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Boy George on St. Patrick's Day, Easter Lady Bunny - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC - For over 30 years, out musician Boy George has entertained fans as a singer, songwriter, DJ and author. With the birth of his group, Culture Club, he had a string of hits starting with "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" then progressing into "Church of the Poison Mind" and "Karma Chameleon." George O'Dowd eventually went solo and landed back ...


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Chicago's Half Way to Michfest Party April 26 - From a press release - Join 400 hundred women "on the land" at the Abbey, for dancing, live performances, and mingling in the Twilight Zone, Bush Garden Lounge, Triangle Fire, and Night Stage. And, you never know what might happen on Lois Lane. Dance all night, feel the Michfest love, and help raise money to send women to Festival! Last year we gave away 10 ...


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Gay men's chorus to celebrate Broadway - Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) celebrates the best of last decade of Broadway with the "Bouncing of the Walls: Broadway Our Way" concert series. The shows will take place: —Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 3rd Ave., Rockford, Ill. —Saturday, May 17, at 8 p.m.; North Shore Center for the Performing Arts,9501 Skokie Blvd., ...


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'This Is What It Feels Like' to be Armin van Buuren - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren is known for playing trance music with a strong reputation in the dance community. He hosts a radio show called A State of Trance with 20 million listeners in 26 countires. He is the fourth trance artist to have a Grammy nominated song with "This Is What It Feels Like." This track features vocals by ...


Five-Worth-Finding

Five Worth Finding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Welch's PB&J Snacks ( http://www.welchs.com ): Round, bite-sized snacks with peanut butter-and-jelly centers? Yes, please. They're include 100 percent of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C, so there's a health benefit—but these items have amazing taste. These items retail for $2.79 for an eight-pack. —Oculus ( http://www.oculus2014.com ): This psychological horror film, currently in theaters, is better than I ...


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BENT NIGHTS Sharon Corr; Dum Dum Girls; Landmarks - MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Just in time for the start of the new season, we have three helpings of what summer could sound like. After anchoring the harmonies of the family congregation known as The Corrs and conquering the world, it was little surprise when Sharon Corr dropped her solo debut, Dream of You ( Warner Bros ) in 2009 and went on to ...


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Frankie Knuckles memorial April 21 - A celebration of life for the legendary Chicago house music DJ Frankie Knuckles will be Monday, April 21, 6-9 p.m. at Progressive Baptist Church, 3658 S. Wentworth Ave., Chicago. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to either in the memory of Frankie to: American Diabetes Association — diabetes.org or Gay Men Health Crisis of NYC- gmhc.org . See ...


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Windy City Perf. Arts hosts 'To Russia with Love' - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL - Windy City Performing Arts is presents its spring benefit: "To Russia With Love: Encouraging Equality Abroad by Celebrating LGBTQ Equality at Home," Saturday, May 3, at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. Windy City Gay Chorus and Aria Women's Chorus invite you to join us for an evening of music, food, and fun as we honor ...


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Etheridge to perform with Chicago Symphony Orchestra - From a press release - CHICAGO—The League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association ( CSOA ) will celebrate its 25th annual Corporate Night on Monday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. with special guest Melissa Etheridge performing with members of the CSO, led by conductor Sean O'Loughlin. Over the course of more than two decades as a performer and songwriter, Melissa Etheridge has earned her post ...


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Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band plans British Invasion - From a press release - CHICAGO, APRIL 10, 2014 — With trumpets and horns, the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band ( www.lakesidepride.org ) announces "The British Are Coming!" with its British Invasion concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 at Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence, Chicago. Be sure to bring your best FAKE British accent to this spectacular evening celebrating music from the British ...


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Vicci Martinez performs in Chicago - Lesbian musician Vicci Martinez performed some her new songs, mixed with covers and her older work in a rockin' set with a full band and special guest artist April 9 at Schuba's in Chicago. See http://viccimartinez.com/ for her Drum in a Box tour dates. Photos by Hal Baim ...


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Tom Daley is gay, not bi; fun. joins LGBT-equality campaign - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - British Olympic diver Tom Daley now says he's a gay man, according to E! Online. The announcement came months after he told fans that he was bisexual. "Of course I still fancy girls," Daley said on a YouTube video posted in December 2013. Later that month, it was revealed that the Olympic diver, 19, is dating Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance ...


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GLAAD to honor Laverne Cox; new 'Horror Story' details - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Transgender star actress, producer and writer Laverne Cox will be honored at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on April 12, when she will receive GLAAD's Stephen F. Kolzak Award, according to a press release. Academy Award-nominated actress Ellen Page will present the Award; Page named Cox as one of her inspirations when she recently came out ...


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Judging 'American Idol' with Keith Urban - Australian country singer Keith Urban tore up the charts with a string of hits since his debut in 1999 on Capital Nashville. With nine studio albums under his belt, he took a breather to judge Fox's American Idol and concentrate on family life with Nicole Kidman this spring. We gave him a call to discuss judging one of the biggest ...


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Gay men's chorus to celebrate Broadway - Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) celebrates the best of last decade of Broadway with the "Bouncing of the Walls: Broadway Our Way" concert series. "Bouncing" will revisit memorable Broadway shows including Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots, Newsies and many more. The shows will take place: —Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 920 3rd ...


Getting-the-what-on-Betty-Who

Getting the 'what' on Betty Who - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Time - Mix pop singers like Robyn and Katy Perry with a pinch of Pink, and there's Betty Who. Born in Sydney, Australia, the blonde bombshell moved to the United States to study music and make it big in 2007. Her song "Somebody Loves You" was featured in a Home Depot wedding proposal video featuring gay couple Spencer Stout and Dustin Reeser; ...


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IPW's 'pow wow' has Janelle Monae, Jennifer Hudson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Powered by U.S. Travel, the IPW kicked off its annual roaming event on April 6 at Cinespace Film Studio in Chicago this year. A massive amount of attendees estimated at over 6,000 dined on Blue Plate buffets along with over 20 local restaurants represented in sampling booths around the space such as Zed 451, Joe's Seafood, and Adobo Grill. Broadway ...


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Artemis Singers concert May 31 at Broadway United - Artemis Singers concert May 31 at Broadway United Artemis Singers, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, kicks off Pride Month a day early on Saturday, May 31, with "A Feminist Mosaic" Pride concert and dance at Broadway United Methodist Church, 3338 N. Broadway. Open to the public, "A Feminist Mosaic" begins at 7:30 p.m. The dance with live DJ immediately follows the ...


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Sobule to release Dottie's Charms on Record Store Day - From a press release - Jill Sobule will release Dottie's Charms on Record Store Day, Saturday, April 19th. Her first album in over five years, Dottie's Charms will be available physically on Record Store Day as a limited edition LP with the digital version of the album to follow on Tuesday, May 6th. The 11-song set is Jill's first concept album and features lyrical contributions ...


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Queer concert series starts April 9 in Chicago - Anna Deshawn of E3 Radio has announced the "Queer As Art" concert series. The series is a sequence of four concerts hosting a variety of queer artists from acrossthe country. The shows will display music, poetry, comedy and additional surprises. The first installment in the series happens Wed., April 9, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. The doors open at ...


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Windy City Gay Idol kicks off - Windy City Gay Idol kicked off at the Sofo Tap on Sun., April 6. Photo captions: 1 ) Finalist Timothy Schoenmann celebrates an awesome performance with host Sofia Saffire. 2 ) Finalist David Chacon brings it home. 3 ) Lots of prizes and swag to be had! 4 ) Back row ( L-R ): Finalists Timothy and David. Front row ...


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Artemis Singers plans Feminist Mosaic Pride concert - CHICAGO - Artemis Singers, www.artemissingers.org, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, kicks off Pride Month a day early, Saturday, May 31, with "A Feminist Mosaic" Pride concert and dance at Broadway United Methodist Church, 3338 N. Broadway, Chicago. Open to the public, "A Feminist Mosaic" begins at 7:30 p.m. The dance with live DJ immediately follows the concert. Both concert and dance ...


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CGMC to host 'Big Package Auction' April 5 - Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) will host its 7th Annual Big Package Auction ( featuring special guest hostess "Miss Richfield 1981" ) on Saturday, April 5, 5-8 p.m., at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. The event will feature a live auction of spectacular prizes and packages that ( scantily clad ) men of Boystown will present. Live packages ...


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Against Me! performing in Palatine April 4 - Against Me!—a band headed by trans Chicago singer Laura Jane Grace—is touring to support the CD Transgender Dysphoria Blues, which was released Jan. 21. The band will perform in Palatine, Ill., on April 4. Among the cities on the North America tour are Austin, Texas ( SXSW festival; Denver; Vancouver; Indianapolis; Asheville, N.C.; and Las Vegas. See www.againstme.net. ...


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DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE: I TURN (AND SPIN) TO YOU - A few weeks ago this columnist wrote about bands that turned their careers around by making oneoff oddball records and getting much-needed critical acclaim. While that works for the truly gifted artiste, if you're a pop diva you can't always pull this one off. If it works for an aforementioned diva ( Ray of Light ) it's rare and glorious, ...


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Ferrick, Vega at Old Town School of Music - Singer Melissa Ferrick are among the upcoming acts at Old Town School of Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. Alt-rock singer Ferrick will perform Sunday, June 22, at 7 p.m. ( Tickets are $26-$28. ) Sweet Honey in the Rock, as part of its "Forty & Fierce 40th Anniversary Tour," will be in concert Saturday, April 12, at 4 p.m. and ...


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YouTube star Hall on Beyonce, coming out, viral videos - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Openly gay entertainer Todrick Hall has created a sort of cottage industry as a YouTube viral sensation that allows him to showcase his talents on a worldwide scale. As a Broadway veteran and a former American Idol contestant, the Texas native is like a one-man band whose talents as a singer, dancer and directer—just to name a few—have garnered the ...


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BENT NIGHTS The Neighbourhood (NBHD) at The Aragon - Now that we're in an era where reality TV and the Internet have replaced radio formats, we have a bumper crop of new bands with refreshing sounds and a lack of hype. After a welcome reprieve from all that cynicism The Neighbourhood, or NBHD, at first glance feel like a contrived product. With that whippet-thin Brit-boy "queen of the damned" ...


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Tegan and Sara take three Juno Awards, hit Chicago in June - This past weekend Tegan and Sara claimed a total of three awards at the 2014 Juno Awards. The girls lead the way for all Juno nominees. Their seventh studio album, and commercial breakthrough Heartthrob, earned them their first three Juno Awards - Pop Album of The Year, Single of the Year ( "Closer" ) and Group of the Year versus ...


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Frankie Knuckles, legendary DJ, dies - Memorial April 21 - House music pioneer Frankie Knuckles has passed away. He was 59. Frederick Dunson, Knuckles' producer, confirmed that Knuckles had died on March 31, according to Chicago Tribune. Knuckles reportedly died at home and a statement was expected April 1. The producer, who was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1996, mixed work by artists such ...


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Queer Concert Series comes to Sidetrack April 9 - From a E3 Radio press release - Young entrepreneur Anna Deshawn of E3 Radio rocks the city of Chicago with the announcement of the Queer as Art Concert Series celebrating the artistic talent and beauty of the LGBTQ community. Joined by a host of superb sponsors such as The Windy City Times, the legendary Sidetrack Video Bar of Lakeview, and the classy yet infamous Remy Martin & ...


Female-rapper-to-bring-talents-to-Chicago

Female rapper to bring talents to Chicago - SPRING MOVIES/MUSIC SPECIAL - Minneapolis-based rapper Dessa is familiar with sharing the melodic tales and ails of love through spoken word and song, and her fans are anxious to listen. Best known for her collaborations with indie, hip-hop collective Doomtree, Dessa is poised to make her City Winery Chicago concert debut April 12. Windy City Times: What is the music scene like in the ...


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Kreis among those up for Chicago music awards - Openly gay singer Levi Kreis is among the dozens of musicians nominated for the Chicago Independent Music Awards. The event will take place Sunday, April 13, at The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., at 6:30 p.m. Levi is among the acts vying in the popmusic category. ( Among the other nominees are '90s singer Martika, T Dash and ...


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Hannah Thomas: Out singer showcases voice in various genres - SPRING MOVIES/MUSIC SPECIAL NUNN ON ONE - Hannah Thomas is breaking down barriers with genre-defying music that is anywhere from country to rock. Her last CD, Goodbye on Wasted Time, contained seven songs. She now she moves in a new direction with a Kickstarter campaign for a follow-up. The out and proud singer performed on tour with the Indigo Girls, appearing on song choices with the duo's ...


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Elton John movie in Chicagoland March 26 - Fathom Events, CinemaLive and Rocket Music Entertainment Group are bringing Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano to nearly 700 select movie theaters on Wed., March 26, at 7 p.m. The movie will show in more than two dozen theaters in Chicagoland and Indiana, including ShowPlace ICON at Roosevelt, 150 W. Roosevelt Rd.; River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St.; South ...


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TLC's Chilli gets CrazySexyCool - SPRING MOVIES/MUSIC SPECIAL - The original trio of TLC—composed of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas—was brought together by Perri "Pebbles" Reid and Antonio "L.A." Reid. The nicknames only made everything catchier for public consumption and the hits rolled out from the beginning. In spite of spats with their label, management and each other, as depicted in the VH1 ...


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Windy City Gay Idol kicks off 12th year - CHICAGO—Windy City Gay Idol, now in its 12th year, kicks off the 2014 search for the best amateur LGBT singers in the Chicago area. Windy City Gay Idol has grown into the largest and most highly anticipated annual competition in Chicago's LGBT community. Come sing, or come vote! With more than $10,000 in cash and prizes, the person crowned as ...


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Chicago Gay Men's Chorus: Bouncing of the Walls concert - From a press release - Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) celebrates the best of last decade of Broadway with "Bouncing of the Walls: Broadway Our Way." CGMC reimagines audience's favorite modern day musicals of Broadway from the last 10 years with dazzling dances and sensational songs; this show brings the Great White Way to the Great Middel West. "Bouncing of the Walls: Broadway ...


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Good Lorde holds court at Aragon - MUSIC: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The New Zealand singer known as Lorde has had quite a year. She signed with Universal at the ripe young age of 13 and has hit her stride four years after that. With only one album and two EPs under her belt, the CD Pure Heroine has struck a chord with a legion of fans. She was nominated for four ...


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Motown in Chi-town - Motown the Musical launches April 22. During a March 20 press conference the founder of Motown, Berry Gordy Jr., himself arrived to introduce two choreographers—Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams—who represent two different styles of dancing in the show. Tony Award-winning producer Kevin McCollum ( Rent; Avenue Q ) as well as director Charles Randolph-Wright were on hand to mention the ...


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Boy George on SiriusXM's Iconography series - From a press release - Boy George sat down with Larry Flick in front of a live studio audience of SiriusXM listeners for an hour-long conversation to discuss his life and work, as well as his battle against heroin addiction. The interview, part of SiriusXM's Iconography series will premiere Saturday, March 22 at 10am ET on SiriusXM OutQ channel 109. During the course of the ...


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Mary Lambert to tour, appear at Milwaukee Pride Fest - From a Capitol Records press release - March 19, 2014 — Hollywood, CA — Capitol Records' artist Mary Lambert has announced that she will hit the road as a special guest ( along with Andrew McMahon ) on Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson's North American summer tour. Tickets for most shows go on-sale Friday, March 21st. Please see below for Mary's upcoming tour dates, which also include ...


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World news: Etheridge at WorldPride 2014; raid in China - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out legend Melissa Etheridge will perform at the opening ceremonies for WorldPride 2014, happening June 20 in Toronto, according to OUT Traveler. Etheridge will sing her anthem "Uprising of Love," a song she wrote for LGBT Russians suffering through state-sanctioned discrimination and abuse. The rocker will be up front and center at Nathan Philips Square in central Toronto to perform ...


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MUSIC Anne Steele sets her sights on Chicago - Chicago has New York City's Anne Steele on loan for two coveted nights only—April 11- 12, at the Chicago cabaret club Davenport's, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave. The catchy pop ( with a flare of Broadway baby ) singer is expanding her wings from her hometown Manhattan to the Windy City just in time for spring and, boy, is she ready ...


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Queen + Adam Lambert in Chicago June 19 - Queen + Adam Lambert will launch a North American summer tour sat the United Center in Chicago on Thursday, June 19. Brian May, Roger Taylor + Adam Lambert will come together for the first time in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Dallas, Las Vegas, Montreal and other cities. Tickets will be on sale beginning Friday, March 14 through the Live ...


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Demi Lovato brings girl power to Chicago - Demi Lovato brought her X Factor friends to the Allstate Arena with the Neon Lights tour on March 21. The theme of neon was put to good use as girl and gay fans used every bright color in the rainbow with their outfits. From the second season of X Factor ( the U.S. version ), Fifth Harmony kicked things off ...


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DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE: MISSTEPS AND STEPS FORWARD - 2014 is starting out looking pretty darn promising for some of our veteran favorites, many of whom are finally getting back to what they do best, with one major exception. Let's take a look at some "missteps and steps forward" as we get out and get moving in the spring thaw. STEP FORWARD: George Michael is finally getting back to ...


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Chicago Force QB out with music video - Chicago Force quarterback Sami Grisafe has released a video for her song "Carousel." Grisafe is an out award-winning singer-songwriter and all-star athlete whose music embodies a folk-rock style. This past fall, Grisafe, an equality advocate, headlined the Rock the March concert with her new song, "Brand New Fairy Tale," at the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality. Grisafe is on ...


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Matt Goss out with 'I Do' - British crooner Matt Goss has released an EP featuring "I Do," which he has described as "the perfect proposal song that is as inclusive as it is romantic." Other tracks include "Mustang," "Lovely Las Vegas," and "There's Nothing Like This," all of which will appear on Goss' full-length album, Life You Imagine, in the spring. His weekly performance of Matt ...


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Near, Ferrick, Honey at Old Town School of Music - Singers Holly Near and Melissa Ferrick are among the upcoming acts at Old Town School of Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. Near will be in concert with pianist John Buccino and Emma's Revolution on Sunday, March 23, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. ( Tickets are $24-$26. ) Her newest CD is Peace Becomes You. Sweet Honey in the Rock, ...


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Katy Perry adds second show at United Center - Katy Perry will now also perform Aug. 8 at Chicago's United Center, following the sold-out Aug. 7 show in the same venue. The shows are part of the Prismatic world tour. Part of the tour will be with lesbian musical duo Tegan and Sara ( although the Chicago shows will feature Capital Cities instead ). See www.KatyPerry.com and www.Ticketmaster.com. ...


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Johnette Napolitano's no-holds-barred interview - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The rock group Concrete Blonde was an alternative rock staple in the '90s thanks to the album Bloodletting and the top 20 hit from it, "Joey." Johnette Napolitano has been the glue holding the band together over the years and the strong front woman has cemented a loyal following. In 2010 a 20th-anniversary edition of Bloodletting set them on a ...


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Efron's shirtless vow; Diana Ross, Rufus at jazz fest - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Zac Efron has promised to accept his 2014 MTV Movie Award without a shirt if he wins, according to Just Jared. "If I beat Thor, I'm accepting the award shirtless on stage. #movieawards," the 26-year-old actor tweeted. Efron is nominated for Best Shirtless Performance alongside Jennifer Aniston ( We're the Millers ), Sam Claflin ( The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ...


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Vintage record shop sells 'revinylized' vibe - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Repurposing, refurbishing and "revinylizing" are John Arnsdorff's passions and the tunes of his new store Audio Archaeology. Owner Arnsdorff, with friend and Marketing Director Nick Kuttin ( aka Nikutn ), gave what they described as a formerly drab office space new life, spinning it into a vintage record shop where one could get a piece of nostalgia and support the ...


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Lorde at Aragon March 18 - New Zealand singer Lorde—who has risen to fame thanks to her single "Royals"—will perform at the Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., on March 18. "Royals" [Lava/Republic Records] remained at number one for nine weeks, topping the charts in an additional 45 countries and selling 7.5 million copies across the globe. Lorde—also known as Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor—is officially the ...


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Pianist creates music for Langston Hughes poems - Local pianist/composer Stuart Mindeman is releasing In Your Waking Eyes, a CD that features musical settings of 11 Langston Hughes poems. Jazz, soul music, West African and Caribbean musical styles as well as the stories of the poems themselves serve as inspirations for the album. On the CD, Mindeman plays Wurlitzer electric piano, organ, clavinet and piano. Featured musicians are ...


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Billy Porter releasing 'Billy's Back on Broadway' - Perhaps best known for his Tony-winning role as Lola in the hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, Billy Porter is releasing his debut on Concord Records, Billy's Back on Broadway, on April 15. "The canon of great Broadway songs is so vast and I have so many favorites that the only way I could narrow them down was to choose a ...


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'Glee' star to perform at Chicago Pride Fest - Alex Newell, an actor and singer best known for his role as Wade "Unique" Adams on Glee, is officially slated to take the stage as one of Chicago Pride Fest's headliners, according to ChicagoPride.com. The annual festival is returning to Boystown for the 12th year June 21-22, the weekend before the city's annual Pride Parade that drew 1 million attendees ...


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Chicago Gay Men's Chorus Big Package Auction April 5 - From a press release - CHICAGO, March 7, 2014- Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) will expose their biggest and best at CGMC's 7th Annual Big Package Auction featuring special guest hostess, "Miss Richfield 1981" on Saturday, April 5, 2014. The Big Package Auction is a fun, frisky and all around fabulous benefit. It will feature a live auction of spectacular prizes and packages ...


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Pianist creates music for Langston Hughes poems - Local pianist/composer Stuart Mindeman is releasing In Your Waking Eyes, a CD that features musical settings of 11 Langston Hughes poems. Jazz, soul music, West African and Caribbean musical styles as well as the stories of the poems themselves serve as inspirations for the album. On the CD, Mindeman plays Wurlitzer electric piano, organ, clavinet and piano. Featured musicians are ...


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Steve Grand: New music and a very successful campaign - Openly gay singer Steve Grand made national headlines last year when his video for the song "All American Boy"—which featured him falling for a guy who turned out to be straight ( but understanding )—went viral. Now, he's in the media spotlight again, as he launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his debut album, augmenting the announcement with appearances on ...


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Lorde at Aragon March 18 - New Zealand singer Lorde—who has risen to fame thanks to her single "Royals"—will perform at the Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., on March 18. "Royals" [Lava/Republic Records] remained at number one for nine weeks, topping the charts in an additional 45 countries and selling 7.5 million copies across the globe. Lorde—also known as Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O'Connor—is officially the ...


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DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE - There are many ways to revive a lagging career, or better yet, be proactive and revitalize your artistry before you're seen as a bloated hack ( I'm looking at you, U2 ). Over the past 60 years of rock n' roll a few key artists have shown that the way to go from sensational to legendary is to take a ...


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CGMC concert March 8 - Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) will present its second winter cabaret show, "Let's Do It!" March 8 at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Song selections include the show's title "Let's Do It," "Meadowlark," "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" and many other classic standards. Tickets are sale for $35 for general admission and $55 ...


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Sami Grisafe's 'Carousel' video out - "Carousel" is a new music video release by Chicago's Sami Grisafe. Grisafe is an out award winning singer-songwriter and all-star athlete, whose original music combines a folk rock style with authentic and provocative lyrics. Grisafe is on tour promoting her second album, ATLANTIS, and the new feature documentary, THE TACKLE GIRLS: One Team, One Mission, which stars Grisafe and features ...


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Matt Gold: Gay Midwestern singer on covers, authenticity - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer Matt Gold released his first album, Drown Before You Swim, in 2012. It ranked him on Amazon.com's Top 20 Adult Contemporary music downloads for weeks. The openly gay singer is slowly moving from his darker work to more upbeat tracks this year. He recently brought his live act to Uncommon Ground on Devon and Windy City Times met him ...


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Gay rapper wows crowd at Empty Bottle - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out, outspoken and controversial New York rap artist Le1f ( real name: Khalif Diouf ) hit the Empty Bottle Feb. 28 and wowed the sell-out crowd with a mix of queer sass, smooth beats and playful charm. Currently riding the crest of his self-released mixtape Tree House, Le1f has made a name for himself as a top producer working with ...


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BENT NIGHTS 'Music Frozen Dancing'; White Mystery - MUSIC: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As I was walking into the Empty Bottle's "Music Frozen Dancing" event March 1, I couldn't decide if the club was nutty for having it or if I was nuttier for actually going. So far, this has been a Chicago winter that just won't fucking die and for every semi-decent day ( in the mid thirties with a tolerable wind ...


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BOOK REVIEW I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples... - BENT NIGHTS: BOOKS - By Greg Kot, $19.71; Scribner; 320 pages As one of Chicago's most influential and celebrated figures in music, it could be expected that a biography of Mavis Staples would appear at some point. With a career that has spanned 50 years and is showing no signs of slowing down, Staples has not only flourished as an artist but her ...


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Fans fund gay country star's fundraising in 17 hours - Steve Grand, All-American Boy - From a press release Just yesterday, Steve Grand — whose same-sex music video "All-American Boy" went viral last summer — launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $81K in a month to fund his first album. But as of today, fans have already pledged $118K, and that number is rising by the minute. This is truly a story of a grassroots ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Sondheim times two - Out director Gary Griffin finds it a bit odd when people ask if he's feeling overwhelmed at directing two works co-created by out composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim back-to-back for Chicago Shakespeare Theater. "To me, it feels very great because I'm still home at my home theater," said Griffin, who is Chicago Shakespeare Theater's associate artistic director and happy to have an ...


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OPERA REVIEW Rusalka - Composer: Antonin Dvorak; Libretto: Jaroslav Kvapil. At: Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Drive. Tickets: 312-332-2244 ext. 5600 or www.lyricopera.org; $69-$299. Runs through: March 16 Out director Sir David McVicar has outdone himself yet again with the Lyric Opera of Chicago's new production of Dvorak's dark fairy tale Rusalka, which is truly ravishing musically and dramatically from start to ...


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Billy Porter album has classics with twist, Cyndi Lauper - From a press release - It's been almost a decade since the Pittsburgh-born Billy Porter released a solo album, and since then much has changed for the award-winning artist, who grew up singing in the Pentecostal church. Perhaps best known for his Tony® Award-winning role as 'Lola' in the hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, Porter's musical background is based in gospel, soul and R&B. He ...


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Harris Theater: new dates for rescheduled performances - From a news release - CHICAGO ( February 25, 2014 ) The Harris Theater for Music and Dance has announced new dates for previously scheduled performances, including Chicago Opera Theater's production of Queenie Pie and Music of the Baroque's Handel & Bach—Italian Style. The Joffrey Ballet's Winning Works: Choreographers of Color Awards will now take place on March 1 at the Broadway Playhouse at Water ...


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'Head over heels' for Iggy Azalea - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Time - Headlining Club Skirts for Dinah Shore Weekend rapper Iggy Azalea is poise to takeover the biggest lesbian event in the world. The L.A.-based performer from New South Wales in Australia gained recognition on YouTube that led to being signed on Def Jam Records and being produced by T.I. on her EP, Glory. The Aussie bombshell has opened for Beyonce in ...







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