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Concert-for-America-March-20

Concert for America March 20 - From a press release - CHICAGO — Tickets are on sale now for Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!, at the Auditorium Theatre one night only on March 20. Featuring entertainment's brightest stars, Concert for America debuted its monthly series to universal acclaim at the Town Hall in New York City on January 20, 2017. The innovation of Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley ( ...


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Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers in Chicago June 11 - From a press release - Legendary artists and longtime friends Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers will share the stage in a special group performance as Four Voices in June. These exclusive summer tour dates will include Chicago's Chicago Theatre on June 11 among many others. Tickets go on-sale beginning the week of Feb. 20 ( check individual venues for details ...


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Entertainment news: Lea DeLaria, Aretha, Gaga, Hugh Jackman, Ryan Murphy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lea DeLaria recently told E! News that she's "the lesbian Jack Nicholson," adding, "I'm dating a lot, dating a lot of young girls. That's where I am right now." The Orange Is the New Black co-star announced about a month ago that she and fiancee Chelsea Fairless had called it quits. They revealed they were no longer together by posting ...


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Chicago Gay Men's Chorus to honor girl groups in Lipstick & Lyrics: The Dragtones - CHICAGO, February 15, 2017—Chicago Gay Men's Chorus will honor girl groups in Lipstick & Lyrics: The Dragtones at Uptown Underground on Friday, February 24, 2017 and Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM each night. This year's vivacious, no-lip-syncing drag extravaganza delves into the world of girl group stardom, asking our queens to emulate such groups as ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Colin Hay on Men at Work, Sia, Fierce Mercy album - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By selling more than 30 millions records worldwide, Men at Work left a mark on the music scene. Songs such as "Down Under," "Who Can It Be Now?" and "Overkill" brought the group commercial success. In 1983, the band won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Lead singer Colin Hay released several solo albums after Men at Work broke ...


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Bernadette Peters in Chicago with Boston Pops on March 31 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters will make her Auditorium Theatre debut—and her first Chicago appearance in more than a decade—on Friday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m., when she joins the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra for a mixed program that features a tribute to George Gershwin and a medley of Broadway hits and classics. The Pops, led by conductor Keith Lockhart, ...


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About Face Theatre to Blast Off at Wonka Ball Forbidden Planet - From a press release - CHICAGO ( February 14, 2017 ) — Get ready to blast off! About Face Theatre ( AFT ) invites guests to the final frontier — space — for an out of this world evening at Wonka Ball Forbidden Planet. The company's annual gala will be held Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8 pm ( VIP Cocktail Reception at 7 pm ...


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Mitisek to leave Chicago Opera - The Board of Directors of Chicago Opera Theater ( COT ) announced that Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson Artistic Director Andreas Mitisek will leave his position at the conclusion of this season. Mitisek informed the board of his decision not to renew his contract at a board meeting. Beginning in September, COT will be led by Stefan Edlis and Gael ...


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Adele dominates Grammys - Adele swept the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, going a perfect five for five—including the trio of album, song and record of the year. It was the second time the British singer swept those categories, making her the only artist to do so. During this year's ceremony, Adele almost didn't accept the album of the year honor ( ...


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Pride Films and Plays presents Chris Pazdernik's gay music of Broadway - From a press release - In His & His II Chris Pazdernik presents the second of three cabarets chronicling gays characters on Broadway, and the artists who create the shows, roles, and music. Join Pride Films and Plays in the Broadway on Feb. 14 to celebrate great theater, great music, with a special tribute to Jerry Herman! Act One will include songs from Kinky Boots, ...


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Singer Michael McBride embraces his passions - by C.L. Frederick - Singer Michael McBride understands a few things about being different and overcoming social stigmas. When he was younger, he had struggles with body image. Growing eventually to 5'6", he was smaller and shorter than most of his friends. He viewed phrases like 'good things come in small packages' as backhanded compliments aimed at making him feel better. "There were so ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A Karen Finley homecoming - Famed performance artist and Evanston native Karen Finley returns home this month to perform over two weekends as part of Steppenwolf Theatre's LookOut series. It's a visit that provides Finley the chance to look back at past traumas and ahead to current and future fights against the Trump administration. "I'm thinking about Chicago on so many levels. I'm speaking about ...


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Entertainment news: RuPaul, Jodie Foster, Ryan Reynolds, 'Watermelon Woman' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - RuPaul's new album, which is now out, is called Remember Me: Essential, Vol.1, NewNowNext.com noted. The album features new tracks as well as some of Ru's biggest hits, like "Supermodel" and "House of Love," with new featured performers like Matt Pop, Ellis Miah, Kummerspeck and Skeltal Ki. Lionsgate has boarded international sales on The Ink Factory-financed and -produced action thriller ...


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Lyric Opera holding choral auditions - Lyric Opera of Chicago will hold auditions in March for experienced, classically trained singers who are seeking professional positions in the company's choral ensemble for the 2017-18 season. Musical rehearsals begin in mid-August 2017; the schedule is determined by the shows for which a chorister is contracted. The 2017-18 performance season runs from late September 2017 through late March 2018. ...


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Chicago Gay Men's Chorus Big Package Auction April 29 - Join Chicago Gay Men's Chorus's Big Package Auction, live and silent, is back at a new venue. Chicago Gay Men's Chorus presents Big Package Auction '17, hosted by the musical duo Amy & Freddy. Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen have performed in over 20 countries with their one-of-a-kind wit and musical prowess. They have had the pleasure of opening and ...


Love-is-Love-is-Love-concert-to-benefit-Trevor-Project-Planned-Parenthood-SPLC

Love is Love is Love concert to benefit Trevor Project, Planned Parenthood, SPLC - From a press release - ( January 30th, 2017 ) Directors Scott Weinstein and Hannah Dawe and Music Director Jermaine Hill will lead a Valentine's Day themed event, LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE: A concert benefiting Planned Parenthood, the Trevor Project and the Southern Poverty Law Center. The concert is set to take place at 8PM on Monday, Feb. 13, at Windy City Playhouse ( ...


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'Exotica Poetica' Feb. 13 at Hideout - Weeds Poetry will present "Erotica Exotica Poetica Extravaganza" on Monday, Feb. 13, 8:30 p.m.-12 a.m., at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. In addition to erotic poetry, the show will feature live music with Linda & the Hot Licks and performances by Cruel Valentine and TS Machine-Gunn CoCo. Admission is $7, which can be paid at the door or ordered ...


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CONCERT OVERVIEW Artemis Singers salutes MichFest - Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus Artemis Singers, which formed in 1980, took on the Michigan Women's Music Festival ( MichFest ) with two performances at the Irish American Heritage Center Auditorium on Jan. 28-29. The music festival was formed in a response to male-centered festivals. Female artists performed at the outdoor festival that ran annually in August; whether in song, storytelling ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Jessie Mueller serving Chicago some humble pie - Evanston talent Jessie Mueller made it big on Broadway, winning the 2014 Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. She appeared in Animal Crackers and A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre before moving to New York for the revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. She is currently appearing ...


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Queen, Adam Lambert at United Center Thursday, July 13 - From a press release - New York — January 26, 2017 — Back by popular demand, Queen + Adam Lambert will rock North America this summer with a highly-anticipated 25-city arena tour coming to Chicago's United Center on Thursday, July 13, 2017. The tour kicks off June 23 in Phoenix, Arizona at Gila River Arena, followed shortly after with a special Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl ...


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'Empire' actor at City Winery on Feb. 1 - City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph St., will present a star-studded celebration for legendary American author, activist and thinker Langston Hughes' 115th birthday on Wed., Feb. 1, at 8 p.m. The event will feature Jussie Smollett, of the Fox show Empire and who will portray Langston Hughes in the forthcoming Thurgood Marshall film, Marshall. Previously announced participants include Golden Globe-winning ...


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MCA presenting 'Riot Grrrls' - The Museum of Contemporary Art ( MCA ) Chicago is presenting "Riot Grrrls," described as "an exhibition that celebrates the profusion of brash and adventurous paintings by female artists and also responds to the charges of sexism that pervade the art world, from male artists garnering the highest prices for their work, to their disproportionate representation in exhibitions." "Riot Grrrls" ...


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Laura Jane Grace to perform in Chicago on Feb. 5 - On Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, trans singer Laura Jane Grace will perform at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., at 8 p.m. Grace is a musician best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me! Her solo debut EP, Heart Burns, was released in 2008. In 2012, she publicly came out as ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Deborah Cox and her 'Body' of work - Canadian songstress Deborah Cox is touring the world with the ghost of Whitney Houston by her side. The Bodyguard tells the story of Frank Farmer, who is hired to protect singer Rachel Marron from a stalker. Danger mixes with a love story between the two while classic movie soundtrack tunes are performed. The film version made more than $400 million ...


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Lyric Opera to run 'Carmen' in February-March - Lyric Opera of Chicago will run the story of a deadly love triangle in Bizet's Carmen, directed by Tony and Emmy Award-winning director/choreographer Rob Ashford, who returns to Lyric after Carousel. Carmen opens on Saturday, Feb. 11, with 11 performances through Saturday, March 25, at Lyric's Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets start at $34 and are available ...


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Entertainment: Dyllan Murray, Anita Baker, Sharon Gless, Kristen Stewart - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer Dyllan Murray has released the music video for his new single "No Wrong Way," featuring Kira Kosarin, according to a press release. The song explores equality for love between all races and genders, focusing specifically on the acceptance of love within the LGBTQ community. All proceeds from sales of "No Wrong Way" will benefit GLAAD and The Trevor Project. ...


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BENT NIGHTS Ezra Furman; Dorian Electra - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It was only fitting that Ezra Furmen and his band, The Boyfriends, would land smack in the middle of last week's The Tomorrow Never Knows Festival. As he cracked on his last full-length CD, the 2015 breakout Perpetual Motion People ( on Belle Union Records ), 2016 was a "Restless Year." Finally coming out as gender-fluid, Furmen developed a whole ...


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Chicago rapper comes out as bi - On Jan. 18, local hip-hop artist Taylor Bennett came out as bisexual. "My birthday is tomorrow and moving into next year I'd like to be more open about myself to help others that struggle with the same issues," Bennett—the brother of Chance the Rapper—wrote on Twitter. "Growing up I've always felt indifferent about my sexuality and being attracted to one ...


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Entertainment: Jennifer Holliday, Jim Parsons, stars say goodbye to Obama - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Jan. 14, singer Jennifer Holliday released a letter addressed to the LGBT community announcing that she will no longer be performing at the presidential inauguration concert, apologizing for what she called a "lapse of judgment," The Daily Beast noted. She cited a Daily Beast article in her letter, saying that after she read it she realized that "my only ...


-Laura-Jane-Grace-in-Chicago-on-Feb-5

Laura Jane Grace in Chicago on Feb. 5 - On Sunday, Feb. 5, trans singer Laura Jane Grace will perform at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., at 8 p.m. Grace is a musician best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me! Her solo debut EP, Heart Burns, was released in 2008. In 2012, she publicly came out as transgender, ...


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BENT NIGHTS Mutts, Archie Powell, Hemmingbirds and Jesse W. Johnson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I should have learned from the recent past to pay attention to omens. Not one month after reviewing a show jam-packed with surprises and unexpected dangers ( Foxing, Tiny Moving Part, etc. in the Dec. 28 edition of Bent Nights ), I found myself at an equally loaded show with three of Chicago's most beloved bands. When Mutts frontman Mike ...


KaraokeCares-Presents-the-anti-inauguration-party-Jan-20-at-Davenports

KaraokeCares Presents the anti-inauguration party Jan. 20 at Davenport's - On Friday, January 20, performers will be hosting more than five hours of karaoke in one of the most beautiful bars in Chicago, Davenport's. The event is to counteract the inauguration that many people in Chicago are looking to avoid. The event will be 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m., 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave. Sonic Lizard Karaoke has hosted karaoke in this venue ...


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'The Dolphin Show' running 'Little Shop' Jan. 20-28 at NU - The Dolphin Show—advertised as this country's largest student-produced musical—announced that Little Shop of Horrors will be its 75th annual ( "Diamond Dolphin" ) show at Northwestern University. Little Shop of Horrors is directed by Northwestern School of Communication senior Maggie Monahan and co-produced by School of Communication senior Janie Dickerson and Weinberg School of Arts and Sciences senior Bailey Sutton, ...


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Music video entries to be considered for Elton John: The Cut - From a press release - Three of today's most innovative minds are lending their expertise to select the final three winning entries for "Elton John: The Cut supported by YouTube" - a global competition to create the official music videos for three of the singer's most iconic songs - "Bennie and the Jets," "Rocket Man" and "Tiny Dancer." Submissions are open until Jan. 23, 2017. ...


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Sinfonietta's MLK concerts Jan. 14-16 - Chicago Sinfonietta, led by Music Director Mei-Ann Chen, continues its 2016-2017 season with its annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—a Sinfonietta tradition since its founding in 1987 by late maestro Paul Freeman. The concert will be performed three times: first, in the Sinfonietta's debut at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie on Saturday, Jan. ...


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Sinfonietta's MLK concerts Jan. 14-16 - Chicago Sinfonietta, led by Music Director Mei-Ann Chen, continues its 2016-2017 season with its annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—a Sinfonietta tradition since its founding in 1987 by late maestro Paul Freeman. The concert will be performed three times: first, in the Sinfonietta's debut at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie on Saturday, Jan. ...


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Entertainment: Rosie O' Donnell, Vivica A. Fox, Neil Patrick Harris - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rosie O'Donnell, Debra Messing, Joe Dante and Ed Asner are among the celebrities who have signed on to an anti-Donald Trump effort calling his pending presidency "illegitimate" and for a month of resistance to stop what it sees as a move toward fascism, according to Variety. The group RefuseFacism.org published a full-page ad in the New York Times on Jan. ...


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Chicago rapper/ally depicts city's realities in new music video - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Mike Parrish, also known as rapper/hip-hop artist and comedic lyricist Mikey to the P, loves Chicago and in his newly released music video for his song "Big City" he focuses on the beauty and violence his favorite city holds. "It's my love letter to Chicago and when I see it, it ties together everything that I feel is me, everything ...


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BENT NIGHTS Foxing; Shemekia Copeland - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On the suggestion of a friend, I made it a priority to catch St. Louis' Foxing at the 2015 edition of Riot fest. The idea that something tasty could come out of St. Louis in this day and age intrigued me to the point that I was almost looking forward to being disappointed. What I saw was uber-nerd Conor Murphy ...


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BENT NIGHTS Making the best of a sad year - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For anyone older than 18, 2016 was a game-changer. It may have been the year that Cubs fans had waited for, but it also was a year that left the nation politically angry, divided, and with uncomfortable truths. In entertainment—and especially, music—there was no way to avoid that 2016, in the words of Rocky Horror, was "a pretty big downer." ...


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Entertainment: Elton John, Tegan and Sara, Russell Tovey, Will Smith - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Elton John has teamed with YouTube to give creative talent from around the world the opportunity to craft official videos for three of his most iconic songs: "Bennie and the Jets," "Rocket Man" and "Tiny Dancer," Rolling Stone noted. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of John and Bernie Taupin's partnership, the singer launched "Elton John: The Cut" to give a ...


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George Michael's eight most iconic moments - Dancing About Architecture - With the death of pop icon George Michael, many in our community felt a loss akin to Bowie or Prince. But with only a smattering of singles over the past 15 years, there are many of us who only recognize random singles from pop culture or ( gasp! ) their parents. It's with great sadness and reverence that we break ...


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George Michael dies at 53 - British-Greek singer George Michael—who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and later continued his success as a solo performer—has died at age 53, according to multiple sources, including the BBC. Authorities said Michael "passed away peacefully at home" and that there were no suspicious circumstances. Michael, who was openly gay, had previously dealt with depression and drug addiction, ...


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Entertainment news: 'Paris Is Burning,' Madonna, Lady Gaga, Thomas Roberts - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon's Thelma & Louise, John Hughes' classic The Breakfast Club, the Barbra Streisand-starring Funny Girl, the 1990 LGBT documentary Paris Is Burning and Disney's animated blockbuster The Lion King are among 25 films being added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, EW.com reported. The Librarian of Congress chooses the list each year ...


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Artemis Singers show on Michigan Womyn's Music Festival in January - Artemis Singers, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will present "Wanting the Music: A Choral Musical of the Michigan Festival," Saturday, Jan. 28, and Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. The Michigan Womyn's Music Festival was a woman-only event held in the woods of Michigan for just one week every year from 1976 through 2015. The festival was also controversial because of its definition ...


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Artemis Singers concert on Michigan Womyn's Music Festival Jan. 28 and 29 - In part from an Artemis press release - Artemis Singers, www.artemissingers.org, Chicago's Lesbian Feminist chorus, will present "Wanting the Music: A Choral Musical of the Michigan Festival," Saturday, Jan. 28, and Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. The Michigan Womyn's Music Festival was a woman-only event held in the woods of Michigan for just one week every year from 1976 through 2015. The festival was also controversial because of its ...


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Bernadette Peters, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra here March 31 - Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters makes her Auditorium Theatre debut, and her first Chicago appearance in over 10 years, on March 31 when she joins the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra for a mixed program that features a tribute to George Gershwin and a medley of Broadway hits and classics. "I am thrilled to welcome Bernadette Peters to Chicago for the ...


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Entertainment: Cyndi Lauper, 'This Is Us,' Prince, Edward Albee - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - At Cyndi Lauper's Home for the Holidays benefit concert at New York's Beacon Theater, she was joined by Billy Corgan for a performance of the Crystals' 1961 song "There's No Other ( Like My Baby )," Pitchfork.com noted. Lauper also played "Time After Time" with Aloe Blacc, and rallied together a group of the night's performers to sing "Girls Just ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Sir the Baptist preaches positivity - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Performer Sir the Baptist is singing pop praises and raising hell for hip-hop in the process. Hailing from the South Side of Chicago, he took over this summer's festivals at Lollapalooza and Market Days. He also played Pitchfork Music Festival with Chance the Rapper and Jay Z's Made in America event, where he was backed by a choir. He is ...


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Morrissey cancels Chicago show - Singer Morrissey ( formerly of The Smiths ) will not be performing in Chicago, after he canceled tour dates in several cities, The Chicago Tribune noted. A statement reads, "It is with great regret that the rescheduled Morrissey concerts in Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago and Texas are now cancelled. Tickets purchased online or by phone will be automatically refunded to your ...


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Anti-bullying musical Jan.-Feb. - Chicago Children's Theatre's The Hundred Dresses—the musical about a young girl who struggles with bullying and learns what it takes to stand up to others—will run Jan. 17-Feb. 12 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St. The Hypocrites Artistic Director Sean Graney is directing, and the production is based on Eleanor Estes' novel. The Hundred ...


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MUSIC 'Wave your freak flag high': Talking with Amanda Palmer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Amanda Palmer—musician who's late of the Dresden Dolls, Internet inspiration and firebrand and, now, mother—never dreamed of touring in the chaotic aftermath of a Donald Trump victory. Palmer's Nov. 13 Thalia Hall show was a bittersweet cocktail of anger and sorrow. She paid tribute to the recently deceased Leonard Cohen—whose songs she covered with her father, Jack, earlier in the ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MOVIES K. Rocco Shields on her labor of 'Love' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kim Rocco Shields has come a long ways, thanks to a little bit of "Love" in her life. After studying film theory at the University of California-Santa Barbara, she went on to script supervise for directors J.J. Abrams and Gore Verbinski. She founded Wingspan Pictures and produced the short film Love Is All You Need? in 2014. After popularity soared ...


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MUSIC Laura Jane Grace meets fans at book-signing - Transgender rocker and Against Me! singer/vocalist/guitarist Laura Jane Grace touched down at The Wilson Abbey, 935 W. Wilson Ave., for a book-reading, signing, and Q&A session with her fans in support of her new memoir, Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout ( co-written by Dan Ozzi and published by Hachette Books ). The event, which took place ...


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Stevie Nicks in Chicago Dec. 3 - Grammy-winning icon Stevie Nicks has announced The 24-Karat Gold Tour, which began Oct. 25. The tour will bring Nicks to Chicago's United Center on Saturday, Dec. 3. The Pretenders will be the special guests. Nicks, a multi-platinum selling artist who has been dubbed "the reigning queen of rock and roll" by Rolling Stone Magazine, has had six Top 10 albums ...


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Deeply Rooted concerts Dec. 3-4 - Deeply Rooted Dance Theater will stage its 20th-anniversary kickoff concerts Saturday, Dec. 3 ( 7:30 p.m. ) and Sunday, Dec. 4 ( 2 p.m. ) at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. Deeply Rooted will feature two world premieres: When Men, which explores the idea of abandoning stigmas to strengthen from within, choreographed ...


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BENT NIGHTS Holiday releases - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Although people may think that as the writer behind Bent Nights, I am a pagan witch who has an affinity for roasting small animals and children alive, in all actuality I appreciate the year-end holidays just like everyone else. It may not be the sentimental nostalgia that many feel, but it is appreciation, nonetheless. What makes the end of the ...


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


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'Holidivas' Dec. 2, 3, 13 - Opera star Cynthia Clarey will perform alongside Chicago Gay Men's Chorus in its holiday production of "Home for the Holidivas," a show featuring holiday music made famous by renowned solo female singers. The shows will take place: —Friday, Dec. 2, at Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., at 8 p.m.; —Saturday, Dec. 3, at the North ...


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'Don We Now' Dec. 3 in Chicago - Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire will present "Don We Now" Saturday, Dec. 3, 5 and 8 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, 77 W. Washington St. Spirituals, Carols, Hanukkah, and seasonal songs receive creative treatment in the classical, musical theater and Broadway styles. There will be a sing-along and guest musicians. Tickets are $20-$35; visit DonWeNow.bpt.me. ...


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Entertainment news: Ricky Martin, Kelly Osbourne, Jussie Smollett, Frank Ocean - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ricky Martin told Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that he popped the question to artist Jwan Yosef, his boyfriend of more than a year, People reported. "We just got engaged," he gushed. "I proposed. I was really nervous. But I got on my knees and I took out —not a box... I just had them in a little ...


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BENT NIGHTS Josh Radin; Glitter Creeps - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On an uncharacteristic note for Bent Nights, we have troubadour Josh Radin, who rolled into town for a packed gig at Thalia Hall on Nov. 8. Radin unfairly tends to get stuck into that "pop rock" bracket, and the term negates his talent for writing and performing with such subtle finesse that his music defies description. He sings specifically about ...


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Opera star Cynthia Clarey joins Chicago Gay Men's Chorus for holiday performance - From a press release - CHICAGO, November 14, 2016—Operatic extraordinaire Cynthia Clarey will perform alongside Chicago Gay Men's Chorus in their holiday production of Home for the Holidivas, a show featuring holiday music made famous by renowned solo female singers—DIVAS! "We are referencing divas from multiple genres: pop, musical theater, and opera," says Artistic Director James J. Morehead. "And then of course we have our ...


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Stevie Nicks in Chicago Dec. 3 - Grarmy-winning icon Stevie Nicks has announced The 24-Karat Gold Tour, which began Oct. 25. The tour will bring Nicks to Chicago's United Center on Saturday, Dec. 3. The Pretenders will be the special guests. Nicks, a multi-platinum selling artist who has been dubbed "the reigning queen of rock and roll" by Rolling Stone Magazine, has had six Top 10 albums ...


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'Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour' to debut on Showtime Dec. 9 - Showtime Networks and Madonna have announced that her concert film Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour will premiere Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. CT on Showtime, on-air, on demand and over the internet. Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour was shot around the world and features a collection of live and behind-the-scenes footage culminating in performances at the Sydney Olympic Park in March ...


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Jeannie Tanner at City Winery in February - Twelve Chicago vocalists will gather to debut a new album of original, distinctly American music written by singer-songwriter, composer and trumpeter, Jeannie Tanner. Tanner's My Words and Music album release concert will take place Friday, Feb. 27, at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., at 7:30 p.m. My Words and Music is Tanner's ninth album and first songbook collection. Tickets ...


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Lakeside Pride tribute to Chicago Nov. 13 - Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles' yearlong tribute to the city continues Sunday, Nov. 13, 3-5 p.m., with "A Salute to Chicago" at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. The concert will be performed under the Louis Tiffany stained-glass dome in the Preston Bradley Hall at the center, and will feature music inspired by the Chicago and its history. Musical ...


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Cyndi Lauper part of Nov. 12 veterans' concert - "America Salutes You"—a concert honoring those who serve in the military, veterans, and their families—will take place Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. at the Rosemont Theater. The event is slated to include singers Cyndi Lauper, Gavin DeGraw, country-music legend Wanda Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, gospel's CeCe Winans and others. The national anthem will be performed by Chicago's Jim Cornelison, the ...


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MUSIC Michael Buble: Love is love is love - "You know what I'll be Googling tonight: Bublé, gay, queer, all that stuff," said Michael Bublé one recent afternoon, after being informed that said search terms render colorful results. All you lovers, though, needn't search beyond the dreamy crooner's recently released album, Nobody But Me, and its 10 feel-good tunes, including several new originals and reimagined classics gleaned from the ...


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Jillian Michaels appearance in Waukegan rescheduled - Lifestyle/exercise guru Jillian Michaels is returning to the road with her brand new show "An Evening with Jillian." The Illinois appearance at Waukegan's Genesee Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 17 has been resheduled for May of 2017 The 33-city tour kicks off on in Seattle on Oct. 20 and will hit major U.S. markets, including Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, New York, ...


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Five Worth Finding: Either Way book, Dave Koz show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Either Way: This graphic novel, by Sandra Levins and with illustrations by Euan Cook, is three stories in one. Either Way ( from the American Psychological Association's Magination Press ) is a modern coming-out story, a lesson on civil rights and marriage equality, and a historical fiction about a gay man in the military. —The Ghosts of Christmas Eve: Although ...


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MUSIC Ty Herndon is on 'Fire' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ty Herndon has had an eventful couple of years. After officially coming out as gay ( and talking with Windy City Times, among other publications ), the country-music singer is breaking barriers on the musical front. He's back with a full-length album, House on Fire, with 12 songs that Herndon and Erik Halbig co-producing. ( Drew Davis—no relation to this ...


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Cher stumps for Clinton - On Oct. 30, superstar Cher continued to stump for Hillary Clinton with the "Love Trumps Hate" tour that stopped in Chicago at Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market. Pictured: Evette Cardona, Cher and Mona Noriega with Cher, image from Facebook. Also Sue Hauswirth, Cher and Kevin Hauswirth. Image from Hauswirth ...


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'Resistencia' presents Latinx LGBTQ perspectives - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Oct. 29, The National Museum of Mexican Art and The 2016 Sor Juana Festival presented "Resistencia: Remaining Resilient in Times of Adversity." The event, modeled after TED Talks and MEX Talks, presented invited speakers from unique viewpoints that reflect the Mexican/Latinx LGBTQ experience to dialogue about resilience in the face of tragedy and difficult times. The event sought to ...


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Lauper part of Nov. 12 veterans' concert - "America Salutes You"—a concert honoring those who serve in the military, veterans, and their families—will take place Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. at the Rosemont Theater. The event is slated to include singers Cyndi Lauper, Gavin DeGraw, country-music legend Wanda Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, gospel's CeCe Winans and others. The national anthem will be performed by Chicago's Jim Cornelison, the ...







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