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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Morrissey cancels Chicago show - Singer Morrissey ( formerly of The Smiths ) will not be performing in Chicago, after he canceled tour dates in several cities, The Chicago Tribune noted. A statement reads, "It is with great regret that the rescheduled Morrissey concerts in Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago and Texas are now cancelled. Tickets purchased online or by phone will be automatically refunded to your ...


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Anti-bullying musical Jan.-Feb. - Chicago Children's Theatre's The Hundred Dresses—the musical about a young girl who struggles with bullying and learns what it takes to stand up to others—will run Jan. 17-Feb. 12 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St. The Hypocrites Artistic Director Sean Graney is directing, and the production is based on Eleanor Estes' novel. The Hundred ...


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MUSIC 'Wave your freak flag high': Talking with Amanda Palmer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Amanda Palmer—musician who's late of the Dresden Dolls, Internet inspiration and firebrand and, now, mother—never dreamed of touring in the chaotic aftermath of a Donald Trump victory. Palmer's Nov. 13 Thalia Hall show was a bittersweet cocktail of anger and sorrow. She paid tribute to the recently deceased Leonard Cohen—whose songs she covered with her father, Jack, earlier in the ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MOVIES K. Rocco Shields on her labor of 'Love' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kim Rocco Shields has come a long ways, thanks to a little bit of "Love" in her life. After studying film theory at the University of California-Santa Barbara, she went on to script supervise for directors J.J. Abrams and Gore Verbinski. She founded Wingspan Pictures and produced the short film Love Is All You Need? in 2014. After popularity soared ...


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MUSIC Laura Jane Grace meets fans at book-signing - Transgender rocker and Against Me! singer/vocalist/guitarist Laura Jane Grace touched down at The Wilson Abbey, 935 W. Wilson Ave., for a book-reading, signing, and Q&A session with her fans in support of her new memoir, Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout ( co-written by Dan Ozzi and published by Hachette Books ). The event, which took place ...


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Stevie Nicks in Chicago Dec. 3 - Grammy-winning icon Stevie Nicks has announced The 24-Karat Gold Tour, which began Oct. 25. The tour will bring Nicks to Chicago's United Center on Saturday, Dec. 3. The Pretenders will be the special guests. Nicks, a multi-platinum selling artist who has been dubbed "the reigning queen of rock and roll" by Rolling Stone Magazine, has had six Top 10 albums ...


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Deeply Rooted concerts Dec. 3-4 - Deeply Rooted Dance Theater will stage its 20th-anniversary kickoff concerts Saturday, Dec. 3 ( 7:30 p.m. ) and Sunday, Dec. 4 ( 2 p.m. ) at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. Deeply Rooted will feature two world premieres: When Men, which explores the idea of abandoning stigmas to strengthen from within, choreographed ...


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BENT NIGHTS Holiday releases - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Although people may think that as the writer behind Bent Nights, I am a pagan witch who has an affinity for roasting small animals and children alive, in all actuality I appreciate the year-end holidays just like everyone else. It may not be the sentimental nostalgia that many feel, but it is appreciation, nonetheless. What makes the end of the ...


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Entertainment news: Andy Cohen, Ruby Rose, RuPaul, GALECA's top actresses, Madonna - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bravo's Andy Cohen thinks Donald Trump is actually a Democrat, Page Six noted. During a panel with Sarah Jessica Parker at 92Y, Cohen said if he could talk to the president-elect, "I would say, 'I know you want to live in your gold-leaf tower but please don't; you're going to f—k up traffic.' I'd also say that 'you have the ...


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'Holidivas' Dec. 2, 3, 13 - Opera star Cynthia Clarey will perform alongside Chicago Gay Men's Chorus in its holiday production of "Home for the Holidivas," a show featuring holiday music made famous by renowned solo female singers. The shows will take place: —Friday, Dec. 2, at Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., at 8 p.m.; —Saturday, Dec. 3, at the North ...


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'Don We Now' Dec. 3 in Chicago - Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire will present "Don We Now" Saturday, Dec. 3, 5 and 8 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, 77 W. Washington St. Spirituals, Carols, Hanukkah, and seasonal songs receive creative treatment in the classical, musical theater and Broadway styles. There will be a sing-along and guest musicians. Tickets are $20-$35; visit DonWeNow.bpt.me. ...


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Entertainment news: Ricky Martin, Kelly Osbourne, Jussie Smollett, Frank Ocean - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ricky Martin told Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that he popped the question to artist Jwan Yosef, his boyfriend of more than a year, People reported. "We just got engaged," he gushed. "I proposed. I was really nervous. But I got on my knees and I took out —not a box... I just had them in a little ...


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BENT NIGHTS Josh Radin; Glitter Creeps - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On an uncharacteristic note for Bent Nights, we have troubadour Josh Radin, who rolled into town for a packed gig at Thalia Hall on Nov. 8. Radin unfairly tends to get stuck into that "pop rock" bracket, and the term negates his talent for writing and performing with such subtle finesse that his music defies description. He sings specifically about ...


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Opera star Cynthia Clarey joins Chicago Gay Men's Chorus for holiday performance - From a press release - CHICAGO, November 14, 2016—Operatic extraordinaire Cynthia Clarey will perform alongside Chicago Gay Men's Chorus in their holiday production of Home for the Holidivas, a show featuring holiday music made famous by renowned solo female singers—DIVAS! "We are referencing divas from multiple genres: pop, musical theater, and opera," says Artistic Director James J. Morehead. "And then of course we have our ...


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Stevie Nicks in Chicago Dec. 3 - Grarmy-winning icon Stevie Nicks has announced The 24-Karat Gold Tour, which began Oct. 25. The tour will bring Nicks to Chicago's United Center on Saturday, Dec. 3. The Pretenders will be the special guests. Nicks, a multi-platinum selling artist who has been dubbed "the reigning queen of rock and roll" by Rolling Stone Magazine, has had six Top 10 albums ...


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'Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour' to debut on Showtime Dec. 9 - Showtime Networks and Madonna have announced that her concert film Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour will premiere Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. CT on Showtime, on-air, on demand and over the internet. Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour was shot around the world and features a collection of live and behind-the-scenes footage culminating in performances at the Sydney Olympic Park in March ...


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Jeannie Tanner at City Winery in February - Twelve Chicago vocalists will gather to debut a new album of original, distinctly American music written by singer-songwriter, composer and trumpeter, Jeannie Tanner. Tanner's My Words and Music album release concert will take place Friday, Feb. 27, at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., at 7:30 p.m. My Words and Music is Tanner's ninth album and first songbook collection. Tickets ...


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Lakeside Pride tribute to Chicago Nov. 13 - Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles' yearlong tribute to the city continues Sunday, Nov. 13, 3-5 p.m., with "A Salute to Chicago" at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. The concert will be performed under the Louis Tiffany stained-glass dome in the Preston Bradley Hall at the center, and will feature music inspired by the Chicago and its history. Musical ...


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Cyndi Lauper part of Nov. 12 veterans' concert - "America Salutes You"—a concert honoring those who serve in the military, veterans, and their families—will take place Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. at the Rosemont Theater. The event is slated to include singers Cyndi Lauper, Gavin DeGraw, country-music legend Wanda Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, gospel's CeCe Winans and others. The national anthem will be performed by Chicago's Jim Cornelison, the ...


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MUSIC Michael Buble: Love is love is love - "You know what I'll be Googling tonight: Bublé, gay, queer, all that stuff," said Michael Bublé one recent afternoon, after being informed that said search terms render colorful results. All you lovers, though, needn't search beyond the dreamy crooner's recently released album, Nobody But Me, and its 10 feel-good tunes, including several new originals and reimagined classics gleaned from the ...


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Jillian Michaels appearance in Waukegan rescheduled - Lifestyle/exercise guru Jillian Michaels is returning to the road with her brand new show "An Evening with Jillian." The Illinois appearance at Waukegan's Genesee Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 17 has been resheduled for May of 2017 The 33-city tour kicks off on in Seattle on Oct. 20 and will hit major U.S. markets, including Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, New York, ...


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Five Worth Finding: Either Way book, Dave Koz show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Either Way: This graphic novel, by Sandra Levins and with illustrations by Euan Cook, is three stories in one. Either Way ( from the American Psychological Association's Magination Press ) is a modern coming-out story, a lesson on civil rights and marriage equality, and a historical fiction about a gay man in the military. —The Ghosts of Christmas Eve: Although ...


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MUSIC Ty Herndon is on 'Fire' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ty Herndon has had an eventful couple of years. After officially coming out as gay ( and talking with Windy City Times, among other publications ), the country-music singer is breaking barriers on the musical front. He's back with a full-length album, House on Fire, with 12 songs that Herndon and Erik Halbig co-producing. ( Drew Davis—no relation to this ...


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Cher stumps for Clinton - On Oct. 30, superstar Cher continued to stump for Hillary Clinton with the "Love Trumps Hate" tour that stopped in Chicago at Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market. Pictured: Evette Cardona, Cher and Mona Noriega with Cher, image from Facebook. Also Sue Hauswirth, Cher and Kevin Hauswirth. Image from Hauswirth ...


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'Resistencia' presents Latinx LGBTQ perspectives - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Oct. 29, The National Museum of Mexican Art and The 2016 Sor Juana Festival presented "Resistencia: Remaining Resilient in Times of Adversity." The event, modeled after TED Talks and MEX Talks, presented invited speakers from unique viewpoints that reflect the Mexican/Latinx LGBTQ experience to dialogue about resilience in the face of tragedy and difficult times. The event sought to ...


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Lauper part of Nov. 12 veterans' concert - "America Salutes You"—a concert honoring those who serve in the military, veterans, and their families—will take place Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. at the Rosemont Theater. The event is slated to include singers Cyndi Lauper, Gavin DeGraw, country-music legend Wanda Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, gospel's CeCe Winans and others. The national anthem will be performed by Chicago's Jim Cornelison, the ...


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Herndon's 'House on Fire' out Nov. 11 - Out country singer Ty Herndon's full-length album House on Fire is available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon in advance of its Nov. 11 release date. House on Fire is a collection of 12 new contemporary songs, which are co-produced by Herndon and Erik Halbig, with Drew Davis joining as co-producer on six of the songs. The Grammy-nominated vocalist has ...


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Pet Shop Boys at Civic Opera Nov. 5 - Longtime duo Pet Shop Boys announced the first leg of the act's "Super" world tour, which starts Friday, Oct. 21, in Las Vegas. The 27-day run includes shows in the United States, Canada, Germany, Holland, Denmark and Russia. The stops include a show at Chicago's Civic Opera House, 20 N. Upper Wacker Dr., on Saturday, Nov. 5. Their latest album, ...


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Entertainment: Boy George, Bruno Mars, Julia Roberts, Bianca Del Rio - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Boy George will pay for the funeral of pop star pal Pete Burns, whose death shocked the world of pop, The Sun reported. The Culture Club lead singer stepped in after Burns' ex-wife, Lynne, told pals she was struggling to afford the service. The "Karma Chameleon" singer—a friend of Dead or Alive frontman Burns since the 1980s—immediately offered to foot ...


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Gender-fluid writer is subject of Fringe Opera multimedia performance - The Chicago Fringe Opera's new production, Song from the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt, continues through Nov. 3 at Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence Ave. Song from the Uproar is the operatic retelling of noted gender-fluid writer and explorer Eberhardt's incandescent life and early death. This is a groundbreaking multimedia opera by composer Missy Mazzoli and ...


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Pet Shop Boys at Civic Opera Nov. 5 - Longtime duo Pet Shop Boys announced the first leg of the act's "Super" world tour, which started Oct. 21 in Las Vegas. The 27-day run includes shows in the United States, Canada, Germany, Holland, Denmark and Russia. The stops include a show at Chicago's Civic Opera House, 20 N. Upper Wacker Dr., on Saturday, Nov. 5. Among the act's many ...


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Entertainment: 'Crime Story,' gay romance novel, Diana Ross, Lady Gaga - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On the heels of the highly-rated People v. O.J. Simpson first installment of American Crime Story dominating the long-form Emmy categories with 10 wins, including best limited series, Ryan Murphy's anthology series has been renewed for a third season by FX, Deadline revealed. The title of the new 10-episode installment will be Versace/Cunanan and will examine the July 1997 assassination ...


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American Idol's Rayvon Owen joins Simply Sensational Benefit - From a press release - Chicago — The entertainment line-up for PFP's Simply Sensational Benefit gets more and more sensational each day, with American Idol's Rayvon Owen joining in. Other performers include Nancy Hays, Honey West, Kevin Webb, Michelle McKenzie Voigt, and others from the Pride Films and Plays Company and cast of the upcoming musical Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. Music Director for the ...


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'Rocky Horror' soundtrack out Oct. 21 - The soundtrack to Fox's reimagined version of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again will be available on CD and digital formats on Friday, Oct. 21. The movie will air Thursday, Oct. 20, on Fox at 7-9 p.m. CT. Among those on the soundtrack are Tim Curry, Laverne Cox, Adam Lambert, Ryan McCartan, ...


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Remastered 'Divine Miss M' out Oct. 21 - Rhino will revisit the early days of Bette Midler's career with a deluxe version of her iconic 1972 debut album, The Divine Miss M. The Divine Miss M: Deluxe Edition will be available Friday, Oct. 21, as a two-CD set for $19.98. This includes the remastered album, plus a bonus disc of singles, outtakes and demos, as well as new ...


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Rapper's CD cover sparks debate on masculinity - Rapper Young Thug has launched a debate on masculinity, thanks to the cover of his latest project, No, My Name Is Jeffery, which pictures him in an Alessandro Trincone periwinkle ruffled skirt, a white top and a pleated parasol-like hat. According to Complex magazine, Young Thug wearing dresses is nothing new, as he once donned a Gucci dress in Dazed ...


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Shemekia Copeland to perform Oct. 21 - Blues singer Shemekia Copeland is touring to support her Grammy-nominated album Outskirts of Love, and will perform at Freedom Hall in Park Forest on Friday, Oct. 21. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. Since the release of the album, Copeland won the 2016 Blues Music Award for Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year. She won the 2016 Living Blues Award ...


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Entertainment news: Miley Cyrus, TransNation, 'Prince Charming,' Whitney Houston - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Miley Cyrus discussed her return to acting in Woody Allen's Crisis in Six Scenes, encouraged waffling Bernie Sanders supporters to vote for Hillary Clinton and opened up about her pansexual identity in a new interview with Variety, according to Rolling Stone. "My whole life, I didn't understand my own gender and my own sexuality," Cyrus said, in part. "I always ...


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BENT NIGHTS Tim Cain; The Seth Bogart Show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - More queerness... Taking up the flank for old-school queer rock we have Tim Cain and Boy's Entrance, and the new Tunnelvision on iTunes. Cain has been rocking the queer message since 1991, and with gay life going through so many extreme changes since then, the first question would be "Does he have anything new to offer 'modern' audiences and would ...


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Troye Sivan in Chicago Nov. 1 - The "Suburbia Tour"—the second North American leg of openly gay YouTube star/singer Troye Sivan's world tour in support of his debut album, Blue Neighbourhood—will kick off Sunday, Oct. 16. Sivan's first-ever North American tour kicked off in February. He will perform at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom on Tuesday, Nov. 1. "Youth," from Blue Neighbourhood ( Capitol Records ), topped Billboard's Dance ...


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Entertainment: Wonder Woman, 'Horror Story,' Samira Wiley, Jared Leto - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The writer of the reborn Wonder Woman comics has revealed that the character is gay, according to Newsday. Greg Rucka told Comicosity that since Wonder Woman comes from the fictional all-female island nation of Themyscira, she "has been in love and had relationships with other women." Rucka isn't ruling out the potential for a romantic relationship with Steve Trevor, Wonder ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Rachael Yamagata engages in 'Girl' talk - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Jerry Nunn - Singer Rachael Yamagata has evolved as a songwriter over the years. Beginning with the band Bumpus, she later became a solo artist eventually collaborating with others like Jason Mraz and Ryan Adams. Her music has appeared in numerous television shows such as ER, Charmed, and Nip/Tuck. She has released four EPs and three studio albums, her latest being Tightrope Walker. ...


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Garland, Minnelli tribute Oct. 9 - After two sold-out performances earlier this year, Nancy Hays ( as Judy Garland ) and Michelle Lauto ( as Liza Minnelli ) are bringing "Judy & Liza—Once in a Lifetime" back to the Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m., in an expanded version with even more songs. "Judy and Liza—Once in a Lifetime: The ...


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Ear Taxi Festival on Oct. 5-10 - The Ear Taxi Festival—a first-of-its-kind celebration of contemporary music in Chicago—will showcase Chicago's contemporary-music scene Oct. 5-10. Spearheaded by composer Augusta Read Thomas and co-curated by trumpeter Stephen Burns, the festival will feature 300 musicians, 53 world premieres and four installations in its six days of concerts, lectures, marathons, webcasts and artist receptions. The festival will be Chicago's first large-scale, ...


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Entertainment news: Broadway stars, Michelle Rodriguez, Lil Wayne, 'Drag Race' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Tectonic Theater Project has announced casting for Tectonic at 25!, a benefit performance celebrating 25 years of theater, a press release stated. The star-studded evening, directed by Tectonic Theater Project founder Moises Kaufman and hosted by and starring two-time Academy Award winner Jane Fonda, will take place Monday, Nov. 7, at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Performers for ...


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BENT NIGHTS Yoko and the Oh No's; Atta Boi - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - With Against Me!, Sleater-Kinney and Bob Mould turning up in the top slots in the summer festival line-ups this year, it would be easy to think that queer rock has abandoned the gay ghetto for the burbs. As evidenced by a batch of LGBTQ artists, old and new there's plenty of raging queerness in the city ( and out of ...


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Dancing About Architecture: Someone special on your twelve-inch - The history of the extended ( 12" ) 33 RPM version of the traditional 45 RPM 7" single is ironically not as long as its mini forefather, but with much more depth. Since its birth in the '70s with Donna Summer's "Love to Love You Baby," the 12" went from a DJ-only necessity ( due to time constraints ) to ...


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Hip-hop and LGBTQs: The intersectionality of two communities - By Tarina Hargrays - "I hold hip-hop in such a high regard and expect so much of it because it is music that has very revolutionary roots." This is what artist Akenya Seymour said when asked about the LGBTQ community's possible growing alliance with the hip-hop community. Akenya Seymour is a 23-year-old music artist from Chicago who identifies as queer and has been a ...


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NUNN ON ONE Actor/musician David Pevsner shows versatility - Performer David Pevsner is full of surprises. Not only is he a talented actor in films like 300: Rise of an Empire and Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean, but he's been an erotic model for 20 years. Television credits include Modern Family, Criminal Minds, and Grey's Anatomy. He just released a comedy album called Most Versatile with ...


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Aurora gets tax credit for arts center - The City of Aurora has received a tax-credit award worth more than $15 million from the Illinois Housing Development Authority ( IHDA ) toward the development of the Aurora Arts Center at the former Waubonsee Community College Building downtown. The $35-million project will be developed by The Community Builders Inc., and will consist of a restaurant as well as a ...


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MUSIC Bloc Party talks group dynamics, coming out - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - English group Bloc Party continues to combine rock, pop and electronic music mixing the sounds together. Beginning in 1999, the team has changed a bit over the years while still having strong success. Their debut album Silent Alarm went platinum in Britain, and the follow up A Weekend in the City reached number 12 on the Billboard 200. The band's ...


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Susan Werner kicks off Auditorium's season - On Sept. 22, The Auditorium Theater kicked off its 2016-17 season with an intimate performance from out singer-songwriter Susan Werner. Celebrating her ninth appearance at The Auditorium Theater, Werner, per her custom, turned the historic performance space into an intimate cabaret setting by having the audience seated on stage with her. Starting the show with stand-up bassist Curt Bley and ...


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Garland, Minnelli Palladium concert tribute Oct. 9 - From a press release - After two sold-out performances earlier this year, Nancy Hays ( as Judy Garland ) and Michelle Lauto ( as Liza Minnelli ) are bringing "Judy & Liza—Once in a Lifetime" back to the Uptown Underground Sunday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m., in an expanded version with even more songs. This cabaret show is a re-creation of the famed concert presented ...







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