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Toronto and ...


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BOOK REVIEW The Gay Preacher's Wife - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By Lydia Meredith. $16; Gallery Books; 244 pages The flowers were a very nice touch. They greeted you from the kitchen counter just as you got home, and were followed by a romantic dinner, candlelight conversation, and a quiet evening at home. It was a gift from your spouse, who often has many surprises for you. But, as in the ...


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Showbiz news: Vegas responses, Ricky Martin, Gloria Steinem, Outfest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lady Gaga, John Mayer, The Chainsmokers and many other musicians have taken to social media to demand stricter gun control laws in the United States in the wake of the deadly shooting in Las Vegas that left at least 58 dead and more than 500 injured, Billboard reported. Gaga tweeted, "Prayers are important but @SpeakerRyan @realDonaldTrump blood is on the ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Legend of Georgia McBride - Playwright: Matthew Lopez At: Northlight Theatre at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets: $30-$81. Runs through: Oct. 22 There was a time once, when men who did drag were regarded as specialty performers, a cult fraternity schooled in arcane skills forbidden to ordinary actors. Times have changed, of course, and now it is ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Taming of the Shrew - Playwright: William Shakespeare, additional text by Ron West At: Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand Ave. Tickets: $48-$88. Runs through: Nov. 12 Yes, it's Shakespeare and, yes, its text includes the male-female repartee we find so sexy, but there's no disguising a plot that revolves around a bunch of men bullying a lone woman. That's not the ...







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