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Macklemore, others at Sept. 16 festival - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Fifth Harmony, Prince Royce, DNCE, Fat Joe, Jeremih, Lupe Fiasco, Carl Thomas and Felix da Housecat are among the musical acts slated to perform at the inaugural all-day Get IN It MusicFest, to be held Sept. 16 at noon-10:30 p.m. at Guaranteed Rate Field, which is the home of the Chicago White Sox play, according to ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Declan McKenna: Breakout star on trans teens, identity - British singer Declan McKenna is heading for the big leagues and people like Adele are singing his praises. He won Glastonbury Festival's Emerging Talent Competition in 2015 where he gained the opportunity to perform on William's Green Stage. Afterwards he was signed with Columbia Records. His new album What Do You Think About the Car? is full of pop tunes ...


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MOVIES Actress raps about performing hip-hop in 'Patti Cake$' - Watch out, world: There's a new rapper in town, and her name is Patti Cake$. A plus-sized white girl from New Jersey named Patricia Dumbrowski is going to hustle and flow her way to the top and nothing is going to stop her. Actress Danielle Macdonald stars in the new movie in which her character experiences bullying, family drama and ...


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Benefit concert for Russian violinist Aug. 26 - Chicago LGBTQ community leaders are hosting a benefit concert for Artem Kolesov, a 23-year-old gay man who caught the world's attention when he came out earlier this year on YouTube as part of a Russian "Children-404" project, which invites teenagers to share their stories and discuss LGBT issues in Russia. The concert, "From Russia with Love: A benefit concert for ...


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Fahrenheit Chicago, Pride South on the Lake Announces Entertainment Lineup - From an Equality Illinois press release - CHICAGO—Non-stop entertainment from top rap artists, R&B and house singers, drag performers, and DJs will be featured at Fahrenheit Chicago—Pride South on the Lake, an end-of-summer beach party of fun, music, and social networking for LGBTQ Illinoisans, their friends and families. International queer rap artist Cakes da Killa, whose debut album drops this fall, and singer-songwriter Cor.Ece will highlight the ...


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Showbiz news: Stephen Amell, 'Empire,' Michael Stipe, 'Sense8' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Arrow star Stephen Amell has hit back at fans who left homophobic comments on his Facebook page, PinkNews reported. The TV star took time out from filming Arrow in Vancouver to attend the city's Pride parade over the weekend, posting a snap of himself wearing a giant rainbow balloon contraption—and some fans left anti-gay messages. Amell responded, in part, "I ...


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Market Days Aug. 12 and 13 talent listed - Saturday, Aug. 12 Bud Light North Stage ( at Addison ) 3:45 p.m.: Prince Poppycock 4:45 p.m.: Inaya Day 7:45 p.m.: Linda Clifford 8:45 p.m.: Jody Watley Hydrate Dance Stage ( at Cornelia ) Noon-5:30 p.m.: DJ Laura B 1:30-4:30 p.m.: Drag Show 5:30 p.m.: DJ Cindel 7:30 p.m.: DJ Nina Flowers Sunday, Aug. 13 Bud Light North ...


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NORTHALSTED MARKET DAYS Inaya Day to return to Market Days after a decade's absence - By Tarina Hargrays - Singer and songwriter vet Inaya Day is back with a new hit song and will be returning to Chicago for Northalsted Market Days after nearly 10 years. Day has been in the music industry for more than 20 years and has recently come out with a cover of the '70s hit "Love Is in the Air," which is one of ...


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NORTHALSTED MARKET DAYS JC Brooks lays soul bare with music - Four years since it released its last album, JC Brooks' indie-soul sound is making a comeback. The Chicago-based band dropped their fourth album The Neon Jungle in April, and since then have been touring the country, sharing their new style with fans everywhere before hitting Northalsted Market Days for a performance on Sunday, Aug. 13. Windy City Times caught up ...


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MUSIC Lollapalooza grows organically in size, diversity - Lollapalooza's annual music festival returned to Grant Park Aug. 3-6, complete with the usual unpredictable weather, scantily clad attendees and musicians competing for attention. This year a new roller rink was revealed, new stylish flushable portable toilets were presented, and arcade games were available to play. Armbands could be charged up with funds for cashless transactions and people could pre-order ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A musical 'Trevor' project - The entire cast and creative team behind the world-premiere musical Trevor at Glencoe's Writers Theatre know they're facing huge expectations. "The biggest challenge with this piece is taking what is a 16-minute film, and to create a two-act musical out of it," said Trevor director Marc Bruni, who is best known for helming Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway. ...


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BENT NIGHTS Fed Up Fest - The Fed Up Collective threw its fourth annual festival July 28-30 at The Co-Prosperity Sphere in beautiful Bridgeport—and managed to redefine itself. Regardless of the festival's focus on punk and the DIY aesthetic, this edition went on without a hitch while smoothly incorporating its pro-LGBTQ message in an organic way. If the three day blowout lacked the massive size and ...


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LGBTQ artists part of "Veterans for Peace" fest in Chicago through Aug. 13 - From a press release - The nation's only veteran organization fully dedicated to abolish all war, Veterans for Peace, is hosting their first Chicago Convention and Music Festival August 9th-13th, 2017 at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel ( 17 E. Monroe Street ). Now in its 32nd year, Veterans for Peace convention is themed "Education Not Militarization", and will host a public Veterans Town Hall ...


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Showbiz news: Lady Gaga, Patti LaBelle, 'The L Word,' Louis Tomlinson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In the middle of her first show on her world tour in Vancouver, Lady Gaga called security—to procure a gay-pride flag, USA Today noted. Gaga—who was standing on a stage in the middle of the floor—got her wish, and she was handed that rainbow flag from the audience. Thousands of fans cheered as the singer posed onstage with the flag, ...


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Showbiz news: Kerry Washington, 'Magic Mike,' Jinkx Monsoon, Ricky Martin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLSEN announced that it will honor Scandal actress Kerry Washington with the Inspiration Award at the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards on Oct. 20 in Beverly Hills, California, according to Page Six. GLSEN praised Washington for her work with President Barack Obama's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, advocating for marriage equality and championing anti-domestic violence campaigns. Shonda Rhimes—creator of ABC's ...


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Fame&Fiction, queer alt-rock band, in Chicago Aug. 8 - From a press release - NASHVILLE, TN ( July 26, 2017 ) — Nashville-based alternative 6-piece queer rock band Fame&Fiction will embark on their first tour ever beginning next week. They will appear Aug. 8 at Reggies Music Joint, Chicago. Collectively, Fame&Fiction write and develop songs around the energy of 6 souls rocking out in an East Nashville basement together. While Fame&FictionN's sound is alternative ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Jody Watley still thrills - Jody Watley has performed for most of her life, starting on the stage at 8 years old with her godfather Jackie Wilson. She then danced on Soul Train and, later, became part of the R&B group Shalamar, who had hits like "A Night to Remember" and "Dancing in the Sheets." As a solo singer, she released a successful self-titled album ...


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CONCERT REVIEW Garbage opens up while Blondie covers up - Ravinia Festival, in Highland Park, packed a diverse crowd of concertgoers on the evening of July 22 for the Rage & Rapture Tour. Actress/singer Sky Ferreira opened for the two major acts on other stops of the tour, but in Illinois, attendees had members of the punk band X: John Doe and Exene Cervenka. The duo had a short set ...


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Showbiz: Princess Di, 'Moonlight,' Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Lopez - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Two shows about Princess Diana—Diana and the Paparazzi as well as Diana: The Day We Said Goodbye—will air on the Smithsonian Channel on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. CT, respectively, a press release stated. This year marks the 20th anniversary of her passing. Smithsonian Channel will also premiere a four-part series on Sunday, Aug. 13, at ...


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Zara Larsson takes over music charts at 19 - Swedish pop sensation Zara Larsson is ready to take over the United States. At the young age of 10 she conquered Talang, Sweden's version of America's Got Talent, in 2008. She was then signed to a record label and dropped an EP in 2013. A single from the EP titled "Uncover" was certified platinum, with the album going triple platinum ...


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Exhibitionism, The Rolling Stones exhibit at Navy Pier - The Rolling Stones' first-ever major exhibition, "Exhibitionism," will make its Chicago debut at Navy Pier through July 30. The Chicago engagement follows the exhibit's global premiere in London and its star-studded U.S. premiere in NYC. Exhibitionism is the largest touring experience of its kind ever to be staged, and the first time in history the band has unlocked its vast ...


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CONCERT REVIEW Adam Lambert, Queen a match made in heaven - The 1970 British band Queen returned to Chicago for a rocking concert on July 13 at the United Center. Two members of the original group remain, with Brian May on guitar and Roger Taylor on drums. Bassist John Deacon retired after singer Freddie Mercury's death in 1991. Former Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers filled in for Mercury until American Idol ...


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aChurch4me hosting July 22 event - The LGBT-inclusive congregation aChurch4me is hosting "An Evening of Praise and Prose" on Saturday, July 22. The free event will be at 7366 N. Clark St. at 7 p.m. Revs. Carolyn and Adrain Mobley-Bowie, who have traveled the world with their ministry, will preside. See achurch4me.org. ...


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BENT NIGHTS Taste of Chicago: The 37th annual event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 37th edition of A Taste of Chicago was loaded with surprises and worked harder then ever to please as many people as possible. There were big-ticket dining options ( with well-known chefs creating signature meals every day ), two dance sections ( Stomping Grounds Chicago featured performances from Chicago dance companies while Chicago Summer Dance offered outdoor social dancing ...


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MUSIC REVIEW Pitchfork lives on in pictures - More than 40 bands played Pitchfork Music Festival during July 14-16 in Union Park, keeping everyone guessing what would happen next. It was an opportune time to discover new music and see acts perform their craft live. Photographing the performances was challenging, with many of the musicians showing their true colors by providing stipulations for the press. Here are some ...


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SHOWBIZ Thomas Dekker, Linda Perry, Chippendales, Mariah Carey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Heroes producer has revealed that the show had to axe a gay storyline, Attitude reported. The popular series, which ran during 2006-2010 before returning briefly last year, launched the career of actors such as Zachary Quinto and Hayden Panettiere. Bryan Fuller, who worked on the show from the start, admitted at Outfest that a gay storyline never went ahead ...


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Benefit concert to help Russian-born LGBTQ violinist flee persecution - From a press release - CHICAGO — Notable Chicago LGBTQ community leaders are hosting a benefit concert for Artem Kolesov, a 23-year old gay man who caught the world's attention when he came out earlier this year on YouTube as part of a Russian"Children-404" project, which invites teenagers to share their stories and discuss LGBT issues in Russia. In most of their photos and videos, ...


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MUSIC Lesbian singer Jennifer Knapp continues to break new ground - By Tarina Hargrays - Lesbian singer-songwriter Jennifer Knapp has sold more than 1 million records and crossed over into a completely different genre. Knapp has recently returned to the music industry and will be headlining a show in Michigan on Friday, Aug. 11, at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, Michigan. Joining her as an opener will be singer/songwriter Natalie Gaza. Knapp who first ...


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Beth Ditto to sing in Chicago in July - Beth Ditto will celebrate the release of her debut solo album, Fake Sugar, with a North American headline tour. The run will kick off on July 12 in Washington, D.C., and conclude on July 26 with a show at The Independent in San Francisco. She will perform at Chicago's Lincoln Hall on July 17. Virgin Records released Fake Sugar on ...


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Gays behind the American Bandstand - By Sari Staver - When The New York Post published a story that a new coffeetable book, Bandstand Diaries, revealed stories about the secret gay lives of some of the dancers, sales of the book went through the roof. Beginning at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning, March 12, when the Post story by tell-all journalist Jerry Oppenheimer was published, "We could barely keep up ...


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BENT NIGHTS Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - When the executives at MCA Records sent two largely unknown and seemingly incompatible rockers on a low-budget promotional tour in 1977, they couldn't possibly know what they had started. The pairing of Brit nerd Elvis Costello ( a quick replacement for the Sex Pistols ) and Florida scarecrow Tom Petty would, in a brief two years, reshape AM radio beyond ...


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Northalsted Market Days to bring bvy of entertainment options - From a press release - The Northalsted Business Alliance brings a bevy of entertainment options to this year's Market Days, set for August 12 and 13. The Boystown bash, known for its five stages of entertainment, features a veritable bazaar of shopping and food options in addition to the live music. The sheer diversity in entertainment guarantees there's something for everyone to enjoy. From national ...


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Showbiz: Archie Comics, Britney Spears, Andrew Garfield, rapper's lyrics - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For the new comic, Your Pal Archie, Archie Comics will release a variant cover with gay character Kevin Keller for the debut issue at this year's Flame Con convention, the world's largest LGBT comic con, according to NewNowNext.com. The special cover features members of the Archie gang like Betty, Veronica and Kevin as their superhero alter-egos flying above New York ...


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Sean Wiggins in Chicago July 14 - Singer Sean Wiggins performs Friday, July 14 at The Glenwood, 6962 N. Glenwood Ave, Chicago, 9-11 p.m. This will be with a full band including two Chicago locals, Chandler Marino and Sheela Reddy and guitar player, Paul Houston. They play a mix of covers and originals from rock to country to blues. $10 cover or $5 if you get there ...


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DJ/musician comes out as transgender - LCD Soundsystem synth player/technician Gavin Russom, 43, has come out as a transgender woman. Talking with Pitchfork, Russom said, " Over the last year and a half, I went from my trans identity being something I was in touch with and worked through in one way or another, to suddenly this shift where it's on the front burner. Now it's ...


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CONCERT REVIEW Michelle's concert is free of shocks - The most controversial thing artist Michelle Shocked did at City Winery in Chicago on June 27 was to not allow photographs to be taken by anyone. It is a shame because she appeared happy, healthy and ready to perform. While it was nice to see a show where fans were not recording video and snapping shots with their phones every ...


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JAY-Z's mother comes out as lesbian - Gloria Carter, JAY-Z's mother, came out as lesbian in a new track featured on the rapper's just-released 4:44 album. The song, "Smile," features JAY-Z and Carter discussing her sexuality in a public first for either one. "Mama had four kids, but she's a lesbian / Had to pretend so long that she's a thespian," JAY-Z raps in the song, which ...


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BENT NIGHTS Rhymefest; Escort - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 34th Annual Chicago Blues Festival managed to piss off people before it even started. The first development was the move from the fossilized Petrillo Music Shell to the shiny Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park—a few blocks north. Then the announcement of rapper Rhymefest on the main stage on opening night had Blues purists shrieking sacrilege while throwing them into ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Bipolar Sunshine moves to the 'Middle' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - British singer Bipolar Sunshine may not be a household name yet, but he is on his way. Born Adio Marchant in Manchester, England, the up-and-coming artist seemed destined for greatness. Before beginning a solo career, he was in the group Kid British. After the act disbanded he released two EPs, and is currently working on a solo album. He was ...


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Entertainment news: Ryan Phillippe, Queen Latifah, Glenn Close, Ricky Martin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Ryan Phillippe, while promoting the movie Wish Upon, said that he's "proud" to have played daytime television's first gay teenager, according to NewNowNext. Phillippe played Billy Douglas, a high school student who comes out as gay, on the series during 1992-93. "There had never been a gay teenager portrayed on television at that point. It was before Will & ...


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Pet Shop Boys to release 'Catalogue: 1985-2012' - Pet Shop Boys ( PSB ) will release Catalogue: 1985-2012, a special series of reissues that will include of all their studio albums released on Parlophone. This definitive edition will feature each album from the duo's discography on the label, remastered and accompanied by "further listening" albums of master quality bonus tracks and demos created in the same period of ...


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MUSIC Lakeside Pride supports LGBTQs at high volumes - For Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles, Chicago's premier LGBTQ instrumental music organization, the past 20 years have been about pride and the music it creates. Lakeside Pride, part of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association ( LGBA ), stands as an inclusive forum for adult musicians of all skill levels to come together to play music, whether they play their instrument ...


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MUSIC Taylor Bennett on Urban Outfitters, hip-hop and more - By Tarina Hargrays - "It's not easy but it's always important to be yourself and know yourself; Have a solid and concrete understanding of who you are." This is what Chicago native and rapper, Taylor Bennett told Windy City Times is the key to owning your identity. The rapper recently came out as bisexual and since then has become the spokesperson for Urban Outfitters' ...


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'Mamby' names 2017 artists - Mamby on the Beach—advertised as "Chicago's only beachside summer music festival"—has announced the artist line-up for the festival, which will take place June 24-25 of Oakwood Beach. Some of the slated acts include MGMT, Local Natives, Walk the Moon, Cut Copy, Thundercat, Ravyn Lenae, BJ the Chicago Kid, Phoebe Ryan, Sir the Baptist and Windy City Soul Club. See MambyBeach.com; ...


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Lady Gaga at Wrigley on Aug. 25 - Lady Gaga will be traveling the globe with the "Joanne" world tourstarting Aug. 1in Vancouver and Sept. 22in Barcelona with a series of concert dates throughout Europe and the United Kingdom before returning to North America in November and December. Among Gaga's North American stops are Chicago's Wrigley Field on Aug. 25, Montreal's Bell Centre on Sept. 4, Philadelphia's Wells ...


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Michelle Shocked in town this summer - Controversial singer Michelle Shocked will perform three shows at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., this summer. The performances form what's being called a "trilogy residency," with shows focused on the albums Short Sharped Shocked ( June 27 ), Captain Swing ( Juy 27 ) and Arkansas Traveler ( Aug. 23 ). Shocked initially acquired a large lesbian following in ...


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Pulse Orlando Benefit Album released - From a press release - ORLANDO, FL, June 12, 2017 — At the one-year mark of a day that shall live in infamy, Centaur Entertainment released one of the most important benefit albums ever created — the Official Pulse Orlando Gay Days Benefit Album. What happened on Sunday, June 12, 2016 was a horrific day in Orlando and in our nation. Pulse Nightclub in Orlando ...


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New CSO album out June 16 - The Chicago Symphony Orchestra ( CSO ) is releasing its eighth recording with Music Director Riccardo Muti on its own CSO Resound label—Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor ( $19.99 )—worldwide via retail and online outlets on June 16. The recording is also available now for pre-order online via Amazon, iTunes, ArkivMusic and The Symphony Store. The CSO's commercial ...


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Entertainment: Cher, Wanda Sykes, 'Guardians' star, Scissor Sisters - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A musical based on Cher's life is slated to debut on Broadway in 2018, Rolling Stone reported. The singer confirmed the news on her Twitter account. "Just got off phone w/Writer & Director of musical," Cher wrote. "There will [be] performance in theatre with actors, dancers, singers!! It'll be on Broadway 2018." News of a possible musical production tracing Cher's ...


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BENT NIGHTS Perfume Genius; Serpentwithfeet - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - With the release of Learning ( Matador Records, 2010 ), Perfume Genius ( a.k.a. Michael Hadreas ) established himself as a troubled sensitive queer singer songwriter involved with melancholy and despair. Those traits—queerness, melancholy and despair—got him lumped in with the likes of Boy George, Sam Smith and Rufus Wainwright while creating a brand-new stereotype: sad-eyed gay guy with an ...


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COMEDY Kate Willett talks about heart of 'Glass' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kate Willett's debut comedy album, Glass Gutter, covers topics ranging from feminism to conspiracy theories to polyamorous clowns. Among many other accomplishments, Willett has toured with Margaret Cho, been featured on "This is Not Happening" on Comedy Central, and been named a top "Artist to Watch in 2016" by SF Weekly. Windy City Times: What are you most excited about ...


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Chicago Pride Fest 2017: Full entertainment schedule - Chicago Pride Fest returns to Boystown Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18, for another weekend filled with sun, fun and world-class entertainment. This year's headliners are '80s pop diva Taylor Dayne and dance pioneer Kristine W. The festival takes place on North Halsted St. from Addison St. to Grace St. There will be a $10 suggested donation. Pride Fest ...


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Borderline Music in Andersonville loses its lease - Borderline Music will be closing its Andersonville location at 5351 N. Clark St. at the end of July, according to its owner. Scott Jannush said that the longtime dance-music shop, which relocated to its present site from Lake View in 2014, lost its lease and that he is continuing to look for a new location. Jannush had a three-year lease ...


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'Piano Men' tribute in Galena June 10 - "Piano Men: A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel," starring Broadway veterans Craig A. Meyer and Donnie Kehr, will take place Saturday, June 10, at 3 and 8 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd in downtown Aurora. The show is an interactive live concert with Meyer and Kehr going "face to face" on stage and channeling ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT 'Pulse' becomes a choral response - Dr. Eric Esparza knew he had to address the 2016 Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre when was appointed last year to be the new artistic director of Windy City Performing Arts ( WCPA ). Overseeing the umbrella organization to both the Windy City Gay Chorus ( founded in 1979 and one of the oldest gay choral groups in America ) and ...


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Soundtrack of the City series from Old Town School of Folk Music, DCASE - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - CHICAGO ( June 5, 2017 ) — Old Town School of Folk Music, with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events ( DCASE ), is pleased to announce a free, city-wide concert series, Soundtrack of the City, taking place June 8 — August 20, 2017. Performances, along with special exhibits and discussion panels, will be hosted throughout the ...


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Entertainment: Nick Jonas, Darren Criss, 'Supergirl,' Wendy Williams - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nick Jonas talked with Extra about the Met Gala and the possibility of a Camp Rock sequel. Regarding the latter, he joked, "Obviously, I hate working with Demi and Joe and Kevin, so it's going to be really tough. There's a lot of talk about this. The first two were beloved by the fans, who are now kind of millennial ...


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CONCERT REVIEW U2 still rocks decades later - Irish rock band U2 was formed way back in 1976. After releasing the iconic The Joshua Tree in 1987, the act's career took off in the United States with radio-friendly hit singles. Now, in 2017, a 30th-anniversary celebration arrives in arenas to celebrate. The band played two dates, June 3 and 4, at Chicago's Soldier Field, with Denver band The ...


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George Michael tribute band at Reggies - From a press release - Freedom—The Ultimate George Michael and Wham! Tribute Band, performs Sat., June 24, 2017 at Reggies Rock Club, 2109 S. State St., Chicago, 8 p.m. doors; ages 17-plus. Celebrate what would have been George Michael's birthday weekend with this amazing international tribute band. Free party bus shuttle from Boystown to Reggies and back. Email info@reggieslive.com for more details and to secure ...


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Entertainment news: LA gay chorus, 'Wonder Woman,' Scruff event, 'Arrow' star - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles ( GMCLA ) hosted the 6th Annual Voice Awards celebration May 20 at the J.W. Marriott in Los Angeles to honor members and allies of the LGBTQ community who use their voices to promote social change and equality, a press release stated. Some of those who attended included Lisa Vanderpump, Lance Bass, Stephen ...


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BENT NIGHTS Ty Segall; Midnight Oil - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Everything old is new again. Bay Area rocker Ty Segall has made a career out of making retro music sound like he invented it. While his latest release, Ty Segall ( on Drag City Records ), sounds like a bunch of things you've heard on vintage AM radio, it has a stinging kick that feels fresh and exciting. After whipping ...


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Acclaimed Hip-Hop Artist is Face of Urban Outfitters' Pride Campaign - From a press release - New York, NY — May 30, 2017 — Award-winning music sponsorship and experiential agency MAC Presents today announced a multifaceted campaign partnership with Urban Outfitters on behalf of Chicago hip-hop artist Taylor Bennett. The campaign with UO will see Bennett become the ambassador of the retail giant's Pride collection, benefitting GLSEN and its mission to ensure safe and affirming schools ...


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Olivia Newton-John postpones June concert dates - From a press release - May 30, 2017 - Las Vegas, NV — Olivia Newton-John is reluctantly postponing her June U.S. and Canadian concert tour dates. The back pain that initially caused her to postpone the first half of her concert tour, has turned out to be breast cancer that has metastasized to the sacrum. In addition to natural wellness therapies, Olivia will complete a ...


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Back Lot Bash's 14th year includes top women's pride talent - A whirlwind of fun awaits in Chicago this June as Back Lot Bash, Chicago's most attended women's festival taking place every Pride, is readying to celebrate its 14th Anniversary. Founded in 2004 by Amie Klujian and Christina Wiesmore, the "hottest, most rockin' festival for queer women" will happen this year over two weekends: June 16, and June 23-25. Showcasing local ...


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House-music film looks at gay origins - A new two-part documentary by the British television broadcaster Channel 4—entitled I Was There When House Took Over the World—is coming out this month, according to teleSUR.tv. The film will highlight the origins of house music: the Black gay scene in Chicago's South Side. "House Was Born" focuses on the social and cultural environment that gave rise to the genre, ...


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Musician Chelsea Shag wants to spread the love - With her new single "One Kiss," musician Chelsea Shag wants to spread a message of universal love. Shag released a video recently for the song that shows a mix of diverse couples sharing a kiss. The couples include a lesbian couple, a gay couple and two mixed-race straight couples. I think it's important in this time," Shag said. "I'm all ...


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New CSO album out June 16 - The Chicago Symphony Orchestra ( CSO ) is releasing its eighth recording with Music Director Riccardo Muti on its own CSO Resound label—Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor ( $19.99 )—worldwide via retail and online outlets on June 16. Anton Bruckner's Ninth Symphony was recorded live in June 2016 at Orchestra Hall. Muti dedicated the performance to "all the ...


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Artemis Singers "Family of Friends" concert June 17 - From a press release - CHICAGO ─ Artemis Singers www.artemissingers.org, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will celebrate Pride month with a special concert and dance, "Family of Friends," Saturday, June 17, at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago. The Hyde Park concert is meant to be open and inclusive. "We need this kind of unifying message in the country now," said Hilary Marsh, "Family ...


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'Big Gay Brunch' June 4 - Pride Month will kick off at Boiler Room, 2210 N. California Ave., with queer nightlife personalities at the Big Gay Brunch on Sunday, June 4, at 1 p.m. The hosts will include bearded beauty Lucy Stoole, high-energy drag king Tenderoni and queer fashion designer Sky Cubacub as well as members of LezBe and Peach, along with DJ Teen Witch Fan ...


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Five Worth Finding: Popcornopolis, The Baton Show Lounge and more - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Popcornopolis ( Popcornopolis.com ): Garrett is not the only popcorn master, apparently. Popcornopolis has an incredibly tasty line of offerings, including Zebra Chocolate Peanut Butter, Three Cheese, Zebra Chocolate Striped, Pesto Mozzarella, White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice and Karamel Kiss. In addition, the company has staunchly been behind a cause: Popcornopolis has raised more than $10 million for non-profit groups by ...


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Entertainment: Mary Lambert, Jussie Smollett, Manning CD, Harry Styles - From a press release - Lesbian "Same Love" singer Mary Lambert has revealed that she was gang-raped as a teen, according to Page Six. In addition to suffering abuse in her home, Lambert said she was gang-raped at 16 after sneaking into an Army barracks. "You kind of go into survival mode and are like, 'OK, how do I navigate this situation?'" she said to ...


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Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest May 27-28 adds second stage. - From a press release - CHICAGO—May 4, 2017—Top local tribute bands… food… libations… artisans… and an all-new second stage featuring entertainment booked by two popular neighborhood mainstays ( Berlin nightclub and Trader Todd's ) are on tap for the 33rd annual Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest. One of the first of many Windy City warm weather fests, the party in the Lakeview neighborhood takes place in the ...


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Performance of Black Pearl, A Tribute to Josephine Baker, to benefit Legacy Project - From a Legacy Project press release - Kick-Off LGBT Pride 2017 with us on Saturday, June 3rd with a special Legacy Project Benefit performance of Black Ensemble Theatre's acclaimed "Black Pearl: A Tribute to Josephine Baker." $50 ticket ( $15 below market value ) includes a private reception preceding the performance and premium seating. Indoor valet parking is available for an additional $10. See the Legacy Project's ...


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Entertainment: Robin Roberts, Frank Ocean, Jim Parsons, Flash co-star - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced that award-winning broadcast journalist Robin Roberts of ABC News' Good Morning America will be honored with the HRC Visibility Award at the 2017 HRC Louisiana Gala Dinner on Saturday, June 17, in New Orleans, according to a press release. A two-time cancer survivor, Roberts came out publicly in 2013. Also, in a ...


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MUSIC CGMC artistic director talks philosophy and a British invasion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by David McCann - With the arrival of spring comes a couple of new concerts by the artists of Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ). After serving as artistic director of the organization for two years, Jimmy Morehead is once again at the helm of another colorful event. This year the group will also perform with some international guest stars. Windy City Times: ...







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