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Actor Lily Tomlin talks 'Grandma,' 'Grace' and being grateful - How delightful is it to see Lily Tomlin, one of the heroes of Our Community, having such a good year? First, there has been her reteaming with Jane Fonda ( her onscreen pal from the adored feminist comedy 9 to 5 ) in the Netflix series Grace and Frankie, in which Tomlin brings her endearing character, an aging hippie, depth, ...


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Trans-led documentary series launching soon - From a press release - The Trans Oral History Project ( TOHP ), the oldest transgender-led organization dedicated to sharing trans stories, announced it's launching a new documentary web series. America in Transition ( AIT ) [ https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/america-in-transition#/story ] will highlight social issues and positive role models from underrepresented trans communities across the US. "America in Transition is inspired by my experience coming out and ...


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Gilded lilies: Lily Tomlin, Laverne Cox unite in 'Grandma' - A pair of LGBT icons from different generations—beloved septuagenarian Lily Tomlin and more recently minted trailblazer Laverne Cox—come together in the acclaimed feature dramedy Grandma. It's certainly an apropos collaboration, since one of the Sundance Film Festival hit's themes is how generations collide and, despite some friction, can potentially join forces in the spirit of support for a mutual cause. ...


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Knight at the Movies: Lily Tomlin; the late, great Laird Cregar - Lily plays a grandma In Grandma, from writer-director Paul Weitz, Lily Tomlin plays a character who is a lesbian—a big one. Elle Reid is a loud, proud, majorly out lesbian who is unapologetic in her feminist, humanist views and isn't exactly shy about expressing them to all and sundry. Tomlin has played a lesbian character before—in Tea with Mussolini, co-starring ...


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Trans group to hold 'education rally' outside Warner Bros on Stonewall film - A group of educators and organizers will hold an educational event in response to the new film Stonewall, Aug. 27, 6-8 p.m., Warner Brothers Studios, 3400 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, Ca. 91505. Stonewalling Accurate & Inclusive Depictions, or SAID, hosts an education rally regarding the highly disputed Stonewall film. Professors, historians, noted advocates and community leaders are scheduled to speak ...


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MOVIES Becoming 'Friends' with Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski, Max Joseph - There's a new group of Friends in town and this time there is a musical spin to it. Max Joseph, from MTV's Catfish, is directing the new film We Are Your Friends. The story surrounds Cole Carter, played by actor Zac Efron ( Hairspray; Neighbors ), who's to be a DJ from celebrity musicmaker James Reed. Emily Ratajkowski—who many know ...


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Entertainment: Josh Hutcherson; 'Atlanta'; Zachary Quinto; Adam Lambert - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson has said he wishes he could shut down Straight But Not Narrow, an LGBT charity he helped co-found in 2011, as a way to combat homophobia in schools, and "positively influence the perception of and behavior towards LGBTQ peers," NewNowNext.com. The organization is still going strong, but he's hoping that one day soon, it won't ...


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Knight at the Movies: Blackbird; Olive Films - Blackbird Patrik-Ian Polk has been dubbed "The father of gay Black cinema"—a title he is only too happy to claim, as he told The Guardian in a recent interview. The 42-year-old filmmaker has been a torchbearer in that area for close to 20 years beginning, with his film Punks in 2000, although it was Noah's Arc, his series for Logo ...


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Upcoming events: TransReelization; Rodeo Round Town - TransReelization fest Aug. 29 The second annual TransReelization film fest will take place Saturday, Aug. 29, at Kinowerks Studio, 5645 N. Ravenswood Ave. The VIP reception is 6 p.m., with the general-admission part of the evening starting at 7:30 p.m. This evening of cocktails, celebrities and film supports the critical work of the Chicago House—TransLife Center. The studio is the ...


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Reeling preview held at Progress Bar - Chicago's popular Reeling film fest remains the second oldest LGBT film festival in the world and now opens for a 33rd year on Sept. 17-24. With almost 40 features and more than 60 short films, movie buffs have a lot to watch in only eight days, offering a little something for everyone, including dramas, comedies, documentaries and foreign films. At ...


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MOVIES 'Best of Enemies' directors talk Gore Vidal, William Buckley - By Gary M. Kramer - The highly entertaining and extremely engaging documentary, Best of Enemies presents the 10 famous televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr. during the 1968 presidential nominating conventions. Directors Morgan Neville ( 20 Feet from Stardom ) and Robert Gordon show how these compulsively watchable arguments "changed television forever." They provide astute portraits of both men—the "great debater" ...


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Knight at the Movies: Rock 'n' roll Meryl - Someday I'd like to see a YouTube compilation of Meryl Streep in all her character get-ups, acting with herself and chewing up scenery like there's no tomorrow. When my imagination gets going, I like to think of all those Streep characters residing in a hotel for women—Streep women. Kind of like the Footlights Club, the residence for single actresses in ...


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


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


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Wolfe Video donates lesbian DVD library to Mazer Archives - From a press release - Way back in 1985 Kathy Wolfe brought to life what would become the largest exclusive distributor of lesbian, gay, bi and transgender ( LGBT ) movies. As Wolfe Video celebrates its 30th anniversary year the company is cementing its legacy through a donation to the June Mazer Lesbian Archives — depositing a complete DVD library of every lesbian film Wolfe ...


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


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


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


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


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


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Dancing About Architecture - Guest column - It's been fifteen years since the groundbreaking US version of Queer As Folk debuted, and it's the ten-year anniversary of its finale. Recently one of Tea In A'ville's creators, Michael Issa, caught up with one of its stars, Peter Paige ( who played Emmett ) to discuss the show's influence on culture, politics and club life, as well as Peter's ...


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


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


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


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


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Cover story: National gathering honors Philadelphia's 1965 protests - Article, photos and videos at the link - The National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration was held in Philadelphia over the July 4 weekend. Among the many events and exhibits was a somber march in front of Independence Hall, with 40 people reenacting Reminder Day 1965, carrying signs and wearing traditional male and female clothing as did the original protestors. Full report, photos and videos at the link http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Philadelphias-1965-protests-remembered/52115.html ...


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


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


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Black Alphabet Film Fest expands to 4-day event - From a press release - The Black Alphabet Film Festival ( BAFF ) returns for its third annual showcasing of films and other works that highlight and explore the Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer ( LGBTQ ) and Same Gender Loving ( SGL ) experience. The group stated: "With growing interest and attendance, BAFF is excited to not only expand the number of ...


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Entertainment: Ellen DeGeneres; Beyonce; Michael Sam; Dolly Parton - A Variety poll revealed that Ellen DeGeneres did more to influence Americans' attitudes about gay rights than any other celebrity or public figure, the publication noted. DeGeneres first made waves in 1997 when she came out as gay on the cover of Time and on The Oprah Winfrey Show. "I thought everyone knew me and I didn't think that one ...


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Upcoming: Queer Web screenings; Saints + Sinners; Taste of Chicago - Queer Web screenings throughout July Open TV will host screenings for the queer Web series Nupita Obama Creates Vogua throughout July. The events will take place Sunday, July 12, at Wangs, 3317 N. Broadway, 6-9 p.m.; Sunday, July 19, at Canvas, 2313 W. North Ave., 6-9 p.m.; and Sunday, July 26, 6-9 p.m., at a location to be announced later. ...


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MOVIES Matt Bomer: Magic Mike star on Channing flattery and indecent gyrations - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Matt Bomer is not buying all the buzz about Matt Bomer. Channeling his trademark charm, the actor calls it "sheer fallacy" that anyone—let alone heterosexual men—could possibly find his piercing baby-blue eyes swoon-worthy. And then there's his body. On display in all its near-nakedness in Magic Mike XXL, Bomer is modest about his sculpted physique. You expect it, of course. ...


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Entertainment: Celebs react to marriage news; Jeremy Renner; Spider-Man - COMPILED BY ANDREW DAVIS Celebrities reacted to the news regarding marriage equality. Many more seemed to be on the "pro" side, with people such as David Beckham, Madonna, Jennifer Hudson, Tyson Beckford, Ricky Martin and Sir Ian McKellen reacting positively, according to Queerty. Donnie Wahlberg posted a photo of himself and fellow New Kid on the Block Jonathan Knight ( ...


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TELEVISION David Oyelowo talks personalities, sexuality in HBO's 'Nightingale' - The HBO movie Nightingale, starring Oscar nominee David Oyelowo ( Selma ), opens with a horrific act—and for the rest of the approximately 90-minute film, he holds court as the only character on the screen, as the viewer sees different layers of his character, Peter Snowden. Oyelowo recently talked with Windy City Times about different aspects of the movie, including ...


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Love is Colorful, Make it Blu film series launched - From a press release - CHICAGO ( June 30, 2015 ) — Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago ( 221 N. Columbus Drive ), launches new video series, "Love is Colorful, Make it Blu," celebrating the diversity of love. Part of an ongoing commitment the hotel has to the LGBT community, the video series follows three couples as they experience the hotel, and each share their ...


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MOVIES 'Horses' director on lesbian romance, working with animals - By Gary M. Kramer - German writer/director Monika Treut has been a vibrant force in queer cinema for decades. Her debut film, Seduction: The Cruel Woman, in 1985, was an instant classic, and her reputation as a filmmaker of importance was cemented with her feminist effort, The Virgin Machine. Other career highlights include her sexy contribution to the anthology, Erotique, her trans documentary, Gendernauts, and ...


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Knight at the Movies: Let's get serious about Pride - Celebrate Pride with Larry Kramer and these other LGBT pioneers. There are many reasons Our People celebrate Pride. One of the most compelling, of course, is to honor the achievements of those who came before us; the brave activists who fought the culture wars on so many fronts. One of the fiercest, Larry Kramer, is the subject of a forthcoming ...


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Entertainment: John Barrowman; Dallas Buyers Club; Ellen Page; Downton Abbey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Gay actor John Barrowman ( Doctor Who; Torchwood; Arrow ) is again in trouble with the trans community after using an anti-trans slur and then telling those who were offended to "lighten up," according to Gay Star News. The situation first started in October 2014, when the Scottish-American entertainer posted a video online in which he used the word "tranny-tastic." ...


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PEW Center makes $300,000 grant for LGBT 50th Anniversary documentary - From a press release - JUNE 16, 2015, Philadelphia, PA- Organizers of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration, from July 2 to 5, announced that Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has awarded Independence Visitor Center Corporation ( IVCC ) a $300,000 grant to produce a one hour LGBT 50th Anniversary documentary, titled Gay Pioneers at 50. The documentary will be produced in collaboration with ...


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Entertainment: Larry Kramer; Jussie Smollett; Warhol; Kristen Stewart - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The feature Larry Kramer in Love & Anger will debut on HBO on Monday, June 29, a press release stated. The debut coincides with Kramer's 80th birthday on June 25. Larry Kramer in Love & Anger is highlighted by present-day footage as he reminisces about his life in the midst of battling complications from a liver transplant and a decade ...


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Zachary Quinto Joins Foundation for a National AIDS Monument Board - From a press release - ( WEST HOLLYWOOD ) — June 10, 2015 — The Foundation for a National AIDS Monument ( 501c3 ) today announced three new members of its Board of Directors. Actor and activist Zachary Quinto has joined the Board, as has William Morris Endeavor Board Member Mark Itkin and marketing executive Tom Whitman, all of whom add a wealth of knowledge, ...


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Knight at the Movies: Pride Month movies - There are no end of ways to celebrate Pride month leading up to the 46th edition of Chicago's Pride parade. One of my favorites—no surprise—is by once again watching some of my favorite queer-themed movies. Many of these will be familiar; some, less so. It makes perfect sense that a lot of LGBT-themed movies don't have happy endings—or beginnings—so I'm ...


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Siskel event spotlights actor Mark Ruffalo - The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago brought in two-time Academy Award nominee Mark Ruffalo to host a dinner at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago June 6. Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips covered Ruffalo's dynamic career with a Q&A segment. Both men are from Kenosha, Wisconsin, along with several others in attendance such as ...


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Upcoming: Takei; Dyke Delicious; Melissa Young at Davenport's; 'Witches' cabaret - 'Witches' cabaret event June 22, 29 No One Here but Us Witches, a witch-themed cabaret that Harmony France has conceived, will take place June 22 and 29 at 8 p.m. at Uptown Underground, 4707N. Broadway. Featuring Chicago actresses Missy Aguilar, Harmony France, Amanda Horvath and Danni Smith, the two-night only cabaret is directed by Geoffrey Bleeker with musical direction by ...


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Screening of Hudson's marriage-equality video draws celebs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - \NEW YORK CITY—W Hotels Worldwide, in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), hosted an exclusive screening of Jennifer Hudson's new music video for the song "I Still Love You" at the W New York-Union Square on June 4 as part of the hotel chain's "Turn It Up For Change" LGBT marriage-equality campaign. The event drew about 250 ...


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Chicago native helps make others look great - Alma Izquierdo was attending Columbia College, majoring in photography, when she decided to take a makeup class. The instructor, Sam Mayer, asked Izquierdo during the class if she'd be interested in training to be a substitute makeup artist for the NBC-5 News. She accepted the offer and was trained to do TV news makeup, which led her to the makeup ...


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MOVIES 'The Overnight' director on taboos, uncomfortable moments - By Gary M. Kramer - The awkward comedy of manners The Overnight has Alex ( Adam Scott ) and Emily ( Taylor Schilling ) anxious about having to make new friends in Los Angeles, where they recently moved. When their son, RJ ( RJ Hermes ), befriends Max ( Max Moritt ) at the playground, Max's father, Kurt ( Jason Schwartzman ), invites RJ and ...


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Knight at the Movies: '54' and more - The movie 54—out writer-director Mark Christopher's fictional portrait of Studio 54, the glittery, heady disco palace that epitomized the hedonistic party scene—was a flop when it was released in 1998. Although Christopher's film certainly had its strong points ( Mike Myers' performance as giggling, drugged-up club's gay owner Steve Rubell was perfection ), it also had many flaws. The biggest ...


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Upcoming: Pride Fest; Black Alphabet Film Fest; EXPO Chicago; Dance for Life - Midler touring, in Chicago June 18 Grammy-winning singer and legendary performer Bette Midler's first major tour in a decade, "Divine Intervention," has launched. She started her tour with shows in the Florida cities of Hollywood and Tampa, and she's slated to stop by Chicago's United Center on Thursday, June 18. Accompanied on stage by a 12-piece band as well as ...


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Upcoming: eta to reopen with 'Liberty City'; Internat'l Cultural Fest - eta to reopen June 5 with 'Liberty City' eta Creative Arts Foundation—Chicago's oldest African-American theater production company—will officially reopen Friday, June 5, with the Chicago premiere of the off-Broadway hit play Liberty City, written by Tony Award-winning producer/actor April Yvette Thompson and actor/writer/director Jessica Blank. The one-woman play tells a story of Miami in the 1980s, where race, politics ...


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TELEVISION The bold standard: Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda - Lily Tomlin was watching Jane Fonda weep. As the showbiz icon released a steady stream of waterworks—she's "wiping tears away," Tomlin noted—Fonda pauses slightly to collect herself before answering. The question? Why gay men have forever revered older women even when the rest of the world—and Hollywood—have not. "I find the question so moving that it makes me cry," said ...


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Entertainment: Julianne Moore; 'Cruel Intentions'; Chris Pratt - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Academy Award winner Julianne Moore has joined Lambda Legal's "I Do" campaign in the continuing fight for LGBT equality, according to a press release. "Whatever the decision, the fight goes on," Moore said in a campaign video. "The fight for LGBT youth who are too often bullied at school. The fight for transgender people who face violence and discrimination. The ...


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Tambor, Henson win critics' awards - Jeffrey Tambor added to his accolades by winning the award for best actor in a comedy ( for his groundbreaking role in the Netflix series Transparent ) at the fifth Critics' Choice Awards that took place May 31. Also, Empire actress Taraji P. Henson showed that she's just as unstoppable as her character, Cookie Lyon, as she won best actress ...


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Israeli filmmaker talks about attitudes toward LGBTQ people - Recently, groundbreaking Israeli LGBTQ filmmaker Gal Uchovsky provided an audience at the Landmark Theatre in Chicago with an intimate and candid look at his work and how film and media in general have helped spur a growing and even right-wing acceptance of the LGBTQ community in his home country. Uchovsky is the writer of the 2002 war drama Yossi & ...


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In entertainment: Elton John; Wanda Sykes; 'American Horror Story' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - An on-stage Elton John bio-musical has its eyes set on Broadway and then London's West End, Broadway.com reported. The project, currently titled Rocketman the Musical, will feature the classic rock legend's canon and has Tony-winning Billy Elliot book writer Lee Hall on board. Mad Max: Fury Road's Tom Hardy has been tapped to headline the film version. John, born Reginald ...


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Community briefs: Theater, film, Pride - Goodman expands on education The group at Goodman Theatre had a stellar week in May with Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes opening, a new education center announcement and a "Puttin' on the Glitz" fundraiser. After turning 90 this year the Goodman shows no signs of slowing down. A $15-million project was announced on May 12 with the Alice B. Rapoport ...


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Knight at the Movies: The Rose is still THE Rose - Mary Rose Foster aka The Rose ( Bette Midler ) gives a tour de force performance in Mark Rydell's 1979 movie of the same name, which the Criterion Collection has just released in a new, remastered version. The Rose—a fictional queen of rock loosely based on Janis Joplin—is a cyclone of conflicted feelings as she embarks on what will prove ...


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Entertainment: Robin Williams; Nate Berkus; Jill Soloway; Paris Is Burning - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Starz Digital has picked up the North American rights to Robin Williams' final film, Boulevard, according to NewNowNext.com. Directed by Dito Montiel ( A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints ), the film sees Williams as married but closeted Nashville bank manager Nolan Mack, whose life is forever changed when he picks up young hustler Leo ( Roberto Aguire ). However, ...


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TELEVISION Out director Dee Rees talks 'Bessie,' Queen Latifah - Knight at the Movies extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - The film world is littered with also-ran second efforts from directors whose debut features took the world by storm but whose follow-ups missed the mark. There are simply too many to count. But with Bessie—the biopic of renowned 1920s-era blues singer Bessie Smith that premieres on HBO this Sunday, May 16—out writer-director Dee Rees can set that worry aside. Rees's ...


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Cinema Q V Film Series through May - The free film series Cinema Q returns ( and celebrates five years ) with four film screenings Thursdays throughout May at 6:30 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. The movies slated to be shown are Violette ( May 14 ), about the personal life and work of bisexual French feminist writer Violette Leduc; Beautiful Boxer ( ...


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MOVIES Thomas Miller creates an unforgettable 'Limited Partnership' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Acclaimed filmmaker Thomas Miller captures the discriminatory nature of U.S. immigration policy against same-sex binational couples in his latest documentary Limited Partnership. The central foci of the feature are Filipino-American Richard Adams and his Australian husband, Tony Sullivan. Adams and Sullivan were legally wed in Boulder, Colorado, in 1975, making them one of the first same-sex couples in the world ...


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Knight at the Movies: Movies for Mother's Day - As mom's annual holiday approaches, the usual assortment of mother-offspring movies beloved by Our People ( Mommie Dearest, Mildred Pierce, Carrie, The Exorcist, Terms of Endearment, Steel Magnolias, Postcards from the Edge, Suddenly Last Summer, The Guilt Trip ) are no doubt being trotted out for giddy viewing. Those are all fantastic choices to put a camp spin on the ...


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Entertainment news: Mariah Carey; Sam Smith; 'Ab Fab'; Joan Rivers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For her grand entrance in Las Vegas, Mariah Carey arrived at Caesar's Palace in a classic 1936 pink convertible trailing behind 18 mobile billboards bearing the titles of her number-one hits, including "Always Be My Baby" from 1996 and "Heartbreaker" from 1999, Page Six noted. Gladiator-clad men took it from there, carrying Carey through the casino on a platform fit ...


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J&R Productions thrives under gay married couple - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jayson Bernard is the CEO and president of J&R Productions, a company he founded with his partner ( now husband ), Roberto. It is a production company that specializes in film, and also has done several pilots for market for television and a couple of indy films—and soon will add theatrical release to that resume, as the company is set ...


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Steven Pasquale rides the 'Carousel' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rodgers and Hammerstein introduced the musical vehicle Carousel all the way back in 1945. It was adapted from the 1909 play Liliom, transplanting it to Maine. The story revolves around a carousel barker named Billy Bigelow who falls in love with millworker Julie Jordan. The Civic Opera House breathes new air into the production starring Steven Pasquale. This actor and ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Raul Castillo: From 'Lampshade' to 'Looking' - Teatro Vista is bringing a new production to life with the help of actor/writer Raul Castillo. Set in a trailer home, Between You, Me and The Lampshade tells the story of immigration, ghosts and drugs—complete with a healthy mix of family drama. Castillo comes from a vast theater background including the Goodman Theater and Primary Stages. He is currently developing ...


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A Mind In Quicksand - Life With Huntington's premieres on WTTW-11 May 3 - From a press release - Produced by Black Cat Productions, Inc. and presented and distributed nationally by American Public Television ( APT ), A Mind In Quicksand - Life With Huntington's premieres on WTTW-11 May 3rd at 2 p.m. May is Huntington's Disease Awareness Month. A Mind In Quicksand - Life With Huntington's, is an award winning feature documentary that examines what it is like ...


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BOOKS Actress Maria Bello talks 'Love Is Love' - By Gary M. Kramer - Maria Bello may be known for her roles in films such as A History of Violence, and The Cooler, but she garnered considerable attention for her essay "Coming Out as a Modern Family," when it appeared in the "Modern Love" column in The New York Times. In the essay, Bello explained how she told her son, Jack, about her relationship ...


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Out on DVD: Selma; Masters of Sex - 'Selma' out on Blu-ray May 5 Director Ava DuVernay's drama Selma debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand May 5, courtesy of Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and won the Oscar for Best Original Song for John Legend and Common's tribute, "Glory." DuVernay chronicles how Dr. Martin Luther ...


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Pride Films to run 'Breakdown' - Pride Films and Plays will celebrate Pride with a 20th-anniversary production of Guillermo Reyes' one-man show Men On The Verge Of A His-Panic Breakdown. The collection of monologues features PFP Artistic Associate Nelson Rodriguez directed by Sandra Marquez. Performances are at the Apollo Studio Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave. The official opening is Thursday, June 25, at 7:30; it runs ...


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Lucas speaks about Israel film - Filmmaker Michael Lucas spoke at Columbia College following an April 23 screening of his 2012 film Undressing Israel: Gay Men in the Promised Land. The New York-based Lucas, known mainly as an adult producer, director and performer, spoke about the difficulties he encountered getting Undressing Israel—which is non-pornographic and addresses issues such as gay marriage, gay parenting, and the Israeli ...


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Knight at the Movies: 'First Period' and second and third and... - If John Waters were to direct a John Hughes film, First Period would be it. New girl Cassie ( former Chicagoan Brandon Alexander III, who scripted ) and outcast Maggie ( Dudley Beene, who produced )—drag-queen variations on the ditzy duo Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino played in Romy & Michelle—are easily the most awkward pair of girls in high ...


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Entertainment: Andrew Rannells; Cher; Hugh Jackman; 'Orange Is the New Black' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Andrew Rannells ( Girls ) is set to write and star in a new Judd Apatow movie with his real-life boyfriend, Mike Doyle ( Law and Order: SVU; the film Jersey Boys ), according to NewNowNext.com. Apatow is branching out; for example, although he has produced female-driven projects, he recently branched out by directing his very own female-centric film ...


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Documentary drives down memory lane - Greg Salustro fondly remembers road trips with friends in his 1975 Chevrolet Capris Classic to Chicago, when living in the city was only just a dream. His documentary, American Dreaming, which is his first in the works, travels back even further to the cars of the past and the creative minds behind Detroit's automobiles. Salustro grew up in Detroit during ...


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Skilling to receive film honor - Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival announced that iconic WGN meteorologist Tom Skilling will be honored at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards Ceremony Wed., April 22, at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile, 633 N. St. Clair St. Skilling joins previously announced post-production house Whitehouse Post, advertising legend Tom Burrell and investigative reporter Jay Levine as distinguished ...







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