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Gay Men's Chorus of Washington to make first-ever gay chorus visit to Cuba - From a press release - Washington, DC ( April 22, 2015 ) — The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC ( GMCW ) and Youth For Understanding USA ( YFU ) today announced they will partner to conduct a first-ever visit by a gay chorus to Cuba. The nine-day concert tour, to take place July 10-18, 2015, will seek to raise awareness of issues faced ...


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Chakafest 2015 to take place May 27 - Chakafest 2015—a free fundraising party to celebrate the music of Chaka Khan—will take place Wed., May 27, Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Among other happenings, Chicago-based DJ Maurice "Ice" Culpepper will be spinning Khan and Khan-inspired tunes; Columbia College Chicago photography students will be creating artwork inspired by her recordings; and a collection of Khan memorabilia and ...


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Option Up! Chris' Birthday Belt-Fest to benefit Howard Brown - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Option Up!, the acclaimed musical theater cabaret and talk-show, celebrates co-host Christopher Pazdernik's birthday with Chris' Birthday Belt-Fest, a concert to benefit Howard Brown Health Center on Sunday, May 10 at 7:30 in The Cab at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago. Featuring award-winning musical theater performers from across Chicago, the evening will be music directed ...


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MUSIC Lesbian fronts band Fit for Rivals - Sounding like a mix of Tegan and Sara, Joan Jett and Finland's heavy metal outfit H.I.M., the seven-year-old rock/punk/pop band Fit For Rivals is fronted by out lesbian singer/songwriter Renee Phoenix. Her vocals pack serious punch—and more than a pinch of androgyny—while the first singles and videos from upcoming 2015 album Freak Machine, "Hit Me" ( www.youtube.com/watch ) and "Freak ...


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Josh Groban's new CD out April 28 - Multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban will release a new album, Stages, on April 28 via Reprise Records. Stages features songs from such productions as Les Miserables, Sunday in the Park with George, Phantom of the Opera, Into the Woods and The Fantasticks. The album also features duets with Kelly Clarkson, Audra McDonald and trumpeter Chris Botti. The album is available ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Dar Williams: On androgyny, labels and independence - Singer Dar Williams continues to follow a road less traveled—one that has led her to become a pioneer in the music business. She frequents folk festivals, playing with the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, and Ani DiFranco. Themes of her songs include religion, sexual orientation and gender issues. Her latest endeavor, Emerald, debuts May 12. Also, she continues ...


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Lakeside Pride salutes 'Mr. Holland's Opus' - On April 18, The Lakeside Pride Music Ensemble presented "Mr. Holland's Opus: A 20th Anniversary Tribute" at Northside College Prep. The concert, which featured The Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band, touched on the movie Mr. Holland's Opus ( which was a surprise hit when it was released at Christmas of 1995 and featured performances from Oscar winners Richard Dreyfuss and Olympia ...


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Vogel: This will be last year of MichFest - Lisa Vogel, the founder of the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, told the fest's followers on Facebook that this year's 40th anniversary festival will be its last. See https://www.facebook.com/michfest/posts/10153186431364831 . There have been rumors that a different, smaller festival would replace MichFest if it were to close, but there have been no public statements about such a plan. See later coverage ...


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BENT NIGHTS The Ting Tings; 'The Devil's Cabaret' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For those who just wouldn't embrace The Ting Tings' third CD, Super Critical, as fully as the first two, you can't say you didn't know better. The Brit duo's ( Katie White on vocals/guitar/percussion and Jules De Martino on vocals and drums ) band name translates from mandarin as "the sound of innovation on an open mind," so you had ...


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Vicci Martinez releases new EP "I Am" - From a press release - Known for her powerful vocals, unique style, and magnetic charisma, Vicci Martinez is releasing her first new music since Vicci was released in 2012. The internationally acclaimed songwriter and performer was highlighted by a Billboard Top 20single in "Come Along" featuring Cee Lo Green. Vicci marked Martinez's evolution from a Pacific Northwest music mainstay and a fan favorite on the ...


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Report: Manilow married last year - After years of keeping their relationship secret, People.com confirmed that singer Barry Manilow married his longtime manager, Garry Kief, in a private ceremony in Palm Springs, California, last year. The affair was a surprise even to the couple's 20 to 30 guests, who attended what they thought was a lunch at Manilow's sprawling Palm Springs estate. Manilow's longtime friend and ...


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MOVIES Mo'Nique: On Queen Latifah, 'Blackbird' and honest mothers - Oscar-winning actress and comedienne Mo'Nique throws the word "baby" around a lot—as a term of affection, for comedic effect, and when discussing motherhood of her own children and onscreen spawn. During a phone interview about director Patrik-Ian Polk's ( Noah's Arc; The Skinny ) acclaimed gay-themed feature Blackbird, which she executive-produced with husband Sidney Hicks and stars in, Mo'Nique also ...


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Upcoming entertainment: Armatrading; Lakeside Band; Big Package - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Joan Armatrading at City Winery in April, Oct. Musician Joan Armatrading will perform at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., on April 23-24 as well as Oct. 7-8. Over her 42 years of touring, the West Indies-born British singer-songwriter has never done a solo world tour. For her last major tour, which kicked off in Britain in September, the three-time ...


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NCLR and Task Force remove names from Michfest petition - [Updated April 11, 8:11 p.m.] Just days after Kate Kendell and the organization she leads, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), removed their signature from Equality Michigan's Michfest petition, another big league LGBT organization followed suit. National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey has withdrawn her support for the petition. Kendell and Carey's original letters were met with ...


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BENT NIGHTS The Marvin Tate D-Settlement; The Bribes - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In the year-end wrap up of Bent Nights for 2002, I heralded Icons ( now re-released via Bandcamp )—the sophomore album by Marvin Tate and the D-Settlement—as not only one of the best recordings of the year but as an event in itself. The D-Settlement, a collective that features four astounding lead vocalists ( Tate, Tina Howell, Adam Conway, and ...


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Entertainment: Rihanna; 'The Wiz'; Jill Soloway; Steve Grand - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rihanna has publicly criticized Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Gay Star News reported. The singer—who spoke out against the controversial pro-discrimination bill during her headlining set at the March Madness Music Fest in White River State Park, Indiana—told the crowd that the state's lawmakers should let people "live their lives." She added, "Who's feeling these new bullshit laws that they're ...


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Lakeside Pride members to attend Indiana band event - Despite calls from some quarters for boycotts of Indiana businesses and organizations in the wake of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Lesbian and Gay Bands of America ( LGBA ) is moving ahead with plans for its annual conference, to be held in August in Indianapolis. Among those attending will be representatives of Chicago-based Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles, which operates ...


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Underground hosts Frankie Knuckles foundation event - On March 31, the Underground nightclub hosted a benefit for the Frankie Knuckles Foundation, marking exactly a year since the passing of the Grammy-winning DJ. Complimentary appetizers and Bacardi drinks were provided while guests danced to house-inspired tunes from DJ Lady D for two hours. The idea for the movie titled The Warehouse was officially launched that evening to celebrate ...


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MUSIC Joan Armatrading on touring, inspiration - Out British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading and her partner, Maggie Butler, may have not-so-secretly had their union legalized as a civil partnership May 2, 2011 in Shetland, United Kingdom, but their "Love and Affection" appears to have taken a back seat as of late. Armatrading is in the middle of a year-long tour spanning the globe. How is the gender-neutral storytelling ...


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MUSIC Steve Grand: 'All American Boy' talks new CD, Gaga - Two years ago, out singer Steve Grand burst onto the music scene, making national news thanks to the video for a song for the song "All American Boy." ( The clip shows a gay man, whom Grand portrays, falling for another man who turns out to be straight. ) Grand then parlayed his visibility into monetary success with an enormously ...


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Music and art: Menzie and Michael; NOW seeking artists - Menzie and Michael at Davenport's throughout April Famed local performance team Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael will perform at Davenport's, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave., on Saturdays throughout April at 8 p.m. The duo is known for musical twists on jazz favorites, standards, contemporary pop, Broadway show tunes and film gems. There is a $20 cover charge with a two-drink minimum. ...


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Upcoming: Music for Matthew; Trans, adult, queer film events; Lollapalooza - and more - Andrew Sullivan at Elmhurst April 2 Journalist, blogger and author Andrew Sullivan will present "The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage" on Thursday, April 2, at Elmhurst College. Sullivan's talk will begin at 7 p.m. at the Frick Center, 190 Prospect Ave. Through his blog The Dish—which began in 2000 and ended in February—Sullivan chronicled major political and cultural moments, reaching ...


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MUSIC Spandau Ballet's frontman talks comeback, Market Days - The British band Spandau Ballet crossed over the pond to have a number one hit in 1983 with "True." Across the way in the UK the group dominated with eight top ten albums. The lineup for this tour includes all five original members Tony Hadley, Gary Kemp, Steve Norman, John Keeble and Martin Kemp. Spandau Ballet was part of a ...


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Openly gay artist responds in song to Indiana law - From a press release - Matt Gold is a chart-topping and acclaimed Indiana-based singer-songwriter that has garnered an engaged international fanbase for his boldly emotive adult contemporary music. For Matt and his fans, the haunting and vulnerable quality of his songs have been symbiotically cathartic, helping both parties to grow through confronting relationship challenges, embracing their true sexual identity, and meeting life's obstacles through courageous ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Jessie Ware talks gay fans, Sam Smith - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer Jessie Ware is already a big deal in the United Kingdom and is slowly conquering the United States. Her debut album, Devotion, peaked at number five on the UK Albums Chart and her follow-up, Tough Love, reached number nine last year. Two Inch Punch and Benny Blanco produced Tough Love, with help from Miguel and Ed Sheeran on various ...


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Entertainment: Celebs on Indiana; Bradley Cooper; Laverne Cox; Annie Lennox - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Several celebrities have spoken out against Indiana's religious-freedom law that make businesses and individuals immune from lawsuits so long as they are motivated by religious belief, The Huffington Post noted. Among them are Ashton Kutcher, Dustin Lance Black, Dan Savage, Miley Cyrus, James Van Der Beek, George Takei and Andy Cohen. Cyrus called Indiana Gov. Mike Pence an "asshole" on ...


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MUSIC The Sound of von Trapps hitting Evanston - The next generation of the iconic family von Trapps ( immortalized in the film The Sound of Music ) is banding together to create a whole new sound. Siblings August, Amanda, Melanie and Sofia are the great-grandchildren of the Captain and Maria von Trapp, who many know from the musical. Dancing in Gold is the first of three EPs of ...


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Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band to do Mr. Holland's Opus - From a press release - CHICAGO, MARCH 25, 2014 — With gusto and nostalgia, the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band ( www.lakesidepride.org ) honors music educators with selections from the Academy Award-winning film Mr. Holland's Opus at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, at Northside College Prep, 5501 N. Kedzie, Chicago. Be sure to bring along the educators and musicians in your life that have had ...


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Elaine Dame hosts Matthew Shepard Foundation benefit - From a press release - Jazz vocalist and bandleader Elaine Dame will be holding down a Thursday night residency at SIP ( aka Southport & Irving ), 4000 N. Southport in Chicago, in April. The residency, which begins on Thursday, April 2 at 8 p.m., will be followed by a benefit for the Matthew Shepard Foundation Sunday, May 3, 6-10 p.m., which Dame will host. ...


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WCPA pays tribute to Tyler Clementi - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On March 21, Windy City Performing Arts ( WCPA ) held its 2015 spring concert Legacies of Hope in the stunning St. James Episcopal Cathedral. The cathedral, with a beautiful backdrop, was the perfect setting for the sounds of the Windy City Gay Chorus ( WCGC ) and the Windy City Treble Quire. WTCQ started the concert out with several ...


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Upcoming: Wainwright at Winery; Madonna at UC; Lake FX Summit; Cinema Q; "Deadly" exhibit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Third Rufus Wainwright show added at Winery A third show featuring out singer Rufus Wainwright has been added to the slate at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St. Wainwright will also perform Monday, May 4. Tickets are $80-$90 each; see www.CityWinery.com. The May 5 and 6 shows are sold out, according to the website. Wainwright has released seven studio albums ...


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Entertainment: Andy Cohen; Cheyenne Jackson; Chaz Bono; Jussie Smollett - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Andy Cohen, popular late-night talk-show host of Watch What Happens Live on Bravo, will now also executive-produce an all-new channel featuring entertainment personally curated and presented by Cohen exclusively on SiriusXM, according to a press release. In addition to producing the new SiriusXM channel, Radio Andy, Cohen will also host a weekly radio show exclusively on the 24/7 channel for ...


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MUSIC Anne Steele shows listeners 'What's Mine' - Anne Steele's new album, What's Mine, paints a picture of a seasoned songstress in the throes of overcoming life's little treasures—such as heartbreak, loss and finding the courage to try again. The award-winning songwriter met her wife of five years, Kelli Carpenter, while performing on a cruise with R Family Vacations in 2010 and it's been smooth sailing ever since. ...


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DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE: RAVINIA 2015 PREVIEW - If you're reading this, you're probably pretty in tune with current music and the latest concerts and festivals. Music fans follow bookings for Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, Spring Awakening, Riot Fest and even Market Days like straight boys with football rankings, but for most folks under 40, Ravinia is the big mysterious outdoor venue up north that their Aunt Joan has season ...


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Fifth Harmony in sync with fans - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singing group Fifth Harmony picked a wild day to arrive in Chicago for its Reflection Tour. On March 14, Chicagoans dyed the river green, threw a parade and drank themselves silly to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The group sold out the too-small Riviera Theatre, which has a capacity of 1,400 people. A crowd mostly made up very young girls, their ...


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BENT NIGHTS Mike Maimone; Brazilian Girls - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As if fronting local scruffy hard-rock trio Mutts was not enough, out vocalist and piano man Mike Maimone kicked off his monthly residency at the High Hat Club, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd., on March 5, with tongue firmly out of cheek. The show was billed as "Mike Maimone and 'Friends,'" but the title barely hinted at what this gig ...


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Lakeside Pride gets into 'Jazz Age' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles held its third annual benefit, "Champagne Showcase: A Night in the Jazz Age," March 7 at Center on Halsted. The event featured shhh...OUT! Lakeside Pride Jazz Ensemble as well as two brand-new groups: the Strayhorns Jazz Combo and Wilde Cabaret. All proceeds from this event benefited the general operating fund of Lakeside Pride. Photos by Chuck ...


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Kelly Clarkson: 'Miss Independent' talks anthem, 'Kezbo' following - Before catapulting to pop stardom, Kelly Clarkson was one of us. In many ways, she still is. The original American Idol—who memorably erupted into waterworks when she won the first season of the reality show in 2002—wasn't always able to muster the willpower she's instilled in the gay community through her uncompromising persona and liberating pop anthems, including those on ...


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Windy City Performing Arts to remember Tyler Clementi at event - Windy City Gay Chorus ( WCGC ) and Windy City Treble Quire ( WCTQ ) will deliver an evening of meaningful musical messages as they present "Legacies of Hope" on March 21 at St. James Episcopal Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St. "Legacies of Hope" sets out to honor the lives of at-risk LGBTQ youth. In doing so, it will also ...


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Mister E Machine sings against anti-LGBTQ bullying - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Live it, learn it, perform it. Chicago-based indie group Mister E Machine rocks out with a gay perspective. In summer 2014, lead vocalist, primary songwriter and LGBTQ activist Manny Capozzi and producer/drummer Chuck Harling teamed up and established the band. Now as a quartet that also includes David Ladon on bass and backing vocals and Perry Simmons on backing vocals, ...


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Windy City Gay Idol 2015 announcement - After a dozen years of hosting Windy City Gay Idol, Windy City Times newspaper and Nightspots magazine are announcing they will not be programming the annual event in 2015. Started in 2003 as a takeoff on the popular American Idol TV show, the contests have been held throughout the city and suburbs, crowning winners based on the votes of a ...


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Windy City Gay Idol looks back on twelve years - After a dozen years of hosting Windy City Gay Idol, Windy City Times newspaper and Nightspots magazine are announcing they will not be programming the annual event in 2015. Started in 2003 as a takeoff on the popular American Idol TV show, the contests have been held throughout the city and suburbs, crowning winners based on the votes of a ...


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MUSIC Jimmy Somerville celebrates disco, Bronski Beat past - Last year marked the 30th anniversary of the song "Small Town Boy," the breakthrough hit by Bronski Beat. Former lead singer Jimmy Somerville is back with a brand-new disco beat and is set to release his new CD, Homage, on March 10. Windy City Times spoke with Somerville about his love of disco, being openly gay at the start of ...


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Local entertainment events: Homestretch; Tret Fure; Louder than a Bomb; African-American films - 'The Homestretch' screening March 14 Community Cinema, WTTW, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the Polk Bros Foundation are presenting an advance screening of The Homestretch, a film by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly. The screening will take place Saturday, March 14, 2-3 p.m., at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. ( A ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Midge Ure talks Moby, Boy George, touring - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Scottish singer Midge Ure has had great success in the '70s and '80s fronting groups like Thin Lizzy and Ultravox. "Do They Know It's Christmas?" was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure back in 1984 to raise money for famine in Ethiopia. He organized Band Aid, Live Aid, and Live 8 with Geldof as well. He's released solo albums ...


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Entertainment: Wanda Sykes; Gaga; Mo'Nique; Eddie Redmayne - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Comedian Wanda Sykes says she was treated like a unicorn after coming out gay, On Top Magazine noted. Sykes, 50, came out as gay in 2008 during a rally to protest passage of California's gay-marriage ban, Proposition 8, which fell in 2013. Appearing on The Meredith Vieira Show, Sykes told Vieira that her coming out was not planned, adding, "Funny ...


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BENT NIGHTS Hozier; Empty Bottle Winter Block Party - For better or worse, Hozier's massive hit "Take Me to Church" was the song of 2014. Like a very few others ( such as "American Pie" by Don McLean, "Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen, and even "It's A Sin" by The Pet Shop Boys ), the song can be easily misinterpreted and stuck on various perspectives like Velcro. ...


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Ricky Martin: Beyond the 'Bon Bon' - Ricky Martin talks love life, shirtless selfies and how he'd react to having gay sons A single tweet changed Ricky Martin's life, and then it changed the world. When the internationally famed Puerto Rican heartthrob came out in 2010, declaring himself on Twitter "a fortunate homosexual man" who's "very blessed to be who I am," Martin, 43, stepped out of ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Catching up with Jill Grove and "The Property" - Lesbian mezzo-soprano Jill Grove has appeared in some of the most critically acclaimed new recent productions at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Who could forget her topless tribal Klytamnestra waging interfamily battle in Richard Strauss' Greek tragedy Elektra in 2012? Or Grove as the earthy swamp witch Jezibaba in Antonin Dvorak's Rusalka in 2014? Now Grove gets to put her ...


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Arts news: Harris; Flower & Garden Show; Brave Face Project; Ronnie Kroell - Harris Theater in the midst of $5M renovation project The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., is in the midst of a $5-million renovation project. The physical renovations of the Harris Theater patron space is one component of a $38.8-million fundraising campaign launched during the theater's 10th anniversary last season. The plan will involve adding two ...


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BENT NIGHTS Sleater-Kinney; Glitter Creeps - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As someone who was merely aware of the band in itsheyday, I was mystified by the effect that the Sleater-Kinney reunion had on me. It certainly didn't hurt that No Cities to Love, the first CD from the group in 10 years, was called one of the best releases of 2014, or that tickets for this show were snapped up ...


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BENT NIGHTS Kaki King; Melk Belly - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After having been called one of the most exciting experimental guitarists of her generation, it could be assumed that out musician Kaki King's SRO show at Lincoln Hall on Feb. 11 would have the solemnity of the coronation of a pope. The idea of her "in recital" is something that fans have come to anticipate with bated breath, but what ...


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Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull thrill fans with fast-paced show - On Feb. 20, Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull returned to Illinois, bringing their successful act to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. The dynamic duo put on a fast-paced, fun show, selling out the venue to the top of the rafters in the process. Rotating nights where one of them follows the other has kept this tour fresh and unexpected. This time ...


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Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles presents "Champagne Showcase: A Night in the Jazz Age - From a press release - CHICAGO, FEBRUARY 16, 2015 — With swing and sass, Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles presents its third annual benefit, "Champagne Showcase: A Night in the Jazz Age," at Center on Halsted ( 3656 N. Halsted ) on Saturday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m. Guests are encouraged to come out in their best dapper wear and flapper attire to celebrate a bygone ...


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Upcoming events: NU Pride; women's tourney; SCOTCH bowling - 'Pride Day' at NU Feb. 21 Northwestern University's men's basketball team will host "Pride Day" on Saturday, Feb. 21. At its home in Evanston's Welsh-Ryan Arena, Northwestern will face off against Penn State at 2 p.m. Tickets for the Feb. 21 basketball event are reduced to $20 with the promo code "NUPRIDE" at NUSports.com. ( Individuals will also receive a ...


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Upcoming events: Internat'l Women's Dance; gays on 'Hate in America'; Knuckles film - International Women's Day Dance on March 7 Chicago groups are bringing back the popular International Women's Day Dance to Chicago, Saturday, March 7, 7 p.m.-midnight, at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, 3015 W. Division St. The Chicago Foundation for Women ( CFW ) LGBT Giving Council is sponsoring the event, which is open to people of ...


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Queer Fest America throws El Rescate benefit - On Feb. 13, QFA ( Queer Fest America ) threw a benefit show at the rock-and-leather bar The Liar's Club in support of El Rescate, an independent youth living program. El Rescate, which translates as "the rescue," has witnessed its programs and facilities triple in size as the need for housing and advocacy for queer youth has expanded. As the ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC From Bristol to 'Budapest' with singer George Ezra - Young upstart George Ezra is ready to conquer this side of the pond and with recent tour mates he's well on his way. The new album Wanted on Voyage has spawned an iTunes Single of the Week, with "Budapest" hitting nearly 86 million streams. His sound has crossed borders, taking on both Alternative and Adult Top 40 charts. In his ...


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DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE - AGE, RELEVANCE AND THE BBC - This week it was announced by BBC Radio One, that after over 30 years of support, Madonna is no longer relevant enough for the mainstream BBC1, and being moved to BBC2, the UK radio equivalent of being put out to pasture for good. In a talk with an insider at the station, The Daily Mail reported, "At the end of ...


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Entertainment news: Ricky Martin; Melissa Manchester; Madonna banned - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ricky Martin will start his 20-date "One World" tour in North America on Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Las Vegas, according to a press release. ( Other stops include Chicago, Toronto, Atlanta, Dallas and Miami, among others. ) The tour is in support of his newest album, A Quien Quiera Escuchar ( To Whomever Wants to Listen ). Speaking of Martin, ...


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Lakeside Pride seeks marching director - Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles will accept applications through Friday, Feb. 20, for the position of marching band director. The director will coordinate rehearsals and performances, select music, recruit members and otherwise manage the band's season, roughly April to September each year, beginning in 2015. Selected applicants will be invited to interview with a committee made up of ensemble members, members ...


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Manilow, Koz bring 'Magic' to Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Vern Hester - On Feb. 14, Valentine's Day was turned into a massive Barry Manilow love-in when the pop star hit the United Center for the Chicago stop of his "One Last Time" tour. With a career that has spanned more than 45 years and a track record of 27 platinum albums and 26 top 10 hit singles, it could be assumed that ...


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Movie celebrating Frankie Knuckles to shoot in Chicago - From a press release - CHICAGO — Feb. 11, 2015 — A new feature film, THE WAREHOUSE, will celebrate the Godfather of House Music, GRAMMY Award-winning Frankie Knuckles ( 1955-2014 ) and Chicago's legendary Warehouseafterhours club, where the internationally recognized House Music genre was born. The film will be produced byBob Teitel ( Men of Honor, Barber Shop ), Billy Dec ( Rockit Ranch/Elston Films ...


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Upcoming events: Fireball; Oscar event; On the Red Carpet; Rene Marie - Rene Marie part of Marsalis show Jazz singer Rene Marie will be part of a Feb. 14 show as famed trumpeter/bandleader Wynton Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) return to Chicago for three concert programs over Valentine's Day weekend at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave. Marie self-released her debut, Renaissance, in 1998. She toured as ...


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Kim Gordon; MCA trans* forum; Women, Work, and Gender exhibit; Driehaus jewelry - Kim Gordon at Music Box Feb. 26 The Chicago Humanities Festival ( CHF ) will present musician, artist and founding member of band Sonic Youth Kim Gordon on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. The post-punk rocker comes to Chicago to discuss her new memoir, Girl in a Band, with CHF ...


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Entertainment: Lance Bass at wedding; Andy Cohen; Lea DeLaria engaged; DGA Awards - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former 'NSYNC member Lance Bass and husband Michael Turchin were on hand Feb. 5 as an ambassador at a mass wedding ceremony celebrating 100 LGBT and straight couples in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, according to NBC Miami. Dubbed "Love is Love," the mass wedding was originally slated to take place on the beach; however, inclement weather forced the couples to an ...


Musician-to-make-debut-with-RuPaul-show-at-House-of-Blues

Musician to make debut with 'RuPaul' show at House of Blues - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cary NoKey is slated to open for RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons Feb. 19 at the House of Blues. NoKey will be performing a high energy dance set, using EDM ( electronic dance music ) style to some of his more low key songs. "One of the most fulfilling things for me has always been to be a ...


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Legendary singer inspires 'Idol' worship at the Riviera - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Billy Idol began his set with the new song "Postcards from the Past" at the Riviera Theatre on Feb. 7 and, for many, it was a rocking trip down memory lane. Having last seen Idol perform in 1987 at the Starwood Amphitheater in Antioche, Tennessee, it was a night for nostalgia for this reviewer as well. He still arrived dressed ...


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Sam Smith is star of the Grammys - Out singer Sam Smith was the star of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, held Feb. 8. The British crooner won four Grammys, including record and song of the year for his anthemic "Stay With Me." The 22-year-old was also named best new artist and his debut album, In The Lonely Hour, won best pop vocal album. However, rock musician Beck ...


Tegan-and-Sara-reteam-with-Lonely-Island-for-Oscars

Tegan and Sara reteam with Lonely Island for Oscars - From a press release - LOS ANGELES, CA - Pop duo Tegan and Sara and comedy-music trio The Lonely Island will perform the Oscar®-nominated song "Everything Is Awesome" at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. "Tegan and Sara and Lonely Island?.....Everything Is Awesome, ...


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MUSIC Country singer Billy Gilman: On coming out, the road ahead - Country singer Billy Gilman came out last November 20 in a five-and-a-half minute video that he posted on YouTube. The Rhode Island native is a country-music veteran who released his debut CD, One Voice, at the age of 12 in 2000. With more than 5 million records sold and five CDs under his belt, the 26 year-old is making music ...


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Music and Dance dates: Steve Grand CD; 'Drag Race' tour; Country-western dance - Steve Grand CD to come out March 24 Steve Grand—the openly gay local singer-songwriter who, in 2013, spent $7,000 of his own money to produce a music video for the song "All American Boy," and became a viral sensation—will debut his album ( also called All American Boy ) on March 24. Fueled by donations from nearly 5,000 fans, Grand ...


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Gay Israeli singer's CD campaign ends Feb. 12 - Out Israeli singer Yehonathan has embarked on an Indiegogo campaign to create his third, full-length English album and music videos. The campaign ends Feb. 12. In 2013, he released his second English-language album, Yeho. Among the items he is offering for contributing are signed CDs, names in album credits and a personal one-on-one Skype call. The campaign is at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/come-be-a-part-of-yehonathan-new-album. ...


Steve-Grand-CD-to-come-out-March-24

Steve Grand CD to come out March 24 - Steve Grand—the openly gay local singer-songwriter who, in 2013, spent $7,000 of his own money to produce a music video for the song "All American Boy," and became a viral sensation—will debut his album ( also called All American Boy ) on March 24. Fueled by donations from nearly 5,000 fans, Grand ( a former Windy City Times 30 Under ...


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Music events: Artemis concert Feb. 6-7; OUTMusic Awards put off - Artemis Singers concert Feb. 6-7 Chicago lesbian feminist chorus Artemis Singers will present "Loves Lost, Loves Found," a concert of songs about love in all its complexity, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie. Artemis Singers will perform Adele's "Rumour Has It," ...







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