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PARADE INFORMATION 49th Annual Chicago Pride Parade Sun., June 24 - Courtesy of PRIDEChicago - DATE: Sunday, June 24. TIME: 12 Noon. STARTING POINT: Broadway & Montrose. MAP WITH KEY here: www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/2018PPmap.pdf . LINE UP: North Broadway ( both the east and the west curb lanes, from Montrose to Wilson ); West Montrose ( both the north and south curb lanes from Broadway to Clark ); Sunnyside Ave. from Broadway to North Sheridan Rd. and ...


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BENT NIGHTS Mavis Staples - It was both appropriate and depressing to have Mavis Staples close out the Thirty Fifth Annual Chicago Blues Festival on June 11. As one of the few remaining straight-up African-American soul singers who emerged in the late 1950s to change the world with their voices ( Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Patti Labelle, and Bettye LaVette being the others ) and ...


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THEATER 'The Cher Show' takes center stage - File this in the dreary catalogue of sentences most of us mere muggles will never be able to say: "The best conversations with Cher are the ones that happen after you've been hanging out at her house for four or five hours and she just starts meandering. Her stories are so amazing. Of course, so is her house." Director Jason ...


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Ravinia season continues with Whoopi, Boy George - This year's Ravinia Festival's schedule has begun—in genres ranging from jazz to comedy to classical music to hip-hop will be part of the season. According to Ravinia's website, remaining shows involve quartet Well-Strung ( June 24 ); lesbian singer Janis Ian ( June 24 ); out actor/musician Alan Cumming ( July 13 ); Audra McDonald and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra ...


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SHOWBIZ 'Drag Race,' NPH, Lena Waithe, Lady Gaga - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - VH1 announced that Emmy-winning show RuPaul's Drag Race has been greenlit for a new season, a press release noted. The new season will follow a record-breaking season 10, currently the most watched in franchise history. Additionally, the network renewed the aftershow, RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked, which provides an intimate look into the conversations between the queens as they await to ...


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LGBTQ night at the Shedd June 27, among other themed nights - CHICAGO — As Shedd Aquarium's popular Wednesday evening event series, Jazzin' at the Shedd, enters its 22nd year, the aquarium is introducing new, themed nights and programming throughout the summer schedule. This includes special evenings from June through September celebrating LGTBQ Pride, Shark Week and women in science and more. The new themed programming is meant to help connect new ...


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MUSIC Out musician Dave Koz releases his own 'Summer' sequel - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Summer may be known for movie sequels—but out saxophonist Dave Koz is doing his own take on the phenomenon. On June 22, he'll drop Summer Horns II: From A to Z, five years after releasing Summer Horns, a Grammy-nominated album that paid tribute to classic songs featuring killer horn sections. "From A to Z" features collaborations with musicians such as ...


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NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Blake Jenner shows 'Animal' instinct in new film - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Blake Jenner first came into the spotlight with the reality series The Glee Project that led to him being a regular on the Glee television show. He broke into movies with the lead role of Everybody Wants Some!! and followed that with an indie hit, The Edge of Seventeen. His new movie, American Animals, has him playing a college ...


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Artists Pride features Shea Coulee of RuPaul's Drag Race and Michael Blume June 15 - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL ( June 7, 2018 ) — INDISTRY Media, the first-of-its kind digital subscription streaming service, has partnered with Virgin Hotels Chicago to host "Artists Pride" on Friday, June 15th from 8:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m. at Virgin Hotels ( 203 N Wabash Ave. ). The event, which celebrates Pride Month, will feature burlesque dancers and performances by Shea Couleé ...


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Chicago Pride Fest 2018 full entertainment schedule - Chicago Pride Fest returns to Boystown Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17, for another weekend filled with sun, fun and world-class entertainment. This year's headliners include Mya and Jessica Sanchez. The festival takes place on North Halsted St. from Addison St. to Grace St. There will be a $10 suggested donation. Pride Fest is produced by Northalsted Business Alliance. ...


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SHOWBIZ Barry Manilow, Kathy Griffin, Prince, LGBTA country concert - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Barry Manilow has begun a residency at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, with shows running through early October, HollywoodOutbreak.com noted. With a career to draw from that has now spanned five decades, Manilow said his fondest memories are of the decade that started it all for him: the '70s. He spent five years, 2005-2010, at the Las ...


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'Mamby on the Beach' June 23-24 in Chicago - Common, Russ, Spoon, Grizzly Bear, Jamila Woods, Windy City Soul Club and Snakehips are among the acts slated to perform at Mamby on the Beach June 23-24 at Chicago's Oakwood Beach in Bronzeville. This year, Mamby will expand its footprint to include a new community village dedicated to local and national nonprofit organizations with progressive missions. The village will host ...


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Queen! show with CeCe Peniston, Dajae June 22 - Red Bull Music will present "Queen!" on Friday, June 22, at 9 p.m. at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St. DJ Steve "Silk" Hurley is the headliner; special guests are slated to include dance-music star CeCe Penison ( "Finally" ), house-music artist Dajae ( "Brighter Days" ), Joe Smooth, Shaun J. Wright and Hey Rae Chardonnay. Among those scheduled to also ...


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Sean Wiggins concerts June 15-17 - Lesbian musician Sean Wiggins will be performing throughout the Midwest in mid-June. On Friday, June 15, in Sheridan Plaza in Whiting, Indiana, she will perform community concert with Paul Houston and Janet Cramer, 6:30-9 p.m. Admission is free. Wiggins will then perform in Sawyer, Michigan, on Saturday, June 16, as part of the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Fest. Wiggins and ...


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Disco documentary to screen June 15 - The documentary Jewel's Catch One will screen Friday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S. Stony Island Ave. Acquired by filmmaker Ava DuVernay for Array, Jewel's Catch One explores the legacy of the country's oldest Black-owned disco club as well as the life of businesswoman-activist Jewel Thais-Williams. Also, she provided safe spaces for LGBTQ, ...


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Tonys feature wins, De Niro and tribute to Parkland teacher - Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban hosted the 72nd annual Tony Awards from Radio City Music Hall on June 10 in New York City. They took over the reins from embattled actor Kevin Spacey, who hosted last year's ceremony. The Band's Visit, based on a 2007 Israeli film of the same name, won 10 awards (out of 11 nominations), besting productions ...


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Country music stars send love and support to LGBTQ community - From a GLAAD press release - New York, NY — June 8, 2018 — GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today applauded country legend Vince Gill for a surprise appearance at the 2018 Concert for Love and Acceptance in Nashville at the Wildhorse Saloon last night. The event was co-hosted by Ty Herndon and Cody Alan, with appearances and performances by Terri Clark, Billy ...


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'Queen!' to feature Steve "Silk" Hurley and CeCe Peniston - Red Bull Music will present "Queen!" on Friday, June 22, at 9 p.m. at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St. DJ Steve "Silk" Hurley is the headliner; special guests are slated to include dance-music star CeCe Penison ( "Finally" ), house-music artist Dajae ( "Brighter Days" ), Joe Smooth, Shaun J. Wright and Hey Rae Chardonnay. The event will celebrate Queen!, ...


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Milwaukee Pride to feature Danica Roem - Milwaukee Pride kicks off the 31st Annual PrideFest Milwaukee opening ceremonies at the Dance Pavilion on Friday, June 8, at 3 p.m. Journalist and politician Danica Roem will be the keynote speaker. When elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2017, Roem became the first openly transgender individual to be elected and serve in any U.S. legislature. To increase ...


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Pivot Arts Festival through June 10 - The sixth annual Pivot Arts Festival—a celebration of contemporary performances and multi-disciplinary works presented throughout Chicago's Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods—will take place through June 10. This year, the festival features the Chicago premiere of Rude Mechs, a theater collective from Austin, Texas, that has performed at major venues across the country. See PivotArts.org . ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Icon Joan Armatrading spreads 'Love and Affection' - British singer Joan Armatrading has a career spanning almost 50 years. She has released 19 studio albums along with live albums and compilations. Over the years she has received many accolades, including Grammy nominations and an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contemporary Song Collection. She took home honorary degrees from the Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Birmingham and ...


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Navy Pier Pride Celebrates LGBTQ+ Community and Culture - From a press release - Free event includes Storytime with Drag Queens, live performances, special film presentations, new "Queer the Pier" fashion and music show headlined by special guest CeCe Peniston, and more CHICAGO — Navy Pier Pride Presented by American Airlines is coming through with flying colors this year! Kicking off Monday, June 18, the third annual free event will consist of a ...


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SHOWBIZ Dolly Parton, 'Orange' premiere, Kate Spade, Ryan Gosling - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dolly Parton is working on an eight-episode anthology series for Netflix based on her music, Variety noted. Parton will serve as singer and songwriter for the show, as well as executive produce and co-star. Rumors of the singer's new series swirled recently when Lily Tomlin mentioned Parton's show during a Netflix For Your Consideration panel for Grace & Frankie. When ...


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U2 stops in Chicago - Accompanying the announcement of the newest album Songs of Experience, U2 stopped by Chicago's United Center May 22-23 as part of the group's eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour. A scary moment occurred during the May 22 show as lead singer Bono took a nasty-looking fall off the stage while performing "Lights of Home," Radio.com noted. Some of the other songs U2 ...


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'Out and Proud' June 3 at Pride Arts Center - Melissa Young and Nick Sula are returning to Chicago with "Out and Proud: A Rainbow Celebration" on Sunday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Pride Arts Center, 4147 N. Broadway. Nine years ago, Young performed the music of LGBTQ icons to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which took place June 28, 1969—and now returns to celebrate the ...


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SHOWBIZ Adam Rippon, Celine Dion, Jussie Smollett, George Takei - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Adam Rippon's romance with his Finnish boyfriend is getting serious, Page Six noted, citing People. "We'll live together," Rippon, 28, shared with People confirming news that Finnish boyfriend Jussi-Pekka Kajaala is moving to the United States. "It's like a whole process to move out here—like you're moving countries." Rippon famously ended things with his previous boyfriend of two years just ...


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Elton John to give landmark lecture on HIV in remembrance of Princess Diana - From a news release - NEW YORK ( May 29, 2018 ) — The Diana, Princess of Wales Lecture on HIV will be delivered by Elton John in front of an invited audience of politicians, health workers, journalists, civil society leaders, celebrities, and people living with HIV, on June 8th, 2018 in London. The lecture was launched by United Kingdom's National AIDS Trust ( NAT ...


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NUNN ON ONE MUSIC Lisa Stansfield goes 'Deeper' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - English singer Lisa Stansfield won a singing competition in 1980 and formed a band called Blue Zone. After her success with the song "People Hold On," she went solo on an album called Affection releasing a hit single called "All Around the World." Other successful song emerged including "The Real Thing" and "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up." She sang ...


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LGBTQ veterans of AVER, Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band join Memorial Day Parade - The rainbow flag, along with the American flag and those representing the various military service branches, was prominent in an early position in Chicago's 2018 Memorial Day parade on Saturday, May 26. The American Veterans for Equal Rights ( AVER ) Chicago Chapter and The Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band combined to form a veteran and musical contingent which attracted ...


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Milwaukee Pride and Ride with Pride June 9 - From a news release - Milwaukee, WI - Milwaukee Pride, in partnership with the Harley-Davidson Museum, Brewtown Rumble, 91.7 WMSE and the Milwaukee Police Department, has announced the first-ever Ride with Pride motorcycle run on Saturday, June 9. "After celebrating our 30th anniversary in 2017, our Board of Directors wanted to add something unique and different this year," said Michail Takach, Milwaukee Pride vice president ...


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Pride 2018 includes JD Samson for IML, Cece Penison for Pride at Pier - From a news release - With a focus on elevating local LGBTQ+ artists & entrepreneurs, No Small Plans Productions and their signature party "Slo 'Mo: Slow Jams for Queer Fam" present numerous programs for Pride season designed to be intergenerational and intersectional: Sunday, May 27, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Metro/smartbar All-Building Party In Metro: Slo 'Mo Party & Futurehood Present: I Am Elle, featuring: JD ...


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House-music fest May 26 in Chicago - The Chicago House Music Festival will take place Saturday, May 26, 1-9 p.m., at the Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Throughout the day, DJs and live performances will showcase the various sounds and styles of house music. This event is running alongside the Chicago House Music Conference and Dance Summit, taking place May 24-26 in the Chicago Cultural Center. The ...


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SHOWBIZ Donald Glover, Adore Delano, Jason Statham, Jennifer Aniston - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Donald Glover has backed suggestions that his Star Wars character is pansexual—despite a reported zero same-sex interactions on screen, according to PinkNews. Fans accused Star Wars producers of queer-baiting after claims that fan favorite character Lando Calrissian is actually pansexual. Glover ( taking over the role that Billy Dee Williams originated ) told SiriusXM, "Yeah… How can you not be ...


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BENT NIGHTS Andrew W.K. - Up until last year, I found it extremely difficult to take rocker Andrew Fetterly Wilkes-Krier—otherwise known as Andrew W.K.—seriously. I had seen him a couple of times at Riot Fest ( where he seems to have an annual residency ) and viewed some of his highly caffeinated and intensely joyful videos ( "Go Go Go Go," the theme song for ...


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'Queer Eye' co-host helps Lowe's, GE roll out product line - Design specialist and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy star Bobby Berk pulled into Chicago on May 16 to help Lowe's Home Improvement/Hardware and General Electric rollout a new product line and retail format. The invitation-only event took place at Lowe's flagship store at 1360 N. Ashland Ave., and featured refreshments, goodie bags, and a short presentation from Berk, General ...


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OUT AND PROUD! A Rainbow Celebration with Melissa Young June 3 - Melissa Young's tour of the LGBTQ movement through song and comedy returns with a little help from Chicago's best Cabaret stars at the Pride Arts Center. Celebrate Pride month with Melissa Young and Nick Sula as they return with Young's historical hit, OUT AND PROUD: A Rainbow Celebration. Nine years ago, Young performed the music of the World's most loved ...


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Taste of Chicago headliners announced - Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events ( DCASE ) have announced the full music lineup for the 38th Annual Taste of Chicago, being held July 11-15 in Grant Park. The festival will present a diverse mix of national and international acts at the Petrillo Music Shell, including Brandi Carlile, Juanes, yasiin ...


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SUMMER MUSIC PREVIEW Chicago to host Janelle, Sam Smith and much more - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicago is heating up in the next few months, with tons of concerts coming to town, including outdoor festivals featuring multiple musicians for a one-stop aural experience. More than ever, the LGBT community is represented in the live music scene this summer and we are here for it. There's a rainbow of out artists releasing fresh music to a whole ...


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SHOWBIZ Charlize Theron, Mapplethorpe, Karamo Brown, ABBA - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Watch What Happens Live, Charlize Theron confirmed that an Atomic Blonde 2 is in development, Deadline noted. The Academy Award-winning actress simply confirmed the buzz around a sequel to the 2017 David Leitch-directed action thriller in which she played super-spy Lorraine Broughton. The Focus Features and Sierra/Affinity film raked in more than $95 million at the global box office. ...


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Friends to host benefit for acclaimed songwriter Marsha Malamet in LA - Clifford Bell, Hillary Rollins and Lampkin Music Group present: "Love Don't Need a Reason: A Benefit for Marsha Malamet" on Tuesday, May 29th at Catalina's Jazz Club. VIP Tickets are $75.00 ( receive a free CD download ) General Admission Tickets: $50.00. Ticket link: https://www.ticketweb.com/event/love-dont-need-a-reason-catalina-bar-grill-tickets/8341565?pl=cbg . This special show will showcase an array of performances, video and written testimonials and ...


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Party promoters speak about lesbian spaces at Center in Halsted - Video below - Center on Halsted introduced the women's faces behind the spaces for the program "Courageous Conversations: What the L" on May 11. While lesbian bars in Chicago have been disappearing over the years, there are still women who create lesbian spaces that encourage women to be themselves and have fun. "Courageous Conversations" featured a panel of these driven women who have ...


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Pride Arts Center plans cabarets, film screenings, comedy and WeFest - From a news release - Chicago - In addition to its just-announced "PAC Pride Fest" of five fully-staged plays, the Pride Arts Center will host another five special events and performances. The lineup will include the cabaret events OUT AND PROUD by Melissa Young, and Alan Palmer's FABULOUS DIVAS OF HOLLYWOOD; Pride Films and Plays' semi-annual WEFEST celebration of Chicago's queer female, non-binary and trans ...


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SHOWBIZ Jake Gyllenhaal, Clay Aiken, Dolly Parton, 'The Handmaid's Tale' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jake Gyllenhaal is set to produce and star as Leonard Bernstein in The American, with Cary Joji Fukunaga directing and producing, according to Deadline. Structured in five movements, like a symphony, The American follows Bernstein from conducting the New York Philharmonic at the age of 25 and through a meteoric rise to fame, all while struggling both personally and publicly ...


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New Armatrading CD out May 18; tour dates announced - Singer Joan Armatrading's new studio album Not Too Far Away, will be out on BMG on Friday, May 18. This is her 21st album. Tracks include "Loving What You Hate," "Still Waters," "Always in My Dreams," "Invisible ( Blue Light )" and others. Not Too Far Away is the studio follow-up to the trilogy of This Charming Life ( 2010 ...


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IN THE LIFE Jonathan Zeng - Life is shaped by experiences—and it's a unique set of occurrences that has led Jonathan Zeng to his upcoming Chicago concert, "Songs That Speak." Zeng, who studied operatic performance and who has performed throughout the country, moved to Chicago from Cincinnati in 2014, as AIDS Foundation of Chicago hired his partner, Edward Wagner. However, while Zeng has been singing for ...


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New Armatrading CD out May 18; tour dates announced - Singer Joan Armatrading's new studio album Not Too Far Away, will be out on BMG on Friday, May 18. This is her 21st album. Tracks include "Loving What You Hate," "Still Waters," "Always in My Dreams," "Invisible ( Blue Light )" and others. Not Too Far Away is the studio follow-up to the trilogy of This Charming Life ( 2010 ...


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BENT NIGHTS Judas Priest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As the years tick on into the new century, out rocker Rob Halford and his band, Judas Priest, look more and more like Mount Rushmore. In this era—when rock icons are dropping like flies ( everyone from Fats Domino to Chris Cornell ) and a dwindling trickle of "classic" rock stars dutifully wheeze through town filling arenas for perhaps the ...


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THEATER SPOTLIGHT 33 to Nothing - If you were ever obsessed ( mildly or otherwise ) with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, you'll want to check out 33 to Nothing. Playwright Grant Varjas' music-propelled play includes eight bona fide rock songs, from head-banging ragers to anthemic love ballads. ( Everybody gets earplugs along with programs. ) The plot follows the fate of a band composed of ...


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Queercore panel held at Loop library - As part of the ongoing One Book Chicago Program and Music: The Beat of Our City, the Chicago Public Library hosted a panel discussion and concert April 17 at The Harold Washington Library's Cindy Pritzker Theater titled "Perspectives on Queercore: Fed Up Punks." The event brought together long-standing members of Chicago's queer-punk scene for a discussion on the past, present ...


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Indigo Girls to headline "Out of Space" at Canal Shores July 28 - From a SPACE press release - SPACE welcomes Grammy-winning duo Indigo Girls to perform a very special "Out of Space" concert at Canal Shores on July 28. The group, comprised of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, recently released their 14th studio album, One Lost Day, which The Independent ( UK ) called "a set of uncommonly strong songs performed with the kind of typically understated Nashville ...


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Ms. Gloria Carter to accept GLAAD Media Awards honors for son JAY-Z - From a press release - New York, NY — GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today announced that Ms. Gloria Carter will accept the Special Recognition Award onstage at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York at the New York Hilton Midtown on Saturday, May 5. GLAAD previously announced that both Ava DuVernay and Samira Wiley would receive honors at the ...


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WCPA's 'All That Jazz' April 29 at Loyola - Windy City Gay Chorus & Windy City Treble Quire will host "All That Jazz"—the annual spring benefit for Windy City Performing Arts—on Sunday, April 29, at 5 p.m. at Mundelein Auditorium at Loyola University Chicago, 1020 W. Sheridan Rd. The event will feature a cabaret set hosted by Honey West, as well as both choruses performing. Tickets are $60 each; ...


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CLASSICAL MUSIC At 45, Bach Week Festival pays homage to German maestro - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - When Richard Webster launched the Bach Week Festival in 1974, he didn't expect that nearly half a century later it would still be going strong. "We basically got a bunch of friends together and said, 'Hey, let's play some Bach,'" recalled Webster. So along with some friends from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Webster and Northwestern professor/organ maestro Karl Paukert began ...


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Lavender Country performing April 26 - The LGBT artist Lavender Country will be performing in Chicago at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., on Thursday, April 26, at 9 p.m. Lavender Country is a band featuring Patrick Haggerty, a lifelong social-justice activist and a man who many consider to be the first out gay country singer. Haggerty wrote and recorded the Lavender Country album in 1973. ...


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'Big Package Auction' April 21 at Center - Chicago Gay Men's Chorus will present The Big Package Auction '18, hosted by the hilarious musical duo Amy & Freddy, on Saturday, April 21, 5-8 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. There will be comedy, music, gourmet food, cocktails, and silent and live auctions—the latter featuring all-male package models. Admission is $95-$150 each, with tables for $750; ...


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SHOWBIZ 'Pose,' Beyonce, 'Days of Our Lives,' Serena Williams - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Television audiences got their first glimpse of FX's hotly anticipated, history-making series Pose with the release of the show's first trailer, The Huffington Post noted. The eight-episode season will "explore the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the ball culture world, the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe and the downtown social and literary scene," ...


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Artemis Pride More Than Music concert, dance June 9 - From an Artemis press release - Artemis Singers' More Than Music Pride choral concert and community dance, will include poet e nina jay, author of Body of Rooms, and DJ OCD in the soaring gothic acoustically beautiful space of First Unitarian Church of Chicago in Hyde Park on June 9. The theme for the evening reflects that the organization goes beyond choral singing, presenting music written ...


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NUNN ON ONE MUSIC Rick Astley, '80s icon talks touring, gay fan base, Boy George - English singer Rick Astley broke out with the 1987 song "Never Gonna Give You Up" and after several hit songs later retired in 1993 before a comeback in 2007. Thanks to rickrolling he became an internet phenomenon. On a recent phone call, Astley mentioned he has new music coming out in the future, but plans on playing much of his ...


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THEATER 'Tchaikovsky' delves into gay composer's symphonies, struggles - When would-be patrons from Russia approached pianist and composer Hershey Felder about performing a musical biography of Peter Tchaikovsky in the Russian-born maestro's homeland, Felder turned them down flat. "If I told Tchaikovsky's story in Russia, I would be thrown in jail because of their anti-gay laws," Felder said. Russia's ministry of culture officially and categorically denies that Tchaikovsky—the man ...


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MUSIC Cellist Seth Parker Woods discusses gay composer Julius Eastman - Seth Parker Woods is on a first-name basis with Julius Eastman. When talking with the cellist about working with the music of Eastman, the minimalist composer who died in 1990 after years of addiction, he abandons academic courtesy and refers to the composer as "Julius." It makes sense given his years close to Eastman's work, as part of a larger ...


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SHOWBIZ Ryan Murphy, 'Universal Love,' Jay Z, Imagine Dragons - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - While discussing the theme of the next American Crime Story with The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Murphy let slip a development in the cast of American Horror Story, according to Queerty. The Hollywood Reporter stated, "When it comes to Murphy's other FX anthologies, he's currently casting an eighth season of American Horror Story ( and, in classic Murphy fashion, reveals he's ...


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Old Town School of Folk Music gets $300,000 "Getting to Know Europe" grant - From a press release - ( April 5, 2018 ) —The Old Town School of Folk Music announced today it has received one of the largest grants in its history; a two-year "Getting to Know Europe" ( GTKE ) grant totaling €247,407 ( approx. $300,000 ) funded by the European Union to support greater knowledge and understanding of its international role within the U.S. The ...


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Blues exhibit to open April 7 at CHM - People will be able to explore how blues music was electrified and amplified in Chicago in the immersive and interactive exhibition, "Amplified: Chicago Blues," that opens Saturday, April 7, at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. It will run through Friday, Aug. 10. The photography of Raeburn Flerlage, a local record distributor and photographer of the city's music ...


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Ravinia season includes Diana Ross, Whoopi, Culture Club - This year's Ravinia Festival's schedule has been announced—and genres ranging from jazz to comedy to classical music to hip-hop will be part of the season. According to Ravinia's website, just a few of the highlights include Diana Ross ( June 2 ); R&B singer Anita Baker, known for her hit "Sweet Love" ( June 10 ); musician Jackson Browne ( ...


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Concert event spotlights Trans Day of Visibility - On March 31, The Center on Halsted, in partnership with The Art Music Project ( AMP ) and Lurie Children's Hospital, presented "Rattle the Walls," a concert celebrating The Trans Day of Visibility. The event—which featured a wide range of musical styles performed or composed by trans, LGBTQ individuals and allies—marked the eighth year that Center on Halsted has marked ...


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'Waa-Mu Show' May 4-13 at NU - The 87th annual Waa-Mu Show—Northwestern University's student-written and -orchestrated musical presented in collaboration with the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at Northwestern University—will take place May 4-13 at Cahn Auditorium 600 Emerson St., Evanston. Patrons can reserve the seats for the production Manhattan Miracle, a fictionalized account of the origins of the American musical. Online sales for ...


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CONCERT REVIEW Justin Timberlake gets lost in the woods - The kid from Tennessee returned to Chicago to strut his stuff March 27-28 at the United Center. At the beginning of his career, Justin Randall Timberlake left his humble beginnings behind, starting a cast member of The Mickey Mouse Club and then moving into the *NYSNC boy-band world. The two-time Grammy winner has produced some major solo hits over the ...


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Superstars Reimagine Elton John's Biggest Hits, 'Revamp' out April 6 - From a press release - Some of the world's biggest pop, rock and country artists are celebrating Elton John's most beloved and legendary catalogue of hits with the release of Revamp ( Island Records ) on April 6. The superstar lineup features artists both new and iconic reinterpreting the timeless songs of the over 50 year writing partnership that Elton and Bernie Taupin share. These ...


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SHOWBIZ Kelly Clarkson, Sam Smith, comic-book movies, 'Drag Race' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After a booted contestant on The Voice called Kelly Clarkson "small-minded" for comparing her to fellow gay artists, the coach had something to say, People.com noted. Contestant Molly Stevens, who is openly gay, revealed in a now-deleted Instagram post that she was upset by a comparison that Clarkson made during the battle rounds, as Clarkson said Stevens reminded her of ...


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BENT NIGHTS Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Not long ago, a friend who is half my age ( roughly 25 ) asked me, "When were the good old days?" By the current trickle of long-dormant bands hitting the road recently ( Hall and Oates as well as Adam Ant last year, with Howard Jones and The Thompson Twins popping up this year ), that golden era would ...


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Chicago Gay Men's Chorus to present Under the Big Top, May 18-20 - From a press release - CHICAGO, March 26, 2018 — Chicago Gay Men's Chorus is taking you back to the circus with upcoming spring show Under the Big Top, May 18-20, 2018 at the Athenaeum Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie and Beverly Arts Center. This musical journey to a forgotten time will feature animals, acrobats, aerialists, and amazing music. For ...


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SPRING THEATER PREVIEW Musicals: Fresh flowers and old chestnuts - If quantity is your thing, it's a great spring for musical theater; you'll be up to your ears in singers and dancers. On the other hand, the pickings are sparse if you're looking for originality, innovation or something new as familiar and old-hat rule the roost. They may be great shows, but do we really need yet another Sweeney Todd, ...


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BENT NIGHTS Ezra Furman; Polica - With the hint of spring in the air, queer troubadour Ezra Furman dropped into Thalia Hall recently to kick off a tour and promote his new Transangelic Exodus ( on Belle Union Records ). That ex-Evanton son Furman comes around at roughly the same time every year while releasing full lengths or EPs at the same rate speaks not only ...


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MUSIC The Shadowboxers talk Timberlake, LGBT fans, Indigo Girls - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Shadowboxers are on the move and hitting big arenas this year thanks to their Man of the Woods friend Justin Timberlake. Founding members Adam Hoffman, Matt Lipkins and Scott Tyler met at Emory University and have been making music ever since. Their name Shadowboxers refers to someone making motions to attack and they choose to battle with their progressive ...


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Free hip-hop/house festival April 13-14 - The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago—partnering with national and local community organizations, artist practitioners and scholars—will continue its B-Series, a biannual celebration of hip hop and street dance, with "Under 1 Roof: A House & Hip-Hop Convergence" on April 13-14. Events will take place at 1306 and 1312 S. Michigan Ave. There will bre film screenings; dance workshops; "B-Bout ...







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