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Newton-John in Joliet on May 8 - Olivia Newton-John will perform at Joliet's Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., on Thursday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. Newton-John's career includes include four Grammys; numerous Country Music, American Music, Billboard and People's Choice awards; an Emmy; 10 number-one hits; and more than 15 top 10 singles. Among her many hits are "Physical," "Magic" and "Make a Move on ...


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'More Than a Letter,' Picnic present queer voices this spring - Internationally acclaimed and award-winning transgender pianist Sara Davis Buechner is more than happy to be a part of the Chicago Sinfonietta's upcoming concerts of "More Than a Letter: A Celebration of LGBTQ Artists." Buechner came aboard at the invitation of guest conductor Michael Morgan, who is music director of the Oakland Symphony and a former assistant conductor of the Chicago ...


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Party Noire events all about female Black joy - Chicagoans can dance it out when Party Noire plays Black joy on repeat. Party Noire is a dance party that began as an idea to bring Black creative millennials together for the celebration of "melanin+women," as the organizers call the concept. Lauren Ash, Nick Alder and DJ Rae Chardonnay co-founded Party Noire and kicked off the series in September 2015 ...


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BENT NIGHTS The Growlers; Meat Wave - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - How California rockers The Growlers suddenly became the latest "it" band is rather unclear. The act's latest full-length, City Club ( on Cult Records ), is hardly a departure from its previous five, and the involvement of co-producer and Strokes front man Julian Casablancas counts as irrelevant. ( He has been involved with the band for years. ) What is ...


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Concert for America to include stars from Chicago Fire, Glee, Hamilton - From a press release - CHICAGO — Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! is proud to announce that Torrey Devitto ( Chicago Med ), Colin Donnell ( Chicago Med ), Yuri Sardarov ( Chicago Fire ), Alex Newell ( Glee ), Christine Pedi ( Spamilton, Forbidden Broadway ), and Chicago Children's Choir will join the previously announced cast of performers and presenters, including Chita ...


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'Carmen' thru March 25 - Lyric Opera of Chicago will run the story of a deadly love triangle in Bizet's Carmen. Carmen runs through Saturday, March 25, at Lyric's Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets start at $34 and are available at LyricOpera.org/Carmen or at 312-827-5600. ...


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SPRING CONCERT PREVIEW A few LGBTQ concerts to watch out for - Many local and visiting LGBTQ performers and their allies raise their voices and share their musical skills this spring. Here are a few concerts to check out. All locations in Chicago unless otherwise noted. Windy City Performing Arts is the umbrella organization for the ensembles of the Windy City Gay Chorus ( Chicago's oldest gay choral group ) and the ...


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Ravinia lists 2017 summer lineup with top names - From a press release - HIGHLAND PARK, IL—Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman today announced the not- for- profit festival's complete 2017 summer lineup—more than 140 events from June 3 through Sept. 17— including the 82nd annual residency of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as visits by the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela with conductor Gustavo Dudamel in his ...


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RiseUP concert to benefit ACLU includes headlining artists of Hamilton - From a press release - CHICAGO- Members of the cast of Hamilton and other artists are hosting RiseUP, a night of music and entertainment at Moonlight Studios, on April 3, 2017 with proceeds going to support the work of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. The ACLU is the largest and oldest civil liberties organization in Illinois. Working in close collaboration with The Number ...


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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in ongoing residency with Harris Theater - From a press release - ( CHICAGO, IL ) — Last night, Co-Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Wu Han, announced the seventh season of the society's residency at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance from the stage. The 2017-2018 CMS season promises a revolving multi-generational and international roster of the world's finest chamber musicians which enables CMS to continue ...


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'Dapper Ball' celebrates androgyny, queer culture - by M. Shelly Conner - March 4 marked Chicago's first Dapper Ball. The event—which AMFM, Slo 'Mo and Boi Society presented at the Hairpin Art Center—celebrated queer culture and dapper style. Live performances by celebrated drag kings Oh, Snap and Switch the Boi Wonder, paired with hosts Fawzia Mirza and Tribble, provided an entertaining evening. DJs Dapper and Audio Jack kept the dance floor packed ...


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Gless, Manchester and more at 'Concert for America' - Tickets are on sale now for Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!, at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., on Monday, March 20, at 8 p.m. Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley will host the event, which will feature two-time Tony winner Chita Rivera, Grammy winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Melissa Manchester, two-time Emmy winner Sharon Gless, SiriusXM's ...


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Amigas Unidas event March 11 - Celebrating International Women's Day, Amigas Unidas: En La Fe will hold "Guiadas For Amor" Saturday, March 11, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Amigas Unidas En La Fe is "a bilingual group of lesbians and bisexual womyn fostering a spiritual life based on our faith, and focused on our personal, spiritual, emotional and professional growth," according to a press release. For more info, ...


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Entertainment: 'Drag Race,' Whitney Houston, Timberlake, 'Moonlight' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - EW.com revealed that the Emmy-winning reality competition series RuPaul's Drag Race's ninth season will debut to a broader audience Friday, March 24, on VH1. The network is set to broadcast each of the series' subsequent episodes for the remainder of the season, marking the first time Drag Race has shifted networks across its eight-year history, having previously aired more than ...


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WCGC, Treble Quire's 'Requiem' March 18 - Windy City Performing Arts' Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire will perform "Faure Requiem," under Artistic Director Dr. Eric Esparza, on Saturday, March 18, at 5 and 8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St. A chamber orchestra and soloists will present this work alongside contemporary inspirational songs. Admission is ...


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Chicago Sinfonietta celebrates LGBTQ composers and musicians March 27 - From a press release - ( Chicago, IL ) - Chicago Sinfonietta presents its penultimate concert of the season, More Than a Letter, which celebrates self-identity and self-expression through the artistry of LGBTQ composers and musicians, and features guest conductor Michael Morgan, concert pianist Sara Davis Buechner plus performances from Musicality and Allegrezza Singers. The Sinfonietta performs More Than a Letter twice: first, in the ...


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Billy Porter to perform in Chicago May 20 - From a press release - Tony and Grammy Award-Winner Billy Porter begina a tour this month, coming to Chicago's Goodman Theatre Gala at the Fairmont Hotel, Chicago, on May 20. His new studio album, Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers, will be released April 14, 2017 and is now available for pre-order. The album, which features new, soulful takes on classic Richard Rodgers ...


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Windy City Gay Chorus, Windy City Treble Quire to perform Faure's Requiem - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire perform Faure's Requiem under Artistic Director Dr. Eric Esparza in back-to-back performances on Saturday, March 18 at 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple ( 77 W. Washington St. ). $20 General Admission and $35 Limited Reserved Seating tickets are available ...


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Queer Swedish queen featured in upcoming events - To cap its 30th-anniversary year, the Newberry Consort will be showcasing the life of Queen Christina of Sweden: The Girl King March 3 ( Newberry Library's Ruggles Hall ), March 4 ( Northwestern University's Galvin Recital Hall in Evanston ) and March 5 ( University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts ). Artistic Director Ellen Hargis is the creator ...


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BENT NIGHTS George Clinton; Hamilton Leithauser - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The weight of our the times surely has had an impact on funk icon George Clinton. The passing of collaborator Bernie Worrell, funk contemporaries David Bowie and Prince, fusion jazz legend Larry Coryell and competitor Maurice White ( Clinton called his band "Dirt, hot air, and no fire" )—most of them unexpected—in the last 12 months had to have forced ...


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Randolph Street Market in full swing - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Contrary to what some may believe, the Randolph Street Market Festival is a year-round event. Usually taking place on the last weekend of each month, the event is located at the 1350 block of West Randolph Street and inside the beautiful Beaux Arts Plumbers Hall at 1340 W. Washington St. ( Until May, it will be strictly indoors. ) The ...


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Entertainment: Dorian Awards, 'All About Eve,' Ricky Martin, 'Biggest Loser' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association ( GALECA.org ) hosted its 6th annual Dorian Awards Winners Toast in Los Angeles, a press release noted. Moonlight star Trevante Rhodes and the film's Oscar-nominated composer Nicholas Britell took a few questions before the crowd before accepting GALECA's Film of the Year award ( as well as its four Dorian honors ) ...


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Artists Giving Back holds benefit concert for Donica Lynn - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Feb. 13, Artists Giving Back presented "Songs of Healing: A Benefit for Donica Lynn" at Mary's Attic. The event brought together a varied sampling of some of Chicago's best and well-known theatrical actors, singers and performers to celebrate Lynn and raise money for her recent cancer treatments. Lynn, a Jeff award winner for her role in Porchlight Theater's mounting ...


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Cris Williamson classic recorded by Holly Miranda, Ani DiFranco to benefit Standing Rock - Wednesday February 22, 2017 New York, NY — Today the Detroit-born Singer and songwriter Holly Miranda announced the release of "Midnight Oil," a single to benefit Standing Rock, which premiered on People.com. Recorded over the course of two months, with her band from Brooklyn, as well as a commanding 28 person choir. Holly explains, "friends from Israel to Mexico sent ...


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Entertainment news: 'Moonlight,' Colton Haynes, 'In-Betweens,' Abby Wambach - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) recently honored Moonlight with its Visionary Award at its Greater New York Gala, On Top Magazine noted. Based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, Moonlight—written and directed by Barry Jenkins—follows an African-American man ( played by Trevante Rhodes ) who struggles to come out gay over three periods ...


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Bernadette Peters in Chicago with Boston Pops on March 31 - Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters will make her Auditorium Theatre debut—and her first Chicago appearance in more than a decade—on Friday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m., when she joins the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra for a mixed program that features a tribute to George Gershwin and a medley of Broadway hits and classics. The Pops, led by conductor Keith Lockhart, ...


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BENT NIGHTS White Lies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The one time I saw White Lies ( Harry McVeigh on vocals/guitar, Charles Cave on bass and Jack Brown on drums ) they left a dour impression. At the top of a no-name bill at The Empty Bottle in 2007, these Brits came off as pretentious ( they dressed entirely in black ), sullen ( nary a smile was cracked ...


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Concert for America March 20 - From a press release - CHICAGO — Tickets are on sale now for Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!, at the Auditorium Theatre one night only on March 20. Featuring entertainment's brightest stars, Concert for America debuted its monthly series to universal acclaim at the Town Hall in New York City on January 20, 2017. The innovation of Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley ( ...


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Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers in Chicago June 11 - From a press release - Legendary artists and longtime friends Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers will share the stage in a special group performance as Four Voices in June. These exclusive summer tour dates will include Chicago's Chicago Theatre on June 11 among many others. Tickets go on-sale beginning the week of Feb. 20 ( check individual venues for details ...


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Entertainment news: Lea DeLaria, Aretha, Gaga, Hugh Jackman, Ryan Murphy - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lea DeLaria recently told E! News that she's "the lesbian Jack Nicholson," adding, "I'm dating a lot, dating a lot of young girls. That's where I am right now." The Orange Is the New Black co-star announced about a month ago that she and fiancee Chelsea Fairless had called it quits. They revealed they were no longer together by posting ...


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Chicago Gay Men's Chorus to honor girl groups in Lipstick & Lyrics: The Dragtones - CHICAGO, February 15, 2017—Chicago Gay Men's Chorus will honor girl groups in Lipstick & Lyrics: The Dragtones at Uptown Underground on Friday, February 24, 2017 and Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM each night. This year's vivacious, no-lip-syncing drag extravaganza delves into the world of girl group stardom, asking our queens to emulate such groups as ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Colin Hay on Men at Work, Sia, Fierce Mercy album - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - By selling more than 30 millions records worldwide, Men at Work left a mark on the music scene. Songs such as "Down Under," "Who Can It Be Now?" and "Overkill" brought the group commercial success. In 1983, the band won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Lead singer Colin Hay released several solo albums after Men at Work broke ...


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About Face Theatre to Blast Off at Wonka Ball Forbidden Planet - From a press release - CHICAGO ( February 14, 2017 ) — Get ready to blast off! About Face Theatre ( AFT ) invites guests to the final frontier — space — for an out of this world evening at Wonka Ball Forbidden Planet. The company's annual gala will be held Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8 pm ( VIP Cocktail Reception at 7 pm ...


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Mitisek to leave Chicago Opera - The Board of Directors of Chicago Opera Theater ( COT ) announced that Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson Artistic Director Andreas Mitisek will leave his position at the conclusion of this season. Mitisek informed the board of his decision not to renew his contract at a board meeting. Beginning in September, COT will be led by Stefan Edlis and Gael ...


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Adele dominates Grammys - Adele swept the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, going a perfect five for five—including the trio of album, song and record of the year. It was the second time the British singer swept those categories, making her the only artist to do so. During this year's ceremony, Adele almost didn't accept the album of the year honor ( ...


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Pride Films and Plays presents Chris Pazdernik's gay music of Broadway - From a press release - In His & His II Chris Pazdernik presents the second of three cabarets chronicling gays characters on Broadway, and the artists who create the shows, roles, and music. Join Pride Films and Plays in the Broadway on Feb. 14 to celebrate great theater, great music, with a special tribute to Jerry Herman! Act One will include songs from Kinky Boots, ...


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Singer Michael McBride embraces his passions - Singer Michael McBride understands a few things about being different and overcoming social stigmas. When he was younger, he had struggles with body image. Growing eventually to 5'6", he was smaller and shorter than most of his friends. He viewed phrases like 'good things come in small packages' as backhanded compliments aimed at making him feel better. "There were so ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A Karen Finley homecoming - Famed performance artist and Evanston native Karen Finley returns home this month to perform over two weekends as part of Steppenwolf Theatre's LookOut series. It's a visit that provides Finley the chance to look back at past traumas and ahead to current and future fights against the Trump administration. "I'm thinking about Chicago on so many levels. I'm speaking about ...


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Entertainment news: RuPaul, Jodie Foster, Ryan Reynolds, 'Watermelon Woman' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - RuPaul's new album, which is now out, is called Remember Me: Essential, Vol.1, NewNowNext.com noted. The album features new tracks as well as some of Ru's biggest hits, like "Supermodel" and "House of Love," with new featured performers like Matt Pop, Ellis Miah, Kummerspeck and Skeltal Ki. Lionsgate has boarded international sales on The Ink Factory-financed and -produced action thriller ...


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Lyric Opera holding choral auditions - Lyric Opera of Chicago will hold auditions in March for experienced, classically trained singers who are seeking professional positions in the company's choral ensemble for the 2017-18 season. Musical rehearsals begin in mid-August 2017; the schedule is determined by the shows for which a chorister is contracted. The 2017-18 performance season runs from late September 2017 through late March 2018. ...


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Chicago Gay Men's Chorus Big Package Auction April 29 - Join Chicago Gay Men's Chorus's Big Package Auction, live and silent, is back at a new venue. Chicago Gay Men's Chorus presents Big Package Auction '17, hosted by the musical duo Amy & Freddy. Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen have performed in over 20 countries with their one-of-a-kind wit and musical prowess. They have had the pleasure of opening and ...


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Love is Love is Love concert to benefit Trevor Project, Planned Parenthood, SPLC - From a press release - ( January 30th, 2017 ) Directors Scott Weinstein and Hannah Dawe and Music Director Jermaine Hill will lead a Valentine's Day themed event, LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE: A concert benefiting Planned Parenthood, the Trevor Project and the Southern Poverty Law Center. The concert is set to take place at 8PM on Monday, Feb. 13, at Windy City Playhouse ( ...


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'Exotica Poetica' Feb. 13 at Hideout - Weeds Poetry will present "Erotica Exotica Poetica Extravaganza" on Monday, Feb. 13, 8:30 p.m.-12 a.m., at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. In addition to erotic poetry, the show will feature live music with Linda & the Hot Licks and performances by Cruel Valentine and TS Machine-Gunn CoCo. Admission is $7, which can be paid at the door or ordered ...


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CONCERT OVERVIEW Artemis Singers salutes MichFest - Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus Artemis Singers, which formed in 1980, took on the Michigan Women's Music Festival ( MichFest ) with two performances at the Irish American Heritage Center Auditorium on Jan. 28-29. The music festival was formed in a response to male-centered festivals. Female artists performed at the outdoor festival that ran annually in August; whether in song, storytelling ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Jessie Mueller serving Chicago some humble pie - Evanston talent Jessie Mueller made it big on Broadway, winning the 2014 Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. She appeared in Animal Crackers and A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre before moving to New York for the revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. She is currently appearing ...


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Queen, Adam Lambert at United Center Thursday, July 13 - From a press release - New York — January 26, 2017 — Back by popular demand, Queen + Adam Lambert will rock North America this summer with a highly-anticipated 25-city arena tour coming to Chicago's United Center on Thursday, July 13, 2017. The tour kicks off June 23 in Phoenix, Arizona at Gila River Arena, followed shortly after with a special Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl ...


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'Empire' actor at City Winery on Feb. 1 - City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph St., will present a star-studded celebration for legendary American author, activist and thinker Langston Hughes' 115th birthday on Wed., Feb. 1, at 8 p.m. The event will feature Jussie Smollett, of the Fox show Empire and who will portray Langston Hughes in the forthcoming Thurgood Marshall film, Marshall. Previously announced participants include Golden Globe-winning ...


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MCA presenting 'Riot Grrrls' - The Museum of Contemporary Art ( MCA ) Chicago is presenting "Riot Grrrls," described as "an exhibition that celebrates the profusion of brash and adventurous paintings by female artists and also responds to the charges of sexism that pervade the art world, from male artists garnering the highest prices for their work, to their disproportionate representation in exhibitions." "Riot Grrrls" ...


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Laura Jane Grace to perform in Chicago on Feb. 5 - On Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, trans singer Laura Jane Grace will perform at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., at 8 p.m. Grace is a musician best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me! Her solo debut EP, Heart Burns, was released in 2008. In 2012, she publicly came out as ...


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NUNN ON ONE: THEATER Deborah Cox and her 'Body' of work - Canadian songstress Deborah Cox is touring the world with the ghost of Whitney Houston by her side. The Bodyguard tells the story of Frank Farmer, who is hired to protect singer Rachel Marron from a stalker. Danger mixes with a love story between the two while classic movie soundtrack tunes are performed. The film version made more than $400 million ...


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Lyric Opera to run 'Carmen' in February-March - Lyric Opera of Chicago will run the story of a deadly love triangle in Bizet's Carmen, directed by Tony and Emmy Award-winning director/choreographer Rob Ashford, who returns to Lyric after Carousel. Carmen opens on Saturday, Feb. 11, with 11 performances through Saturday, March 25, at Lyric's Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets start at $34 and are available ...


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Entertainment: Dyllan Murray, Anita Baker, Sharon Gless, Kristen Stewart - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer Dyllan Murray has released the music video for his new single "No Wrong Way," featuring Kira Kosarin, according to a press release. The song explores equality for love between all races and genders, focusing specifically on the acceptance of love within the LGBTQ community. All proceeds from sales of "No Wrong Way" will benefit GLAAD and The Trevor Project. ...


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BENT NIGHTS Ezra Furman; Dorian Electra - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It was only fitting that Ezra Furmen and his band, The Boyfriends, would land smack in the middle of last week's The Tomorrow Never Knows Festival. As he cracked on his last full-length CD, the 2015 breakout Perpetual Motion People ( on Belle Union Records ), 2016 was a "Restless Year." Finally coming out as gender-fluid, Furmen developed a whole ...


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Chicago rapper comes out as bi - On Jan. 18, local hip-hop artist Taylor Bennett came out as bisexual. "My birthday is tomorrow and moving into next year I'd like to be more open about myself to help others that struggle with the same issues," Bennett—the brother of Chance the Rapper—wrote on Twitter. "Growing up I've always felt indifferent about my sexuality and being attracted to one ...


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Entertainment: Jennifer Holliday, Jim Parsons, stars say goodbye to Obama - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Jan. 14, singer Jennifer Holliday released a letter addressed to the LGBT community announcing that she will no longer be performing at the presidential inauguration concert, apologizing for what she called a "lapse of judgment," The Daily Beast noted. She cited a Daily Beast article in her letter, saying that after she read it she realized that "my only ...


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Laura Jane Grace in Chicago on Feb. 5 - On Sunday, Feb. 5, trans singer Laura Jane Grace will perform at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., at 8 p.m. Grace is a musician best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me! Her solo debut EP, Heart Burns, was released in 2008. In 2012, she publicly came out as transgender, ...


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BENT NIGHTS Mutts, Archie Powell, Hemmingbirds and Jesse W. Johnson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I should have learned from the recent past to pay attention to omens. Not one month after reviewing a show jam-packed with surprises and unexpected dangers ( Foxing, Tiny Moving Part, etc. in the Dec. 28 edition of Bent Nights ), I found myself at an equally loaded show with three of Chicago's most beloved bands. When Mutts frontman Mike ...


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KaraokeCares Presents the anti-inauguration party Jan. 20 at Davenport's - On Friday, January 20, performers will be hosting more than five hours of karaoke in one of the most beautiful bars in Chicago, Davenport's. The event is to counteract the inauguration that many people in Chicago are looking to avoid. The event will be 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m., 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave. Sonic Lizard Karaoke has hosted karaoke in this venue ...


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'The Dolphin Show' running 'Little Shop' Jan. 20-28 at NU - The Dolphin Show—advertised as this country's largest student-produced musical—announced that Little Shop of Horrors will be its 75th annual ( "Diamond Dolphin" ) show at Northwestern University. Little Shop of Horrors is directed by Northwestern School of Communication senior Maggie Monahan and co-produced by School of Communication senior Janie Dickerson and Weinberg School of Arts and Sciences senior Bailey Sutton, ...


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Music video entries to be considered for Elton John: The Cut - From a press release - Three of today's most innovative minds are lending their expertise to select the final three winning entries for "Elton John: The Cut supported by YouTube" - a global competition to create the official music videos for three of the singer's most iconic songs - "Bennie and the Jets," "Rocket Man" and "Tiny Dancer." Submissions are open until Jan. 23, 2017. ...


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Sinfonietta's MLK concerts Jan. 14-16 - Chicago Sinfonietta, led by Music Director Mei-Ann Chen, continues its 2016-2017 season with its annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—a Sinfonietta tradition since its founding in 1987 by late maestro Paul Freeman. The concert will be performed three times: first, in the Sinfonietta's debut at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie on Saturday, Jan. ...


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Sinfonietta's MLK concerts Jan. 14-16 - Chicago Sinfonietta, led by Music Director Mei-Ann Chen, continues its 2016-2017 season with its annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—a Sinfonietta tradition since its founding in 1987 by late maestro Paul Freeman. The concert will be performed three times: first, in the Sinfonietta's debut at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie on Saturday, Jan. ...


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Entertainment: Rosie O' Donnell, Vivica A. Fox, Neil Patrick Harris - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rosie O'Donnell, Debra Messing, Joe Dante and Ed Asner are among the celebrities who have signed on to an anti-Donald Trump effort calling his pending presidency "illegitimate" and for a month of resistance to stop what it sees as a move toward fascism, according to Variety. The group RefuseFacism.org published a full-page ad in the New York Times on Jan. ...


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Chicago rapper/ally depicts city's realities in new music video - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Mike Parrish, also known as rapper/hip-hop artist and comedic lyricist Mikey to the P, loves Chicago and in his newly released music video for his song "Big City" he focuses on the beauty and violence his favorite city holds. "It's my love letter to Chicago and when I see it, it ties together everything that I feel is me, everything ...


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BENT NIGHTS Foxing; Shemekia Copeland - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On the suggestion of a friend, I made it a priority to catch St. Louis' Foxing at the 2015 edition of Riot fest. The idea that something tasty could come out of St. Louis in this day and age intrigued me to the point that I was almost looking forward to being disappointed. What I saw was uber-nerd Conor Murphy ...


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BENT NIGHTS Making the best of a sad year - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For anyone older than 18, 2016 was a game-changer. It may have been the year that Cubs fans had waited for, but it also was a year that left the nation politically angry, divided, and with uncomfortable truths. In entertainment—and especially, music—there was no way to avoid that 2016, in the words of Rocky Horror, was "a pretty big downer." ...


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Entertainment: Elton John, Tegan and Sara, Russell Tovey, Will Smith - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Elton John has teamed with YouTube to give creative talent from around the world the opportunity to craft official videos for three of his most iconic songs: "Bennie and the Jets," "Rocket Man" and "Tiny Dancer," Rolling Stone noted. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of John and Bernie Taupin's partnership, the singer launched "Elton John: The Cut" to give a ...


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George Michael's eight most iconic moments - Dancing About Architecture - With the death of pop icon George Michael, many in our community felt a loss akin to Bowie or Prince. But with only a smattering of singles over the past 15 years, there are many of us who only recognize random singles from pop culture or ( gasp! ) their parents. It's with great sadness and reverence that we break ...


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George Michael dies at 53 - British-Greek singer George Michael—who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and later continued his success as a solo performer—has died at age 53, according to multiple sources, including the BBC. Authorities said Michael "passed away peacefully at home" and that there were no suspicious circumstances. Michael, who was openly gay, had previously dealt with depression and drug addiction, ...


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Entertainment news: 'Paris Is Burning,' Madonna, Lady Gaga, Thomas Roberts - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon's Thelma & Louise, John Hughes' classic The Breakfast Club, the Barbra Streisand-starring Funny Girl, the 1990 LGBT documentary Paris Is Burning and Disney's animated blockbuster The Lion King are among 25 films being added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, EW.com reported. The Librarian of Congress chooses the list each year ...


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Artemis Singers show on Michigan Womyn's Music Festival in January - Artemis Singers, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will present "Wanting the Music: A Choral Musical of the Michigan Festival," Saturday, Jan. 28, and Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. The Michigan Womyn's Music Festival was a woman-only event held in the woods of Michigan for just one week every year from 1976 through 2015. The festival was also controversial because of its definition ...


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Artemis Singers concert on Michigan Womyn's Music Festival Jan. 28 and 29 - In part from an Artemis press release - Artemis Singers, www.artemissingers.org, Chicago's Lesbian Feminist chorus, will present "Wanting the Music: A Choral Musical of the Michigan Festival," Saturday, Jan. 28, and Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. The Michigan Womyn's Music Festival was a woman-only event held in the woods of Michigan for just one week every year from 1976 through 2015. The festival was also controversial because of its ...


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Bernadette Peters, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra here March 31 - Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters makes her Auditorium Theatre debut, and her first Chicago appearance in over 10 years, on March 31 when she joins the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra for a mixed program that features a tribute to George Gershwin and a medley of Broadway hits and classics. "I am thrilled to welcome Bernadette Peters to Chicago for the ...


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Entertainment: Cyndi Lauper, 'This Is Us,' Prince, Edward Albee - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - At Cyndi Lauper's Home for the Holidays benefit concert at New York's Beacon Theater, she was joined by Billy Corgan for a performance of the Crystals' 1961 song "There's No Other ( Like My Baby )," Pitchfork.com noted. Lauper also played "Time After Time" with Aloe Blacc, and rallied together a group of the night's performers to sing "Girls Just ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Sir the Baptist preaches positivity - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Performer Sir the Baptist is singing pop praises and raising hell for hip-hop in the process. Hailing from the South Side of Chicago, he took over this summer's festivals at Lollapalooza and Market Days. He also played Pitchfork Music Festival with Chance the Rapper and Jay Z's Made in America event, where he was backed by a choir. He is ...







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