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House-music-film-looks-at-gay-origins

House-music film looks at gay origins - A new two-part documentary by the British television broadcaster Channel 4—entitled I Was There When House Took Over the World—is coming out this month, according to teleSUR.tv. The film will highlight the origins of house music: the Black gay scene in Chicago's South Side. "House Was Born" focuses on the social and cultural environment that gave rise to the genre, ...


Musician-Chelsea-Shag-wants-to-spread-the-love

Musician Chelsea Shag wants to spread the love - With her new single "One Kiss," musician Chelsea Shag wants to spread a message of universal love. Shag released a video recently for the song that shows a mix of diverse couples sharing a kiss. The couples include a lesbian couple, a gay couple and two mixed-race straight couples. I think it's important in this time," Shag said. "I'm all ...


New-CSO-album-out-June-16

New CSO album out June 16 - The Chicago Symphony Orchestra ( CSO ) is releasing its eighth recording with Music Director Riccardo Muti on its own CSO Resound label—Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor ( $19.99 )—worldwide via retail and online outlets on June 16. Anton Bruckner's Ninth Symphony was recorded live in June 2016 at Orchestra Hall. Muti dedicated the performance to "all the ...


Artemis-Singers-Family-of-Friends-concert-June-17

Artemis Singers "Family of Friends" concert June 17 - From a press release - CHICAGO ─ Artemis Singers www.artemissingers.org, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will celebrate Pride month with a special concert and dance, "Family of Friends," Saturday, June 17, at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago. The Hyde Park concert is meant to be open and inclusive. "We need this kind of unifying message in the country now," said Hilary Marsh, "Family ...


Big-Gay-Brunch-June-4

'Big Gay Brunch' June 4 - Pride Month will kick off at Boiler Room, 2210 N. California Ave., with queer nightlife personalities at the Big Gay Brunch on Sunday, June 4, at 1 p.m. The hosts will include bearded beauty Lucy Stoole, high-energy drag king Tenderoni and queer fashion designer Sky Cubacub as well as members of LezBe and Peach, along with DJ Teen Witch Fan ...


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Five Worth Finding: Popcornopolis, The Baton Show Lounge and more - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Popcornopolis ( Popcornopolis.com ): Garrett is not the only popcorn master, apparently. Popcornopolis has an incredibly tasty line of offerings, including Zebra Chocolate Peanut Butter, Three Cheese, Zebra Chocolate Striped, Pesto Mozzarella, White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice and Karamel Kiss. In addition, the company has staunchly been behind a cause: Popcornopolis has raised more than $10 million for non-profit groups by ...


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Entertainment: Mary Lambert, Jussie Smollett, Manning CD, Harry Styles - From a press release - Lesbian "Same Love" singer Mary Lambert has revealed that she was gang-raped as a teen, according to Page Six. In addition to suffering abuse in her home, Lambert said she was gang-raped at 16 after sneaking into an Army barracks. "You kind of go into survival mode and are like, 'OK, how do I navigate this situation?'" she said to ...


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Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest May 27-28 adds second stage. - From a press release - CHICAGO—May 4, 2017—Top local tribute bands… food… libations… artisans… and an all-new second stage featuring entertainment booked by two popular neighborhood mainstays ( Berlin nightclub and Trader Todd's ) are on tap for the 33rd annual Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest. One of the first of many Windy City warm weather fests, the party in the Lakeview neighborhood takes place in the ...


Performance-of-Black-Pearl-A-Tribute-to-Josephine-Baker-to-benefit-Legacy-Project

Performance of Black Pearl, A Tribute to Josephine Baker, to benefit Legacy Project - From a Legacy Project press release - Kick-Off LGBT Pride 2017 with us on Saturday, June 3rd with a special Legacy Project Benefit performance of Black Ensemble Theatre's acclaimed "Black Pearl: A Tribute to Josephine Baker." $50 ticket ( $15 below market value ) includes a private reception preceding the performance and premium seating. Indoor valet parking is available for an additional $10. See the Legacy Project's ...


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Entertainment: Robin Roberts, Frank Ocean, Jim Parsons, Flash co-star - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced that award-winning broadcast journalist Robin Roberts of ABC News' Good Morning America will be honored with the HRC Visibility Award at the 2017 HRC Louisiana Gala Dinner on Saturday, June 17, in New Orleans, according to a press release. A two-time cancer survivor, Roberts came out publicly in 2013. Also, in a ...


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MUSIC CGMC artistic director talks philosophy and a British invasion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by David McCann - With the arrival of spring comes a couple of new concerts by the artists of Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ). After serving as artistic director of the organization for two years, Jimmy Morehead is once again at the helm of another colorful event. This year the group will also perform with some international guest stars. Windy City Times: ...


Dionne-Warwick-public-officials-to-join-Human-First-Gala-May-20

Dionne Warwick, public officials to join Human First Gala May 20 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( May 17, 2017 ) — Center on Halsted in Chicago is proud to announce that legendary performer and Grammy Award winner Dionne Warwick is scheduled to perform live at the event on Saturday, May 20, 2017. TEN XUBERANT YEARS marks the 10th Anniversary of Center on Halsted and Dionne will perform an artistic statement of her support in ...


Manilow-shows-postponed

Manilow shows postponed - Iconic musician Barry Manilow has postponed his May 17 concert that was slated to be performed at Allstate Arena. Manilow announced via Facebook that his concerts this week in Rosemont, Illinois, and Los Angeles will be rescheduled for the summer. His physician apparently recommended that the "Mandy" singer rests a sprained vocal cord. Ticketholders for the Allstate show will be ...


Anne-Steele-at-Uptown-Underground-May-21

Anne Steele at Uptown Underground May 21 - From a press release - Multi- Award winning New York City singer/ songwriter and recording artist Anne Steele is returning to Chicago with her '80s show, The Mixtape of My Life, Sunday, May 21, 8 p.m., $15-$30. Experience what it was like for Anne to grow up in small town Indiana during the 1980s. Steele is known for weaving hilarious stories from her life into ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Jackie Evancho's 'Heart'-felt thoughts - The phenomenal singer Jackie Evancho rose from a talent competition into a break out touring performer. After attracting attention on YouTube, she landed at second place in the fifth season of America's Got Talent at the young age of 10. Her holiday release, O Holy Night, made her the best-selling debut artist of 2010. Her latest work, Two Hearts, is ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Dionne-Warwick-talks-Elvis-Aretha-and-Human-First

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Dionne Warwick talks Elvis, Aretha and 'Human First' - The iconic singer Dionne Warwick has worked for more than 50 years in the entertainment business, breaking down barriers in the process. Her music is the soundtrack for generations with a multitude of hits including "I Say a Little Prayer," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" and "( Theme from ) Valley of the Dolls." Her '80s collaboration ...


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Sense8 Season One Soundtrack Released - From a press release - ( MAY 5, 2017 — Los Angeles, CA ) WaterTower Music has announced the release of the soundtrack to the first season of Netflix original series, Sense8, the innovative, dramatic thriller created and written by the brilliant and beloved minds of The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski. Sense8 is a powerful series delving into the exploration of themes of identity, ...


Artemis-lesbian-feminist-chorus-to-mark-Pride-with-Family-of-Friends

Artemis lesbian feminist chorus to mark Pride with Family of Friends - From a press release - CHICAGO ─ Artemis Singers www.artemissingers.org, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will celebrate Pride month with a special concert and dance, "Family of Friends," Saturday, June 17, at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago. The Hyde Park concert is meant to be open and inclusive. "We need this kind of unifying message in the country now," said Hilary Marsh, "Family ...


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MUSIC Melissa Etheridge pours heart and 'Soul' into new CD - Cementing herself once again in music-industry history, rock legend Melissa Etheridge is back with her spirted new release, Memphis Rock and Soul, out now via Stax Records. Memphis Rock And Soul pays tribute to the music of Stax, a significant source of influence and inspiration for the star. Etheridge, 55, kept the recording as authentic as possible by making the ...


Newton-John-in-Joliet-on-May-8

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 ...


Harlem-Renaissance-comes-to-Center-on-Halsted

Harlem Renaissance comes to Center on Halsted - Live music, Bloody Marys, mimosas, great food, amazing art up for auction and LGBTQ history—these were hallmarks of a recent Legacy Project event. On April 24, The Legacy Project hosted an event at the Center on Halsted that took its attendees back to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. The brunch celebrated the first urban queer subculture in the United ...


Mary-Lamberts-Bold-out-May-5

Mary Lambert's 'Bold' out May 5 - Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Mary Lambert is slated to release the EP Bold on Friday, May 5. Describing the EP as "feel good queer-pop," Lambert wrote and self-produced three of Bold's seven tracks, and wrote two with hit songwriter-producer Toby Gad ( Beyonce; Demi Lovato ) and Tobias Karlsson ( Adam Lambert; Max Martin ). A video for the first single, "Know ...


Russian-born-violinist-makes-waves-after-coming-out

Russian-born violinist makes waves after coming out - Russian-born violinist Artem Kolesov has been making news globally for doing something that people of all ages do every year: The 23-year-old officially came out of the closet as gay. However, it is Kolesov's background that makes his story incredible. In a YouTube video that he made as part of his the "Children-404" project ( based in his country of ...


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Tony nominations announced - The nominations for the 71st annual Tony Awards were announced May 2. The Josh Groban-led musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 led the new musical nominations with 12 in total, including best musical and an acting honor for Groban. Dear Evan Hansen received nine nominations, including best musical and one for lead actor Ben Platt. Come from ...


Boys-Just-Frockin-Around-Drag-Cabaret-May-2

Boys Just Frockin' Around Drag Cabaret May 2 - From a press release - Pride Films and Plays presents Boys Just Frocking Around, A Gay Burlesque. Legendary Honey West will host the evening, accompanied by Robert Ollis on the piano. The show begins at 7:30 pm on May 2nd, 2017 in The Broadway at The Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway. Many outstanding Chicago drag artists will be performing at the event including Edie ...


Chicago-Gay-Mens-Chorus-to-present-B-Town-From-Barbershop-to-Boybands

Chicago Gay Men's Chorus to present B-Town: From Barbershop to Boybands - From a press release - CHICAGO, April 25, 2017 — Chicago Gay Men's Chorus is about to awaken your inner teenage girl with our upcoming show *B-Town: From Barbershop to Boybands. With songs from Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men and more, this show is not to be missed. But we're also taking you back through musical history to Motown ...


BENT-NIGHTS-The-Magnetic-Fields

BENT NIGHTS The Magnetic Fields - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I can think of only one musician foolhardy enough to try a 50-song, autobiographical, five-CD opus like Stephin Merritt's new 50 Song Memoir ( on Nonesuch Records )—and that would be Ezra Furman. Nutty as he is ( in a nice way ), Furman would likely shy away from writing a song dedicated to each year of his life, listing ...


Lady-X-at-Marys-Attic-in-April-June

'Lady X' at Mary's Attic in April-June - Hell in a Handbag Productions will open its 15th season with the world premiere of Lady X—A Musical on April 21-June 10 at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Based on Handbag's 2010 play of the same name, Lady X—A Musical takes on the black-and-white crime melodrama films of the '30s and '40s. The production will feature Chazie Bly, David ...


Queer-Harlem-event-at-Center-on-April-23

Queer Harlem event at Center on April 23 - The Legacy Project's "Harlem Comes to Halsted"—a jazz-and-blues tribute to The Harlem Renaissance—will take place Sunday, April 23, 12-3 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. There will be live music, a gourmet brunch, a silent-art auction and period costumes. The event will also honor the first bronze memorial under contract for the fall induction to Chicago's Legacy ...


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Christian singer Trey Pearson on coming out, Chicago - Christian rock singer Trey Pearson recently came out to the public on his website, where he chronicled his struggles to admit to himself and then to his family that he is gay. Now more comfortable in his skin, Pearson talked with Windy City Times about his message of love, music as therapy and male attention. Windy City Times: I read ...


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Symphony Center to present 2017/2018 Jazz Series - From a press release - CHICAGO—The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association ( CSOA ) announces the 2017/18 Symphony Center Presents ( SCP ) Jazz series programming. Now entering its 24th season, the SCP Jazz series includes 10 concerts that underline a commitment to presenting some of today's most acclaimed and innovative jazz artists. Highlights of the 2017/18 series include the annual, multi-day visit by Wynton Marsalis ...


Michelle-Shocked-in-town-this-summer

Michelle Shocked in town this summer - Controversial singer Michelle Shocked will perform three shows at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., this summer. The performances form what's being called a "trilogy residency," with shows focused on the albums Short Shapred Shocked ( June 27 ), Captain Swing ( Juy 27 ) and Arkansas Traveler ( Aug. 23 ). Shocked initially acquired a large lesbian following in ...


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Aimee Mann in Chicago on April 29 - Aimee Mann will perform at Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave, on Saturday, April 29, in support of her new album, Mental Illness, out March 31. The 11-track Mental Illness features Mann's melancholia in an almost all-acoustic format, with a style inspired by some of her favorite '60s and '70s folk-rock records, augmented by strings arranged by her longtime producer, ...


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World news: Chechnya, Elton John, South Korean army, Church of Scotland - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Amid news that gay men are being rounded up and tortured in concentration camps in the Chechyna region of Russia, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman is denying the reports, Advocate.com noted. "We do not have any reliable information about any problems in this area," Dmitry Peskow said, according to ABC News. Chechen authorities have also rejected the reports, claiming that gay ...


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Entertainment: VH1 slate, Kristen Stewart, 'Stranger Things,' Morrissey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - VH1 has unveiled its 2017-18 slate, Deadline noted. It includes a season-10 renewal of recent transplant RuPaul's Drag Race for premiere in March 2018; five new series, including a project starring Ricky Martin and '90's House, co-hosted by Lance Bass; and 11 returning series. The network also announced a June 5 premiere date for new satirical scripted series Daytime Divas, ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-The-return-of-Joey-McIntyre

NUNN ON ONE The return of Joey McIntyre - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Joseph "Joey" McIntyre will always be remembered as a member of New Kids on the Block. After the madness died down a bit, he went on to sell over a million records as a solo artist. The New Kids new EP launches May 12. He began acting on off-Broadway in The Fantastics, the musical Wicked and in Jonathan Larson's Tick, ...


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Michelle Shocked in town this summer - Controversial singer Michelle Shocked will perform three shows at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., this summer. The performances form what's being called a "trilogy residency," with shows focused on the albums Short Shapred Shocked ( June 27 ), Captain Swing ( Juy 27 ) and Arkansas Traveler ( Aug. 23 ). Shocked initially acquired a large lesbian following in ...


SPRING-MUSIC-Waynes-world-Talking-with-The-Flaming-Lips-Wayne-Coyne

SPRING MUSIC Wayne's world: Talking with The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne - Rock band The Flaming Lips seems to never conform to the norm. The act formed in Oklahoma in 1983, with brothers Wayne and Mark Coyne as well as Michael Ivins. After Mark left the band, Wayne took up vocal duties. Warner Bros. Records signed them, with the band releasing several hit singles such as "She Don't Use Jelly" and "Do ...


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Chicago Cabaret Convention in town April 19-21 - New York-based musical organization The Mabel Mercer Foundation will return to the Midwest this spring for the first time since 2006 to present its fourth Chicago Cabaret Convention. Three completely different concerts are planned, opening Wed., April 19, at 6:30 p.m. at The Empire Room of the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St., and continuing Thursday-Friday, April 20-21, at ...


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IN THE LIFE Garrett Johannsen - by Molly Sprayregen - Garrett Johannsen—a Chicago-based, opera-singing tenor—has loved music since he was a young kid growing up in Schiller Park, Illinois. It began with playing trumpet in his high school band and singing in the school choir. When he decided to take private voice lessons on the side, he realized his true passion lied not only in singing, but in singing opera. ...


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Entertainment: '3 Generations,' Elton John, Adore Delano, Britney Spears - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Weinstein Company plans to challenge the Motion Picture Association of America's ( MPAA ) decision to assign an "R" rating to its forthcoming trans-centered film 3 Generations, according to a press release. The film—which stars Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts, and Susan Sarandon—"provides an authentic and sensitive portrayal of what it means to be a transgender youth in today's society ...


Harlem-Comes-to-Halsted-celebration-of-the-first-queer-urban-subculture

Harlem Comes to Halsted, celebration of the first queer urban subculture - From a press release - A Jazz & Blues-Infused Tribute to "The Harlem Renaissance" featuring Live Music, Fabulous Drag, Gourmet Brunch, Bloody Marys and Mimosas, Magnificent Art, Period Costumes, and Rare Artifacts The Cotton Club… The Rockland Palace… Stompin' at the Savoy… Flappers and Dandies… Drag Kings and Queens… Amazing Hair… It all started here. Celebrate the First Urban Queer Subculture in the United States ...


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MUSIC Xavier Rizi Timane: 'Love Is All We Need' - Xavier Rizi Timane's video "Love Is All We Need" has more than 1 million YouTube views since it was published in late February. Filmed outside Los Angeles, the video promotes love, strength, tolerance and unity amid President Donald Trump's divisive policies and rhetoric, and features a diverse group of people representative of United States society, including immigrants, LGBT people and ...


Three-concerts-planned-connected-to-Chicago-Cabaret-Convention-opening-April-19

Three concerts planned connected to Chicago Cabaret Convention opening April 19 - From a press release - ( New York, NY ) New York's renowned musical organization, The Mabel Mercer Foundation, announced today that it will return to the Midwest this spring for the first time since 2006 to present its fourth "Chicago Cabaret Convention." Three completely different concerts are planned, opening Wednesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. at The Empire Room of the Palmer House Hilton, ...


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Patricia Arquette, Moonlight and more rally for change at GLAAD Media Awards - From a press release - Los Angeles, Sunday, April 2, 2017 — GLAAD, the world's LGBTQ advocacy organization, honored Patricia Arquette, Troye Sivan, and outstanding LGBTQ images in film and television at the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards will air exclusively on Logo on Thursday, April 6 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Cameron ...


La-Triviata-a-friendly-competition-challenging-operatic-knowledge-April-20

La Triviata, a friendly competition challenging operatic knowledge, April 20 - Are you an opera buff? Prove it! Opera devotees and newcomers alike will come together for La Triviata, a fun night celebrating the history, artistry, humanity and yes—even the crazy—that is the enduring and endearing operatic art form. The Lyric Young Professionals invite you to join us for some friendly competition by showcasing your operatic knowledge ( and maybe learning ...


Mary-Lambert-to-release-her-first-EP-Bold-May-5-

Mary Lambert to release her first EP, Bold, May 5 - From a press release - March 31, 2017 — ( Los Angeles, CA ) — Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Mary Lambert has struck out on her own as an independent artist and will release her first EP, entitled Bold, on May 5th. Describing the EP as "feel good queer-pop," Lambert wrote and self-produced three of Bold's seven tracks entirely on her own, and wrote two with hit ...


RiseUP-concert-to-benefit-ACLU-includes-headlining-artists-of-Hamilton

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 ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Olivia-Newton-John-Hopelessly-Devoted-to-performing-fans

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Olivia Newton-John: 'Hopelessly Devoted' to performing, fans - Singer Olivia Newton-John is one of the best-selling artists of all time. Her hits began on her debut album Let Me Be There, earning her a Grammy as best country vocalist. The musical movie Grease put her in the spotlight with a best selling soundtrack and sudden film career. She went on to make Xanadu, Two of a Kind and ...


MUSIC-Girl-group-Expose-celebrates-30-years-of-show-biz

MUSIC Girl group Expose celebrates 30 years of show biz - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This year marks the 30th anniversary of Exposure, the debut record from the girl group Exposé. With multiple hit records to their credit like "Come Go With Me" and "Season's Change," the group—consisting of Gioia Bruno, Jeanette Jurado and Ann Curless—amassed seven top-10 hits with their signature freestyle sound and pop ballads. Bruno talked with Windy City Times about coming ...


BENT-NIGHTS-Wilson-Phillips-Ne-Hi

BENT NIGHTS Wilson Phillips; Ne Hi - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I admit I knew what to expect when I walked into Thalia Hall for Wilson Phillips' concert on March 19—lots of gray hair and an abundance of dewy-eyed romantic couples, gay and straight, joined at the hips. I also expected a disturbingly misguided level of nostalgia from both the audience and the star attraction because, well, 1990 was a full ...


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Entertainment news: Zachary Quinto, 'Walking Dead,' Prince, Lady Gaga - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts and Julianne Nicholson are set to star in Who We Are Now, the follow-up movie for writer-director Matthew Newton after his SXSW-winning pic From Nowhere, Deadline reported. The drama centers on convicted felon Beth ( Nicholson ), who forms an unlikely alliance with a young public-defense lawyer Jess ( Roberts ), who does everything she can ...


-Newton-John-in-Joliet-on-May-8

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 ...


More-Than-a-Letter-Picnic-present-queer-voices-this-spring

'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 ...


BENT-NIGHTS-The-Growlers-Meat-Wave

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 ...


Carmen-thru-March-25

'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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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 - 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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