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Michelle Chamuel in Chicago Dec. 15 - From a press release - New York, NY ( September 2, 2014 ) - Michelle Chamuel, the bespectacled songstress who won American's hearts in season 4 of The Voice, will perform in Chicago, Monday, Dec. 15 at Lincoln Hall. Tickets go on sale Sept. 15. Chamuel will release of her debut LP, Face The Fire, set to hit via The End Records / ADA this ...


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Ariana & The Rose: Flowering act on LGBTs, Ariana - NUNN ON ONE Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ariana & The Rose is a new pop act created by singer Ariana DiLorenzo. This Italian performer is poised to take the world by storm. Her song "In Your Bed" reached #5 on the UK pop chart. She has dabbled in acting and fashion making her a well rounded singer/songwriter. Windy City Times caught her act at Market Days and ...


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MUSIC London Grammar: A Brit parade - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - British pop trio London Grammar burst onto the music scene last year with a debut album, If You Wait, that peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart. The band originally came together in London ( where else? ) in college with Hannah Reid and Dan Rothman. Dominic "Dot" Major joined the group a year later. Since then, Grammar ...


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Organist Carpenter part of symphony series - Concert-hall organist Cameron Carpenter will be part of the 2014-15 CSO ( Chicago Symphony Orchestra ) at the Movies series. The organ of Orchestra Hall will take center stage on Halloween as Carpenter performs his original score for Robert Wiene's silent thriller The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari on Friday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m. The original three events include Pixar ...


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Michael Jackson tribute Aug. 28-30 in Gary, Indiana - Katherine Jackson has announced that The 5th Annual Michael Jackson "King of Pop" Tribute Festival of the Arts will take place in Gary, Indiana, on Aug. 28-30 at 2300 Jackson St, Michael's birth home. This year's tribute festival is different from previous years. The theme is "Art for Life," and the festival will be showcasing undiscovered talent. The outdoor tribute ...


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Indigo Girls joining Nettles Aug. 29 in Aurora - Amy Ray and Emily Saliers—a.k.a. the Indigo Girls—have joined the Chicago-area stop of the That Girl Tour which includes singer/songwriter Brandy Clark and headliner Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles. The That Girl Tour plays RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, on Friday, Aug. 29. The park opens at 5:30 p.m. Brandy Clark takes the stage at 7 p.m., followed by the Indigo ...


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Miley, Beyonce make news at VMAs - It was a woman's world at the MTV Video Music Awards show Aug. 24 as Miley Cyrus and Beyonce dominated—but for very different reasons. Cyrus won the Video of the Year Moonman for "Wrecking Ball"—and had a former homeless teen, named Jesse, to deliver a short speech intended to raise awareness about the issue of homeless youth, Boston.com reported. "I ...


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E3 Radio to host 'Purple Tie' event - E3 Radio will host the Purple Tie Affair & Silent Acution to raise money for nonprofits. This year, proceeds will benefit Project Fierce. Highlights will include jazz-soul vocalist Kenya as well as a silent auction. The event will take place Thursday, Aug. 28, at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. Doors open at 6 p.m. for VIP guests; general admission begins ...


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Snoop to headline acts at North Coast Music Festival - The fifth annual North Coast Music Festival will take place Aug. 29-31 at Chicago's Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St. The hours will be Friday, Aug. 29, 3-10 p.m.; and Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 30-31, 1-10 p.m. Snoop Dogg is headlining at the event, and he will perform on the last day ( 9-10 p.m. ). Among the many other slated acts ...


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Robyn flies into Chicago, lands at Pritzker Pavilion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Swedish singer Robyn flew into the Jay Pritzker Pavilion Aug. 24, bringing a heavy dose of electronica along with her. Alternating her own solo set with her new collaborators Royksopp to a team-up at the end of the evening went smoothly overall. It was the perfect outdoor venue packed with a grassy picnic area of hopefuls waiting for a glimpse ...


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'Donny & Marie' in Aurora Aug. 27-31 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Iconic duo Donny & Marie Osmond will perform seven shows Aug. 27-31 at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. The brother-sister team has been performing its Vegas stage spectacular, Donny & Marie, since 2008. They will chronicle five decades in their 90-minute show. Tickets are $69-$99. For tickets and information, visit ParamountAurora.com; call the Paramount box office at ...


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Amy Grant remix CD, 'In Motion,' available - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - AIn Motion: The Remixes—consisting of dance versions of songs from Christian/pop singer Amy Grant—is now available. Grant's early work in the Christian music field led to her crossover success in the pop market in the 1990s. She has sold more than 30 million albums, won six Grammys and 26 Dove Awards, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of ...


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BENT NIGHTS Steely Dan; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Steely Dan, essentially Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, personified hipness in the '70s so completely that they coolly appealed to violently divergent audiences with little effort. Rockers, stoners, jazz purists, soul fans, hipsters and pop lovers could embrace them without compromise. Just having a copy of Katy Lied ( ABC Records, 1974 ) or Aja ( ABC Records, 1977 ) ...


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Streisand's new CD; Bourdain's support; Latifah's kiss - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Columbia Records has announced the release of Barbra Streisand's Partners album as Sept. 16, according to a press release. The album features 12 new Streisand duets with a variety of male vocalists. Among the duet partners on this CD are Michael Bublé, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, her openly gay son Jason Gould, Josh Groban, Billy Joel, Blake Shelton, John Legend, ...


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Gay singer Matt Gold at Jackhammer Aug. 22 - As part of the Jackhammer Complex's LGBT Concert Series, openly gay singer Matt Gold will perform at the nightspot, 6406 N. Clark St., at 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22. His latest release is Let It Out. The EP was recorded in Los Angeles with Grammy-winning engineer David Bianco and world-renowned drummer Kenny Aronoff producing. Tickets are $10, and are ...


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A change is coming for out performer Darrian Ford - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Cooke Book: The Music of Sam Cooke was created by the talented Darrian Ford. Backed by a live band, Ford interprets classic of Cooke's like "Chain Gang" and "You Send Me." Ford's resume began at age 13 in the show Great Nitty Gritty. He moved to New York for a Broadway debut of Rodgers & Hammerstein's State Fair. He ...


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Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey on touring and Howard Jones - The British trio Thompson Twins were a staple of the '80s pop-music diet and they created a dent, both musically and stylistically. At a time when big hair and bright and bold colors made the cut, the group crafted songs like "Hold Me Now," "Doctor Doctor," "You Take Me Up" and "Lies," which became worldwide hits. Nearly three decades after ...


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BENT NIGHTS Soddy Daisy and Donkey Hotel - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After hearing the brand-new split cassette with unheralded Chicago bands Soddy Daisy and Donkey Hotel, I may chuck my radio right out the window and forget I ever had one. To say that both bands are highly original, accomplished, smart and witty doesn't quite nail it. The words "arresting" and "otherworldly" will just have to do. The members of Soddy ...


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Barbra Streisand, top male vocalists duet on new album - From a press release - ( Columbia Records; New York, NY — August 13, 2014 ) — Columbia Records has announced the upcoming release of Barbra Streisand's "Partners" album, to debut on September 16th, 2014, featuring 12 inimitable new Streisand duets with the world's greatest male vocalists. Ms. Streisand took to Instagram on August 11th to announce to the world the official September 16th release ...


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Smith first UK male artist to debut single #1 on AAA, AC, Pop - From a press release - HOLLYWOOD, CA — Sam Smith's record-breaking streak continues, as he becomes the first UK male artist to ever to have his debut single, "Stay With Me," reach #1 at AAA, AC and Pop radio. The gospel-induced soul ballad is being equally adored across seven radio formats in the U.S., and has been certified three times platinum. "Stay With Me" remains ...


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Chenoweth's health; James Franco's change; Sam Smith - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kristin Chenoweth has hinted at some serious health problems via Twitter, US Weekly noted. The Emmy and Tony winner, 46, shared some issues that she is going through, posting, "Unable to move. Numbness and tingling in arm. Going to cedars dr tomorrow. Ah anyone who prays please do!" Chenoweth has dealt with health scares in the past, including being diagnosed ...


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All night Flea Market' Aug. 16 - Wheaton's DuPage County Fairgrounds will host the annual "All-Night Flea Market" on Saturday, Aug. 16, 4 p.m.-4 a.m. The event will include stars ( including Ernie Hudson from Ghostbusters ), live music, artists, celebrities and food. In addition, there will be thousands of treasures from hundreds of vendors specializing in antiques, folk arts and crafts, close-outs, housewares, advertising, coins, collectibles ...


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Grammy, Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson to release album - From a press release - Grammy and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson is set to release her third studio album JHUD on September 23 via RCA Records. The album will be available for pre-order at select digital retailers on August 19. JHUD will feature her current hit single "It's Your World" featuring fellow Chicago native and Grammy Award winner R. Kelly. Previously released tracks "Walk ...


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CONCERT ROUNDUP Tori Amos dazzles frame-loving fans - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Eight-time Grammy nominee Tori Amos recently returned to Chicago Theater. The venue's acoustics and grand-scale intimacy must have been a deciding factor. She married her sound guy so one can imagine how each lush note had people on the edge of their seats at times. The mezzo-soprano was sporting a new set of reading glasses and fans even presented her ...


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Nat'l justice groups criticize Michfest policy - Several national social-justice organizations have criticized the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival ( also known as Michfest ) for its unofficial policy excluding trans* women. The Human Rights Campaign has thrown its weight behind those taking issue with the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival's "intention" to exclude transgender women, according to Advocate.com. This happened just days after Equality Michigan called on the ...


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Out singer-songwriter Matt Gold at Jackhammer Complex - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — The Jackhammer Complex announces the next performance in their ongoing LGBT Concert Series. Solo artist Matt Gold of Bloomington, Indiana will appear live in concert at The Jackhammer Complex located at 6406 N. Clark Street, Chicago IL 60626 on at 10 pm on Friday August 22, 2014. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door on ...


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Market Days to take over Boystown on Aug. 9-10 - The annual extravaganza known as Northalsted Market Days will take place Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 9-10, on North Halsted Street between Belmont Avenue and Addison Street The event, which Northalsted Business Alliance sponsors, will take place at 11 a.m.-10 p.m. each day. Northalsted Market Days is considered the Midwest's largest two-day street festival, with more than 150,000 visitors from Chicagoland and beyond. ...


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Dancing About Architecture - We know many of you come into town just for Northalsted Market Days, and you're right to. Pride gets all the glory, but we all know Market Days is way more fun and a fuller weekend. So congrats on that decision! Usually we at Nightspots like to put together a succinct guide to whom to see at the festival, hour ...


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Jennifer Hudson on family; Turing subject of film - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson has spoken out about the pain she felt following the shootings that killed her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew, The Wrap noted. "There would be no point in faith if it wasn't tested. My mother always told me no matter how negative your life seems to be, you must always look for a positive," Hudson told the ...


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MARKET DAYS Belinda Carlisle: 'Heaven' and 'Earth' - Artist Belinda Carlisle first achieved fame in the '80s with the groundbreaking all-female rock band The Go-Go's and then went on to a stellar solo career featuring timeless tracks such as "Circle In the Sand" and "Heaven is a Place On Earth." She finds her heaven this Sat., Aug 9, performing at Northalsted Market Days for the first time. Contributor ...


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Sobule, Grisafe, Richardson entertain City Winery crowd - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jill Sobule's acoustic one-woman show at the City Winery July 31 promised to be a quiet intimate, evening but turned out to be a spectacular packed with surprise guests, high and low comedy, and a hearty helping of warm fuzzy queer cheer. The tip-off was in having award-winning singer-songwriter and Chicago Force quarterback Sami Grisafe as the opener. With longtime ...


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Lollapalooza turns 10, has more drama - For the 10th year, the music festival Lollapalooza took over Grant Park in downtown Chicago with a record number of attendees—more than 300,000 over three days. Additional photos at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-08-05&AGALLERY=Lollapalooza2014JNunn . Day one ( Aug. 1 ) had many notable moments. After a light rain, things kicked into high gear with festival mastermind Perry Farrell and wife ...


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Jackson Harris talks 'Vampires,' Disney, Demi Lovato - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jackson Harris knows how to tell a good story through song. Born and bred in the Big Apple, this heartthrob released his first full-length album, Sharks & Vampires. He's opened for groups like Fifth Harmony on tour, bringing in adoring new fans. Windy City Times went backstage at the House of Blues to break down his music a bit. Windy ...


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MKTO: From Nickelodeon to making a 'Classic' - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It's a bromance that spawned a hit album for new group MKTO. The duo—made up of Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller—met while making the Nickelodeon series Gigantic, combining their initials to form the band's name. They were signed to Columbia Records and released a first single, "Thank You." The second single, "Classic," has brought them tons of radio play breaking ...


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Neneh Cherry's 'Stance' on Chicago, gay pals, being 'mormor' - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC - =Talented performer Neneh Cherry returns to the scene with her first full album in 16 years, entitled Blank Project. At the Pitchfork Music Festival, Cherry proved she is no nostalgia act, focusing on the beats of the new music and ending with a slowed-down version of her classic "Buffalo Stance." This was only her second time performing in the United ...


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Lakeside Pride Freedom Band director Zurcher resigns - Christy Zurcher loves music with a passion that has been nurtured since she was a child. It has been an unparalleled force of empowerment, community and expression for her. She also believes 10 is a nice round number ( her number of years in her capacity as a director ) and respects the concept of time as a precious commodity. ...


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Joan Jett's honor; Nathan Lane's point; 'True Blood' - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Transgender Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace made a special appearance the Alternative Press Music Awards at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, to present the first ever "Icon Award" ( presented by Blackstar Amps ) to the legendary Joan Jett, according to a press release. The two also performed the song "Soulmates to ...


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LeAnn Rimes releasing dance remix CD Aug. 5 - Grammy- and World Music Award-winning singer LeAnn Rimes is set to release her 19th album on Aug. 5. It's a dance remix of her greatest hits titled Dance Like You Don't Give a… Greatest Hits Remixes. "Dance Like You Don't Give a…" features remixes of Rimes' hits by DJs such as Dave Aude, Kaskade, Cahill, Fear of Tigers, Soul Seekerz ...


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Equality Michigan takes on MichFest trans ban - From a press release - DETROIT — In 1991, Nancy Burkholder was first thrown out of the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival for being transgender. Since that time, several more transgender people have been asked to leave the event out of respect for its "womyn-born-womyn intention" which discourages transgender women from participating in the music festival held annually in Michigan and attended by women from across ...


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BENT NIGHTS Fed Up Fest 2014 - From a press release - From a quick glance at the Facebook Event page for the first Fed Up Festival, one could be misled into believing the event was simply a punk LGBTQ friendly blow-out. The event—which took place July 25-27 at the Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport—was far more then just that. With many participants and punk bands coming in from as far away as ...


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Pride Fest veteran Neon Hitch talks new music, freedom - NUNN ON ONE: SUMMER MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer, gypsy and hula-hooper Neon Hitch ( her actual name ) grew up traveling in a circus of a family in Britain. Although she has released many singles in the past, such as "Fuck U Better" and the radio hit with Gym Class Heroes "Ass Back Home," this fall she is slated to release her debut album, Eleutheromaniac. The single ...


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Lakeside Band entertains at director's farewell - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicago Lakeside Pride Freedom Band celebrated a 30-year legacy of music, visibility and pride at Northeastern Illinois University on July 27. A part of the Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles, the Freedom Band played an array of music, including "Sweet Home Chicago," "Born This Way" and "I'm Coming Out." The performance was also a farewell concert for Freedom Band Director Christy ...


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BENT NIGHTS Brothers Moving; Boz Scaggs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After a day packed with gay pride events on June 29, I came home to what could best be described as an unexpected surprise. Parked in front of my apartment building was a friendly and scruffy crew of vaguely odd sounding young men and women with an assortment of video cameras, guitars and babies. It turned out I stumbled into ...


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Dancing About Architecture - Music trends certainly come and go ( and come again ), and if you don't like something, stick around, it will change and change fast. In our time we've seen hybrids of Rap/Rock, Country/Club and R&B/Industrial ( Kanye's Yeezus if you're wondering ). Some trends are good, but some have to go away. Now. The quiet, twee girl singer: Five ...


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Dustin Lance Black plane scare; Quinto movie news; NeNe vs. Wendy - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dustin Lance Black—the openly gay screenwriter who won as Oscar for his work on the film Milk—has been hired to adapt Paramount TV's event series Lindbergh, based on A. Scott Berg's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the same name, according to Deadline. Berg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Killoran and Kevin McCormick will produce the project. The story of Charles Lindbergh—both in his ...


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Pitchfork features Beck, great weather - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A drastic change in weather for Pitchfork Music Festival—which took place July 18-20—made for an enjoyable three-day party in Union Park. Last year, the soiree was doused with rain and thunder, making the venue a giant mud pit. This year's weather no doubt contributed to attendance, which numbered about 55,000 people. Additional photo spread at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-07-22&AGALLERY=PitchforkNunn . ...


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MUSIC Trans singer Ty Nic releases 'Who I Am' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ty Nic isn't your typical college student. Currently studying business at the College of DuPage, Nic plans on earning a certificate in audio engineering after graduation. But his aspirations aren't what make Nic atypical; he is a 20-year-old transgender singer who just released his first single "Who I Am" off his freshman studio album, My Journey. Since his junior year ...


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MUSIC Jay Brannan: Queer and folk - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Judging from the comments on Jay Brannan's YouTube channel, the Manhattan-based, openly queer singer-songwriter doesn't have many haters. He also may have the 2006 film Shortbus to thank for the international fan base he has accrued: On his May 2014 posting of a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide," one of the comments reads: "not to take anything away from a ...


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Indigo Girls joining Nettles Aug. 29 in Aurora - Amy Ray and Emily Saliers—a.k.a. the Indigo Girls—have joined the Chicago-area stop of the That Girl Tour which includes singer/songwriter Brandy Clark and headliner Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles. The That Girl Tour plays RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, on Friday, Aug. 29. The park opens at 5:30 p.m. Brandy Clark takes the stage at 7 p.m., followed by the Indigo ...


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World news: Conchita Wurst models; Ian Thorpe comes out - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst recently made her modeling debut, walking at the Jean Paul Gaultier couture show in Paris, according to the UK Independent. Wurst—who famously won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest—was given the prestigious closing spot, a fashion honor usually bestowed upon the designer's favorite or most famous model. Gaultier said of Wurst, "I always say that beauty ...


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Andy Cohen on show; Stevie Nicks; Robbie Rogers TV series - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bravo's Andy Cohen recently talked with TV Guide about his show Watch What Happens Live, which is marking its fifth year. Among the things Cohen said is that he feels he can go places nobody else can when interviewing friends such as Kelly Ripa; that he loved Martha Stewart talked about having a threesome and sexting; and that Lady Gaga ...


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Out singer James talks Whitney Houston, defying labels - MUSIC - Openly gay singer-songwriter Aiden James plays an acoustic guitar and wears his heart on his sleeve. But don't give him the folk-singer label just because of it. The Philadelphia native is the epitome of a one-man band with the ability to play 11 instruments and wrote, arranged, engineered, performed, produced and mixed his latest record Trouble With This. In advance ...


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BENT NIGHTS Taste of Chicago wrap-up: Monae, AWOLNATION - The 34th Annual Taste of Chicago will go down in history as an artistic triumph, over all other considerations. The crowds were thinner, the weather was erratic, the main stage attractions were respectable if not stupendous, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel felt safe enough ( politically, at least ) in popping up in the crowd to shake hands and look like ...


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Gaga brings the goods to United Center show - Lady Gaga's artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball Tour danced into the United Center July 11—and she brought the goods. Her loyal following dressed for the occasion in outfits complete with plastic bubbles, neon and wigs. It was a safe place for many gay followers of Gaga's style to be themselves. The artist has taken up for the underdog and tackled the ...


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Sara Bareilles kicks off tour in Chicago - Going to a Sara Bareilles concert is a bit like going to a Chicago Sky women's basketball team, but less racially mixed. There are a lot of lesbians, a lot of screaming young female fans, and a sprinkling of heterosexual couples and gay men. Bareilles is a big ally of the LGBT community and her LGBT fans have been rewarded ...


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Panel discusses impact and future of house music - The art, jewelry and accessories of The Silver Room in Wicker Park serve to make the entire space one of daring and limitless expression that pays no heed to a more conservative rulebook. It was thus the perfect venue for a July 10 discussion about the impact and future of house music. Entitled "Old School/Future Classics," the event formed a ...


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DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE: Summer time and the listening... - There's always been a certain unnamed fringe group of gay men of a certain age who came up on the sounds of New Order, Depeche Mode, Camouflage, a-ha, Soft Cell, Erasure and Pet Shop Boys. I belong to that subset of the subset and, until recently, it's been very frustrating. Most of the above bands disintegrated or took different directions ...


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Gay chorus seeking new director - Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) is currently seeking applicants for a new artistic director to start at the beginning of next year. Current Artistic Director Patrick Sinozich had announced his plan to retire from the chorus this past summer. CGMC is accepting applications currently until July 15. The artistic director is the chief artistic officer of the organization ...


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July 10 discussion to look at house music - The status of house music will be examined in "Old School/Future Classics," a discussion and group-listening session the Illinois Humanities Council is hosting and which will take place Thursday, July 10, at 7 p.m. at The Silver Room, 1442 N. Milwaukee Ave. Guests include: Craig Loftis ( Grand High Priest ), who has been DJing in the Chicago music scene ...


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OPALGA, Lakeside Pride march in Oak Park parade - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association ( OPALGA ) and Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band once again marched in the Oak Park Fourth of July Parade. For several years, both organizations have appeared together at this Oak Park tradition, according to a press release. Lakeside Pride entertained spectators with a medley of Armed Forces songs, Pharrell Williams' "Happy" ...


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Neon Trees singer talks gay life at iHeartRadio event - iHeartRadio and the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hosted the third annual iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party presented by VISIT FLORIDA on June 27-28. Among the performers was the group Neon Trees, whose lead singer, Tyler Glenn, recently came out of the closet as gay. During the event, Glenn told the crowd, "I was raised in suburbia. I waited until I was 30 ...


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Gay chorus seeking new director - Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) is currently seeking applicants for a new artistic director to start at the beginning of next year. Current Artistic Director Patrick Sinozich had announced his plan to retire from the chorus this past summer. CGMC is accepting applications currently until July 15. The artistic director is the chief artistic officer of the organization ...


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Musician keeps alive legacy of gay-themed country album - MUSIC: Lavender Country - Bobby Taylor never says "no" to a musical gig. From playing solo to performing the oldies in the duo Memory Lane Songs, Taylor helps to revive Lavender Country, the first album of country music with gay themes ( an unusual feat for someone Black and straight ). Celebrating his 75th birthday a few weeks ago, the Illinois native certainly has ...


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Drag Race in U.K.; Gaga, Judas Priest; Sean Hayes' new gig - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - RuPaul is interested in hosting a U.K. version of RuPaul's Drag Race, Gay Star News reported. RuPaul confirmed that English television and radio presenter Jonathan Ross has bought rights to do a version of the popular U.S. show in Britain. However, the idea is still in the works and has yet to be formally pitched to a network. Lady Gaga ...


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Trish Keporos: One singing sensation - Trish Keporos, the ultimate underdog to win the 12th annual Windy City Gay Idol contest, is a Chicago native who has been singing longer than many of the other finalists have even been alive. And June 25 at Mayne Stage on Chicago's north side, it was the 62-year-old Keporos, a retired college counselor/teacher, who shined brightest … even though she ...


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Indigo Girls joining Nettles Aug. 29 in Aurora - Amy Ray and Emily Saliers—a.k.a. the Indigo Girls—have joined the Chicago-area stop of the That Girl Tour which includes singer/songwriter Brandy Clark and headliner Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles. The That Girl Tour plays RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, on Friday, Aug. 29. The park opens at 5:30 p.m. Brandy Clark takes the stage at 7 p.m., followed by the Indigo ...


-Michael-Jackson-tribute-Aug-28-30-in-Gary-Indiana

Michael Jackson tribute Aug. 28-30 in Gary, Indiana - Katherine Jackson has announced that The 5th Annual Michael Jackson "King of Pop" Tribute Festival of the Arts will take place in Gary, Indiana, on Aug. 28-30 at 2300 Jackson St, Michael's birth home. This year's tribute festival is different from previous years. The theme is "Art for Life," and the festival will be showcasing undiscovered talent. The outdoor tribute ...


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Marketplace offers chance to meet Gaga July 11 - IfOnly, an experiential marketplace that donates a portion of its proceeds to charities, is offering "The Ultimate Little Monster Experience at artRAVE"—a chance for fans to meet Lady Gaga. The experience is a behind-the-scenes all-access meet-and-greet at Gaga's ARTPOP Ball Tour that will benefit her Born This Way Foundation. Designed by Gaga herself, the Ultimate Little Monster Experience is the ...


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July 10 discussion to look at house music - The status of house music will be examined in "Old School/Future Classics," a discussion and group-listening session the Illinois Humanities Council is hosting and which will take place Thursday, July 10, at 7 p.m. at The Silver Room, 1442 N. Milwaukee Ave. Guests include: Craig Loftis ( Grand High Priest ), who has been DJing in the Chicago music scene ...


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Lesbian musician talks Etheridge, Kate Clinton, Amy Ray - BOOKS - Out lesbian Jamie Anderson knows enough about women's-music festivals to be considered armed and dangerous. She's toured with the best of them—Melissa Etheridge, Kate Clinton, Amy Ray, Holly Near, and Meg Christian—and has the stories to prove it. After nearly 30 years of braving the entertainment industry as only she knows best, Anderson presents her take on the wild and ...


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Singer/songwriter set to inspire through music - Music was the one thing that Chadwick Stadt knew he could depend on to help get him through life's challenges. "It had that ability to comfort me without a single touch from the human hand; it was something relatable," he said. However, Stadt long suppressed his dreams of pursuing music, living in fear of rejection and acceptance based on his ...


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Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band, OPALGA partner July 4 - From a press release - CHICAGO, JULY 2, 2014 — The award-winning Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band will once again march with the Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association ( OPALGA ) in the Oak Park Fourth of July Parade on Friday, July 4 at 10 a.m. For the past three years, both organizations have appeared together at this Oak Park tradition to celebrate ...


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Male singers tackle 'Grease' song; Page, Leto honored - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer Rufus Wainwright assembled an eclectic dream team of male vocalists for the "If I Loved You: Gentlemen Prefer Broadway" show at the Toronto Luminato Festival, according to People. ( They actually teamed to sing the tune "Summer Nights," from Grease. ) The line-up included Josh Groban, Boy George, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig, Barenaked ...


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Putin refuses Elton John; USAID, Nat'l Gay Chamber partner - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Russia President Vladimir Putin has refused to confirm a meeting with Elton John, with the Kremlin claiming they have not received an official invitation, Gay Star News reported. The openly gay star defied protests and performed two concerts in the country last year amid the controversy over the country's law banning the promotion of homosexuality. Even though John had said ...


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Music event benefits CLASP - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On June 20, Chicago queer legend Lair Scott unleashed a down-and-dirty benefit for CLASP ( Chicago LGBT Asylum Support Program ) to raise awareness and funds for the plight of LGBTs in Uganda. It was a happy coincidence that the show took place at The Mutiny on Chicago's Northwest Side the day after the United States issued sanctions against Uganda ...







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