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Bi-the-Way-talk-Sept-28-at-Center

'Bi the Way' talk Sept. 28 at Center - As part of its Chats series, Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., will host "Bi the Way" Wed., Sept. 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m. September is Celebrate Bisexuality Month, Marla Depew ( comedian, JDA Comedy ) and Adrienne McCue ( president and executive director, AJW Foundation ) to discuss everything bisexual—including common misconceptions, bi+ erasure, community resources and more. There is ...


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Theater spotlight: The Revenge of Prince Zi Dan; Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet gets transported to a mythical ancient China by the Shanghai Jingju Theatre Company's visiting production of The Revenge of Prince Zi Dan. See how the gorgeous costumes and acrobatics of Peking Opera get adapted to tell this classic tale of a prince who becomes disillusioned once he has discovered that his uncle has murdered his ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Life-Sucks

THEATER REVIEW Life Sucks - Playwright: Aaron Posner. At: Lookingglass Theatre, Water Tower Pumping Station. Tickets: 312-337-0665; LookingglassTheatre.org; $35 and up. Runs through: Nov. 6 Life Sucks is a beautifully performed, visually lovely, and amusing yet thoughtful show—altogether a really good night out. It's playwright/director Aaron Posner's contemporary reworking of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, following the success of Posner's Stupid Fucking Bird, based on Chekhov's ...


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THEATER Collaborating on 'Julius Caesar - For years, Writers Theatre co-founder and artistic director Michael Halberstam had wanted to tackle Shakespeare's Roman history play Julius Caesar. So when it came time to pick out the first play in the company's 25th-anniversary season ( and its first full one in the new multimillion-dollar Studio Gang Architects-designed performance venue ), Halberstam turned to a veteran of many previous ...


THEATER-REVIEW-You-on-the-Moors-Now

THEATER REVIEW You on the Moors Now - Playwright: Jaclyn Backhaus. At: The Hypocrites at the Den Heath Mainstage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $36. Runs through: Oct. 30 Unreconstructed jokesters who still derive amusement from invoking the so-called "battle of the sexes" may well consider retiring that divisive wheeze after viewing a genuine gender-war, where those of Heart both Faint and Stout are wounded, sometimes going so ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Wonderful-Town

THEATER REVIEW Wonderful Town - Score: Leonard Bernstein; Lyrics: Betty Comden & Adolph Green; Book: Joseph Fields & Jerome Chodorov. At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 312-443-3800 or GoodmanTheatre.org; $20-$106. Runs through: Oct. 23 Die-hard New York historians are likely to be very unhappy with director Mary Zimmerman's joyously buoyant take on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical comedy Wonderful Town. But everyone else ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Happiest-Place-on-Earth

THEATER REVIEW The Happiest Place on Earth - Playwright: Philip Dawkins. At: Solo Celebration ( in conjunction with Sideshow Theatre Company ) at the Greenhouse, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $42-$48. Runs through: Oct. 23 Communicative dissonances are often evidenced when novelists attempt to write plays, but no less so when a playwright steps out of his comfort zone. There is no denying Philip Dawkins' talent for spinning ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Deadly homophobia in 'Man in the Ring' - Plays have often inspired the creation of operas, but it usually doesn't happen the other way around. Man in the Ring by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright/director/actor Michael Cristofer ( The Shadow Box, Gia, Mr. Robot ) is an exception. Man in the Ring is a drama inspired by the tragic life of gay Black boxer Emile Griffith ( ...


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OUTspoken features variety of storytellers Oct. 4 - The monthly OUTspoken LGBTQ storytelling series at Sidetrack, held the first Tuesday of each month, always features an eclectic mix of voices, and the Oct. 4 program is no different. The event is free, located at 3349 N. Halsted, doors open at 6 p.m., stories at 7 p.m. This month's featured performers are: —Karen Genelly, a native Chicagoan who loves ...


Nightspots-The-Big-ToDo

Nightspots: The Big ToDo - Nightspots weekly picks to help you plan your nightlife calendar - Fri., Sept. 30, 10 pm Touche, 6412 N. Clark St. Touche proudly announces the 5th annual Leather/Fetish Club Rush Party, to be held Friday, September 30, at 10 p.m. Besides being home to the Leather Archives & Museum and International Mr. Leather, Chicago boasts over 15 local leather/fetish clubs, some for play, others strictly social. This Club Rush Party allows ...


SAVOR-Nonnina

SAVOR Nonnina - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - I have to admit that I cried inside when I heard that Piccolo Sogno Due was closing earlier this year. The Italian restaurant—a spinoff of the famed eatery Piccolo Sogno—had two things patrons could count on: great food and the smiling face of Chef Tony Priolo. Well, a few months later, another Italian restaurant has sprouted at Due's spot—and, fortunately, ...


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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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Author to promote 'Bobby Kennedy' - Author Larry Tye will be at various Chicago spots to promote his latest book, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon. The book—which Tye says has strong LGBT- and civil-rights angles—tracks former U.S. Sen./Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy's journey from the conservative 1950s to a liberal activist. Stops will include: —Sept. 28, noon: Private lunch-learn talk by Temples Solel ...


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'Express Yourself' gala on Oct. 2 - Nothing Without a Company and The Living Canvas are hosting The Express Yourself Gala and Fashion Show, a fundraiser for [Trans]formation, on Sunday, Oct. 2, at Evanston's Crystal Ballroom and Lounge, 529 Davis St., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Attendees will celebrate diversity and gender expression through fashion, as members of the Chicago LGBTQIA+ community dance down the catwalk and feature binary-smashing ...


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Hip-hop and LGBTQs: The intersectionality of two communities - By Tarina Hargrays - "I hold hip-hop in such a high regard and expect so much of it because it is music that has very revolutionary roots." This is what artist Akenya Seymour said when asked about the LGBTQ community's possible growing alliance with the hip-hop community. Akenya Seymour is a 23-year-old music artist from Chicago who identifies as queer and has been a ...


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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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Aurora gets tax credit for arts center - The City of Aurora has received a tax-credit award worth more than $15 million from the Illinois Housing Development Authority ( IHDA ) toward the development of the Aurora Arts Center at the former Waubonsee Community College Building downtown. The $35-million project will be developed by The Community Builders Inc., and will consist of a restaurant as well as a ...


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THE AMAZON TRAIL Affectional preference - Hey, world, big news! Gay people are more than our sexuality. I am really, really tired of the focus on the third syllable of the term homosexual. It's annoyed me for 54 years that I am defined by one part of my humanity. Please tell me why, for example, that the minute a perfectly intelligent, well-educated, otherwise apparently open-minded adult ...


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L & A Healing Studio: A business and personal partnership - Just more than a year old, L & A Healing Studio is fast becoming a South Loop destination. "People say, "it feels like you guys have been here forever," but we got the keys on July 6 of last year and we were open the week of July 25," remembered Leo Gonzalez, the "L" of "L and A." His partner, ...


E-Patrick-Johnson-now-heading-NUs-African-American-studies

E. Patrick Johnson now heading NU's African-American studies - by M. Shelly Conner - E. Patrick Johnson, Carlos Montezuma Professor of African-American Studies and Performance Studies, has been named the new chair of the African-American studies department at Northwestern University. Johnson is no stranger to university administrative posts, having previously served as the chair and director of graduate studies for the Department of Performance Studies. He replaces colleague and African-American Studies scholar Martha Biondi ...


Chicago-House-launching-TransWorks-mentorship-Oct-19

Chicago House launching TransWorks mentorship Oct. 19 - Chicago House is launching the organization's third TransWorks Mentorship Program this fall, beginning Wed., Oct. 19. The purpose of the program is to facilitate supportive and positive relationships between transgender and gender non-conforming ( GNC ) individuals in order to build community, increase life skills and create leadership opportunities. TransWorks is seeking transgender and GNC individuals to participate in the ...


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Howard Brown Health medical director discusses new South Side clinic - Maya Green, M.D., medical director of Howard Brown Health's Englewood clinic, calls her new role "a whirlwind of fun and challenges. It's been a great experience in teamwork, community and sharing." The clinic opened in May of this year, and represents an effort by Howard Brown Health to both expand its services to Chicago's South Side and alleviate overcrowding in ...


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LGBTQs, gun violence prevention coalition to provide education, action - CHICAGO—In response to the epidemic of shootings in Chicago, and the massacre of mostly LGBTQ, mostly Latino individuals at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Chicago-area LGBTQ, Latino and gun violence prevention organizations are coming together for a town hall on Thursday, Oct. 20, for a forum aimed at education, coalition-building and action. The free program will feature various speakers who ...


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LGBT business event focuses on supplier diversity - Law firm Baker & McKenzie hosted a Sept. 22 City Wide Pride event alongside the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois. Four panelists addressed a standing-room only audience made up of representatives ranging from growing local businesses to worldwide industry titans on the topic of "Squaring the Supplier Diversity Circle." Baker & McKenzie Senior Manager of Global Business Development Jeff ...


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IVI-IPO hosting Glynn Sudberry Awards Oct. 7 - IVI-IPO, the Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization, will host its annual Glynn Sudberry Awards Friday, Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m., at Lazo's Tacos, 2009 N. Western Ave. The emcee will be Illinois state Rep. Kelly Cassidy. Activist awards will go to Rev. Kevin Tindell and Marixta Vida, while the business award will go to Tracy Baim, publisher of Windy City ...


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Controversial NU professor can return to teaching - A lesbian Northwestern University political science professor who was, this summer, banned from campus and student contact was, on Sept. 19, given the go-ahead to return to her job. Prof. Jacqueline Stevens was banned from contact with colleagues and students in late July in response to an exchange with a colleague that took place the previous March. Stevens maintained that ...


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Illinois HIV+ people urged to take quiz - Illinois HIV Care Connect has introduced the HIV #StayinCare Quiz to raise awareness of the topic of staying in care, also known as "retention in care," Business Wire noted. By taking this quiz, people living with HIV in Illinois can measure their offhand awareness and knowledge of why staying in HIV care is important. At the end of the quiz, ...


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Symposium positions health equity as a pivotal social justice issue for LGBTQs - GUEST COLUMN - For those in our community with an activist spirit, attending a two-day symposium on LGBTQ Health might seem like the least likely response to all that troubles our people and society. The airwaves fill with the racist machinations of a presidential candidate. Social media reminds us daily of unbridled police terror claiming the lives of innocent Black men. And gun ...


Gender-neutral-restrooms-at-more-suburban-schools

Gender-neutral restrooms at more suburban schools - Libertyville High and Vernon Hills High have added gender-neutral for trans students or anyone else wishing to use them, Daily Herald reports. Six restrooms were designated as gender-neutral at each school, which are part of Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128. "The district is committed to providing resources and accommodations that provide a safe and secure environment for all ...


Final-Trans-Talk-offers-education-on-trans-living

Final Trans Talk offers education on trans living - In order to combat the dramatic upsurge in anti-transgender rhetoric over the past two years, many advocates agree that an increase in transgender education and ally-building is urgently required. It was therefore encouraging to see a packed room at Lakeview's Center on Addison Sept. 22 for the third and final in a series of Thursday Trans Talk events that Center ...


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TRAVEL Los Angeles: City of Angels has a lot to love - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Many Chicagoans choose to move to Los Angeles in California and it is easy to see why. There is plenty of sunshine and a moderate climate to enjoy. The grid layout of the city makes it easy to navigate but traffic needs to always be taken into consideration. Public transportation is continually in the works and ride sharing with Uber ...


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Dining news: Hamburger Hop winners, Nat'l Coffee Day, Oyster Fest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —The 2016 Hamburger Hop, sponsored by Buckhead Beef and Blue Moon Brewing Company, kicked off the ninth annual Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet. Chef Martial Noguier of Bistronomic was named the judges' Buckhead Beef Hamburger Hop Award winner with his Le French Burger, while Chef Moosah Reaume of Rosebud Prime earned the People's Choice Award for the Rosebud Patty Melt ...


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Hundreds feast at Chicago Gourmet - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Millennium Park was filled with foodies on Sept. 24-25 for Chicago Gourmet, presented by bon appetit. The cuisine celebration started Sept. 23 with a Hamburger Hop at Harris Theater Rooftop, then continued later that evening at The Underground. Billy Dec, the owner of Rocket Ranch restaurants and The Underground, was on hand later in the weekend for cooking demonstrations on ...


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MUSIC Bloc Party talks group dynamics, coming out - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - English group Bloc Party continues to combine rock, pop and electronic music mixing the sounds together. Beginning in 1999, the team has changed a bit over the years while still having strong success. Their debut album Silent Alarm went platinum in Britain, and the follow up A Weekend in the City reached number 12 on the Billboard 200. The band's ...


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Educators Tackle Race in "Color of Education" Panel Discussion - From a press release - Join an esteemed panel of educators in an honest discussion of race and education at the upcoming "Color of Education" Roundtable Discussion, Thursday, October 6, 2016 the Loyola University of Chicago, School of Law. The Cradle Adoption Agency recently launched the "Our Children" education and empowerment series designed to educate parents on raising African-American children in a society still plagued ...


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Point Foundation Scholarship event to support LGBTQ students - From a press release - Point Foundation ( Point ), which provides higher education scholarship, mentoring and leadership training to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) students, invites the public to help support the next generation of LGBTQ leaders. The Oct. 27 event in Chicago is an opportunity to meet Point Scholars and Alumni, enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, and for individuals ...


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Susan Werner kicks off Auditorium's season - On Sept. 22, The Auditorium Theater kicked off its 2016-17 season with an intimate performance from out singer-songwriter Susan Werner. Celebrating her ninth appearance at The Auditorium Theater, Werner, per her custom, turned the historic performance space into an intimate cabaret setting by having the audience seated on stage with her. Starting the show with stand-up bassist Curt Bley and ...


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OUTspoken features variety of storytellers Oct. 4 - The monthly OUTspoken LGBTQ storytelling series at Sidetrack, held the first Tuesday of each month, always features an eclectic mix of voices, and the Oct. 4 program is no different. The event is free, located at 3349 N. Halsted, doors open at 6 p.m., stories at 7 p.m. This month's featured performers are: — Karen Genelly, a native Chicagoan who ...


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Sky semifinal tickets sales begin - From a press release - CHICAGO — Tickets for the semifinal round of the 2016 WNBA Playoffs presented by Verizon are on sale now. The winning teams in the second round single-elimination games advance to the semifinals which will feature a five-game series beginning on Wednesday, September 28 at the home court of either top-seeded Minnesota or second-seeded Los Angeles, who previously earned a bye ...


-Tim-Murphy-author-of-Christodora-at-City-Lit-Sept-29

Tim Murphy, author of Christodora, at City Lit Sept. 29 - From a press release - City Lit Books hosts a reading by Tim Murphy, author of Christodora, followed by a discussion moderated by filmmaker and journalist Kellee Terrell. The event is Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30 p.m. at 2523 N. Kedzie, Chicago. In Christodora, Tim Murphy follows the lives of a diverse cast of characters who reside in and around an iconic apartment building in Manhattan's ...


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Day-of-show digital lottery for Hamilton launching Sept. 27 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( Sept. 20, 2016 ) — Producer Jeffrey Seller and Broadway In Chicago are pleased to announce the day-of-show digital lottery for HAMILTON, launching in Chicago on September 27, 2016 at The PrivateBank Theatre ( 18 W. Monroe ). The Chicago production will conduct a day-of-show lottery for every performance beginning on Tuesday, September 27. Forty-four day-of-show tickets will ...


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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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Joffrey Ballet launches 2016-2017 season with multimedia Romeo & Juliet - From a press release - CHICAGO —The Joffrey Ballet launches its 2016-2017 season with the return of Polish National Ballet Director Krzysztof Pastor's popular Romeo & Juliet, which mesmerized audiences at its Chicago premiere in spring 2014. Romeo & Juliet is presented in 10 performances only at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 East Congress Parkway, October 13-23, 2016. A neo-ballet in three acts, ...


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Garland, Minnelli Palladium concert tribute Oct. 9 - From a press release - After two sold-out performances earlier this year, Nancy Hays ( as Judy Garland ) and Michelle Lauto ( as Liza Minnelli ) are bringing "Judy & Liza—Once in a Lifetime" back to the Uptown Underground Sunday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m., in an expanded version with even more songs. This cabaret show is a re-creation of the famed concert presented ...


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Project Elevate red carpet Sept. 29 - AIDS Foundation of Chicago's Project Elevate will host a red-carpet and presentation for six short video vignettes addressing abandonment, bullying, sexual abuse and other issues. The event will take place Thursday, Sept. 29, at Hyde Park Art Center, 5220 S. Cornell Ave., 5-8 p.m. Prior to the vignettes being shown a reception will be held featuring music by DJ Tess ...


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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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Leather Archives & Museum marks 25th anniversary - Archival tour part of anniv. weekend - The Leather Archives & Museum ( LA&M ) celebrated 25 years of leather history Sept. 17 with an anniversary banquet at Francesca's Bryn Mawr in Edgewater and a program at the Rogers Park LA&M headquarters. Master of Ceremonies, LA&M board member and International Mr. Leather Coordinator Jon Krongaard welcomed the 100 people in attendance and presented Randall "Bearman" Klett with ...


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Mbiganyi Lashani: The life behind one of Chicago's 500 murder victims - On July 18, Mbiganyi Lashani was in in his kitchen preparing a meal. "So a dove came and sat on my window, as I was getting the skillet ready, it flew away," he wrote on social media. Friends thought it was a good omen. Eleven days later, just before six in the morning on July 29, Chicago Police Department ( ...


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Pride Films and Plays announces five finalists in the 2016 LezPlay Contest - From a press release - Formal readings of all five plays to be presented October 7 through 9 Chicago, IL - Pride Films and Plays is delighted to announce the results of our 2016 LezPlay Contest. From nearly three dozen entries, five finalists have been selected to receive staged readings of their scripts during LezPlay Weekend, which runs October 7-9 at the Hoover-Leppen Theatre ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Parachute-Man

THEATER REVIEW Parachute Man - Playwright: Mando Alvarado. At: Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; TeatroVista.org; $18-$30. Runs through: Oct. 16 When his father died, 9-year old Eric decided he must be the protector of his mother and kid brother, Andrew. When Mom remarried and had another son, Eric repressed his anger but savagely beat his half-brother at least ...


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THEATER REVIEW Julius Caesar - Playwright: William Shakespeare. At: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glenview. Tickets: 847-242-6000 or writerstheatre.org; $35-$80. Runs through: Oct. 16 Theatergoers will recognize the title of this Shakespearean tragedy and perhaps shudder at the memory of studying it in high school. However, this new, streamlined, 90-minute version of the Bard's 400-year-old drama opens the company's 25th season. It's co-adapted and co-directed ...


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THEATER REVIEW Grizzly Mama - Playwright: George Brant. At: Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets: $32-$35. Runs through: Oct. 15 The same audiences who make the mistake of assuming they are watching another quickly-dated political-themed comedy during its first act will be the ones howling in outrage when the stakes get serious—very, very serious—in its second. George Brant's reputation is based in his ...


THEATER-REVIEW-A-Comedical-Tragedy-for-Mister-Punch

THEATER REVIEW A Comedical Tragedy for Mister Punch - Grotesque human representations exercise a curious power, changing in seconds from objects of amusement to a source of menace. On the creepiness scale, puppets generally rank below clowns and ventriloquists' dummies—with the exception of England's own Lord of Misrule, the 374-year-old Mister Punch. Bearing virtually no resemblance to his Italian ancestor, Pulcinello of the Roman Commedia, the glove puppet with ...


THEATER-REVIEW-In-the-Heights

THEATER REVIEW In the Heights - Music & Lyrics: by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Book: by Quiara Alegria Hudes. At: Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: PorchlightMusicTheatre.org; $43-$51. Runs through: Oct. 23 Porchlight Music Theatre opens its 22nd season with Lin-Manuel Miranda's award winning musical In the Heights. His musical Hamilton is the talk of the nation, but this was the show that ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Solo variations - Chicago isn't at a loss when it comes to prominent solo shows. It's interesting to note that many current productions and upcoming revivals give a variety of voices to members of the LGBTQ community. Two shows previously seen in Chicago in 2014 are Fawzia Mirza's Me, My Mom and Sharmila and Steven Strafford's Methtacular!, both of which get prime ( ...


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'Hamilton' hits Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Chicago cast of Hamilton arrived in the Windy City on Sept. 12 and held an introductory press conference the next morning with both principal and supporting casts in attendance. Director Thomas Kail introduced them and music director Alex Lacamoir. The 11-time Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, who became George Washington's right-hand man and the nation's ...


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Benjamin Allen, owner of Boystown nightspots, dies at 69 - Benjamin Allen, owner of the Boystown nightspots Lucky Horseshoe Lounge and The North End, passed away Sept. 13 from a heart attack after a long battle with kidney disease. He was 69. "It is with a heavy heart that I must share the sad news of of the passing of Benjamin Allen," said his husband, Micah Hilgendorf, on Facebook. "My ...


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Dining news: Chicago Gourmet, Joy District, new Roti eatery - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Bon Appetit presents Chicago Gourmet will take place in Millennium Park on Sept. 23-25. This year's celebration welcomes its first-ever host chef, Rick Bayless, who will be joined by celebrity chefs such as Todd English, Stephanie Izard, Jose Garces, Art Smith, Amanda Cohen, Lorena Garcia, Jeff Mauro, Takashi Yagihashi, Tony Mantuano, Jimmy Bannos Jr., Sarah Grueneberg, Edward Lee and Richard ...


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'Before Stonewall' series Oct. 11, 18 - The series "Before Stonewall: The LGBTQ Experience in the '50s and '60s" series—which the Lincoln Park Village, Gerber/Hart Library, Howard Brown Health and Lake View Presbyterian Church are presenting—will take place Oct. 11 and 18. This two-part lecture and discussion will focus on the history of the LGBTQ community before the Stonewall Rebellion on June 28, 1969, which led to ...


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Nightspots: The Big To Do - Nightspots weekly picks to help you plan your nightlife calendar - Laughs in the Lounge Wed., Sept. 21, 9 pm Rogers Park Social, 6920 N. Glenwood Ave. The September showcase features comedians Adam Bindert, Alex Dragicevich, Laura Hugg, Vikram Pandya, Cynthia Shur Petts and host Marla Depew ( pictured ). Laughs in the Lounge Sat., Sept. 24, 3-5 pm Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. An afternoon of rememberance, laughs, art, music ...


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SAVOR Bar Toma class; Cider Bash - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Making a good pizza isn't easy. That was the lesson several people learned during a recent pizza-tossing class with Chef Tony Mantuano ( also a chef/partner at Spiaggia and a couple other spots ) at Bar Toma ( 110 E. Pearson St.; BarTomaChicago.com ). Among the many nuggets of wisdom Mantuano and the Bar Toma crew provided were that pizza ...


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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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stARTup Art Fair Sept. 23-25 - The new art market stARTup Art Fair will take place Sept. 23-25 at the MileNorth Hotel, 166 E. Superior St. It will be the first time it will happen in Chicago. An intimate group of 22 artists from across the country will transform their respective hotel rooms into solo exhibitions of their current practices and projects. See StartUpArtFair.com/CHI . ...


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Sky playoff game on Sept. 25 - The Chicago Sky will play its first WNBA playoff game of the 2016 season in the second round at noon, Sunday, Sept. 25 at All State Arena. Each of the first-round games ( Indiana Fever vs. Seattle Storm; Phoenix Mercury vs. Atlanta Dream ) are single-elimination games. The number of playoff rounds increases from three to four. The top two ...


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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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Joffrey starts Eatherly memorial scholarship - The partner of the late dance publicist Eric Eatherly, Jay Leibovitz, has joined Eatherly's mother, Nancy Follis, to launch a new scholarship for pre-professional male dancers at the Joffrey Academy of Dance,. Eatherly—who was a publicist ( vice president with The Silverman Group ), writer ( including with Windy City Times ) and dancer—died in a car accident in his ...


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In the Life: Cassey Brick - Cassey Brick has a solid sporting background that just continues to grow. She started playing basketball in fourth grade, and played through college. Brick as a senior at Costa Mesa High School in California in 2004, was named the Athlete of the Year, and she was the team captain for her junior and senior seasons. She then was the team ...


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Chicago event launches Victory Fund milestone celebrations - The Victory Fund and Institute kicked off its 25th anniversary with a champagne reception Sept. 18 at Ignite Glass Studios in the West Loop. Victory Fund Campaign and Institute Board Chair for the Midwest Region Eric Nelson welcomed the 150 people in attendance and spoke about Victory Fund and Institute President and CEO Aisha Moodie-Mills' vast political experience ahead of ...


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Trevor Project educates audience on youth suicide risks - With anti-LGBT, and in particular anti-transgender, rhetoric on the rise during one of the most hate-filled and divisive political climates in recent history, the services provided by organizations like The Trevor Project, which has led the way in suicide prevention and crisis intervention services for LGBT youth since 1998, have never been more imperative. On Sept. 16, the Gray Hotel ...


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Midwest LGBTQ health event Oct. 6-7 - Howard Brown Health and Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center will host the Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium on Thursday-Friday, Oct. 6-7, at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, 836 W. Wellington Ave. Physicians, nurses, residents, healthcare administrators and all other medical professionals are welcome to the event. A press release stated that the goal of the symposium is "to provide culturally competent ...


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A Wider Bridge reception Sept. 28 - On Wed., Sept. 28, Temple Sholom and Or Chadash will host a community reception for A Wider Bridge, featuring main partners on the ground in Israel, Chen Arieli and Imri Kalmann, who are co-chairs of the Aguda-Israel LGBT Task Force. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Temple Sholom, 3480 N. Lake Shore Dr. Admission is $18; visit ...


-Presidential-debate-viewing-party-Sept-26

Presidential debate viewing party Sept. 26 - The "Presidential Debate Viewing Party: Chicago LGBTQs for Hillary" will take place Monday, Sept. 26, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. The doors to the glass and side bars will open at 7 p.m. The debate will be 8-9:30 p.m. There's no cover. Suggested contribution levels are $45, $100, $250 and $500; event chairs are Art Johnston, Pepe Pena, Jamie ...


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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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