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New documentary tackles disability cliches in Hollywood - Silence is not an option when it comes to disability exploitation in Hollywood films and the new documentary Code of the Freaks sets out to expose this as it begins its Kickstarter campaign. Code of the Freaks will be a 90-minute documentary featuring local, national, and internationally known artists, activists and scholars with disabilities who critique Hollywood's ( mis )representations ...


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'America in Transition' launch Dec. 8 - The official launch of the series America in Transition will take place at Reunion, 2557 W. North Ave., on Thursday, Dec. 8, 7-11 p.m. Director Andre Perez has been traveling across the country to film and share stories of transgender people from marginalized communities. Organizers will be screening the first two episodes, talking about what it all means with Andre ...


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Entertainment news: Jodie Foster, 'Moonlight,' Mandy Moore, Cory Monteith - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jodie Foster has come aboard to star in Hotel Artemis, Drew Pearce's directorial debut that Simon and Stephen Cornwell are producing for The Ink Factory, Deadline reported. The original script from Pearce (Iron Man 3, Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation, Godzilla), described as "a thriller in its own, distinctive crime universe," is being produced by Adam Siegel and Marc Platt via Marc ...


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National roundup: Apple, Native Son Awards, Pulse Nightclub - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Reuters noted that Apple Inc is expanding its support for the fight against AIDS through the ( RED ) charity founded by rock singer Bono, CEO Tim Cook said in an interview ahead of World AIDS Day. The company expanded its line of ( RED ) products and donate $1 for each transaction made using mobile payment Apple Pay in ...


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'The Trans List' to air Dec. 5 - HBO Documentary Films will debut The Trans List Monday, Dec. 5, 7-8 p.m. CT, on HBO. Directed by portrait photographer/filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders ( HBO's The Black List, The Out List and The Latino List, among others ) and featuring interviews by Janet Mock, The Trans List shines a light on prominent members of the transgender community. Individuals such as Amos ...


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NUNN ON ONE Swingin' with Jane Lynch - Actress Jane Lynch returned to her roots in Illinois to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contribution to comedy. She appeared at Second City to discuss her accomplishments at the opening reception for the Chicago Comedy Film Festival. What a career the Evergreen Park native has had. After graduating from Illinois State University, she spent 15 years at the ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Tom Hewitt hooks into 'Finding Neverland' - Inspired by the 2004 movie, Finding Neverland has now been made into a musical Broadway show. After closing this past August in New York, the production is now traveling and making its way to the Windy City. The story centers around Scottish writer J.M. Barrie, his relationship with Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, and her four sons. This serves as the inspiration ...


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Entertainment news: Andy Cohen, Ruby Rose, RuPaul, GALECA's top actresses, Madonna - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bravo's Andy Cohen thinks Donald Trump is actually a Democrat, Page Six noted. During a panel with Sarah Jessica Parker at 92Y, Cohen said if he could talk to the president-elect, "I would say, 'I know you want to live in your gold-leaf tower but please don't; you're going to f—k up traffic.' I'd also say that 'you have the ...


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Film to critique Hollywood representations of disabled characters - From a press release - CHICAGO - A group of disability activists, scholars, and filmmakers are announcing their Kickstarter campaign to raise completion funds for Code the the Freaks, "a blistering critique of Hollywood representations of disabled characters that gives the mic to some of Hollywood's most incensed and ignored critics — actual disabled people, according to co-writer Susan Nussbaum. Taking its name from Tod ...


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Knight at the Movies: Holiday movie offerings - Like it or not, it's beginning to look like Christmas and if holiday movies are your thing ( and longtime readers of this column know that they are mine ), there's a nice assortment of holiday-themed movies—new and old on the big and small screen—to crank up your Yuletide spirit. Highlights of area screenings, some holiday fare on the small ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MOVIES Julie Dash talks 'Daughters of the Dust' - Filmmaker Julie Dash has left her mark on the world by making the first full-length feature by a African-American woman in general theatrical release in the United States debuting in 1992. The historic Daughters of the Dust went on to be included in the National Film Registry in the Library of Congress. After receiving an MFA in motion picture and ...


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Entertainment: Wanda Sykes, 'Transformation,' female superheroes, John Legend - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Wanda Sykes drew boos from the audience ( and then reportedly flipped off audience members ) at a charity event in Boston over the weekend when she criticized President-elect Donald Trump, The Hollywood Reporter noted. Onstage at the Nov. 12 Comics Come Home benefit show at the TD Garden, Sykes said, "After the election, I was going around consoling people. ...


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Ruth Negga on her breakout role in the movie 'Loving' - Ruth Negga is having the breakout year that all actors work and dream crave. Not only is the Irish-Ethopian actress co-starring in Preacher, AMC's red-hot TV series adaptation of the sci-fi action graphic novel ( just renewed for a second season ), but she's winning raves from critics and audiences for her portrayal of Mildred Loving in the movie Loving. ...


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Entertainment news: amfAR gala, Freddie Mercury, Ellen, Greg Louganis - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The seventh annual amfAR Inspiration Gala recently took place at Milk Studios in Los Angeles, Vogue noted. The gala, which this year raised more than $2 million for AIDS research programs, featured such attendees/performers as Heidi Klum, Kenneth Cole, Jesse Metcalfe, Charlize Theron, Paris Hilton, Jason Derulo, Cheyenne Jackson, Jane Lynch and Dita Von Teese. Theron and producer Jeffrey Katzenberg ...


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'[Trans]formation' Nov. 17-Dec. 17 - Nothing Without a Company and The Living Canvas are presenting the world premiere of [Trans]formation, devised by Ronen Kohn, Darling Squire, Avi Roque, Kevin Sparrow and Gaby Labotka, with Labotka directing. [Trans]formation is devised entirely from the works of, and performed by, transgender, genderqueer, intersex and non-binary artists. Designed and directed in the style of The Living Canvas, nude performers ...


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GLAAD Where We Are on TV report: LGBTQ representation hits record high - From a GLAAD press release - New York — GLAAD, the world's LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released its annual Where We Are on TV report. Where We Are on TV analyzes the overall diversity of primetime scripted series regulars on broadcast networks and assesses the number of LGBTQ characters on cable networks and streaming services for the 2016-2017 TV season. This marks the 21st year ...


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Chicago International Film Festival closes out 52nd year - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Chicago International Film Festival was formed in 1964 by Michael Kutzca, who wanted to provide an alternative to mainstream Hollywood movies. From Oct. 13-27 the festival screened all the films at AMC River East 21 with contributors walking the red carpet beforehand. No, those are not Liza Minelli's eyes on the festival's logo created but Kutzca but starting off ...


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Kartemquin film fest Nov. 2-4 - Kartemquin Films will mark the culmination of its 50th-anniversary year with The Kartemquin Fall Festival, to be held in partnership with ArcLight Cinemas at the the ArcLight Chicago NEWCITY location, 1500 N. Clybourn Ave., on Nov. 2-4. The event will feature two Chicago premieres, sneak previews of three works-in-progress and new work from emerging Midwest documentary makers who have graduated ...


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MOVIES Jenkins, McCraney on their powerful film, 'Moonlight' - The new movie Moonlight has some of the year's best performances and, if there is any justice in the world, it will make a clean sweep come awards season. It tells the story of a gay protagonist named Chiron in three different stages of life in Miami. Moonlight stars Trevante Rhodes, Andre Holland, Janelle Monae, Ashton Sanders and Naomie Harris. ...


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'Love Is All You Need?' to screen at Center on Halsted Oct. 30 - The film Love Is All You Need? will be shown Sunday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., as part of a 20-city, anti-bullying "Moviement" tour. The plot is as follows: In a small town, the university's star quarterback ( Briana Evigan ) is outed for being a heterosexual. Her forbidden love affair with ...


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Knight at the Movies: Moonlight; The Handmaiden - In my 12-and-a-half years as film critic for Windy City Times, I cannot recall another instance of what is happening this weekend at your local cinema: not one, but two, examples of superlative LGBT films are opening in Chicago. Okay: I know a certain team is in the World Series ( yes! ) but, pre- or post-game, please do make ...


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Pidgeon Pagonis: On their film, White House visit, being on 'Transparent' - Self described gender non-conforming intersex activist and filmmaker and Chicago native, Pidgeon Pagonis ( born in 1986 on the Northwest Side of Chicago ) has been making waves in the LGBTQIA community for about a decade including their documentary, "The Son I Never Had: Growing Up Intersex." Northwestern University's Rainbow Alliance recently hosted a screening and discussion of Pagonis' film ...


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Powerful documentary to premiere at 'TransReelization' - In one of the most powerful moments of the award-winning documentary film Free CeCe, transgender activist and civil rights icon CeCe McDonald talks with award-winning actress, activist and executive producer of the film Laverne Cox about her dreams while McDonald spent 19 months at the Minnesota Correctional Facility ( a level IV men's prison ) for defending herself against a ...


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Entertainment: 'Crime Story,' gay romance novel, Diana Ross, Lady Gaga - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On the heels of the highly-rated People v. O.J. Simpson first installment of American Crime Story dominating the long-form Emmy categories with 10 wins, including best limited series, Ryan Murphy's anthology series has been renewed for a third season by FX, Deadline revealed. The title of the new 10-episode installment will be Versace/Cunanan and will examine the July 1997 assassination ...


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Remastered 'Divine Miss M' out Oct. 21 - Rhino will revisit the early days of Bette Midler's career with a deluxe version of her iconic 1972 debut album, The Divine Miss M. The Divine Miss M: Deluxe Edition will be available Friday, Oct. 21, as a two-CD set for $19.98. This includes the remastered album, plus a bonus disc of singles, outtakes and demos, as well as new ...


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'Love Is All You Need?' showing Oct. 30 - The film Love Is All You Need? will be shown Sunday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., as part of a 20-city, anti-bullying "Moviement" tour. The plot is as follows: In a small town, the university's star quarterback ( Briana Evigan ) is outed for being a heterosexual. Her forbidden love affair with ...


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NUNN ON ONE: Trans model Isis King struts out with a new show - Reality star Isis King first made a splash on America's Next Top Model, becoming the first transgender person to compete on the show. After that, she pursued fashion design that she studied in school. Now she is ready to come back with the new Oxygen Channel series Strut. With Whoopi Goldberg as executive producer, the show follows several transgender models, ...


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Southwest of Salem follows fight of four Latina lesbians for exoneration - INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY ANNOUNCES WORLD TELEVISION PREMIERE DATE FOR DOCUMENTARY SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: THE STORY OF THE SAN ANTONIO FOUR — Crime and Justice Network Activates Viewers to #FreeTheSA4 as they Battle for Exoneration — ( Silver Spring, Md. ) — In 1994, four Latina lesbians were wrongfully convicted of aggravated sexual assault and indecency against two young girls in San ...


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MOVIES Anthony Rapp: 'Bwoy' meets world - Although he lives in New York and his work has taken him all over the world, film, stage actor and singer Anthony Rapp often returns to his roots in Illinois, whether to watch his beloved Chicago Cubs continue an extraordinary season or to visit family outside of Joliet. However, on Sept. 26, the star of the original Broadway production of ...


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Remastered 'Divine Miss M' out Oct. 21 - Rhino will revisit the early days of Bette Midler's career with a deluxe version of her iconic 1972 debut album, The Divine Miss M. The Divine Miss M: Deluxe Edition will be available Friday, Oct. 21, as a two-CD set for $19.98. This includes the remastered album, plus a bonus disc of singles, outtakes and demos, as well as new ...


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MOVIES Blond Ambition dancers strike a new pose - Strike a Pose—a new documentary featuring Madonna's Blond Ambition dancers—dares to tell the truth about the 1991 behind-the-scenes documentary, Truth or Dare, but this time the dancers take center stage. Strike a Pose profiles the seven dancers ( Luis Camacho, Oliver Crumes III, Salim "Slam" Gauwloos, Jose Gutierez, Kevin Stea, Gabriel Trupin, and Carlton Wilborn ) and—with the exception of Trupin, ...


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Knight at the Movies: LGBTQ highlights of the Chicago International Film Festival - The 52nd edition of the Chicago International Film Festival kicks off Thursday, Oct. 13, with the Chicago premiere of director Damien Chazelle's ( Whiplash ) musical valentine La La Land, which has wowed festival audiences and stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as two LA dreamers—a jazz pianist and a budding actress with a thing for classic movie stars. The ...


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Animated film on America's first mass school shooting at Music Box - From a press release - TOWER, the documentary by Keith Maitland, opens at The Music Box Theatre on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. TOWER is an animated and action-packed look at America's first mass school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others. The documentary opens in Chicago at The Music Box Theatre on Friday, November 4th, 2016. The ...


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Entertainment: Wonder Woman, 'Horror Story,' Samira Wiley, Jared Leto - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The writer of the reborn Wonder Woman comics has revealed that the character is gay, according to Newsday. Greg Rucka told Comicosity that since Wonder Woman comes from the fictional all-female island nation of Themyscira, she "has been in love and had relationships with other women." Rucka isn't ruling out the potential for a romantic relationship with Steve Trevor, Wonder ...


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National roundup: YouTube star, Victory Fund, Hurricane Matthew - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In California, British YouTube star Calum McSwiggan has appeared in court accused of lying to police over claims he was the victim of an anti-gay hate crime, PinkNews reported. McSwiggan's troubles began in June, when he posted a photo of himself in a hospital bed on social media, claiming that he was attacked outside a gay bar by three men ...


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Film story of a straight love in a gay world brings anti-bullying message - From a press release - ( Chicago, October 11, 2016 ) — In a small Middle American town, the university's star quarterback ( Briana Evigan ) is outed for being a heterosexual. Her forbidden love affair with a male journalist ( Tyler Blackburn ) rocks the town to its very core, setting off a series of catastrophic events that will forever change the community. LOVE ...


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Gay series 'Feral' on Dekkoo.com - Like HBO's Looking or Girls, but set in Memphis, Tennessee—that's how creator Morgan Jon Fox characterizes Feral, a Dekkoo.com original TV series that debuts Oct. 6 exclusively on the subscription streaming service dedicated to gay men, according to a press release. In Feral, Fox ( who is also the series writer and director ) weaves a tale of survival as ...


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Reeling Film Festival opens with Bianca Del Rio - A movie running in Chicago Filmmakers' Reeling 2016: The 34th Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival brought director Matt Kugelman and Hurricane Bianca herself, Bianca Del Rio, into town for the debut of the film on Sept. 22 at the Music Box Theatre. The line stretched down the street for the popular RuPaul Drag Race winner. There were many surprise guests ...


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Chicago Int'l Film Fest hosts celebratory event - The Chicago International Film Festival held a celebration at GreenRiver on Sept. 19. The 52nd year for the festival opens with a musical called La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, that runs Thursday, Oct. 13. Festival founder and artistic director Michael Kutza announced that celebrities and directors will be on the red carpet throughout the run until ...


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Reeling continues to entertain, enlighten until Sept. 29 - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - The second-oldest LGBT film festival in the world continues in Chicago, as Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival continues in Chicago through Thursday, Sept. 29. For complete festival information, including special guests, special events and updates, and to buy tickets, visit REELINGFILMFESTIVAL.ORG . LAZY EYE (***) (Sept. 28, 7 p.m.) Even though it was made by Tim Kirkman, ...


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Knight at the Movies: Fall LGBT movie special - The end of September means that fall movies and award season is just about here. This year, the studios have a couple of excellent LGBT contenders that may very well end up in the winner's circle. Read on for some highlights from the fall movie season. Late September King Cobra—Reeling, Chicago's LGBT film festival ( of which I'm ...


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Entertainment news: Marc Jacobs, Tituss Burgess, 'Hamilton,' 'Will & Grace' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Designer Marc Jacobs has apologized for having models with dreadlocks at his recent New York Fashion Week show, Page Six stated. "I apologize for the lack of sensitivity unintentionally expressed by my brevity," the designer wrote on Instagram. "I wholeheartedly believe in freedom of speech to express oneself through art, clothes, words, hair, music… EVERYTHING. Of course I do 'see' ...


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From This Day Forward, explores family with transgender dad, Oct. 10 - From a press release - A unique—and traditional—love story shows how a Midwestern family adapted to a life-altering transformation. What's it like to have a transgender parent—or spouse? How can a family stay together in the face of such significant change? What does a marriage-bound daughter want her father to wear for the traditional trip down the wedding aisle? Filmmaker Sharon Shattuck answers all these ...


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34th Reeling Film Festival makes America gay again - Extended for the online edition of Windy City Times - Last summer we celebrated the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. This summer we mourned the victims of Orlando's Pulse massacre. But on the brighter side, the Republican presidential candidate (Is this really happening or am I trapped in a bad movie?) threw a crumb to the LGBTQ community, even if he couldn't pronounce it. Whatever happens, some people have ...


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Entertainment news: Lady Gaga, Lance Bass, Alexis Arquette, Zayn Malik - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lady Gaga is reportedly inching closer to one of the biggest gigs on the planet: performing at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2017, Billboard reported. Sources have told the publication that Gaga is in talks for the 51st annual football showdown, scheduled for Feb. 5, 2017 at NRG Stadium in Houston. She released a new song, "Perfect Illusion," on ...


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MOVIES: REELING Hurricane Bianca (Del Rio) blows into the Windy City - Roy Haylock's alter ego, Bianca Del Rio, took home the crown on the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. Combining humor with bright costumes, she snatched the title and is notably the first and only Latino winner of the hit Logo show. Afterward, Del Rio has returned for appearances on Drag Race as well as the second season of RuPaul's ...


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David Pevsner releases CD - David Pevsner, one of the writers of the off-Broadway revue Naked Boys Singing, has released Most Versatile, his first CD of "original gay songs," as a press release calls them. Work ( "The Naked Maid" ), sexual history ( "The Book of Lust" ), unfortunate medical situations ( "Pain in the Butt" ), fantasy ( "The Perky Little Porn Star" ...


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Nick Jonas film in Chicago in Sept. - GOAT—a film that stars Nick Jonas, Ben Schnetzer and James Franco—will open at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., on Friday, Sept. 23. The movie focuses on a fraternity pledging ritual that threatens to divide two brothers, portrayed by Jonas and Schnetzer. Andrew Neel directed the movie. ...


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'From Selma to Stonewall' Sept. 24 - From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet? will screen at Kerasotes ShowPlace ICON Theatre, 150 W. Roosevelt Rd., on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival. In the movie, a Black straight preacher and a white, lesbian activist form an unusual bond as they seek to find the intersection between ...


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MOVIES Hugo Weaving: 'Dress'-ed for success - Actor Hugo Weaving on wearing a dress ( again ) for The Dressmaker, the Wachowskis' gender transition, and the Priscilla sequel that could happen yet… Hugo Weaving likes to frock around. The Sydney-based actor first made his name starring alongside Guy Pearce and Terence Stamp as a drag queen crossing the Aussie outback in a silver bus in 1994's ...


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Spotlight on Tony 'n Tina's Wedding, Critics' Picks - Theater Spotlight Flash back to the 1980s with the Chicago return of interactive comedy hit Tony 'n Tina's Wedding. That's right—there's now a nostalgia angle applied to the largely improvised event show that ran and ran for a long time off-Broadway and in the Windy City. Tony 'n Tina's Wedding returns starting Thursday, Sept. 22, for the ceremony at Resurrection ...


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Mel Platzke memorial Sept. 24 - A memorial for the late model/entrepreneur Mel Platzke will take place Saturday, Sept. 24, 3-5 p.m., at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Attendees are advised to "bring your joy and stories." Platzke died of bronchopneumonia and hypertensive cardiovascular disease on July 29 in Chicago. He was 48. He split his time between Chicago and Miami. See "Mel Platzke Memorial Celebration" ...


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'Transparent,' Paulson among Emmy winners - The LGBT community was well-represented Sept. 18 at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards. First, Amazon series Transparent ( which had 10 nominations going into the ceremony ) had a couple winners, including Jeffrey Tambor ( Outstanding Lead Actor, Comedy Series ) and newly out lesbian Jill Soloway ( Outstanding Directing, Comedy Series ). Tambor took time to urge producers to ...


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Award-winning documentaries highlight diverse trans experiences at REELING - From a press release - ( September 15, 2016 - Chicago, IL ) The 34th edition of Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, taking placeSeptember 22-29, offers a number of award-winning documentaries that explore the vast American trans experience. The personal and intimate REAL BOY ( showing Friday, Sept. 23 ) follows a California teen over four years as he transitions from teenager to ...


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'From Selma to Stonewall' to screen at ICON Sept. 24 - From Selma to Stonewall: Are We There Yet? will screen at Kerasotes ShowPlace ICON Theatre, 150 W. Roosevelt Rd., on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival. In the movie, a Black straight preacher and a white, lesbian activist form an unusual bond as they seek to find the intersection between ...


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Maya Angelou film at Siskel Sept. 16-29 - The 2016 documentary Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, will run at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St., Sept. 16-29. In the 114-minute film, rare footage traces her pre-writing career as a nightclub dancer, singer and star known as "Miss Calypso"; her political activism; and her friendships with people such ...


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Chicago Filmmakers continues LGBTQ+ Youth Media Project, scholarships - From a press release - Chicago Filmmakers is proud to continue The LGBTQ+ Youth Media Project, an exciting filmmaking workshop for LGBTQ+ identified, gender non-conforming, and allied teens. The workshop will teach participants to use professional filmmaking equipment and editing software to create identity-focused work that challenges the status quo. SESSION THREE: Oct. 15th - Dec. 10th, Saturdays 3:30 - 6:30 PM ( No class ...


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Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival schedule announced - From a press release - ( September 8, 2016 - Chicago, IL ) Chicago Filmmakers and Showtime Networks are pleased to announce the full feature schedule for the 34th edition of Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival. The second-oldest LGBTQ film festival in the world and a beloved Chicago cultural institution for more than 30 years, Reeling returns September 22-29, 2016 with an exciting ...


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Knight at the Movies: Akron; Other People; gay classic Hollywood - Mothers and their gay sons Two well-received queer-themed movies, Akron and Other People, open this weekend—which, in itself, is a miracle and a reason to head to the Siskel and Facets—offer great proof that the stereotype of the close bond between gay sons and their mothers is still more than a little valid. Adorable twinks Benny ( Matthew Frias ) ...


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Chicago's Fawzia Mirza on her 'Signature Move' - For audiences of her critically hailed appearances on stages throughout Chicago, the United States and South Asia as well as globally via a burgeoning and award-winning television and film career, Chicago-based actor, writer and producer Fawzia Mirza has already beaten down linear preconceptions of identity, delivered a series of mercilessly enlightened haymakers to cultural and racial stereotypes and provided five ...


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Entertainment news: Melissa Etheridge, Matt Bomer, Sam Smith, Dolly Parton - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The fifth-season finale of the syndicated public TV music series Infinity Hall Live featured an hourlong solo performance from Melissa Etheridge, according to a press release. The set had some of her chart-toppers, along with a seven-minute cover of "Rock Me Baby" ( from her upcoming Stax tribute album, MEmphis Rock and Soul, out Oct. 7 ) as well as ...


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Entertainment news: Sarah Paulson, Kanye West, Colton Haynes, Russell Wilson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out actress Sarah Paulson has been cast in Ryan Murphy's new FX anthology series Feud, TheWrap noted. "Excited to announce Sarah Paulson will be playing legendary Oscar-winner Geraldine Page in FEUD," Murphy tweeted. The series will focus on famous feuds, as the title suggests, with the first season focusing on Joan Crawford and Bette Davis' animosity on the set of ...


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Music Box Theatre to pay tribute to Gene Wilder with a special double feature - From a press release - The Music Box Theatre will screen a double feature to honor the work of Gene Wilder. WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY will show at 7 pm and BLAZING SADDLES at 9:15pm on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016. For further information, please visit www.musicboxtheatre.com . Tickets are $11 and can be used for one or both films Tickets are $7 for ...


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Upstairs Inferno, New Orleans gay mass murder doc film, at Reeling - From a press release - From award winning director, Robert L. Camina and Executive Producers behind "Back on Board: Greg Louganis", "Kiss Me, Kill Me", "Beautiful Something", "Raid of the Rainbow Lounge" and "Southern Baptist Sissies", comes UPSTAIRS INFERNO, a poignant and timely documentary chronicling the deadly 1973 New Orleans gay bar arson: an event that remained the Largest Gay Mass Murder in U.S. History ...


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NUNN ON ONE Ralph Macchio kisses and tells - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Ralph Macchio has made a long career of playing the underdog and the good guy. After starting on TV's Eight Is Enough, he went on to tackle bullies in the Karate Kid films. Other movies like The Outsiders and My Cousin Vinny were big successes. He played Eric Stoltz's best friend in Naked in New York and the Psycho ...


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Chicago International Film Festival in October, honoring Bogdanovich, McQueen - From a press release - Chicago ( August 25, 2016 ) - The Chicago International Film Festival today announces the first film selections to be featured at the 52nd edition, October 13-27. Additionally announced is Peter Bogdanovich as recipient of the Festival's Gold Hugo Lifetime Achievement Award and A Tribute to Steve McQueen in conjunction with the 20th Anniversary of the Festival's Black Perspectives program. ...


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Entertainment news: Naomi Campbell, Ricky Martin, 'Xena,' Aretha Franklin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Empire co-stars Naomi Campbell and Jussie Smollett spoke to Attitude magazine recently, according to a Deccan Chronicle item. In part, Campbell said, "I have been surrounded by gay men my entire life, and because I have grown up working in the creative and fashion industries, many of them have become like family to me. Without gay men, I wouldn't be ...


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NUNN ON ONE: INTERNET The fringe 'Benefits' of Kurt Conroyd - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Kurt Conroyd plays a gay man named River Manning in the web series The Benefits of Gusbandry. This Portland based comedy series also stars Brooke Totman from MADtv as his best friend. The title refers to a gay husband or gusband and follows the duos adventures together. Conroyd is known for movies such as Wild, Birds of Neptune and ...


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Reeling: Chicago LGBTA+ Int'l Film Fest lineup includes Hurricane Bianca, King Cobra - ( August 22, 2016 - Chicago, IL ) Chicago Filmmakers and Showtime Networks are pleased to present the 34th edition of Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival. The second-oldest LGBTQ film festival in the world and a beloved Chicago cultural institution for more than 30 years, Reeling returns September 22-29, 2016 with an exciting slate of movies that showcases ...


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Billy Masters - "I think the way David just described it was flawless. The fact that I was going into this event knowing that my identity is rooted in Christ and not what the result of this competition is just gave me peace."—Steele Johnson ( a porn name if ever there was one ) talks about winning the silver medal in synchronized diving ...


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MOVIES A moment with Meryl Streep - Acting luminary on love of gay people,, her LGBT roles - Meryl Streep is laughing her signature laugh. You know it: Sometimes light and airy, sometimes a surge of boisterous euphoria that carries well into the next question—but always unmistakably Meryl. Cinema's grand dame cracks one of her warm, famous chortles during our recent interview while entertaining the idea that her latest chameleonic role, as real-life opera diva Florence Foster Jenkins ...


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'Transparent' director talks 'More Than T' documentary series - Beginning with a brightly animated title Trans 102, a nearly two minute Public Service Announcement ( PSA ) released in late June contains a cast of celebrated transgender and gender nonconforming individuals representing the full scope of the community's beautifully multifaceted spectrum. They each deliver a collage of voices to a succinct, powerfully written message sometimes highlighted by a perfectly ...


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Carrie Fisher, 'Back to Future' stars at Comic Con Chicago - Wizard World, Inc., announced that Star Wars' Carrie Fisher will make her first Wizard World appearance ever in Chicago, where she will join the Back to the Future trio of Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and Lea Thompson. Also, The X-Files' Gillian Anderson will join the previously announced David Duchovny, Mitch Pileggi and William B. Davis for a cast reunion ...


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Entertainment: Drag Race, Jared Leto, Melissa Etheridge, Where the Bears Are - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars season two debuts Thursday, Aug. 25, with a 90-minute episode, a press release stated. For the first time in "Drag Race" history, the full season will simulcast on Logo and VH1. Joining the main stage panel of Todrick Hall, Carson Kressley, Michelle Visage and RuPaul will be Raven-Symone, Ross Mathews, Jeremy Scott, Nicole Scherzinger, Graham ...


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West Side Story Movie-in-the-Park celebrates Maestro Leonard Bernstein's 98th - From a press release - Leonard Bernstein ( 2015 Legacy Walk Inductee ) was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States to receive worldwide acclaim. He was best known to the public as the longtime music director of the New York Philharmonic; for conducting concerts by many of the world's leading orchestras; and for writing the music for Candide, On the ...







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