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Leather Archives & Museum turns 25 - Formed in 1991 by Chuck Renslow and Tony DeBlase and incorporated by the state of Illinois the same year, the Leather Archives & Museum ( LA&M ) has been serving and protecting the history of the fetish community for 25 years. To this day it remains the only institution in the United States dedicated to the compilation, preservation, maintenance and ...


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Gay veterans to be represented in four days of Memorial Day activities - The Chicago Chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights ( AVER ) will support events throughout the Memorial Day weekend. AVER is a non-profit, chapter-based association of active, reserve and veteran servicemembers dedicated to full and equal rights and treatment for all present and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The Chicago chapter was founded in 1991. On Friday, ...


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LETTERS Title IX, David Boyer - Supporting Title IX Dear Secretary King and Attorney General Lynch: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the 22 undersigned organizations, we write in strong support of the joint guidance issued by the Departments of Education and Justice on May 13, 2016, regarding the responsibility of schools, districts and states to protect transgender and gender ...


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Speakers discuss being 'Out, Proud and Muslim' - The Center on Halsted's Chat series continued May 19 with "Out, Proud and Muslim," a conversation with filmmaker and comedian Fawzia Mirza and theologian Zaynab Shahar. About 50 people attended the intimate conversation in the Center's Baran Hall. Andrew Fortman, the series organizer and host, prefaced the discussion by noting it was the first time the chat had covered religion ...


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SUMMER DANCE SPECIAL Theater in the great outdoors - When warm weather arrives we remind readers about theater in the Great Outdoors, and list a few of the many possibilities in the city, suburbs and beyond. We don't know if warm weather actually will arrive this year, but tradition says it must if we're just patient a little longer. On that assumption we offer our guide to Theater Under ...


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NUNN ON ONE Legendary designer Bob Mackie talks sequins, coming out - The legendary designer Bob Mackie has created garments for a huge list of spectacular entertainers, including Judy Garland, Madonna, Bette Midler and Elton John. He was the costume designer for The Carol Burnett Show during the entire 11-year television run, and he then moved to the spinoff Mama's Family. Mackie was nominated for an Oscar for Best Costume Design in ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT What's new this summer - With the promise of warmer weather this summer, Chicagoans can't be blamed for spending as much time outdoors. But Chicago-area theaters promise plenty of great reasons to stay indoors for live entertainment. Below is a list of shows with LGBTQ content, plus a looks at world premieres and works new to the Windy City. All shows listed are chronological and ...


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Theater spotlight, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight Sean Graney directs and adapts a modern take on Christopher Marlowe's The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus for The Hypocrites called Johanna Faustus. The hour-long piece deploys six actors who also serve as the design team in this morality play questioning how a woman trades away her soul for success and power. Johanna Faustus continues at the Den ...


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THEATER REVIEW The Body of an American - Playwright: Dan O'Brien. At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. Tickets: 773-975-8150 or TheaterWit.org; $20-30. Runs through: June 19 The Body of An American needs to be tackled by actors but absorbed by the audience, and Stage Left Theatre gives this deceptive yet engrossing work a riveting Midwest debut at Theater Wit. The play simultaneously manages to start without preamble but ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Gospel-According-to-Thomas-Jefferson

THEATER REVIEW The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson... - Playwright: Scott Carter. At Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets: 847-673-6300; Northlight.org; $25-$79. Runs through: June 12 Playwright Scott Carter spent years exploring his own Christian beliefs and, in the process, found that Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Leo Tolstoy all wrote their own highly personal versions of the New Testament gospels. In Discord, Carter throws the three ...


THEATER-REVIEW-DISENCHANTED

THEATER REVIEW DISENCHANTED! - Playwright: Dennis T. Giacino. At: Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com; $35.75-$78.75. Runs through: June 5 An all-female cast brings the musical DISENCHANTED! to reality, with some mixed results. Princesses from the past are placed in a talent show, trying to impress the audience. Even the title tries a bit hard, with all ...


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THEATER REVIEW Haymarket: The Anarchist's Songbook - Playwright: Alex Higgin-Houser ( book, lyrics ), David Kornfeld ( music ). At: Underscore Theatre Company at The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway. Tickets: 312-646-0975; Underscoretheatre.org; $20-$25. Runs through: June 12 On May 4, 1886, a bomb went off during a labor rally near Randolph and Des Plaines streets in what is now the West Loop. The bomber never was ...


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SAVOR The Columbus Tap; Big Gay Brunch - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Columbus Tap ( 200 N. Columbus Dr.; ColumbusTap.com ) is a new gastropub at The Fairmont Chicago that just opened in April and that has an unmistakable masculine vibe—one that my dining companion ( a female ) also picked up on immediately, down to the strong decor and the overwhelmingly male patronage. Chef Atticus Garant ( a chef who exudes ...


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Dancing About Architecture: DJing for the Daddies - The DJ industry has always been geared toward a younger demo of, let's say, under-35 folks. A bar traditionally drawing in young clientele is perceived as hipper and more lucrative. That was then, this is now. In recent years the trend amongst that age group has been house parties or no parties, while the slightly older Gen X and Gen ...


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Upcoming: Tribute to P!nk, Groban, McLachlan, Trikone screening - Tribute to P!nk May 30 at Underground Firebrand Theatre will present the tribute concert "P!nk: Sung by Her" on Monday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Underground Lounge, 952 W. Newport Ave. "P!nk: Sung by Her" will feature Chicago performers Kasey Alfonso, Angela Alise, Neala Barron, Karla L. Beard, Emily Berman, Sydney Charles, Lara Filip, Harmony France, Jess Godwin, Emily ...


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Theater briefs: Jeff nods, Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, Writers Theatre does 'Company' - Writers Theatre running 'Company' Glencoe's Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., concludes its 2015/16 season with Company, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The show runs June 15—July 31 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre. Winner of seven Tony Awards, Company looks at contemporary relationships and features some of Sondheim's best-known songs, ...


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A Church 4 Me's cabaret benefit May 28 - A Church 4 Me MCC is hosting "Harmony ... A Cabaret" Saturday, May 28, 7-10 p.m., at @mosphere, 5355 N. Clark St. The show was created by A Church 4 Me music director Michael McBride and features Chicago cabaret and theater performing artists. Also, A Church 4 Me MCC will be presenting Its Community Builder and Quiet Inspiration awards at ...


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Joffrey receives $200K grant - The Joffrey Ballet, led by Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Executive Director Greg Cameron, announced that the Joffrey Academy of Dance has been awarded a $200,000 challenge grant from the Reva & David Logan Foundation. The grant is meant to expressly to support a new initiative aimed at annually funding more than $400,000 in scholarships for talented and motived youth ...


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SUMMER DANCE SPECIAL Festivals are in the summer forecast - During summers in Chicago, festivals are king. Dance is no exception; several multi-performance series in venues all over the city—many of which are free—offer great opportunities for dance newbies to become familiar with all this city has to offer. For those ready to sink their teeth into the scene, a number of fantastically fun performances from Chicago's mainstay dance companies ...


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VIEWS North Carolina governor's ignorance of trans identity - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has doubled down on his support for H.B. 2, the discriminatory bill requiring public school students to use restrooms for the gender they were assigned at birth. Recently, he filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice alleging gross overreach after Attorney General Loretta Lynch imposed a deadline for him to stop the implementation of ...


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Alice Rapoport Center opens - On May 18, the Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement opened at Goodman Theatre above Petterino's restaurant at 170 N. Dearborn St. This is named for Alice B. Rapoport, a Goodman trustee until her death in 2014. Her husband, Michael A. Sachs, attended a ceremony to name the center in her honor. The expansion project exceeded a $15 million ...


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Psychology grad conducts research on gay men's body image - Psychology is a relatively new career for Dan Flave-Novak. The recent Roosevelt University doctoral graduate had been involved in politics as U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown's ( D-Ohio ) LGBT aide around the time Brown was working on repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ( DADT ). Even though his efforts were fruitful—Flave-Novak helped write Brown's "It Gets Better" Senate speech and ...


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Experts discuss online hookups at 'Out at CHM' - For the final entry in Chicago History Museum's 2015-2016 "Out at CHM" discussion series, researchers and others gathered to discuss the phenomenon of online hookups via apps such as Grindr and Scruff. Brian Mustanski, director of the new Northwestern Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, moderated the discussion. He said that he began researching gay men meeting ...


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Event to look at NY LGBTQ youth and survival sex - The Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force will host an event about the study "Surviving the Streets of New York: Experiences of LGBTQ Youth Engaged in Survival Sex" with senior research associate Meredith Dank from the Urban Institute. The event will take place Tuesday, June 7, 1-4 p.m. at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut Ave., in the Borwell Dining ...


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Upcoming: 15th 'OUT of the Office' on June 1 - The 15th Annual "OUT of the Office" after-work party to kick off LGBTQ Pride Month in Chicago is set for Wed., June 1, 5:30-8 p.m. at I|O @ The Godfrey, 127 W. Huron St. Dream Town, Fifth Third Bank and The Godfrey are lead sponsors of this popular event that had more than 600 guests last year. Andrew Hayes began ...


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Workshop discusses LGBTQ acceptance in Asian families - As part of its continuing initiative this month on behalf of LGBTQ families of Asian and Pacific Islanders, the National Queer Asian and Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) hosted a workshop about Asian family acceptance May 22. Held at the Lake View Lutheran Church, the workshop was a joint partnership with local organization Invisible to Invincible: Asian and Pacific ...


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Events to mark 20th anniv. of Dyke March - To celebrate Chicago Dyke March's 20th anniversary, organizers are planning smaller community-building events in all the neighborhoods that have hosted the march. Information will be disseminated Wed., June 1, at Early2Bed, 5044 N. Clark St., 6-7:30 p.m. For more info, see "Chicago Dyke March" on Facebook. ...


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Group launches LGBTQ ads targeting Asian/Pacific Islander families - The National Queer Asian and Pacific Islander Alliance ( NQAPIA ) announced the launch of a new television ad campaign to foster family acceptance of LGBTQ individuals. Covering 20 different Asiatic languages, the ads were screened at a press conference on May 19,at Dechert, LLP in New York City. According to NQAPIA Executive Director Glenn Magpantay, the ads are the ...


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United Latinx Pride June 2-8 - United Latinx Pride will take place June 2-8 in Chicago. There will be free events for everyone to celebrate queer Latinx community. Among the scheduled events are an ALMA youth conference Friday, June 3, at Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., at 5:30 p.m.; a worship/potluck Sunday, June 5, at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; and a ...


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Report: Southern MSM most at risk for HIV - Emory University researchers unveiled a map documenting HIV rates for gay and bisexual men, revealing those individuals are most at risk for becoming infected in various Southern cities. The cities with the highest rates included Columbia, South Carolina; El Paso, Texas; Augusta, Georgia; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Jackson, Mississippi. In these cities, more than 25 percent of men who have ...


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Carol Burnett reflects at The Chicago Theatre - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Entertainer Carol Burnett packed up her movie projector with scenes from her historic Carol Burnett Show that kept her on TV for 11 seasons for three presentations of "An Evening of Laughter and Reflection" at the Chicago Theatre on May 17, 19 and 20. Having seen her standard Q&A show in the past, this was not a drastic change from ...


Love-Bravery-label-launches-at-Macys

Love Bravery label launches at Macy's - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On May 19 at Macy's, the Love Bravery Collection debuted with an event in the atrium fountain lower level at the chain's State Street location. Musicians Lady Gaga and Elton John collaborated on the clothing and accessories line, which features items retailing for under $100 and has a mission to fight prejudice. In Chicago, treats were given out and photo ...


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Brown Elephant offers 'best of' fashion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Howard Brown Health held a "best of" event on the weekend of May 14-15, spotlighting special designer and vintage items. Everything from hip summer fashion to accessories were also included. Fashion icons such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Dior, among many others, were well represented. Ana Culajay, assistant to the director of retail operations, curated the donations brought in over ...


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DISH: SAVOR Forno Rosso; Robert's Pizza Company - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This column deals with two restaurants that specialize in pizzas—with one clearly ahead of the other ( at least at this point ). Forno Rosso Pizza Napoletana ( 1048 W. Randolph St.; FornoRossoPizzeria.com ) is a new addition to Chicago's West Loop. ( Another more-established branch is at 3719 N. Harlem Ave. ) Owner Nick Nitti has even trained in ...


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Dining news: LUXBAR's wine, Furious Spoon in the Loop - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Gold Coast restaurant LUXBAR, 18 E. Bellevue St., is inviting people to sip rosé on its patio, thanks to its new Rosé Cart, which will debut Memorial Day weekend. Some of the varietals include California's Hogwash ( green apple, medium body, florial ), France's Le Paradou ( mineral, pepper and red berries ) and Italy's Fattoria Sardi ( silky-soft fruity ...


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BENT NIGHTS Parker Milsap; Pansy Division - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Of the seemingly endless horde of emerging male singer/songwriters who present something new by refashioning something old ( among them Hozier, Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Sam Smith, and Leon Bridges ), Parker Millsap is clearly the most startling. Born and raised in Oklahoma in the Pentecostal Church, his take on Americana roots music is not only distinctive for its sound but ...


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SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Summery theater treats in the city - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Summer theater" usually suggests Shakespeare-under-the-stars, song-and-dance spectacles in a barn or retro-cabaret on the patio. The city offers some of these citronella-circuit treats, but you can also find plenty of serious warm-weather thrills, too—and you don't need to wear bug repellent or sunscreen to the theater. Light and sweet: Once in a Lifetime, Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway. ...


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Northwestern hosts Black Feminist Futures Symposium - Questions surrounding Black feminist futurity within the academy framed the conversation had at the Black Feminist Futures Symposium at Northwestern University's Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art on May 20-21. "I think the specificity of thinking about the futurity of Black feminism and thinking about its precarious positionality within institutions of higher education or its institutionalization whatsoever, is something ...


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Illinois state GOP: Marriage is still one-man, one-woman - After a contentious debate, the Illinois State Republican Party voted May 20 at its convention in Peoria to retain a plank preserving its 2012 language that said marriage should be between a man and a woman, according to reports. The party had been considering a resolution that, while preserving a "traditional" definition of marriage and family, acknowledged that a wide ...


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Pro-LGBT groups hold 'Pride Prom' - On May 21, The Northalsted Business Alliance ( NBA ), in collaboration with The Legacy Project, presented "Pride Prom: A Chance to Rewrite History." The event—which kicked off the start of future collaborations between the two organizations—took place under a massive tent on Halsted and Newport streets, and featured live music by The Lakeside Pride Strayhorn Jazz Combo and DJ ...


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11th annual Queer Prom takes place in Pilsen - The Queer Prom ( which took place at the National Museum of Mexican Art on May 20 ) was created 11 years ago to allow LGBTQ young people & allies to celebrate fearlessly & unapologetically who they are. Unlike CPS-sponsored proms, this event provides information booths containing everything from safer sex information and kits to youth housing. The booths were ...


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Ald. Moreno unveils plans for LGBT-friendly affordable housing project - Logan Square residents, politicians and other stakeholders gathered May 21 at Congress Pizzeria, 2033 N. Milwaukee Ave., to learn about a new affordable-housing development, intended to be welcoming for LGBT individuals. The project been guided by the office of Ald. Proco Joe Moreno ( 1st Ward ). The complex, to be named The John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments at Robert Castillo ...


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Austin Baidas named to Obama Administration post - Austin Baidas, a Chicago consultant who held multiple key posts in former Gov. Pat Quinn's election campaign and administration, has accepted a post with the Obama administration. Beginning May 31, Baidas, who is openly gay, will be a senior advisor for pipeline and hazardous materials safety, a position under the auspices of the United States Department of Transportation. Baidas began ...


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38th Annual International Mr. Leather Weekend - Welcome to the 38th Annual International Mr. Leather Weekend! View the full guide at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/NS_20160518_lowresIML.pdf . I am so happy to be able to again welcome you to the home of International Mr. Leather—and the city I love so much—Chicago! As we again congregate to celebrate our Annual Family Reunion, you will find yourself welcomed by ...


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Alderman proposes LGBTQ-friendly Logan Square development - Ald. Proco Joe Moreno ( 1st Ward ) announced, on May 19, an historic affordable, transit-oriented development proposal for the Logan Square community. This LGBTQ-friendly, mixed-use development, to be named The John Pennycuff Memorial Apartments at Robert Castillo Plaza, would contain 100-percent affordable housing units made possible through the use of funds from the existing Milwaukee-Fullerton tax-increment finance ( TIF ...


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Enduring Love, gay couple copes with Alzheimer's - On Oct. 19, 2000 Michael A. Horvich and Gregory Lee Maire stood before a Justice of the Peace against the stunning backdrop of Stowe, Vermont, for their civil union ceremony. Surrounded by the magnificence of the Green Mountains and Worcester Range, they expressed their love for each other in words and in the unspoken, peaceful elation unique to the moment ...


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Pride Prom in Boystown, Saturday, May 21 - Will you go to Pride Prom with me? That's the question! As prom season approaches, The Northalsted Business Alliance ( NBA ) announces a right of passage redux in the form of Pride Prom: A Chance to Rewrite History, set for Saturday, May 21, in Boystown at Halsted and Newport. As part of the newly formed collaboration with The Legacy ...


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Marion Street Market; Chefs and the City - The Dish: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - Oak Park's Marion Street Market ( 100 S. Marion St.; MarionStreetMarket.com ) is just as quaint and welcoming as the suburb in which it is situated. By the way, it's a good thing the venue has rebranded from its original name of Marion Street Cheese Market—because there's a restaurant that made the trip out there certainly worth it. Stopping by ...


The-Big-To-Do

The Big To-Do - Our weekly picks to plan your nightlife calendar - All Things Beyonce: One-year Anniversary Wed., May 18, 9 pm Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Sip the Lemonade with the rest of the Beyhive at this special "beynniversary" celebration. Formation concert ticket giveaway at midnight. Nirmalpal's Ride For AIDS BBQ Thu., May 19, 6-9 pm Replay, 3439 N. Halsted St. $10 donation includes two drink tickets and BBQ, 50/50 raffle, ...


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Berlin - Dancing on their own ( with friends ) at the Polar Music Party night, Sat., May 14. Photos by Jerry Nunn ...


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Sidetrack - Chantay, you stay! RuPaul's Drag Race season finale party, Monday, May 16. Photos by Jed Dulanas ...


THEATER-REVIEW-The-Secretaries

THEATER REVIEW: The Secretaries - Playwright: The Five Lesbian Brothers At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; AboutFaceTheatre.org; $20-$35 Runs through: June 12 About Face Theatre ( AFT ) camps out for its premiere of The Secretaries with some bloody results. From the spooky intro, we can immediately tell we're not in Kansas anymore—it's actually Oregon, and Big Bone to be specific. The ...


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Hillbilly music, British style - Skiffle blues in Court Theatre's One Man, Two Guvnors - In the United States—particularly in the Southern mountain regions—it's known as "gutbucket" music, based in Appalachian string-band harmonies ( guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica ), but frequently augmented by instruments improvised from implements indigenous to the immediate environment. These may encompass spoons, saw blade, cowbell, duck call, bottle-neck tuba, comb-and-tissue kazoo, washboard-and-thimble percussion, coffee-can drum or just about anything that ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Chimerica

THEATER REVIEW: Chimerica - Playwright: Lucy Kirkwood At: TimeLine Theatre, 615 Wellington Ave. Tickets: 773-281-8463 or TimelineTheatre.com; $38-$51 Runs through: July 31 Damaging and deadly East-West misunderstandings color Lucy Kirkwood's Chimerica, a very substantive 2013 Olivier Award-winning drama by British playwright Lucy Kirkwood that is now making an engrossing slow-burn Chicago debut courtesy of TimeLine Theatre. Kirkwood starts her drama with the iconic 1989 ...


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THEATER REVIEW: The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window - Playwright: Lorraine Hansberry At: Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: 773-443-3800; GoodmanTheatre.org; $20-$75 Runs through: June 5 The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window is not the catchiest title and neither is this production of the last work of Chicago playwright Lorraine Hansberry. The drama is piled on high with a dash of humor. There are some meaty moments, though, ...


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THEATER: Critics' Pics - 180 Degree Rule, Babes With Blades at City Lit Theater, through May 21. The Babes keep the glamor-noir flowing in this romantic tale of lesbian love and murder in Weimar Berlin and Hays Code Hollywood. MSB Once in a Lifetime, Strawdog Theatre Company, through June 4. What could be more appropriate for a final farewell to this venerable loft theater ...


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THEATER REVIEW: Little Shop of Horrors - Book and Lyrics: Howard Ashman; Music: Alan Menken At: American Blues Theater at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-404-7336 or AmericanBluesTheater.com; $19-$49 Runs through: June 26 Comedies with a high gay camp sensibility often don't break through to become mainstream successes. But that certainly wasn't the case with the musical phenomenon Little Shop of Horrors. The smash-hit ...


THEATER-Spotlight

THEATER: Spotlight - Not everyone has time to see a six-hour theater marathon. But if you do, be sure not to miss Chicago Shakespeare Theater's massive undertaking called Tug of War: Foreign Fire. The first part is director/adaptor Barbara Gaines' take on the plays Edward III, Henry V and Henry VI, Part 1 staged this spring. Then in the fall, Tug of War ...


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Midwest women's weekend rebrands - A new annual women's weekend is coming to the Midwest in June. Go Girl Saugatuck will take place June 3-5 at The Dunes Resort in Saugatuck, Mich., which is a gay-owned resort catering to the LGBT community and located in one of Michigan's most LGBT-friendly beach towns. Go Girl Saugatuck will feature DJ All the Way Kay from Chicago and ...


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Four gay Black men host groundbreaking radio show The Sip - It's no secret that representations of LGBT people have been largely whitewashed. Though media visibility and representation has steadily increased over the past two decades, LGBT people of color have often felt ignored and invisible. It's a disparity that journalist Lennox Magee set out to correct with The Sip, a new radio show by Black gay men and about Black ...


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Artemis Singers concerts in June - Drawing its inspiration from today's headlines, lesbian feminist chorus Artemis Singers will devote a whole concert to songs about social justice, freedom and peace June 11 and June 18 in its Pride concert/dance, "Voices of Joyful Rebellion." The June 11 show will take place at Broadway United Methodist Church, 3338 N. Broadway, at 7 p.m. The June 18 event will ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Tim Cain: Boys' Entrance and Bear Radio - Members of political pop band Boys' Entrance is returning to Chicago after a five-year hiatus to celebrate their 25th anniversary and catch up with old friends. OutMusic Award winner Tim Cain is no stranger to the scene in the Windy City, having established himself here years ago. The latest project, Tunnelvision, tackles a doomed relationship in the wake of the ...


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Chicago mayor, LGBT Caucus introduce measure to protect trans residents from bias - A new measure was introduced in the Chicago City Council May 18 that prohibits public accommodations—such as hotels, restaurants or grocery stores—from requiring that patrons show a government ID to prove their gender identity in order to access facilities such as restrooms or changing facilities. A proposed change in the language of the Human Rights Ordinance indicates that, "Each person ...


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EqualityCon panel addresses trans issues, budget impasse - Transgender issues and the state budget impasse took center stage at the State of the State panel, part of Equality Illinois' 2016 EqualityCon institute held May 13-14 at the University of Illinois ( UIC ) Student Center. Participants state Sen. Daniel Biss ( D ), Voices for Illinois Children Director of Policy and Advocacy Emily Miller, and National Association of ...


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U.S. Reps. Cicilline, Schakowsky open EqualityCon 2016 - Since he was getting married, new Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson could not attend the organization's EqualityCon 2016 held at the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ) Student Center May 13-14. However, he would no doubt have been encouraged at the line-up of leading state and national advocates and political figures who attended EqualityCon to address a ...


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BENT NIGHTS: mtvghosts, Lincoln Durham - After watching them cut up onstage at last months Glitter Creeps blow-out at The Empty Bottle ( April 20 ), I still can't figure out local punk-poppers mtvghosts. Fronted by vocalist Donnie Love, who performs in drag ( well, he is pretty ), the band wallows in '60s pop while demonstrating a deft art-rock edge. I can't tell if this ...


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Dining news: Italian restaurant's renovation, Craft Beer Week - —Italian restaurant Piccolo Sogno Due, 340 N. Clark St., has closed. However, Chef Tony Priolo will bring back a new concept, Nonnina, at the same address. Nonnina will be under the culinary direction of Chris Macchia. The original restaurant—Piccolo Sogno, at 464 N. Halsted St.—is still open. —Roti Modern Mediterranean will open a new downtown Chicago location at the MetraMarket ...


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Free film series celebrates queer royalty in honor of Gay Pride month - From a press release - The Queer Film Society, in association with The Chicago Public Library present QUEER KINGS & QUEENS, a free series celebrating Victorian era LGBT movies in honor of Gay Pride month. The series comprises four free screenings taking place on the first four Mondays in June at the Bezazian branch ( 1226 W. Ainslie ) of the Chicago Public Library at ...


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Joffrey Ballet receives $200 challenge grant - From a press release - May 16, 2016 — The Joffrey Ballet, led by Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Executive Director Greg Cameron, announced today that the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet has been awarded a $200,000 challenge grant from the Reva & David Logan Foundation expressly to support a new initiative aimed at annually funding more than $400,000 in ...


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AROUND CHICAGO: Hotel bar Raised opens at Renaissance - A sure sign of summer is when hotel bars open, welcoming patrons to enjoy ( hopefully ) warmer weather. Raised: An Urban Rooftop Bar had its official opening May 12 at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, 1 W. Wacker Dr. Perched on the third floor of the hotel ( which prompted a partygoer to ask, "Does that really make it ...


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NEIU becomes site of Evan Wolfson's first commencement address - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Evan Wolfson—LGBT activist, attorney, author and founder and president of the now defunct Freedom to Marry group—delivered his first-ever commencement address to Northeastern Illinois University's ( NEIU ) 2016 graduating class May 9 at UIC Pavilion. NEIU President Sharon Hahs presented Wolfson with his first honorary doctorate degree—Doctor of Humane Letters—ahead of his address. She also spoke to the graduates ...


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How to donate a kidney to one of your newspaper's readers - This article has been updated as of May 22, 2016 Today I will be discharged from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minn. with one kidney less than when I arrived on May 20. My left kidney now belongs to Elvie (L.V.) Jordan—a reader of the newspaper for which I have served as a staff writer for nearly three years. At ...


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Anti-gay organization among Gov. Rauner breakfast hosts - After an initial postponement for this year, the Illinois Governor's Prayer Breakfast, which has been an annual event since 1963, will take place May 26, according to reports. Among its hosts is an organization that opposed marriage equality. The event was postponed because of the state's ongoing budget crisis, though it does not receive state dollars. It was reinstated at ...


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Chicagoans react to transgender guidelines - The Obama administration, on May 13, released guidelines directing public schools to allow transgender students to use the restroom facilities matching their gender identity. The directive follows weeks of debate around the issue, which is visibly playing out in Chicago and surrounding suburban areas. Chicago Public Schools already updated its 2014 guidelines about transgender students, for example, while conservative activists ...


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Incoming Chicago House CEO looks ahead - Scott Ammarell says that housing is an issue that he's long been passionate about. "One of the things I've learned is the necessity of having a roof over your head," said Ammarell, who, for many years, was a counsel for Chicago Housing Authority ( CHA ). On May 4, Chicago House and Social Services Agency announced that Ammarell would be ...







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