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CGMC's 'Lipstick and Lyrics' Feb. 24 - Chicago Gay Men's Chorus presents "Lipstick and Lyrics: Vice Versa," performing at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, on Friday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, Feb. 24, at 8 and 10 p.m. each night. Audiences can look forward to, among other things, an updated version of the "Cell Block Tango," from Chicago; a take on "God, I Hate Shakespeare," from Something Rotten; ...


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MUSIC Tracey Thorn: Everything but the Girl, new CD, LGBT rights - She's back. In the '90s, Tracey Thorn shot to stardom as half of the act Everything but the Girl ( with Ben Watt ), which had a huge dance hit with a remix of the song "Missing." ( The lyrics "And I miss you/Like the deserts miss the rain" remain haunting. ) Now, Thorn is releasing Record—her first solo album ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Kat Cunning: Triple threat goes out on the road - New York artist Kat Cunning began studying dance, then moved into theater and music. This triple threat has released two singles and is taking her act on the road in support of her LP. After graduation from dance conservatory at State University of New York, she performed in Baroque Burlesque Operas with Company XIV. Broadway credits include Les Dangereuses and ...


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SHOWBIZ Ryan Murphy, Lena Waithe, Big Freedia, 'Kinky Boots' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Another TV mega-producer is leaving their longtime studio home to head to Netflix, Deadline noted. In what is believed to be the biggest TV pact ever, Ryan Murphy—an Emmy, Golden Globe and Peabody Award-winning producer, director and writer—has signed a five-year overall deal with Netflix that could reach as high as $300 million, sources said. It starts July 1. Netflix ...


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BENT NIGHTS The Bribes; George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The adage "Absence makes the heart grow fonder" couldn't have been more apt for Chicago ex-pat Philip Toscano, who dropped quietly into town to play a one-off gig with his much-loved band, The Bribes. As an outfit who have defied easy categorization, mixing blues, rock and jazz into a creamy mix, The Bribes' show at The Hideout Inn on Jan. ...


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LuPone at Steppenwolf March 5 - Steppenwolf's LookOut Series and Mark Cortale will present Patti LuPone, with Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host, on Monday, March 5, with performances at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. This unscripted evening will be a mix of intimate, behind-the-scenes stories of LuPone's career through questions from Rudetsky. LuPone last appeared in Chicago ...


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Harris Theater presents 2018-19 Mainstage Season with Opera Atelier, English National Ballet - From a Harris Theater press release - Chicago, Ill. — The Harris Theater for Music and Dance announces its mainstage season lineup for 2018-19, as the Theater celebrates 15 years as a cultural anchor in downtown Chicago. The nine engagements range from classical Indian dance with origins in the 2nd century, to opera masterworks of the Italian canon and French Baroque, to an iconic story ballet reimagined ...


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SHOWBIZ Lin-Manuel Miranda, Roxane Gay, 'Wicked,' Britney Spears - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Award-winning actor, writer, composer and humanitarian Lin-Manuel Miranda will unveil a new salsa-music remix of "Almost Like Praying"—his all-star benefit single recorded last fall to benefit the Hispanic Federation's "Unidos" Disaster Relief Fund—for hurricane recovery and rebuilding initiatives in Puerto Rico, a press release stated. Spanish Broadcasting System teamed with Miranda to premiere a one-of-a-kind, historic radio launch of the ...


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NUNN ON ONE MUSIC Lara Fabian on 'I Will Love Again,'visiting Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Canadian-Belgian singer Lara Fabian continues to astound the masses with her incredible three-octave range. She began her career in singing competitions eventually coming in fourth place to winner Celine Dion in the 33rd Eurovision Song Contest. Her popularity quickly grew after that in the '90s, with Carpe Diem being her breakthrough album. Awards followed along with each musical endeavor and ...


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BENT NIGHTS Bad Bad Meow; Milky Chance - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Although 2018 started with a brutal arctic blast, there were many shows in the area that made it feel like a Chicago summer. Shockingly for this town, January was surprisingly eclectic, with DIY bands as well as multiplatinum-selling acts and storied legends playing gigs in packed houses. It was all I could do to cover it all, but here it ...


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Chicago Gay Men's Chorus to present Lipstick and Lyrics: Vice Versa - From a press release - CHICAGO, February 5, 2018 — Chicago Gay Men's Chorus presents Lipstick and Lyrics: Vice Versa, performing at Uptown Underground on Friday, February 23, 2018 and Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. each night. This live singing drag extravaganza is a collection of beloved songs performed in new and creative ways. For more information and tickets, visitwww.cgmc.org/lnl. ...


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NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Full Kit Gear - Happy third anniversary! Thursday, January 25. Photos by Kirk Williamson ...


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NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Touche - Nice to "meat" the MCL '18 judges and contestants, Friday, January 26. Photos by Kirk Williamson ...


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SHOWBIZ Ndegeocello, Meryl Streep, James Franco, Dolly Parton - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Meshell Ndegeocello has announced her new album of cover songs, Ventriloquism, Broadway World noted. The album, out March 16, features versions of songs by TLC, Janet Jackson, Tina Turner and more. In anticipation, she has released the album track "Tender Love" ( originally by Force MDs ). Additionally, she has released her version of Prince's "Sometimes It Snows In April" ...


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The Vagina Melodies, feminist/LGBTQ issues in song and dance Feb. 18, 25 - From a press release - Chicago, IL - Corn Productions announces "The Vagina Melodies" Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm, February 16th through March 16th. Sunday February 18th and Sunday February 25th at 6pm at Cornservatory, located at 4210 N Lincoln Ave. Yes she can! Rosie the Riveter is back and even more ready to host an evening of fighting the patriarchy, menstrual cramps ...


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Pride Films and Plays top winner of 2017 Broadway World Chicago awards - From a press release - Chicago, IL - Following the company's first year in its own home of the Pride Arts Center at 4139 and 4147 N. Broadway, Pride Films and Plays led the BroadwayWorld Resident Non-Equity Awards with ten wins - the most for any company. The honors were split between PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT and THE NANCE. PFP's awards included Best Actress ...


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THEATER REVIEW Yank! A WWII Love Story - Playwright: David Zellnik (book/lyrics), Joseph Zellnik (music). At: Pride Films & Plays, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: PrideFilmsAndPlays.com; $30-$40. Runs through: Feb. 18 Veteran director David Zak's energetic production of Yank! A World War II Love Story offers a talented ensemble cast, swift action and upbeat music played by an exemplary six-piece orchestra under gifted musical director Robert Ollis. But, I ...


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One-woman musicals focus on Hedda and Garbo - From a press release - Legendary Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper and the sultry and mysterious actress Greta Garbo will return to life this winter, when actress-playwright Jillann Gabrielle brings her two original one-woman musicals to the Athenaeum Theatre. HEDDA! A MUSICAL CONVERSATION and THE GARBO THE MUSICAL will run in rotating rep between February 15 and March 17. Jillann Gabrielle will star in both ...


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Elton John says farewell to the road - New York City — January 24, 2018 — After more than half a century on the road and an unparalleled career that has redefined the cultural landscape and seen Elton Johnclaim his place as a true global icon, the superstar today announced via an exclusive VR180 live stream on YouTube, details of his final tour called 'Farewell Yellow Brick ...


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Country star Kinder at Schubas Jan. 27 - Country-music singer/songwriter Ryan Kinder will perform Saturday, Jan. 27, at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., at 7 p.m. In addition to headlining his own shows, he also maintains a busy touring schedule opening for such artists as Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Zac Brown Band, Brett Eldredge and Tim McGraw. Last year, he was one of the artists who performed at ...


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Charles Busch at Pride Arts Jan. 21-22 - Tony Award nominee, Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement honoree and two-time MAC Award winner, Charles Busch, who performed two sold-out shows at Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, in January 2017, will return on Jan. 21-22 with "Charles Busch: My Kinda '60s." Weaving tales of his Manhattan childhood and adolescence raised by his indomitable Aunt Lillian through the lens of the ...


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Artist/singer Sandra Antongiorgi talks career, upcoming benefit - Puerto Rican-born singer, songwriter Sandra Antongiorgi will bring her unique brand of music to City Winery ( 1200 W. Randolph St. ) on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 6:30 p.m. with ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat, Los Pecados de Maria and DJ Cqqchifruit. The event will help raise funds to rebuild Puerto Rican farmlands that were devastated by Hurricane Maria. "Art is a ...


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Chicago-based E3 radio goes live 24/7 - After eight years of shows, E3 Radio is going live 24/7/365 from http://e3radio.fm . "This is a very exciting time for us and we hope you are excited too," said founder Anna DeShawn, who is also president of the board of Affinity Community Services. "To launch on MLK Day is as perfect as it gets. We are playing Dr. King's ...


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Tret Fure to perform folk concert Jan. 22 at Oak Park Public Library - From a press release - Tret Fure Performs Folk Concert Jan. 22 at Oak Park Public Library Folk musician Tret Fure will perform a free Folk Concert on Monday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street. The concert is free and open to the public. CDs will be for sale and signing. Tret Fure began her career at ...


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Resistance songs highlight Artemis Singers "Rise Up" Concert Jan. 13 - From a press release - EVANSTON, Ill. Artemis Singers, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will present "Rise Up," a call-to-action concert of progressive, energizing music, with guest artist Melanie DeMore and students from Evanston Township High School ( ETHS ) at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at ETHS, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, Ill. DeMore, an Oakland, California vocal activist and choral conductor, will also lead ...


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Sinfonetta's 30th-anniv. MLK shows Jan. 14-15 - Chicago Sinfonietta will present the Chicago premiere of Emmy-winning composer Laura Karpman's three-time Grammy-nominated piece, "Ask Your Mama," for its 30th anniversary MLK Tribute concert. The Sinfonietta, with conductor Mei-Ann Chen, will perform "Ask Your Mama" Sunday, Jan. 14, at 3 p.m. at Pfeiffer Concert Hall at North Central College, Naperville; and Monday, Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in its ...


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Salonathon's Beauty Bar finale Feb. 12 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( January 9, 2018 ) — The long running performance incubator Salonathon has announced that Monday, Feb. 12 will mark the final instance of its weekly appearance at Beauty Bar Chicago ( 1444 W. Chicago Ave ) in an epic 12-hour-long festival ( 12 p.m.-12 a.m. ) followed by the traditional dance party with resident DJs Danny LeRoy and ...


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Chicagoans set to appear at upcoming Black Women Rise conference in Florida - Black Women Rise ( BWR ) will hold its second annual conference March 16-17 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The multigenerational, multicultural event centers the expertise, issues and leadership of Black women. Last year's conference—with Dr. Angela Davis as keynote speaker—had more than 200 participants from 20 cities, Washington, D.C. and Canada. They ranged in age from 14-83. Chicago is ...


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SHOWBIZ NEWS Sarah Paulson, Amy Winehouse, EastSiders, gay EDM musician - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Sarah Paulson told Town & Country Magazine that children just aren't for her, Page Six noted. "I don't want to look at my child and say, 'You're the most extraordinary thing that ever happened to me, but also the death knell,' " the actress ( currently in the Meryl Streep-Tom Hanks movie The Post ) said. "It was hard for ...


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Celebrating David Bowie Feb. 23 at Vic Theatre - From a press release - After performing rapturously received and critically lauded shows in early 2017, Celebrating David Bowie returns this year with a brand new Bowie show spanning his entire career, which will be stopping locally in CHICAGO on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 at the VIC THEATRE. Tickets are on sale now; links available at www.celebratingdavidbowie.com. View the CdB trailer here: http://tiny.cc/CdBNorthAmerica. More than just ...


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In tune with Marsha Malamet: From Peter Allen to Streisand and son - She has written for some of the best musicians and singers of the past 30 years. From the pride parades to the top of the charts, this songwriter is hitting all the right notes. Windy City Times spoke with Marsha Malamet about her new work. Windy City Times: Your composition, "Love Don't Need a Reason," became an iconic anthem in ...


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Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole at Old Town School of Folk Music Jan. 14 - From a press release - Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole, along with guitarist Shawn Pimental, brings to the stage an immense talent as a singer, chanter, and dancer as well as a deep understanding of her Hawaiian culture and her place as a modern, transgender Hawaiian ( mahu wahine ) in this contemporary world. Her performances and music seamlessly meld Hawaiian culture and modern sensibilities, with songs that ...


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SHOWBIZ 'Time's Up,' Brad Goreski, 'Hamilton' actor, Kristin Chenoweth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Shonda Rhimes and more than 300 other women are taking a stand against sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry by launching Time's Up—a movement that aims to promote equality and safety in the workplace, E! News noted. In addition to Witherspoon, Rhimes and Streep, Jennifer Aniston, Katie McGrath and J.J. Abrams, Kate Capshaw and ...


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OPERA REVIEW Turandot - Libretto: G. Adami & R. Simoni; Composer: Giacomo Puccini At: Lyric Opera of Chicago at Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets: 312-827-5600 or LyricOpera.org; $20-$349. Runs through: Jan. 27 Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died in 1924 before completing his grandiose Chinese fable Turandot, leaving Franco Alfano to finish it. But, oddly, this hasn't stopped Turandot from gaining ...


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BENT NIGHTS Velcro Lewis, Amnesia Haze; Lucinda Williams - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Local supergroup Velcro Lewis have made a career out of serving a particularly volatile mix of gutbucket soul and searing acid rock while putting on some of the wildest shows in the city. It's a little unsettling to realize that these guys ( Andy Slater on vocals and keyboards, Hawk Coleman on vocals, Lawrence Peters on bass, Travers Gauntt on ...


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Showbiz: Zac Efron, Gaga, Rafael Nadal, Mariah, Maupin love triangle - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Zac Efron ( currently in the film The Greatest Showman, with Hugh Jackman ) has joined the cast of Harmony Korine's new film, The Beach Bum, Indiewire.com noted. Efron is set to play a character named Flicker opposite Matthew McConaughey, Isla Fisher, Jimmy Buffett and Snoop Dogg. The film—reportedly about a stoner named Moondog ( McConaughey ) who lives life ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Flipping 'The Script' with the band's Glen Power - Straight out of Dublin comes a rock band with pop sensibilities. Danny O'Donoghue, Mark Sheeran and Glen Power formed The Script and were eventually signed to a major label. In Los Angeles, they worked as producers, writing songs for Britney Spears, TLC and Boys II Men. Over the years, the band has released several albums, including their fifth and most ...


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BENT NIGHTS: LOCAL/NATIONAL MUSIC The musical year in review - It's indisputable that 2017 will go down as the pinnacle of skullfuckery in the 21st century. The shadow of the presidential administration has managed to pervert everything in its path while accomplishing nothing positive. Women's rights, healthcare, immigration, the military, civil rights, education, the environment, tax reform and education: you name it and the "The Donald" has pissed on it. ...


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Charles Busch at Pride Arts in January - Tony Award nominee, Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement honoree and two-time MAC Award winner, Charles Busch, who performed two sold out shows at Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, in January 2017, will return on Jan. 21-22 with "Charles Busch: My Kinda '60s." Weaving tales of his Manhattan childhood and adolescence raised by his indomitable Aunt Lillian through the lens of ...


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WEB Steve Grand makes acting debut in 'Falling for Angels' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Steve Grand has made several inroads since exploding onto the national scene when he came out of the closet and was initially known as a gay country singer in 2013. Now, he's making his acting debut (his first in a non-music video capacity) in the first episode of the web series Falling for Angels, a Here TV/Pride Media project that ...


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Showbiz news: Oprah, Jim Parsons, Morrissey, Kristin Chenoweth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Oprah Winfrey is the next luminary who will receive the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Cecil B. DeMille Award, TheWrap noted. Presented annually at the Golden Globes ceremony, the prize recognizes "a talented individual who has made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment," according to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Winfrey's honor was announced by actor Morgan Freeman—who won ...


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'Jingle Ball' again rings in holidays - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Dec. 13, 103.5 KISS FM's Jingle Ball 2017 Presented by Capitol One packed the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Performers included The Chainsmokers, Demi Lovato ( accompanied by Cheat Codes ), Halsey, Charlie Puth, Kesha, Camila Cabello, Liam Payne, Julia Michaels and Why Don't We. Several artists stopped to talk with Windy City Times on the red carpet and take ...


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THEATER REVIEW Beautiful, The Carole King Musical - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Playwright: Douglas McGrath ( book ); Jerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil ( words & music ) At: Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000; BroadwayInChicago.com; $30-$115. Runs through: Jan. 28 The Oriental Theatre is packing in the teenie and tweenie females for Wicked, but it's their grandmothers who are whoopin' and hollerin' two blocks ...


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Grammy-nominated out musician Marsha Malamet featured on new Jason Gould CD - From a press release - LOS ANGELES—Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum songwriter and openly gay musician Marsha Malamet is featured on the new Jason Gould CD "Dangerous Man" released Dec. 15, 2017. Malamet is a composer, songwriter, singer and coach, whose music has reached all corners of the globe. Malamet met Jason Gould at a lecture, where he asked her to coach him on songwriting. From there the ...


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Soloway's musical satire "Jesus Has Two Mommies" presents benefit for EI - From a Annoyance Theatre press release - The Annoyance Theatre will present a special benefit for Equality Illinois featuring a one-time viewing of a recorded performance of Faith Soloway's musical satire "Jesus Has Two Mommies." First premiered in Boston in 2001, "Jesus Has Two Mommies" played to sold-out performances, which were heralded by hometown newspapers as "hilarious, high-spirited, and uproarious." Soloway, an Annoyance Theatre alum whose credits ...


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'Don't Give Up' is Maggie Szabo's song dedicated to transgender youth - From a press release, video below - Maggie Szabo is a Canadian singer-songwriter who has been winning over audiences worldwide with her stunningly soulful vocals and empowering pop anthems. Hailing from small town Ontario, Szabo is now an accomplished musician living in Los Angeles and is using her music to conquer social injustice. After quickly becoming one of the most sought after songwriter/vocalists for DJs and notable ...


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Lakeside Pride honors Strawn - Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles members presented Member Resources Director Brandon Strawn with its Founders Award in recognition of his longtime contributions to the organization. The presentation came near the conclusion of Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band's Fall 2017 concert, which was held the afternoon of Nov. 12 at the Athenaeum Theatre. The concert, titled "State of the Union," featured pieces by ...


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MUSIC Matisyahu talks new CD, religion, LGBTs - Matisyahu ( nee Matthew Paul Miller ) definitely made an impression when the public got to know him more than a decade ago. Not only was he an Orthodox Jew who adhered to the tradition of wearing a long beard, etc., but he blended religion-based themes with musical genres such as hip-hop and reggae—but he produced several hits, including "King ...


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Showbiz news: Laverne Cox, 'Queer Eye,' Patti LaBelle, Rogers-Berlanti wedding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Emmy Award nominee Laverne Cox is set to host the Lifetime beauty-competition series Glam Masters, set to air Wed., Feb. 28, a press release noted. The eight-episode series ( which has Kim Kardashian West and Diana Madison as executive producers ) puts beauty influencers through themed challenges in order to impress Cox, celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic, YouTube makeup expert ...


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MUSIC Matisyahu talks new CD, religion, LGBTs - Matisyahu ( nee Matthew Paul Miller ) definitely made an impression when the public got to know him more than a decade ago. Not only did was he an Orthodox Jew who adhered to the tradition of wearing a long beard, etc., but he blended religion-based themes with musical genres such as hip-hop and reggae—but he produced several hits, including ...


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'We Three Shows' Dec. 11 at Thalia Hall - Members of the national touring companies of Wicked and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical as well as Hamilton Chicago company members will host "We Three Shows: A Broadway Holiday Benefit," a cabaret concert benefitting Chicago House and Social Service Agency and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The event will take place Monday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Hall, 1807 ...


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'How Hansel Became Gretel' Dec. 7-10 - On Dec. 7-10, tap dancers of jorsTAP chicago will take the stage at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave., to premiere "Hansel and Gretel: How Hansel Became Hansel." "jorsTAP Chicago is a 501( c )( 3 ) non-profit organization that was established in 2012 to disrupt the preconceived notions of tap dance," according to ...


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'WeFest' at Pride Arts Center on Dec. 11 - WeFest ( formerly SheFest and LezFest )—Pride Arts Center's' semi-annual celebration of Chicago's queer female, non-binary and trans artists that is being presented in partnership with the Center on Halsted—will take place Monday, Dec. 11, at the Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway. It will begin with a music salon at 6:30-7:30 p.m, continue with a variety show at 7:30-9 ...


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Ravinia cuts ties with conductor - Ravinia Festival has cut ties with James Levine—who was music director for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's summer residencies from 1973 to 1993—following allegations of sexual misconduct, the Chicago Tribune reported. Levine, 74, was to start a five-year term as conductor laureate, a new position created for him, next summer. Four men have come forward, saying Levine sexually abused them decades ...


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Showbiz news: Ryan Murphy, Mariah Carey, MIssy Elliott, Armie Hammer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Producers Guild of America ( PGA ) has selected Ryan Murphy as the recipient of its 2018 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, Variety noted. Murphy will receive the award at the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 20 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. He has won four Emmys and two PGA Awards; also, he was the recipient ...


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Five Worth Finding: Holiday edition - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Canada Goose ( CanadaGoose.com ): Now open at the Park Hyatt, 800 N. Michigan Ave., Canada Goose brings its well-known parkas to a Chicago flagship store. ( And with those coats having been tested in arctic climes, they should have no problem with wintry Lake Michigan winds. ) There are also other pieces ( from caps to hoodies ) available, ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Rayna rules with LCD Soundsystem - The synthesizer player and composer Gavin Rayna Russom continues to evolve as an artist and person. Eventually becoming a member of the band LCD Soundsystem was just the beginning for the transgender performer. This technical wizard works by blending soundscapes, leading to intense solo work and occasionally playing DJ to the crowds most recently at Chicago's Berlin Nightclub. What started ...


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'We Three Shows' Dec. 11 at Thalia Hall - ‹‹‹‹‹Members of the national touring companies of Wicked and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical as well as Hamilton Chicago company members will host "We Three Shows: A Broadway Holiday Benefit," a cabaret concert benefitting Chicago House and Social Service Agency and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The event will take place Monday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Hall, 1807 ...


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Showbiz news: Armistead Maupin, Wendy Williams, Taylor Swift, 'House of Cards' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jennifer M. Kroot's The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, winner of an Audience Award at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, will premiere on Independent Lens on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, a press release noted. The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin examines the life and work of one of the Tales of the City storyteller, following his evolution from a conservative ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER My breakfast with Andre (Ward) - Calling all Parrotheads! Escape to Margaritivalle is taking audiences on a vacation in Chicago. Mixing Jimmy Buffett's classic tunes with a Tony Award winning director Christopher Ashley to form a new musical sounds like a recipe for a good time. Margaritaville is a place where people can escape and fall in love or make new friends. Andre Ward joins the ...


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Morrissey at Riviera on Nov. 25 - Singer Morrissey will perform at the Riviera Theatre, 4748 N. Racine Ave., on Saturday, Nov. 25. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the show at 8:30 p.m. His newest album, Low in High School, is slated to be released Friday, Nov. 17. The lead single is "Spent the Day in Bed." Morrissey rose to fame as the lead singer of ...


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NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS NSFW, Sofo Tap - Take a picture. It'll last longer. Photos by Kirk Williamson ...


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NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Loose Ends @ Man's Country - A historic night at the baths with DJ Harry Cross, Toyota Corona, Lucy Stoole and more. Saturday, November 18. Photos by Kirk Williamson ...


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Chicago Gay Men's Chorus to present Naughty or Nice - From a press release - Have you been naughty or nice? Come see Chicago Gay Men's Chorus choose between the beauties and bawdies, the reckless and royal, and the wanton and wise. Members will decide which of Santa's lists they belong on, with selections from John Legend, Morten Lauridsen's "O Magnum Mysterium," Zoltan Kodaly's "Veni Emmanuel," as well as Devo, Eurythmics, South Park, Ella Fitzgerald, ...


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Showbiz news: Nico Tortorella, Hugh Jackman, Demi Lovato, Shaun T - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Since opening up about their polyamorous relationship, actor Nico Tortorella said tensions have been high with partner Bethany Meyers' family, according to Page Six. "Honestly, it's kind of a sensitive topic right this second," he told People at the World Wide Orphans Gala. In 2016, the 29-year-old actor revealed that he was sexually "fluid." This past June, he opened up ...


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BENT NIGHTS Yoko and the Oh No's; Vail, Real Dom, Pure Magical Love - Season's greetings... Part of the fun of living in a large city with a colorful music scene comes on Halloween, when local bands masquerade as big-time rock stars and have a high old time rebranding classic rock. I'm still waiting to hear Pilsen noise-rockers Melk Belly take on Talking Heads or queer neurotic punkers Absolutly Not take on Devo. For ...


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'Sound of Music,' AIDS movie at Music Box Theatre - The Music Box Theatre tradition of "The Sound of Music Sing-A-Long" will return Nov. 24-Dec. 3 at 3733 N. Southport Ave. It all starts before the film, with a vocal warm-up led by the evening's host and our house organist on the famous Music Box organ. Every member of the audience receives a complimentary Magic Moments Pack, containing various props ...


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Hudson opens Marriott Marquis Chicago - Award-winning Chicago native singer Jennifer Hudson tore down the house at the grand opening of the Marriott Marquis Chicago Nov. 16. The hotel is part of the McCormick Square development boom which also includes the Wintrust Arena, where the DePaul men's and women's basketball teams play, and the Chicago Sky women's pro basketball team will play there starting next year. ...


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The Music Box Theatre to present The Sound of Music Sing-A-Long - Every year, The Music Box Theatre celebrates Thanksgiving weekend with special sing-a-long presentations of the classic Julie Andrews musical, in glorious, full-screen Technicolor. The Sound Of Music Sing-A-Long begins on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 at The Music Box Theatre, 3733 North Southport Ave. and will conclude on Sunday, Dec. 3. The Music Box Theatre brings audiences a two fun-filled weekends. ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A trans opera journey 'As One' - As One is a 2014 chamber opera exploring a transgender woman's journey of self-realization and acceptance. Commissioned by American Opera Projects, As One initially escaped the notice of classical conductor Alexandra Enyart. Yet now Enyart is proud to be tied to the growing reputation of As One—she's guest conducting Chicago Fringe Opera's Windy City debut of the work at the ...


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NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Berlin - It's hard to beat the talent at Duro, Thursday, Nov. 9. Photos by Kirk Williamson ...


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NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Sidetrack - Threesome, anyone? Photos by Jed Dulanas ...


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'Nutcracker' feature to premiere Nov. 16 - WTTW public media has partnered with the Joffrey Ballet to produce a new 60-minute documentary, Making a New American Nutcracker, which will go behind the scenes to reveal how it was made and introduce audiences to the creative talents who made it happen. Making a New American Nutcracker premieres on WTTW-11 and on wttw.com on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 8 ...


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Showbiz news: Aguilera, Robbie Rogers, 'Jane the Virgin,' Gal Gadot - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The American Music Awards has a packed performance lineup, including a special tribute to Whitney Houston, ABC13.com noted. Christina Aguilera will commemorate the 25th anniversary of "The Bodyguard." Other big performances include the U.S. television performance premiere of BTS, a mega-popular K-Pop band, and Selena Gomez's television debut of her new song "Wolves." Diana Ross, who is being honored with ...


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Lakeside Pride honors Strawn - Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles members presented Member Resources Director Brandon Strawn with its Founders Award in recognition of his longtime contributions to the organization. The presentation came near the conclusion of Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band's Fall 2017 concert, which was held the afternoon of Nov. 12 at the Athenaeum Theatre. The concert, titled State of the Union, featured pieces by ...







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