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'Thingification' breathes new unique life into poetry - Poet, performance artist and activist Duriel E. Harris has accomplished something rare—she has elevated poetry from a medium that is usually read or studied and, instead, given it a more vibrant, multidimensional life on stage. The co-founder of Call & Response ( "a dynamic of Black women and performance" ) and the Black Took Collective ( described as an "avant-garde ...


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Northalsted Market Days previews fest favs and debuts - From a press release - JULY 7, 2016—Northalsted Market Days, one of the largest street festivals in the Midwest, returns to Boystown for its 35th year August 13-14. A preview of this year's line-up reveals festival favorites alongside new debuts. R&B diva Deborah Cox returns to headline the festival, while pop singer and Warner Bros. recording artist Jake Miller makes his Market Days debut. In ...


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Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins XXVIII coming in August - From a press release - CHICAGO ( July 13, 2016 ) — Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. is ending it's 30th and final season of theater with Abbie Hoffman Died For Our Sins XXVIII. This event will take place at The Den Theater at 1333 N. Milwaukee on August 19, 20, & 21. Tickets are $10 for an all day pass and $25 for a weekend pass. ...


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Schock grand jury dismissed with no indictment - After more than a year of investigation, a federal grand jury involving former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock ( R-Illinois ) ended June 30 without indicting him. "Our position has been and remains that while administrative errors may have been made during Mr. Schock's time in Congress, no aspect of this matter involves anything criminal," said George Terwilliger, Schock's lead attorney. ...


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State Rep. Sandack to resign - State Rep. Ron Sandack ( Downers Grove ), one of the Republican legislators who voted for marriage equality, is resigning from the Illinois House, citing both "cyber security issues" and a desire to spend more time with his family as reasons, the Daily Herald reported July 25. Some of Sandack's social media accounts had disappeared in recent days. He engaged ...


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Chicagoan takes part in "Wall Off Trump" protest - A Chicago immigration activist was among those who took part in a large-scale "Wall Off Trump" protest outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland July 20. The protest was a response to Republican nominee Donald Trump's promise to erect a wall that would prevent Mexican citizens from crossing the U.S. border. "It really seemed that the groups organizing opposition protests ...


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Chicago protest marks 50th anniversary of MLK event - On July 20, the #LetUsBreathe Collective and its offshoot, Breathing Room, staged a protest march and rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's Chicago Freedom Summer in Lawndale. The protest addressed community issues epidemic to Lawndale such as poverty, mass school closures, and police brutality. The rally also touched on the murder rate of trans women ...


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Trans woman shot in Ind.; church disputes suspect's link - In Evansville, Indiana, a trans woman was shot in the jaw by a 26-year-old man who has been connected to a hate group. Gerald Duane Lewis was arraigned in the shooting of Crystal Cash at her place of business. Cash survived the attack and was able to provide a description of the attacker. Lewis, using the name Gadiell Ben Israel, ...


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Longtime activist Vernon Huls dies - Vernon Huls, 67, a longtime Chicago-area LGBTQ activist and accountant, died July 21 at Northwestern Hospital of heart failure. Lori Cannon—herself a longtime community HIV/AIDS activist and founder of Open Hand Chicago ( now a division of the Heartland Health Outreach )—relayed Huls' death to Windy City Times. At the time of his death, Huls was a resident of Town ...


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Shattered Globe Theatre announces 2016-17 season - From a press release - CHICAGO ( July 20, 2016 ) — Shattered Globe Theatre is pleased to announce the first two productions of its 2016-17 Season, kicking off this fall with a revival of Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard's quintessential American drama TRUE WEST, directed by James Yost. The production will feature Shattered Globe Ensemble Members Joseph Wiens, Kevin Viol and Rebecca Jordan with ...


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Writers Theatre announces casting for 25th Anniversary Season - From a press release - Glencoe, IL—Writers Theatre Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce casting for the first five plays of the company's 25th Anniversary Season, The season opens with a new adaptation of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, directed and adapted by Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Scott Parkinson, featuring Kareem Bandealy, Christine Bunuan, Arya Daire, Sydney Germaine, Matthew Hawkins, Thomas ...


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Duriel E. Harris' Thingification on stage at MPAACT Summer Jams - Thingification: MPAACT Summer Jams takes place on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago. Tickets are $20 at the door. Advance tickets available online. Thingification—written, composed, and performed by Duriel E. Harris—is a one-woman show combining poetry, performance, music and dance to invigorate audiences with the life-affirming energy of word-sound-power. Set in ...


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The 1,000 Mile March: Chicago Freedom Summer remembered - From a press release - Dr. King referred to the August 1966 march into Marquette Park and the other efforts of the Chicago Freedom Movement that summer as the "first step in a one thousand mile journey." In many ways, that march, as well as the series of organizing efforts associated with the Movement, was about challenging a divided city and reclaiming the notion of ...


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Chicago Community Trust, Goodcity Chicago announce Acting Up awards - From a press release - CHICAGO — July 21, 2016 — Today, The Chicago Community Trust and Goodcity Chicago announced the 64 recipients of the inaugural Acting Up awards that will receive $1,000 prizes to help Chicago-area residents take action on their creative ideas to make their communities safer, stronger and more dynamic. Over the course of three weeks following On the Table 2016 on ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Finding [HOME] - When Andrew Volkoff took over as artistic director for the LGBTQ-focused About Face Theatre in 2013, one of his producing goals was to make each new show by the About Face Youth Theatre ( AFYT ) debut on an annual basis rather than unveiling a world premiere every two years. Largely tasked with that accelerated artistic schedule has been Ali ...


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Looking at workplace bias against trans people of color - In April 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) determined in the case Macy v. Holder that transgender and gender non-conforming people are a protected class under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which protects people based on sex. This EEOC ruling was affirmed by numerous court decisions, the Department of Labor and the Department ...


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Annual Pride party remembers Orlando - For Chicagoan Angie Wines, the June 26 Pride Parade was to be like it had been for the past several years. Wines, who lives on the West Side, set up a large tailgating party along Halsted. "I'm a chef and I love to cook," she said. "We show up at the parade early, stake out a spot and watch the ...


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Theater spotlight on Byhalia, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight If you missed The New Colony and Definition Theatre's January co-production of Byhalia, Mississippi, Evan Linder's critically acclaimed and Jeff Award-winning drama is back with its entire original cast in a much-anticipated revival. Thanks to Steppenwolf Theatre's Visiting Company Initiative, Linder's astute and cutting drama returns to make audiences question modern-day race relations. It all kicks off when ...


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THEATER REVIEW Between Riverside and Crazy - Playwright: Stephen Adly Guirgis. At: Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Tickets: $20-$89. Runs through: Aug. 21 When the 2015 Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Stephen Adly Guirgis' wry examination of marginalized citizens struggling to get by—and not particularly choosy how they do it—against overwhelming odds, nobody suspected that the troubles of these disenfranchised lowlifes would be vying for ...


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PERFORMANCE Hot-button issue at center of Privilege to Pee - Although a theater's Monday night stages are traditionally dark, Stage 773 of Lakeview's Circle Theatre was lit by an ensemble gold mine of talent July 11. The evening brought a capacity audience continually to their feet, while wiping away the tears of laughter and poignancy wrought by some of the city's most ethereal voices in often deeply personal choices of ...


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THEATER REVIEW Space Age - Playwrights: Ricardo Gamboa and Sean Parris. At: Free Street Theater at Pulaski Park Field House, 1419 W. Blackhawk St. Tickets: Freestreet.org; Pay-what-you-can admission. Runs through: Aug. 1 Artistic and romantic collaborators Ricardo Gamboa and Sean James William Parris have done their homework on their new confessional two-man performance art piece Space Age ( For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide ...


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DOUBLE REVIEW A Midsummer Night's Dream - DOUBLE REVIEW A Midsummer Night's Dream Playwright: Shakespeare. At: First Folio Theatre, Mayslake Forest Preserve, Oak Brook. Tickets: 630-986-8067; FirstFolio.org; $29-$39. Runs through: Aug. 14 Bite: A Pucking Queer Cabaret Playwright: Derek Van Barham, after Shakespeare. At: Pride Films & Plays at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Tickets: 800-737-0984; PrideFilmsAndPlays.com; $25-$30. Runs through: Aug. 14 A Midsummer Night's ...


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WCPA names new artistic director - Windy City Performing Arts ( WCPA ) has announced the selection and appointment of Dr. Eric Esparza as the artistic director of Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire. In addition to directing WCPA's flagship choruses, Esparza is the director of choral activities and vocal area coordinator at DePaul University in Chicago. He conducts the DePaul Chamber and ...


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SAVOR LondonHouse Chicago's rooftop bar - LondonHouse Chicago's rooftop bar ( 85 E. Upper Wacker Dr.; LondonHouseChicago.com ) is at the center of a lot of buzz these days—and one of the reasons becomes obvious when going to the dining establishment, as it's the only tri-level rooftop venue in Chicago, as it's on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd floors of the LondonHouse hotel ( called, respectively, ...


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PROFILE Rita Adair talks activism, upcoming book, social work - When Rita Adair moved to Chicago five years ago, she'd already made a name for herself as an activist and social worker in her hometown, Madison, Wisconsin. Adair currently lives in the Edgewater neighborhood; however, she'll be leaving the city at the end of the month to travel and write a book. Born in 1955 to a white Norweigan mom ...


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In the Life: Matt Kirouac - Matt Kirouac was approached by Gatehouse Publishing last spring about writing a book about Chicago as part of its The Hunt series. The problem was the publishing house is in Singapore, which is where the series started before eventually coming to North America. So, for Skype meetings, Kirouac often was in pajamas at 10:30 p.m. on a Sunday, since Singapore ...


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Center on Halsted reveals new leadership - Center on Halsted announced new leadership within the organization. The new leaders are slated to advance the Center's stated mission "of securing the health and well-being of LGBTQ people of Chicagoland and assist in guiding the organization in its new three-year strategic plan." Kim Fountain, Ph.D., is joining the organization in the newly formed chief operating officer position, a role ...


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Chicago House unveils new leaders - Chicago House and Social Service Agency has welcomed new leaders to assist the organization in achieving its objectives and to serve individuals and families who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness and/or gender nonconformity. Ray Koenig, partner at Clark Hill PLC, will lead Chicago House's board of trustees as the new chair, replacing Ray Lechner, who served as ...


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Activist Rachel Williams talks #SayHerName, BYP100, intersectionality - Chicago native Rachel Williams has been an activist since their high school years at Chicago Public School's John Hope College Prep in Englewood. Along with their activist work, Williams also served on the student council and competed with the policy debate team at their high school. Born in 1991, Williams grew up on the Far South Side. Like a lot ...


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ELECTIONS 2016 LGBTs among Illinois delegates - A number of individuals from the LGBT community will be among the Illinois delegates at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Illinois delegates include consultant Michael Harrington; Ald. Ray Lopez ( 15th Ward ); Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa ( 35th Ward ); Rocco Claps, former director of the Illinois Department of Human Rights; activist Rick Garcia; East Aurora School Board ...


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Local entertainment news - Hal Sparks at Zanies July 24 Actor/comedian Hal Sparks will perform at Zanies Comedy Night Club, 1548 N. Wells St., on Sunday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m. Along with starring as the inventive scientist Donald Davenport in Disney XD's Lab Rats, Sparks has directed a few episodes of the comedy show. He hosted E!'s Emmy-winning Talk Soup and had a ...


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Out teachers talk anti-bullying plans at NNSTOY confab - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out teachers Brett Bigham ( 2014 Oregon Teacher of the Year ), Jane McMahon ( 2014 Wisconsin State Teacher of the Year ) and Shanna Peeples ( 2015 Texas State Teacher of the Year and 2015 United States National Teacher of the Year ) held a session focused on anti-bullying information and supports for LGBTQ youth who are being bullied ...


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THEATER REVIEW Kin Folk - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: William Glick. At: The New Colony at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: TheNewColony.org; $20-$25. Runs through: Aug. 14 Lucy and her siblings would make the perfect poster family for transitioning. They're about to sell their home and relocate to the Chicago area. Lucy's perfectionist sister Mary has reinvented herself as video celeb, Mary-Beth, a blogger whose ...


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Reeling LGBTQ film fest returns Sept. 22-29 - CHICAGO, IL - Chicago Filmmakers announces the 34th edition of Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, to be held Sept. 22-29, 2016 at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema ( 2828 N. Clark St. ) and other venues around the city. The festival will present a selection of the best new LGBTQ films from around the globe. A production of Chicago ...


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OUTspoken LGBT storytelling at Sidetrack marks 2 years Aug 2 - From a press release - Retell. Relive. Relate. OUTspoken!, Chicago's monthly evening of LGBTQ Storytelling celebrates its two-year anniversary on Tuesday, August 2. Our August evening of storytelling and celebration will include special moments and surprises for the always-supportive, engaged audience. OUTspoken!'s second year included going on the road with a feature spot in Lifeline Theater's FILLET OF SOLO, a special joint event with Chicago ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Katja Bavendam on her 'Giant Life' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Katja Bavendam is making a big splash with My Giant Life on the TLC Network. Season two kicks off with a new lesbian cast member who is 6'8" and lives in New York. Her wife, Julie McGuire, is 5'2," making for an interesting dynamic. They have been married for a year and the storyline on the show follows their journey ...


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VIEWS Crayons and Black lives - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Brad Hauger - When I was younger and in art class I had to have the 64 count of crayons that included the sharpener on the back. I used to mix the different colors and was fascinated that mixing the different colors created even more colors. The crayons were always placed in the box in a certain order and as I took them ...


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Jazz Jennings part of TLC's block party - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Stadium Green at Soldier Field was full of laughter, music and the smells of local food trucks on July 16 for TLC's second-ever Block Party event. For the celebration, the television channel flew in stars from hit shows like Cake Boss, Say Yes to the Dress and Long Island Medium to meet their fans. Amid all the chaos, Jazz ...


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Dining news: Restaurant closings, Smack Shack, Uncle Julio's - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Vivo recently closed after a quarter-century in the West Loop, Eater Chicago noted. The owners of AMK Kitchen Bar, a Bucktown restaurant that opened in June 2015, have purchased Vivo's Randolph Restaurant Row space; in late July, they'll open a pop-up concept called Nosh & Booze. —Also recently closing was Embeya. Eater Chicago reported that the West Loop spot suddenly ...


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BENT NIGHTS Taste of Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 36th Annual Taste of Chicago tried to offer something for every musical palate and largely succeeded—splendidly. Never mind all that food: The fest offered mainstage helpings of rap/hip-hop ( The Roots with a cameo from Chance the Rapper ), old-school alternative rock ( The Decemberists, Billy Idol, Chris Connelly ), new alternative rock ( Shakey Graves, The Kongos, Elle ...


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National Archives event features LGBTQ rights discussion and YEPP - The National Archives and Records Administration ( NARA ) hosted an event focused on LGBTQ human and civil rights July 15 at the Center on Halsted ( the Center ). This was part of a two-day series of events under the banner—Amending America: LGBTQ Human and Civil Rights. Modesto "Tico" Valle ( CEO of the Center ), Jane Markham ( ...


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Rita Adair on her activism, upcoming book, social work career - When Rita Adair moved to Chicago five years ago she'd already made a name for herself as an activist and social worker in her hometown—Madison, Wisconsin. Adair currently lives in the Edgewater neighborhood, however, she'll be leaving the city at the end of the month to travel and write a book. Born in 1955 to a Norweigan white mom who ...


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Poet Richard Blanco keynotes National Archives LGBTQ Human and Civil Rights discussion - Speaking at the Chicago History Museum July 16, poet Richard Blanco said that his work has long been dominated by a search for and a remembrance of "home," adding that he frequently evoked "a universal longing to 'belong' to someone or someplace." Growing up as part of a Cuban family in Miami, Blanco said there were two representations of 'home' ...


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National Archives event spotlights LGBT civil rights - The National Archives and Records Administration ( NARA ) hosted a series of discussion panels July 16 with local and national speakers highlighting current concerns in the LGBTQ community. The discussions, which took place at the Chicago History Museum, came as part of NARA's yearlong National Conversation on Rights and Justice series, which address civil and human rights in a ...


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Legendary Baton owner Jim Flint looks ahead at 75 - In their 2011 biography of one of the Chicago LGBTQ community's most longterm entrepreneurial figures Jim Flint: The Boy From Peoria, authors Tracy Baim and Owen Keehnen described the owner of the nearly half-century-old Chicago landmark The Baton Show Lounge and the founder of Continental Pageantry Systems as "something of an enigma to those not familiar with him." "This former ...


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Vigil held on one-year anniversary of Sandra Bland's death - By Tarina Hargrays - Despite thunderstorms, hundreds of people went to Chicago's Federal Plaza on July 13 for a vigil held in honor of the one-year anniversary of the death of Sandra Bland, a Black woman and Chicagoland native who died in police custody. Women's All Point Bulletin and Black Lives Matter Chicago hosted the candlelight vigil. Attendees received candles and balloons that were ...


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Activists sue City Council over open-meeting violations - LGBT- and housing-rights activists, on July 14, announced they were filing a lawsuit against the Chicago City Council for violation of the Illinois Open Meetings Act. The announcement was made in front of mayor Rahm Emanuel's office on the fifth floor of Chicago's city hall. Activists contend that, despite being first in line—and arriving about 90 minutes early—for the May ...


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Chicago Musical Theatre Festival coming Aug. 8 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( July 13, 2016 ) — Underscore Theatre Company is pleased to announce the full line-up for its third annual CHICAGO MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL, featuring 14 new musical productions. Created to showcase and support Chicago's burgeoning field of musical theatre creators, this year's festival will be held August 8 — 28, 2016 at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 ...


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Chicago Dancing Festival to debut at Navy Pier - From a press release - CHICAGO ( July 14, 2016 ) — The Chicago Dancing Festival, the nation's largest dance festival, proudly announces repertoire for its 10th annual series with George Balanchine's Concerto Barocco ( performed by Pennsylvania Ballet in its Chicago Dancing Festival debut ), Alexander Ekman's Episode 31( The Joffrey Ballet, originally commissioned in 2013 ), Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain ( The ...


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'Art AIDS America' coming Dec. 1 - From a press release - (CHICAGO) July 14, 2016 — Art AIDS America, a groundbreaking exhibition which underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in American art, culminates its U.S. tour here at the Alphawood Gallery (2401 North Halsted Street, Chicago). This temporary space has been created in a former bank by the Chicago-based Alphawood Foundation to bring the exhibition to its only Midwest ...


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THEATER REVIEW Schoolhouse Rock Live! - BY ERIC KARAS - Music and lyrics: Various individuals. At: Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; BroadwayinChicago.com; $16-24. Runs through: Aug 28 I'll "unpack my adjectives" and tell you about Schoolhouse Rock Live! at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower place. This musical revue is made up of educational songs from the well loved television cartoon shorts from ...


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Legacy Wall exhibited at Center on Halsted - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Legacy Project's "Legacy Wall" debuted on Chicago's North Halsted Street with a week-long engagement at Center on Halsted June 27-July 3. The Legacy Wall—a 24-foot long, eight-foot tall, and six-foot-deep double-sided "serpentine island"—features 125 individual biographical and photographic elements commemorating the contributions LGBT people have made to world history and culture. Photos courtesy of Victor Salvo and Michael Oboza ...


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Relationships & the Law Today: Transgender Phobia Continues - Being a teenager is hard enough, so one can only imagine the difficulty in being a transgender teenager. Transgender teens face a host of issues as they struggle for support and acceptance at home, at school and in society. Unfortunately, Illinois lawmakers are not making the transgender teen's life any easier. A new proposal in Illinois to amend the state ...


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Theater spotlight on WOZ: A Rock Cabaret, Critics' Picks - Theater spotlight Tony Award-nominee and Broadway veteran André De Shields ( The Wiz, Ain't Misbehavin' ) is the very special guest star playing The Wizard for the return of WOZ: A Rock Cabaret. Instead of the classic 1939 MGM film score, WOZ features rock anthems of the 1980s and '90s to tell L. Frank Baum's all-American story of a ...


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OPERETTA REVIEW The Cousin from Nowhere - Music & Libretto: Rideamus ( Fritz Oliven ) and Eduard Kunneke. At: Chicago Folks Operetta at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252, or at Stage773.com or ChicagoFolksOperetta.org; $25-$40. Runs through: July 24 Poor beautiful, wealthy Julia. Living her pampered life in a mansion and attended by servants, the girl has almost everything her heart could desire. But her ...


THEATER-REVIEW-Wastwater

THEATER REVIEW Wastwater - Playwright: Simon Stephens. At: Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn. Tickets: 866-811-4111 or www.steeptheatre.com; $25-$35. Runs through: Aug. 13 The name of the deepest lake in England lends its moniker to Stephens' latest drama, an intriguing trio of deep, interconnected stories weaving together the relationships of eight individuals, at the same hour on the longest evening of the year. The playwright ...


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Ride for AIDS culminates with emotional festival - The 13th annual Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) Ride for AIDS Chicago fundraiser ended its two-day weekend event with a festival July 10 at Leahy Park in Evanston, Illinois. The event began in Evanston with a two-day, 200 mile ride, and ended at Leahy Park. This year, TPAN added a one-day, 100 mile ride that took place July ...


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Dancing About Architecture - Once you've had a year filled with new Beyonce, Rihanna, Ariana Grande, an abundance of Adele, and anticipated new releases by Lady Gaga and Barbra Streisand, you might need a break from the major-label divas and choose to seek out some new and fresh female sounds. Hooked on Seinabo Sey* and you've already forgotten most of Rihanna's anti-pop ANTI LP? ...


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OUTSPOKEN!: Sidetrack's monthly storytelling event - Being heard at OUTSPOKEN!, Sidetrack's monthly storytelling event, Tue., July 5. Photos by Bryan Smith ...


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SAVOR Dolce Italian - DISH: Weekly Dining Guide in Windy City Times - From its décor down to its music, Dolce Italian, located at the Godfrey Hotel ( 127 W. Huron St.; DolceItalianRestaurant.com ), knows how to do modernized Italian-style cuisine. The restaurant has been open for about a year now and if you're trying to avoid busy lunch spots, this might be the place for you. When one goes for Italian food, ...


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THEATER 'Space Age' focuses on queer kids of color - Talking to Ricardo Gamboa and Sean Parris mere hours after Orlando felt uncanny. The couple, well-known in Chicago's theater scene, have co-written a play, Space Age, about growing up as queer kids of color, and clearly the crime committed against Black and Brown LGBTQ people haunted Gamboa as he spoke. "I think one of the questions we were wrestling with ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Thodos' 'New Dances,' unplugged - Each summer, the company dancers of Thodos Dance Chicago get to show off their choreographic panache in the New Dances series. Apart from supporting Thodos' mission to foster well-rounded artists who dance, teach and choreograph, New Dances has yielded a number of outstanding works, some of which are adopted into the company's repertory for the next season. Kentucky native John ...


VIEWSWhile-Black

VIEWS...While Black - With all that is going on with police brutality in our nation today, I thought that it would be somewhat therapeutic to share my experiences with law enforcement. I could share many incidents with you but I will only share those that have impacted me most and helped shape my mindset about being a Black male in America. At the ...


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'Out at the Sox' topped with Sox win - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - 'The Chicago White Sox LGBT Pride event known as "Out at the Sox," which benefits Equality Illinois, took place July 9 at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox defeated the Atlanta Braves 5-4. More than 100 LGBTA baseball fans attended. Drinks and appetizers were enjoyed at Reggie's rooftop patio at the pre-game reception, and Reggie's shuttled attendees to the stadium ...


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Health guide released for uninsured, underinsured - The Chicago Health Guide: Resources for the Uninsured and Underinsured was unveiled at a July 12 press briefing with health care and community leaders during the 41st Annual Conference of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses ( NAHN ), held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. NAHN, the National Black Nurses Association, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and Pfizer RxPathways presented ...


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Karen Olivo, Miguel Cervantes and Alexander Gemignani join Chicago Hamilton cast - KAREN OLIVO, who electrified audiences with her Tony Award-winning portrayal of Anita in the 2009 Broadway revival of WEST SIDE STORY, returns to the stage as the brilliant and beautiful Angelica Schuyler in the Chicago production of HAMILTON, it has been announced by producer Jeffrey Seller. Joining Ms. Olivo in Chicago are Broadway veterans MIGUEL CERVANTES as Alexander Hamilton, and ...


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Hell in a Handbag brings back Bette, Live at the Continental Baths - CHICAGO ( July 12, 2016 ) — Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to bring back last season's steamy, sell-out hit Bette, Live at the Continental Baths, with Caitlin Jackson recreating Bette Midler's historic bathhouse concert in New York City. This year, Handbag is bringing the bathhouse to Boystown with nine performances only from August 12 — September 10, ...


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THEATER REVIEW Dating & Dragons - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Mike Ooi. At: Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard St. Tickets: 866-811-4111 or TheFactoryTheater.com; $10-$25. Runs through: Aug. 13

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Billings, McKechnie join PFP board - Pride Films and Plays' ( PFP's ) board of directors announced that Broadway legend Donna McKechnie and actor/activist Alexandra Billings ( Transparent ) have become the inaugural members of the group's honorary board. In a statement, McKechnie said, "Pride Films and Plays is a wonderful organization full of extremely talented and creative people. In the short time I spent with ...


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Center on Halsted still waiting on testing payments - Among the numerous social-service agencies still waiting for payment from the state of Illinois for services they've rendered is Center on Halsted, which has yet to receive about $200,000 for HIV testing services it offered in the previous fiscal year. The General Assembly and Gov. Bruce Rauner agreed on a stopgap budget June 30 that funded PreK-12 education and transportation ...


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Protesters converge at Taste of Chicago - Demonstrators protested at The Taste of Chicago on July 9. The protest was part of a larger set of actions across Chicago—including one in the loop and another on North Michigan Avenue—as well as the country. At the Taste, the protesters lined themselves across the main entrance of the festival and staged a "die-in." Protesters marched through the Taste, but ...


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Sports news - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - 'CLLAW XXV' July 30 The Chicago League of Lady Wrestlers ( CLLAW ) is back at "CLLAW XXV: The Summer Showdown" on Saturday, July 30, at Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie Ave. CLLAW's 25th benefit match will feature lady-identified arm wrestlers, live musical entertainment and a cash bar. Doors open at 9 p.m., with the first match beginning at ...


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Center on Halsted still waiting on testing payments - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Among the numerous social-service agencies still waiting for payment from the state of Illinois for services they've rendered is Center on Halsted, which has yet to receive about $200,000 for HIV testing services it offered in the previous fiscal year. The General Assembly and Gov. Bruce Rauner agreed on a stopgap budget June 30 that funded PreK-12 education and transportation ...


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Skokie's Illinois Holocaust museum to hold Wiesel tribute - Skokie's Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center plans to host a special commemorative event in memory of Elie Wiesel, who was an Auschwitz and Buchenwald survivor, author, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize Winner. The event will take place Thursday, July 14, 6:30— 7:30 p.m., 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. Wiesel died recently at age 87. Wiesel, who won the Nobel Peace ...


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Dining news: Lobster Festival, AIRE, Cochon's special - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Shaw's Crab House ( in Chicago and Schaumburg ) will be celebrating lobsters this summer at its annual Lobster Festival. People are encouraged to stop by Shaw's Chicago through July 31 and try one of the restaurant's lobster-centric dishes. Call 312-527-2722 or visit ShawsCrabHouse.com. —Outdoor space AIRE, 100 W. Monroe St., is now open on Sundays with a new liquid ...







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