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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Singing the praises of GALA - All eyes and ears of the worldwide LGBTQ choral movement will be focused on Denver for the 2016 GALA Festival starting Saturday, July 2. More than 125 choruses and 45 ensembles from around the world converge in the Mile High City, and GALA organizers are hoping that the third time will be another charm because the Denver Center for the ...


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Entertainment news: Greg Louganis, Laverne Cox, Taylor Lautner, 'Hairspray' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out, HIV-positive Olympic diver Greg Louganis ( who's 56 ) is one of the 10 men and nine women who will be featured in ESPN's annual Body Issue. Some of the others who will be featured include the Chicago Cubs' Jake Arrieta, U.S. women's national soccer team forward Christen Press, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, UFC fighter Conor McGregor and ...


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MUSIC Jason Maek & Zaena show their Pride - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - New artists Jason Maek & Zaena are supporting the LGBT community in big ways for Pride month. Their tour has included the Chicago, Milwaukee and Motor City pride festivals. As LBGT-rights advocates, they have released a track called "God Made All of Us" and started the Stop Hate Campaign. Their visual album, called Fashion Week: The Visual Album, maintains their ...


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Local entertainment shorts: Out and Proud at Davenport's, Lollapalooza, Pitchfork - 'Out and Proud!' July 28 at Davenport's Melissa Young and Nick Sula will aim to take local audiences on a tour of the LGBT-rights movement in "Out and Proud! A Rainbow Celebration" on Thursday, July 28, at Davenport's, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave., at 8 p.m. The event will be a benefit for The Center Orlando. Starting with Stonewall and ...


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Upcoming: Lakeview Orchestra's Orlando Pulse Benefit concert with Rachel Barton Pine - From a press release - Lakeview Orchestra is performing a fundraising concert for the victims of the Orlando shooting on June 28, 2016. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Orlando charity, OneOrlando. Works include Ries' Symphony No. 2, Barber's Adagio for Strings and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, featuring world renowned soloist Rachel Barton Pine. Details June 28, 2016, 7:30 p.m. Ganz Hall, Roosevelt ...


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Backlot Bash kicks off Pride celebrations - The 2016 list of events & line ups for Chicago's Back Lot Bash includes two weekends of events June 16-26. Back Lot Bash features an outdoor women's music festival in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood, a comedy night, a nightclub party, a brunch/wine tasting event and a Pride Family Fest. Info and tickets available atBackLotBashChicago.com . Pictured here: Friday, June 24 Sunset ...


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Uptown Underground shows 'No Pride' - Join Jeff-Award winning actor, After Dark Award-Winning cabaret artist, and world class buffoon Rob Lindley ( pictured, right ) with Chuck Larkin on piano as Uptown Underground kicks off Pride weekend with NO PRIDE: A Super Big Gay Happy Hour, a celebration of life's ups and downs, Friday, June 24 at 8 p.m. The cover is $20. After seeing this ...


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Entertainment: Nick Jonas, Pet Shop Boys, Whitney Houston, Mara Wilson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After months of wondering whether or not Nick Jonas' closeted character, Nate, from DirecTV's Kingdom would ever get the chance to live out his same-sex desires, fans were disappointed after Jonas' character is drugged at a party and forced into a threesome, NewNowNext reported. Kingdom fans erupted on Twitter to express their own rage and sadness about the turn of ...


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Toni Shelton at house music parties in Chicago - Toni Shelton, known as the Queen of House Music, has announced summer dates. She has confirmed two dates that she will be hosting, giving people a chance to meet, greet, and take a peek. "I'm excited to have both of these events on my schedule," explains Toni Shelton, a career model, author, and talk show hostess. "I'm looking forward to ...


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Navy Pier Pride includes wedding, NAMES Quilt, Milly's Orchid Show, Lakeside Pride - From a press release - Navy Pier is hosting Navy Pier PRIDE 2016. This family-friendly event features entertainment and events throughout the Pier Saturday, June 25. As part of the celebration, and for the first time in 28 years, Navy Pier will display Chicago-centric sections of the internationally renowned The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. All events for Navy Pier PRIDE 2016 are free and ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Isaiah Grass gets ready for the Taste - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer Isaiah Grass is growing in the music scene of Chicago. The local gigs are quickly adding up after singing the national anthem at a Chicago Fire game. He's conquered the House of Blues, Hard Rock Hotel and the sweaty crowds at Market Days. His debut single, "I'm a Freak," hit with almost 100,000 views less than a month after ...


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Entertainment news: Stars' Orlando thoughts, Fierstein's honor, Ellen's lawsuit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Adele dedicated her concert Sunday in Antwerp to those killed and wounded in a mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub, On Top Magazine reported. Described as the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, 50 people died and 53 were injured. "I would like to start tonight by dedicating this entire show to everybody in Orlando and at Pulse nightclub ...


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13th Back Lot Bash expands, has events June 16-26 - The 2016 list of events and line-ups for Chicago's Back Lot Bash includes two weekends of events June 16-26. Back Lot Bash features an outdoor women's music festival in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood, a comedy night, a nightclub party, a brunch/wine tasting event and a Pride Family Fest. Info and tickets available at BackLotBashChicago.com. Thursday, June 16—Comedy Kickoff ( 6 p.m. ...


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Daya doesn't let us down - At the age of 17 years old, Grace Tandon has transformed into breakout star Daya and is fulfilling her wildest dreams performing on stages around the world. She left Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, behind after her song "Hide Away" flew to the top of the charts, with the writing aid of Paramount Recording Studios. It was only last year that her self-titled ...


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CGMC, Allegrezza Singers pay tribute to Orlando at June 18 concert - Chicago Gay Men's Chorus, in congruence with Allegrezza Singers and Lakeview Presbyterian Church, will hold a tribute concert for the Orlando victims and their families Saturday, June 18, 716 W. Addison, 7-9 p.m. The concert is titled, "When You Sing Your Own Song, You Can Fly!" The groups stated: "The concert was originally planned to unite the two GALA ( ...


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MCA Stage 2016-2017 season announced - From a press release - The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago announces the 2016-17 MCA Stage season, presenting multidisciplinary theater, dance, and music by some of the most thought-provoking artists working in Chicago and around the world. Led by Yolanda Cesta Cursach, interim director of performance programs, MCA Stage performances take place September 2016 to May 2017 and offer exciting and rare opportunities to see ...


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Local choral figure on career, Seattle job and brutal accident - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 3, the life of Paul Caldwell—outgoing artistic director of Windy City Performing Arts: Windy City Gay Chorus and Treble Quire ( WCPA ) as well as outgoing Artistic Director and CEO of the Youth Choral Theater of Chicago—changed forever when he was struck by a driver running a red light as he was walking across the street to ...


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Milly's Orchid Show at Navy Pier for Pride - Legendary variety show Milly's Orchid Show will be at the center of the inaugural Pride On Navy Pier Saturday, June 25, right below the new Ferris Wheel. Starts at 2 p.m. It is free. Loved by critics and by audiences of all ages for nearly three decades, Milly's Orchid Show introduced Chicago audiences to an eclectic and numerous mix of ...


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DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE: We're SO into songs of summer - Sweetest Day, Record Store Day, Small Business Saturday and the Summer Movie splurge are all made-up events produced by industries to get you to spend money. While all seem silly at first, after as much pummeling, we all eventually buy into them, somehow making them legit. Much like the UK's "Christmas #1," documented in the legendary Love Actually, we seemed ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Atlas Genius: Down Under act releases 'Molecules' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Australian band Atlas Genius was originally formed by three brothers, with Keith Jeffrey on vocals, Steven Jeffery on bass and Michael Jeffrey on drums. They began as a garage band in their parent's house that was eventually built into a recording studio. Their debut single, "Trojans," made them a global sensation and led them to be signed by Warner Bros. ...


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Upcoming: Jerusalem troupe, Jazz for Women, Queer Kings & Queens, Company - Jerusalem troupe in Chicago June 18 A Wider Bridge—the LGBTQ advocacy group that aims to connections between the Israeli and North American LGBTQ communities—announced the U.S. tour of c.a.t.a.m.o.n., a Jerusalem dance group. Arthur Slepian, executive director of Wider Bridge, said in a statement, "Through arts and culture that challenge the boundaries of religion, race, gender, and sexuality, these young ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Singer Bebe Rexha: 'Hearts' and soul - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Albanian bombshell Bebe Rexha is burning up the charts these days thanks to guesting on G-Eazy's "Me, Myself & I." Her voice is also recognizable on Cash Cash's "Take Me Home" and David Guetta's "Hey Mama." She started her career as the lead singer for the Black Cards created by Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy. Many will know her ...


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SUMMER MUSIC Tegan and Sara show us the 'Love' - Are Canadian synthpop wonders Tegan and Sara trying to tell us something with their catchy new single, "Boyfriend?" Has one of the openly queer Quin twins switched teams since their multiple award-winning 2013 record, Heartthrob? Tegan, older by eight minutes, assured that the answer is no, and that the song and its title was inspired by her sister's epiphany during ...


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Dancing About Architecture: DJing for the Daddies - The DJ industry has always been geared toward a younger demo of, let's say, under-35 folks. A bar traditionally drawing in young clientele is perceived as hipper and more lucrative. That was then, this is now. In recent years the trend amongst that age group has been house parties or no parties, while the slightly older Gen X and Gen ...


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Upcoming: Tribute to P!nk, Groban, McLachlan, Trikone screening - Tribute to P!nk May 30 at Underground Firebrand Theatre will present the tribute concert "P!nk: Sung by Her" on Monday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Underground Lounge, 952 W. Newport Ave. "P!nk: Sung by Her" will feature Chicago performers Kasey Alfonso, Angela Alise, Neala Barron, Karla L. Beard, Emily Berman, Sydney Charles, Lara Filip, Harmony France, Jess Godwin, Emily ...


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Entertainment news: 'Looking' movie, Maroon 5, 'Grey's Anatomy,' Whoopi - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - HBO has confirmed the debut date for Looking: The Movie, with the feature-length presentation scheduled to debut Saturday, July 23 exclusively on HBO, a press release stated. Starring Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett, Looking: The Movie wraps up the story of three close friends living in San Francisco who explore the options available to a new generation ...


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BENT NIGHTS Parker Milsap; Pansy Division - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Of the seemingly endless horde of emerging male singer/songwriters who present something new by refashioning something old ( among them Hozier, Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Sam Smith, and Leon Bridges ), Parker Millsap is clearly the most startling. Born and raised in Oklahoma in the Pentecostal Church, his take on Americana roots music is not only distinctive for its sound but ...


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Demi Lovato Wears Support For Trans Community During Billboard Awards - LAS VEGAS, MAY 22, 2016 — Multi platinum-selling recording artist Demi Lovato wore her support for the transgender community during the 24th Annual Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, once again taking a strong stand against North Carolina's anti-LGBT law known as HB2. At the Billboard Music Awards, broadcast May 22 on ABC, women were in the spotlight. Madonna paid tribute ...


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Midwest women's weekend rebrands - A new annual women's weekend is coming to the Midwest in June. Go Girl Saugatuck will take place June 3-5 at The Dunes Resort in Saugatuck, Mich., which is a gay-owned resort catering to the LGBT community and located in one of Michigan's most LGBT-friendly beach towns. Go Girl Saugatuck will feature DJ All the Way Kay from Chicago and ...


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Artemis Singers concerts in June - Drawing its inspiration from today's headlines, lesbian feminist chorus Artemis Singers will devote a whole concert to songs about social justice, freedom and peace June 11 and June 18 in its Pride concert/dance, "Voices of Joyful Rebellion." The June 11 show will take place at Broadway United Methodist Church, 3338 N. Broadway, at 7 p.m. The June 18 event will ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Tim Cain: Boys' Entrance and Bear Radio - Members of political pop band Boys' Entrance is returning to Chicago after a five-year hiatus to celebrate their 25th anniversary and catch up with old friends. OutMusic Award winner Tim Cain is no stranger to the scene in the Windy City, having established himself here years ago. The latest project, Tunnelvision, tackles a doomed relationship in the wake of the ...


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BENT NIGHTS: mtvghosts, Lincoln Durham - After watching them cut up onstage at last months Glitter Creeps blow-out at The Empty Bottle ( April 20 ), I still can't figure out local punk-poppers mtvghosts. Fronted by vocalist Donnie Love, who performs in drag ( well, he is pretty ), the band wallows in '60s pop while demonstrating a deft art-rock edge. I can't tell if this ...


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MUSIC Cyndi Lauper: A new type of Dixie chick on fame, going country - It's not just about having fun anymore. For Cyndi Lauper, music runs deeper than her '80s-era eccentricities may have seemed to suggest. A collection of classics from the Great American Songbook, deep Memphis-based blues, the feel-good Broadway romp Kinky Boots, which won her a Tony in 2013 for best score—Lauper changes musical guises like she changes dye jobs. The 62-year-old ...


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MUSIC Band Las Cafeterias breaks down barriers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicano band Las Cafeteras mixes styles, from spoken word to Mexican folk music, creating something fresh and unique. After meeting at a coffee shop as students, the group came up with their name from an organization where they took classes. In addition, to honor women they changed their name to the feminine version of the word. Their music covers a ...


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Entertainment : Jennifer Hudson, Colton Haynes, Sir Ivan, Caitlyn Jenner - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson tweeted her reaction to being left off the list for the 70th Tony Awards, nominations for which were announced May 3, according to Entertainment Weekly. Hudson did not receive a nod, although co-stars Cynthia Erivo ( Actress in a Leading Role ) and Danielle Brooks ( Actress in a Featured Role ) each earned ...


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MUSIC REVIEW Ellie Goulding puts on a 'good, not great' show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - English pop princess Ellie Goulding brought her Delirium tour to the suburbs May 6—and she was worth the trip from the city. This singer has come a long way from a simple electronica-tinged debut record. We talked about her Elton John cover of "Your Song" back then and, over the years, it has been entertaining to watch her grow as ...


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LGBTQ program part of Sinfonietta season - Chicago Sinfonietta has announced programming for its 2016-17 season, entitled "Chromatic"—and its diverse offerings include its first-ever program dedicated to LGBTQ composers and musicians. "Concert IV: More than a Letter"—a night devoted to LGBTQ composers and musicians—will take place Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville; and Monday, March 27, 2017, ...


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MUSIC Nick Jonas: N.C. law, new CD and getting personal - Usually, singer/actor Nick Jonas is known for what he accomplishes—but recently he's been in the headlines for something he's not doing. Jonas and tourmate Demi Lovato announced that they will not be performing a pair of North Carolina shows to protest the new anti-LGBT law House Bill 2 ( HB2 ), also known as the "bathroom bill." In so doing, ...


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Mary Lambert talks music, emotions at NU event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 26, the Northwestern University Arts Circle hosted a live interview featuring out singer-songwriter/Grammy nominee Mary Lambert and celebrated music journalists Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis at Lutkin Hall on the school's Evanston campus. Kot, who is the popular music critic for the Chicago Tribune, and DeRogatis, a noted author and former music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, are ...


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Upcoming: Tegan and Sara, Children's museum, Garden of Eve, Personal PAC panel - New Tegan and Sara songs out, album soon In anticipation of their forthcoming album Love You to Death, Tegan and Sara have launched their album pre-order and released debut single "Boyfriend." "Boyfriend" and brand-new track "U-turn" are available for sale and streaming now, and Love You to Death is available for pre-order via all digital service providers. Fans who pre-order ...


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BENT NIGHTS Prince, June 7,1958 - April 21, 2016 - "My name is Prince and I am funky... My name is Prince, the one and only..." By the time Prince sang those lyrics in 1992, it was a fact and he was not just boasting. As vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, quasi-movie star and shameless Svengali, Prince Rogers Nelson ascended from relative obscurity in such a short period ( 1980-1986 ) with ...


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Dancing About Architecture: Sometimes It Snows In April - My Darling Prince, They say U're never supposed 2 outlive your children, but your recent death has felt like we all lost not only a father of funk, but a very youthful man-child, who, like Cher or Madonna, we always expected 2 outlive all of us. At just 57, you were gone 2 soon like Bowie, Whitney, Amy, Donna and ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Kata Hay soars on 'The Voice' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 10th season of The Voice premiered in February on NBC with judges Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Christina Aguilera. In a pivotal moment during the blind auditions, Levine turned his chair and contestant Kata Hay jumped on him in excitement. She described Aguilera as her first girl crush then kissed her before ultimately choosing her team. Hay ...


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Music icon Prince dead at 57 - By Matt Simonette Rock superstar Prince, whose music and work inspired many in the LGBT community—even as he courted controversy with them—died April 21. He was 57. His body was found in an elevator his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota. An autopsy was performed on the singer, according to reports, but coroners said an official cause of death was likely ...


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BENT NIGHTS Eli 'Paperboy' Reed; Chairlift - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - BWhat has defined and separated Eli "Paperboy" Reed from the growing pack of soul revivalists is his lack of pretension. Where critics and fans stumble over themselves blessing Leon Bridges and Adele for resurrecting icons of yore ( Sam Cooke and Dusty Springfield, respectively ), Reed loves to get down and dirty from the word "go." His music and vocals ...


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Entertainment news: Ruby Rose, Viola Davis, N.C. and performers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In an interview with Galore, Orange Is the New Black co-star Ruby Rose said she has no problem being compared to Justin Bieber or Leonardo DiCaprio, The Huffington Post noted. The 30-year-old star, who identifies as gender fluid, also sounded off on what it feels like when she's told that she's turned "straight girls gay" after becoming their "girl crush." ...


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New Tegan and Sara songs out, album soon - In anticipation of their forthcoming album Love You to Death, Tegan and Sara have launched their album pre-order and released debut single "Boyfriend." "Boyfriend" and brand-new track "U-turn" are available for sale and streaming now, and Love You to Death is available for pre-order via all digital service providers. Fans who pre-order Love You to Death in advance of its ...


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Upcoming: Bollywood dance, JD Glass concert, Mudderella, Mary Lambert - Mary Lambert at NU April 26 Grammy nominee Mary Lambert—possibly best known for singing with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on the song "Same Love"—will discuss the art of songwriting (along with a special performance). The free event will take place Tuesday, April 26, 7-8:30 p.m., on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University at Lutkin Hall, 700 University Pl. Jim DeRogatis ...


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NUNN ON ONE Vanessa Williams talks gay classmates, fashion, 'Ugly Betty' - Vanessa L. Williams, not to be confused with the actress Vanessa A. Williams, is more than just a triple threat. The actress, singer, and dancer is now branching into fashion with V. by Vanessa Williams. She also adds writer to the list with a book teaming her up with mother Helen Williams. Williams is a Grammy nominated singer for hits ...


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Vanessa Williams performs at UNICEF gala - On Saturday night, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF hosted the 9th annual UNICEF Hope Gala at The Geraghty in Chicago, raising funds to support the organization's work. The gala's "Imagine" theme aimed to inspire guests to imagine a world in which no child dies of a preventable cause. During the event, guests enjoyed a performance by Vanessa Williams, a seated ...


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Dancing About Architecture: Setting the stage for a second act in pop - At the start of the rock and roll era, artists had a much shorter career window than they do today. Artists like The Beatles were only active for less than a decade and Elvis had short runs of success, armed service, movies and retirement. Only a handful of acts have managed to stay creative, and not become oldies acts working ...


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Entertainment: Eli Lieb, Steve Grand, Robin Roberts, Harvey Feinstein, Cyndi Lauper - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Eli Lieb and Steve Grand have teamed to create the song and video "Look Away," which has racked up hundreds of thousands of YouTube hits and Facebook views since it premiered on Towleroad, according to a press release. Lieb said, "We filmed this the day after my boyfriend and I broke up, and the footage is so real and raw, ...


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GLAAD calls on music industry to push against anti-GLBT Tennessee bills - From a press release - NASHVILLE, TN — GLAAD, the world's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) media advocacy organization, today called on the music industry to take a stand against discriminatory bills currently pending in Tennessee, which threaten the rights and safety of LGBT people. Tennessee's House Bill 1840 would allow counselors to refuse mental health services to LGBT patients, and Tennessee's ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Hitting up Blu Cantrell - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer Blu Cantrell may always be remembered for her single "Hit 'Em Style ( Oops! )," which charted all over the place. She was nominated for a Grammy for the follow-up album Bittersweet, which featured a Sean Paul collaboration with "Breathe." The Rhode Island native appeared briefly in the movie Drumline, filmed a reality show with NBC's Celebrity Circus, and ...


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Matthew Morrison to perform selections from the powerful new musical Exposure - From a press release - New York, NY - Feinstein's/54 Below will host EXPOSURE in Concert, featuring Matthew Morrison and an exciting line-up of Broadway stars performing selections from the powerful new musical conceived and created by Cathy Nathan, with original music and lyrics by Erik Della Penna, musical direction by Doug Peck, and photography by Sandro. EXPOSURE in Concert will play Feinstein's/54 Below, 254 ...


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Bruce Springsteen cancels North Carolina concert over extreme anti-LGBT law - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), praised the news that Bruce Springsteen is cancelling a concert this weekend in North Carolina due to the state's radical and extreme new anti-LGBT law — HB 2 — that was rammed through the legislature on March 23rd. "Bruce Springsteen is a hero and an icon because he gives voice, ...


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Duriel E. Harris' 'Thingification' at MPAACT May 4 - From a press release - Thingification, a one-woman show by Duriel E. Harris, will be at MPAACT May 4 , Greenhouse Theater2, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. Thingification is a one-woman show of poetry, performance, music and dance that invigorates with the power of word and sound. Set in contemporary Chicago, the play transports the audience through time and space, enacting collective struggles against "thingification"—the ...


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Kristen Ford at Reggie's April 10 - This spring, lesbian musician Kristen Ford is road-testing new material for her upcoming EP, Deinonychus—and her next local stop will be at Reggie's Music Joint, 2105 S. State St., on Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m. Ford and her band will be performing with Royal Outsiders, Bri Ingram and Elle Cassaza. All attendees must be at least 21 years old. ...


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Upcoming: Piano Men, Vintage Garage, Kinsey Sicks, Hannah Free, Sound of Music - Big Noise's 'Cabaret' April 22-May 8 Big Noise Theatre Company, a division of Winnetka Theatre, continues its 2016 season with the musical play Cabaret. Cabaret will be performed at the Prairie Lakes Theater, 515 E. Thacker St., Des Plaines, from April 22 through May 8. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for seniors; visit www.bignoisetheatre.org or call 847-604-0275. ...


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Composer bans works from North Carolina - In response to the new anti-LGBT North Carolina law HB2, Tony-winning Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz—who's behind such musicals as Godspell, Pippin and Wicked—will not allow any of his musicals to be staged in the state. In a statement, Schwartz said, in part, " To my fellow theatre writers and producers: As you no doubt know, the state of North Carolina ...


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Out singer Daphne Willis talks goggles, Meghan Trainor - NUNN ON ONE: SPRING MUSIC SPECIAL - Coming out of Chicago and landing in Nashville has worked well for singer Daphne Willis. During her time as a DePaul University student, she began performing in Chicago that eventually led to her moving down south. She recorded her latest EP, Get It, in Nashville. Her new pop-crafted single, "Done With Bein' Done," was written by hitmaker Meghan Trainor and ...


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Upcoming: Vinyl, Kinsey Sicks, Queens Toast, Lollapalooza, Orchestra awards, more - Rachael Sage has new album, tour Singer/songwriter Rachael Sage has announced the release of her forthcoming full-length studio album, Choreographic, due May 20. Through this self-described "ballet-pop," Sage delivers a tribute to her very first love: dance. Also, Sage has confirmed appearances at SXSW in March as well as a new tour, with a stop in Chicago on Thursday, June ...


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Upcoming: Human First, 'Flash' at Dance Center, Big Noise's 'Cabaret' - 'Human First' at The Geraghty on April 2 Center on Halsted will hold its annual Human First gala on Saturday, April 2, at The Geraghty, 2520 S. Hoyne St. The black-tie-optional event will have cocktails and a reception at 5:30 p.m., with awards, dinner and dancing at 7:30 p.m. This year, the Center will be presenting Human First Awards to ...


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BENT NIGHTS 'The Harry Nilsson 75th Birth-Year Tribute Show' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There was an absurd number of reasons not to miss The Harry Nilsson 75th Birth-Year Show at The Constellation on March 18 ( although Nilsson's birthday is actually on June 15—but why quibble? ). First was a line-up that featured some of the most idiosyncratic musicians and vocalists in Chicago, including Weather Man, Monica Boubou, a reunited Baby Teeth, Marvin ...


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Entertainment: Elton John, Maria Bello, Gwen Stefani, TMZ's Harvey Levin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - An ex-bodyguard is suing Sir Elton John for allegedly grabbing his crotch, twisting his nipples and demanding he "say hello to Uncle Elton," The New York Daily News reported. Jeffrey Wenninger quit his security gig in 2014, ending a 12-year stint protecting the "Nikita" singer. Wenninger cited multiple incidents of "unwelcome and offensive touching and groping" in a lawsuit filed ...


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Dancing About Architecture: When she was Vanity - Just as the Grammy Awards started this year, Twitter exploded with news that Denise Matthews passed away way too soon at the age of 57. While Denise hasn't been a pop star since 1995, anyone with love for the peak era of Prince mourned hard for the woman they once knew as Vanity. Vanity teamed up with Prince ( who ...


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Lollapalooza lineup announced - Radiohead, J. Cole, Lana del Rey, Ellie Goulding, rapper Future, LCD Soundsystem and Red Hot Chili Peppers are among those headlining this year's Lollapalooza festival that will take place July 28-31 in Grant Park. This year marks the festival's 25th anniversary. Among the dozens of other acts are St. Lucia, Griz, The Front Bottoms, Wolf Alice, Jackal, Flatbush Zombies and ...


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Steve Grand to headline 5th Annual LGBT Military Leadership Conference - From a press release - ( Washington, DC ) — Today OutServe-SLDN is pleased to announce that Steve Grand will headline OutServe-SLDN's 5th Annual LGBT Military Leadership Conference. Last September, Grand made headlines when he accompanied Sgt. Tanner White to the Marine Corps Ball. Matt Thorn, Executive Director for OutServe-SLDN stated: "We are delighted that Steve Grand will be joining us for our 5th Annual ...


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a-ha greatest-hits CD out March 18 - Time and Again: The Ultimate a-ha—a compilation of the Norwegian trio's greatest hits, as well as a selection of rare and unreleased remixes—will be out March 18, courtesy of Rhino. The album contains music from Hunting High And Low ( 1985 ), Scoundrel Days ( 1986 ), Stay On These Roads ( 1988 ), East Of The Sun, West Of ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC 'Cheers' to Andra Day - Miss Cassandra "Andra" Day is making a big splash in the music pool with strong vocals and a stunning look. She is yet another success story straight from YouTube after a cover of Jessie J's "Momma Knows Best" that eventually landed her a deal with Warner Bros. Her album, Cheers to the Fall, was released last year and had Spike ...


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Chicago Queer Arts Mentorship Program launched - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — High Concept Labs ( HCL ) announces today the launch of the Chicago Queer Arts Mentorship Program ( CQAMP, "see-q-amp" ), under the guidance of Program Director Joseph Varisco. The new program partners emerging Chicago-based artists with industry professionals through year-long mentorships focused on project- or career-specific goals. CQAMP is an Institutional Incubation program of High Concept ...


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'Carmina Burana' March 19 - WCPA's ( Windy City Performing Arts' ) Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire will perform composer Carl Orff's operatic classic Carmina Burana on Sat, March 19, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at The Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St. Admission is $18 ( general admission )-$30 ( VIP ) in advance, ...


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Upcoming: Ravinia's summer; Alvin Ailey - Bob Dylan ( performing with Mavis Staples ), Diana Ross, Tony Bennett, Paul Simon, Bryan Ferry, Seal, Patti LaBelle, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the Alice Cooper/Joe Perry/Johnny Depp supergroup Hollywood Vampires, and Duran Duran and Chic ( led by Nile Rodgers ) are among the acts slated to perform at Ravinia this summer. Below are a few dates ...


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GLAAD to honor actress Ruby Rose - Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 9, 2016 — GLAAD announced today it will honor actress Ruby Rose at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on April 2, 2016. For the first time in nearly a decade, the GLAAD Media Awards will be televised exclusively on Logo in a one-hour special premiering Monday, April 4 ...


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BENT NIGHTS Meat Wave; Mutts - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - With springtime in Chicago playing peekaboo, it came as a near-miracle that The Empty Bottle's third annual "Music Frozen Dancing" Winter Block Party landed on one of the warmest days of 2016. In previous years—when the weather was less forgiving—the festival served as a quick cure for cabin fever, but now it has evolved into a social extravaganza for rambunctious ...







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