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Dancing-About-Architecture

Dancing About Architecture - Yes, we've all noted the vitriol floating about the webs this year. The hot-button issues have all our people up in arms and coming down hard on anyone who disagrees with the important issues of the day and who disputes their choice of who should run the world—girls. Of course, I'm referring to new singles out by long-term gay icons ...


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Upcoming book and music events - 'Love Unites Us' book event July 28 There will be an event featuring Love Unites Us: Winning the Freedom to Marry in America—a book with Lambda Legal Director of Education and Public Affairs Leslie Gabel-Brett and former Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin Cathcart as editors—on Thursday, July 28, 5:30-8 p.m., at Joie de Vine, 1744 w. Balmoral Ave. Lambda Legal's ...


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Dolly Parton: Living the 'Simple' life - The legendary Dolly Parton started performing for churches at age 6 and now, at 70, she shows no signs of stopping. Over the years Parton has carved out a career with hits like "Here You Come Again" and "Jolene." Her song "I Will Always Love You" was actually written about her professional break from Porter Wagoner but has gone on ...


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Links Hall Presents Joshua Kent and Mark McCloughan and more in August - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Links Hall is pleased to present Trio A / Trio B, a double bill featuring performances of "The Top" by New York-based Mark McCloughan's No Face Performance Group performed with Jaime Maseda and Melissa Krodman — and "Watching Me / Watching You" by Chicago-based artist Joshua Kent and his two collaborators Courtney Mackedanz and Matthew Nicholas. Combining ...


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Pitchfork picks art over airplay - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bringing the noise to Union Park on July 15, Pitchfork Music Festival continued to explore a range of music on the weekend. One DJ who performed was even titled The Range, coincidentally enough. Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen played a bit early that date just after 6 p.m., but that worked out well for the many families that brought young ...


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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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Sami Grisafe Releases 'All-Un-American' Today - Groundbreaking Former Pro-Athlete Pens Protest Song Inspired By Donald Trump's Campaign Strategy - July 13th, 2016, Los Angeles, CA: California Songstress Sami Grisafe will release her forthcoming single 'All-Un-American' to iTunes, Amazon and streaming sites on July 13. In the vein of classic protest songs, the anthemic track was written as a direct answer to Donald Trump's 'Make America Great' slogan as well as other increasingly worrying headline news events in the U.S.A. ...


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Entertainment news: 'Tarzan' kiss, Christian Siriano, Abby Wambach, Mary Lambert - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The UK Mirror reported that a gay kiss was cut out of the final edit of the new Tarzan film—because test audiences were left "perplexed" by it, the director has revealed. The new film, The Legend of Tarzan, includes a character named Captain Leon Rom, a ruthless Belgian soldier played by Christoph Waltz, who is now rumored to be Tarzan's ...


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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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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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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 ...


Dancing-About-Architecture

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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MUSIC Steven Tyler climbs 'Out on a Limb' - Rock icon Steven Tyler is taking his new solo album out on the road, with a Chicago stop planned. "Love Is Your Name" is his first single from his debut country solo record, We're All Somebody From Somewhere. The "Demon of Screamin'" will be forever known for his antics and vocal gymnastics as part of the band Aerosmith for more ...


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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 ...


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'Mamby on the Beach' takes over Oakwood Beach - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On July 2-3, the music festival Mamby on the Beach overran the Oakwood Beach area. Buses shipped in tons of music fans from remote parking areas. For two days a variety of artists were offered; Milky Chance, Chet Faker, Santigold. Wild Belle, Lupe Fiasco and Mayer Hawthorne were among those added to the variety presented on the holiday weekend. Gay ...


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Entertainment: Caitlyn Jenner, Matthew McConaughey, Latrice Royale, 'Queer As Folk' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Caitlyn Jenner poses with the gold medal she won with a stunning decathlon victory at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games on the new cover of Sports Illustrated, according to People. The cover marked the first time she had the medal around her neck in 40 years. Jenner, who keeps the medal in her nail drawer, revealed that she used to ...


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Queer singer Wojcik makes Chicago stops - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On July 2, out singer/songwriter/animator Hailey Wojcik played an intimate show in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Schubas. Then on July 3 the Michigan-based artist screened some of her animation videos at the Annoyance Theater. Wojcik, who has been nicknamed "The Wednesday Addams of her genre," played solo on guitar and with the aid of a computer console. Her ...


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Upcoming entertainment events around Chicago - 'Chigaygo' at Laugh Factory Orlando benefit on July 7 On Thursday, July 7, Laugh Factory Chicago's queer-comedy showcase Chigaygo is presenting a special one-night only event to raise money for The Center Orlando, the LGBT center providing victim relief in the wake of the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub. Laugh Factory and its owner, Jamie Masada, have a long-standing history of ...


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MUSIC Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas are 'Cool for the Summer' - Singers Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas are hitting the road together for the Honda Civic Tour: Future Now, with a Chicago stop planned. Lovato's newest album, Confident, has spawned hit singles like "Confident," "Cool for the Summer" and "Stone Cold." Jonas just released a new record called Last Year Was Complicated that he's ready to play on the tour. The ...


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Evening with Transparent's Faith Soloway, hosted by Catie Curtis in Boston - From a press release - Boston—Before Faith Soloway made the big time co-creating and writing for the hit tv show Transparent with her sister Jill, she wrote folksongs and musicals that explored the intersection of comedy, politics and relationships.  Her musicals Jesus Has Two Mommies and Miss Folk America regularly sold out Boston area theaters. Singer/songwriter Catie Curtis will talk with Faith about the Boston ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Singing the praises of GALA - All eyes and ears of the worldwide LGBTQ choral movement will be focused on Denver for the 2016 GALA Festival starting Saturday, July 2. More than 125 choruses and 45 ensembles from around the world converge in the Mile High City, and GALA organizers are hoping that the third time will be another charm because the Denver Center for the ...


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Entertainment news: Greg Louganis, Laverne Cox, Taylor Lautner, 'Hairspray' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out, HIV-positive Olympic diver Greg Louganis ( who's 56 ) is one of the 10 men and nine women who will be featured in ESPN's annual Body Issue. Some of the others who will be featured include the Chicago Cubs' Jake Arrieta, U.S. women's national soccer team forward Christen Press, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, UFC fighter Conor McGregor and ...


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MUSIC Jason Maek & Zaena show their Pride - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - New artists Jason Maek & Zaena are supporting the LGBT community in big ways for Pride month. Their tour has included the Chicago, Milwaukee and Motor City pride festivals. As LBGT-rights advocates, they have released a track called "God Made All of Us" and started the Stop Hate Campaign. Their visual album, called Fashion Week: The Visual Album, maintains their ...


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Local entertainment shorts: Out and Proud at Davenport's, Lollapalooza, Pitchfork - 'Out and Proud!' July 28 at Davenport's Melissa Young and Nick Sula will aim to take local audiences on a tour of the LGBT-rights movement in "Out and Proud! A Rainbow Celebration" on Thursday, July 28, at Davenport's, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave., at 8 p.m. The event will be a benefit for The Center Orlando. Starting with Stonewall and ...


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Upcoming: Lakeview Orchestra's Orlando Pulse Benefit concert with Rachel Barton Pine - From a press release - Lakeview Orchestra is performing a fundraising concert for the victims of the Orlando shooting on June 28, 2016. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Orlando charity, OneOrlando. Works include Ries' Symphony No. 2, Barber's Adagio for Strings and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, featuring world renowned soloist Rachel Barton Pine. Details June 28, 2016, 7:30 p.m. Ganz Hall, Roosevelt ...


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Backlot Bash kicks off Pride celebrations - The 2016 list of events & line ups for Chicago's Back Lot Bash includes two weekends of events June 16-26. Back Lot Bash features an outdoor women's music festival in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood, a comedy night, a nightclub party, a brunch/wine tasting event and a Pride Family Fest. Info and tickets available atBackLotBashChicago.com . Pictured here: Friday, June 24 Sunset ...


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Uptown Underground shows 'No Pride' - Join Jeff-Award winning actor, After Dark Award-Winning cabaret artist, and world class buffoon Rob Lindley ( pictured, right ) with Chuck Larkin on piano as Uptown Underground kicks off Pride weekend with NO PRIDE: A Super Big Gay Happy Hour, a celebration of life's ups and downs, Friday, June 24 at 8 p.m. The cover is $20. After seeing this ...


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Entertainment: Nick Jonas, Pet Shop Boys, Whitney Houston, Mara Wilson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After months of wondering whether or not Nick Jonas' closeted character, Nate, from DirecTV's Kingdom would ever get the chance to live out his same-sex desires, fans were disappointed after Jonas' character is drugged at a party and forced into a threesome, NewNowNext reported. Kingdom fans erupted on Twitter to express their own rage and sadness about the turn of ...


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Toni Shelton at house music parties in Chicago - Toni Shelton, known as the Queen of House Music, has announced summer dates. She has confirmed two dates that she will be hosting, giving people a chance to meet, greet, and take a peek. "I'm excited to have both of these events on my schedule," explains Toni Shelton, a career model, author, and talk show hostess. "I'm looking forward to ...


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Navy Pier Pride includes wedding, NAMES Quilt, Milly's Orchid Show, Lakeside Pride - From a press release - Navy Pier is hosting Navy Pier PRIDE 2016. This family-friendly event features entertainment and events throughout the Pier Saturday, June 25. As part of the celebration, and for the first time in 28 years, Navy Pier will display Chicago-centric sections of the internationally renowned The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. All events for Navy Pier PRIDE 2016 are free and ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Isaiah Grass gets ready for the Taste - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer Isaiah Grass is growing in the music scene of Chicago. The local gigs are quickly adding up after singing the national anthem at a Chicago Fire game. He's conquered the House of Blues, Hard Rock Hotel and the sweaty crowds at Market Days. His debut single, "I'm a Freak," hit with almost 100,000 views less than a month after ...


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Entertainment news: Stars' Orlando thoughts, Fierstein's honor, Ellen's lawsuit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Adele dedicated her concert Sunday in Antwerp to those killed and wounded in a mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub, On Top Magazine reported. Described as the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, 50 people died and 53 were injured. "I would like to start tonight by dedicating this entire show to everybody in Orlando and at Pulse nightclub ...


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13th Back Lot Bash expands, has events June 16-26 - The 2016 list of events and line-ups for Chicago's Back Lot Bash includes two weekends of events June 16-26. Back Lot Bash features an outdoor women's music festival in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood, a comedy night, a nightclub party, a brunch/wine tasting event and a Pride Family Fest. Info and tickets available at BackLotBashChicago.com. Thursday, June 16—Comedy Kickoff ( 6 p.m. ...


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Daya doesn't let us down - At the age of 17 years old, Grace Tandon has transformed into breakout star Daya and is fulfilling her wildest dreams performing on stages around the world. She left Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, behind after her song "Hide Away" flew to the top of the charts, with the writing aid of Paramount Recording Studios. It was only last year that her self-titled ...


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CGMC, Allegrezza Singers pay tribute to Orlando at June 18 concert - Chicago Gay Men's Chorus, in congruence with Allegrezza Singers and Lakeview Presbyterian Church, will hold a tribute concert for the Orlando victims and their families Saturday, June 18, 716 W. Addison, 7-9 p.m. The concert is titled, "When You Sing Your Own Song, You Can Fly!" The groups stated: "The concert was originally planned to unite the two GALA ( ...


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MCA Stage 2016-2017 season announced - From a press release - The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago announces the 2016-17 MCA Stage season, presenting multidisciplinary theater, dance, and music by some of the most thought-provoking artists working in Chicago and around the world. Led by Yolanda Cesta Cursach, interim director of performance programs, MCA Stage performances take place September 2016 to May 2017 and offer exciting and rare opportunities to see ...


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Local choral figure on career, Seattle job and brutal accident - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 3, the life of Paul Caldwell—outgoing artistic director of Windy City Performing Arts: Windy City Gay Chorus and Treble Quire ( WCPA ) as well as outgoing Artistic Director and CEO of the Youth Choral Theater of Chicago—changed forever when he was struck by a driver running a red light as he was walking across the street to ...


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Milly's Orchid Show at Navy Pier for Pride - Legendary variety show Milly's Orchid Show will be at the center of the inaugural Pride On Navy Pier Saturday, June 25, right below the new Ferris Wheel. Starts at 2 p.m. It is free. Loved by critics and by audiences of all ages for nearly three decades, Milly's Orchid Show introduced Chicago audiences to an eclectic and numerous mix of ...


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DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE: We're SO into songs of summer - Sweetest Day, Record Store Day, Small Business Saturday and the Summer Movie splurge are all made-up events produced by industries to get you to spend money. While all seem silly at first, after as much pummeling, we all eventually buy into them, somehow making them legit. Much like the UK's "Christmas #1," documented in the legendary Love Actually, we seemed ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Atlas Genius: Down Under act releases 'Molecules' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Australian band Atlas Genius was originally formed by three brothers, with Keith Jeffrey on vocals, Steven Jeffery on bass and Michael Jeffrey on drums. They began as a garage band in their parent's house that was eventually built into a recording studio. Their debut single, "Trojans," made them a global sensation and led them to be signed by Warner Bros. ...


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Upcoming: Jerusalem troupe, Jazz for Women, Queer Kings & Queens, Company - Jerusalem troupe in Chicago June 18 A Wider Bridge—the LGBTQ advocacy group that aims to connections between the Israeli and North American LGBTQ communities—announced the U.S. tour of c.a.t.a.m.o.n., a Jerusalem dance group. Arthur Slepian, executive director of Wider Bridge, said in a statement, "Through arts and culture that challenge the boundaries of religion, race, gender, and sexuality, these young ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Singer Bebe Rexha: 'Hearts' and soul - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Albanian bombshell Bebe Rexha is burning up the charts these days thanks to guesting on G-Eazy's "Me, Myself & I." Her voice is also recognizable on Cash Cash's "Take Me Home" and David Guetta's "Hey Mama." She started her career as the lead singer for the Black Cards created by Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy. Many will know her ...


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SUMMER MUSIC Tegan and Sara show us the 'Love' - Are Canadian synthpop wonders Tegan and Sara trying to tell us something with their catchy new single, "Boyfriend?" Has one of the openly queer Quin twins switched teams since their multiple award-winning 2013 record, Heartthrob? Tegan, older by eight minutes, assured that the answer is no, and that the song and its title was inspired by her sister's epiphany during ...


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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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Entertainment news: 'Looking' movie, Maroon 5, 'Grey's Anatomy,' Whoopi - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - HBO has confirmed the debut date for Looking: The Movie, with the feature-length presentation scheduled to debut Saturday, July 23 exclusively on HBO, a press release stated. Starring Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett, Looking: The Movie wraps up the story of three close friends living in San Francisco who explore the options available to a new generation ...


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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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Demi Lovato Wears Support For Trans Community During Billboard Awards - LAS VEGAS, MAY 22, 2016 — Multi platinum-selling recording artist Demi Lovato wore her support for the transgender community during the 24th Annual Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, once again taking a strong stand against North Carolina's anti-LGBT law known as HB2. At the Billboard Music Awards, broadcast May 22 on ABC, women were in the spotlight. Madonna paid tribute ...


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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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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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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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MUSIC Cyndi Lauper: A new type of Dixie chick on fame, going country - It's not just about having fun anymore. For Cyndi Lauper, music runs deeper than her '80s-era eccentricities may have seemed to suggest. A collection of classics from the Great American Songbook, deep Memphis-based blues, the feel-good Broadway romp Kinky Boots, which won her a Tony in 2013 for best score—Lauper changes musical guises like she changes dye jobs. The 62-year-old ...


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MUSIC Band Las Cafeterias breaks down barriers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicano band Las Cafeteras mixes styles, from spoken word to Mexican folk music, creating something fresh and unique. After meeting at a coffee shop as students, the group came up with their name from an organization where they took classes. In addition, to honor women they changed their name to the feminine version of the word. Their music covers a ...


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Entertainment : Jennifer Hudson, Colton Haynes, Sir Ivan, Caitlyn Jenner - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson tweeted her reaction to being left off the list for the 70th Tony Awards, nominations for which were announced May 3, according to Entertainment Weekly. Hudson did not receive a nod, although co-stars Cynthia Erivo ( Actress in a Leading Role ) and Danielle Brooks ( Actress in a Featured Role ) each earned ...


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MUSIC REVIEW Ellie Goulding puts on a 'good, not great' show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - English pop princess Ellie Goulding brought her Delirium tour to the suburbs May 6—and she was worth the trip from the city. This singer has come a long way from a simple electronica-tinged debut record. We talked about her Elton John cover of "Your Song" back then and, over the years, it has been entertaining to watch her grow as ...


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LGBTQ program part of Sinfonietta season - Chicago Sinfonietta has announced programming for its 2016-17 season, entitled "Chromatic"—and its diverse offerings include its first-ever program dedicated to LGBTQ composers and musicians. "Concert IV: More than a Letter"—a night devoted to LGBTQ composers and musicians—will take place Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville; and Monday, March 27, 2017, ...


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MUSIC Nick Jonas: N.C. law, new CD and getting personal - Usually, singer/actor Nick Jonas is known for what he accomplishes—but recently he's been in the headlines for something he's not doing. Jonas and tourmate Demi Lovato announced that they will not be performing a pair of North Carolina shows to protest the new anti-LGBT law House Bill 2 ( HB2 ), also known as the "bathroom bill." In so doing, ...


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Mary Lambert talks music, emotions at NU event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 26, the Northwestern University Arts Circle hosted a live interview featuring out singer-songwriter/Grammy nominee Mary Lambert and celebrated music journalists Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis at Lutkin Hall on the school's Evanston campus. Kot, who is the popular music critic for the Chicago Tribune, and DeRogatis, a noted author and former music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, are ...


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Upcoming: Tegan and Sara, Children's museum, Garden of Eve, Personal PAC panel - New Tegan and Sara songs out, album soon In anticipation of their forthcoming album Love You to Death, Tegan and Sara have launched their album pre-order and released debut single "Boyfriend." "Boyfriend" and brand-new track "U-turn" are available for sale and streaming now, and Love You to Death is available for pre-order via all digital service providers. Fans who pre-order ...


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BENT NIGHTS Prince, June 7,1958 - April 21, 2016 - "My name is Prince and I am funky... My name is Prince, the one and only..." By the time Prince sang those lyrics in 1992, it was a fact and he was not just boasting. As vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, quasi-movie star and shameless Svengali, Prince Rogers Nelson ascended from relative obscurity in such a short period ( 1980-1986 ) with ...


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Dancing About Architecture: Sometimes It Snows In April - My Darling Prince, They say U're never supposed 2 outlive your children, but your recent death has felt like we all lost not only a father of funk, but a very youthful man-child, who, like Cher or Madonna, we always expected 2 outlive all of us. At just 57, you were gone 2 soon like Bowie, Whitney, Amy, Donna and ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Kata Hay soars on 'The Voice' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 10th season of The Voice premiered in February on NBC with judges Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Christina Aguilera. In a pivotal moment during the blind auditions, Levine turned his chair and contestant Kata Hay jumped on him in excitement. She described Aguilera as her first girl crush then kissed her before ultimately choosing her team. Hay ...


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Music icon Prince dead at 57 - By Matt Simonette Rock superstar Prince, whose music and work inspired many in the LGBT community—even as he courted controversy with them—died April 21. He was 57. His body was found in an elevator his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota. An autopsy was performed on the singer, according to reports, but coroners said an official cause of death was likely ...


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BENT NIGHTS Eli 'Paperboy' Reed; Chairlift - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - BWhat has defined and separated Eli "Paperboy" Reed from the growing pack of soul revivalists is his lack of pretension. Where critics and fans stumble over themselves blessing Leon Bridges and Adele for resurrecting icons of yore ( Sam Cooke and Dusty Springfield, respectively ), Reed loves to get down and dirty from the word "go." His music and vocals ...


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Entertainment news: Ruby Rose, Viola Davis, N.C. and performers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In an interview with Galore, Orange Is the New Black co-star Ruby Rose said she has no problem being compared to Justin Bieber or Leonardo DiCaprio, The Huffington Post noted. The 30-year-old star, who identifies as gender fluid, also sounded off on what it feels like when she's told that she's turned "straight girls gay" after becoming their "girl crush." ...


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New Tegan and Sara songs out, album soon - In anticipation of their forthcoming album Love You to Death, Tegan and Sara have launched their album pre-order and released debut single "Boyfriend." "Boyfriend" and brand-new track "U-turn" are available for sale and streaming now, and Love You to Death is available for pre-order via all digital service providers. Fans who pre-order Love You to Death in advance of its ...


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Upcoming: Bollywood dance, JD Glass concert, Mudderella, Mary Lambert - Mary Lambert at NU April 26 Grammy nominee Mary Lambert—possibly best known for singing with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on the song "Same Love"—will discuss the art of songwriting (along with a special performance). The free event will take place Tuesday, April 26, 7-8:30 p.m., on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University at Lutkin Hall, 700 University Pl. Jim DeRogatis ...


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NUNN ON ONE Vanessa Williams talks gay classmates, fashion, 'Ugly Betty' - Vanessa L. Williams, not to be confused with the actress Vanessa A. Williams, is more than just a triple threat. The actress, singer, and dancer is now branching into fashion with V. by Vanessa Williams. She also adds writer to the list with a book teaming her up with mother Helen Williams. Williams is a Grammy nominated singer for hits ...


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Vanessa Williams performs at UNICEF gala - On Saturday night, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF hosted the 9th annual UNICEF Hope Gala at The Geraghty in Chicago, raising funds to support the organization's work. The gala's "Imagine" theme aimed to inspire guests to imagine a world in which no child dies of a preventable cause. During the event, guests enjoyed a performance by Vanessa Williams, a seated ...


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Dancing About Architecture: Setting the stage for a second act in pop - At the start of the rock and roll era, artists had a much shorter career window than they do today. Artists like The Beatles were only active for less than a decade and Elvis had short runs of success, armed service, movies and retirement. Only a handful of acts have managed to stay creative, and not become oldies acts working ...


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Entertainment: Eli Lieb, Steve Grand, Robin Roberts, Harvey Feinstein, Cyndi Lauper - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Eli Lieb and Steve Grand have teamed to create the song and video "Look Away," which has racked up hundreds of thousands of YouTube hits and Facebook views since it premiered on Towleroad, according to a press release. Lieb said, "We filmed this the day after my boyfriend and I broke up, and the footage is so real and raw, ...


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GLAAD calls on music industry to push against anti-GLBT Tennessee bills - From a press release - NASHVILLE, TN — GLAAD, the world's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) media advocacy organization, today called on the music industry to take a stand against discriminatory bills currently pending in Tennessee, which threaten the rights and safety of LGBT people. Tennessee's House Bill 1840 would allow counselors to refuse mental health services to LGBT patients, and Tennessee's ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Hitting up Blu Cantrell - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer Blu Cantrell may always be remembered for her single "Hit 'Em Style ( Oops! )," which charted all over the place. She was nominated for a Grammy for the follow-up album Bittersweet, which featured a Sean Paul collaboration with "Breathe." The Rhode Island native appeared briefly in the movie Drumline, filmed a reality show with NBC's Celebrity Circus, and ...


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Matthew Morrison to perform selections from the powerful new musical Exposure - From a press release - New York, NY - Feinstein's/54 Below will host EXPOSURE in Concert, featuring Matthew Morrison and an exciting line-up of Broadway stars performing selections from the powerful new musical conceived and created by Cathy Nathan, with original music and lyrics by Erik Della Penna, musical direction by Doug Peck, and photography by Sandro. EXPOSURE in Concert will play Feinstein's/54 Below, 254 ...







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