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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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Entertainment news: Lady Gaga, Lance Bass, Alexis Arquette, Zayn Malik - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lady Gaga is reportedly inching closer to one of the biggest gigs on the planet: performing at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2017, Billboard reported. Sources have told the publication that Gaga is in talks for the 51st annual football showdown, scheduled for Feb. 5, 2017 at NRG Stadium in Houston. She released a new song, "Perfect Illusion," on ...


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David Pevsner releases CD - David Pevsner, one of the writers of the off-Broadway revue Naked Boys Singing, has released Most Versatile, his first CD of "original gay songs," as a press release calls them. Work ( "The Naked Maid" ), sexual history ( "The Book of Lust" ), unfortunate medical situations ( "Pain in the Butt" ), fantasy ( "The Perky Little Porn Star" ...


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Second Bowie box set out Sept. 23 - On Sept. 23, Parlophone Records will release David Bowie: Who Can I Be Now? ( 1974-1976 ), the second in a series of box sets spanning his career from 1969. "Who," the follow-up to David Bowie: Five Years 1969-1973, will contain the previously unreleased album from 1974 called The Gouster. The 12-CD box, 13-LP vinyl set and digital download feature ...


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Musician/ex-pro athlete Sami Grisafe talks Etheridge, Trump, Clinton - Lesbian former professional athlete Sami Grisafe is aware of the fact that she sounds like another familiar voice when she sings—and she's fine with it. "I am honored to be compared to Melissa Etheridge," Grisafe said. "She has such a strong voice, both as a singer and songwriter. I am inspired by her choice to use her platform to bring ...


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BENT NIGHTS The Hideout's 20th-anniversary reunion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Once upon a time there was a little guy with a big gift of gab who loved this teeny-tiny bar tucked away in the warehouse district. He loved it so much that he took his wife and best friends as often as he could and they loved it, too. "Oh, the things that I could do with this place!!!," he ...


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Lady Gaga to release fifth studio album - From a press release - Six time Grammy award winner Lady Gaga will release her much anticipated fifth studio album, 'Joanne' on Friday, October 21st. The first single, "Perfect Illusion" recently debuted at #1 on iTunes in 60 countries. Just a week after its release, "Perfect Illusion" has soared on radio, becoming the #1 most added song on Pop with 170 adds and the #1 ...


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Academy's AIDS benefit Sept. 23-24 - Each year, Chicago Academy for the Arts students produce and perform in a variety show to support HIV/AIDS research and organizations. The 20th Annual AIDS Benefit will take place Sept. 23-24 at The Academy, 1010 W. Chicago Ave. Students from each art department ( dance, media arts, music, musical theatre, theater and visual arts ) will present new work, under ...


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Entertainment: Megan Rapinoe, Sia, Neil Patrick Harris, 'Jersey Boys' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In the soccer world, the Washington Spirit prevented Seattle midfielder Megan Rapinoe, an out lesbian, from kneeling again during the national anthem by altering its pregame ceremonies rather than "subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent," LGBTQ Nation noted. The National Women's Soccer League team moved up the anthem, playing it while ...


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BENT NIGHTS Andrew Bird; Evasive Backflip - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It has taken Chicago native Andrew Bird nearly five years to release Are You Serious? ( on Loma Vista Records ), his first full-length of new music in as many years. It is not like he fell off the face of the earth, being that his annual Gezelligheid concerts are a yuletide event and he dropped a collection of Handsome ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Dua Lipa will 'Blow Your Mind' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Albanian girls are taking over the airwaves these days. Bebe Rexha's "Me, Myself & I" and Rita Ora's "Black Widow" collaborations spotlighted their voices and brought them front and center. Now the newest artist to come out of southeast Europe is Dua Lipa. She grew up in London but left and returned to become a singer. She posted YouTube covers ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Fitz and the Tantrums' Jeremy Ruzumna on the band, Morrissey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Now that another Lollapalooza has come and gone, there's one last huge music festival ready to jam in Chicago. Riot Fest rocks out at Douglas Park to end summer, and the lineup is huge. Headlining on the bill is the band Fitz and the Tantrums and after seeing them play at Lollapalooza in the past many will know this is ...


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BENT NIGHTS Linda Clifford; Seal - I'll never forget the first time I saw Linda Clifford. It was 1977 and my closeted eyes were planted on the old Midnight Special rock concert that, for this episode, was aiming at "edgy" by spotlighting disco as the latest thing. The sight of David Hodo and Glenn Hughes gyrating and pawing all over their half-naked selves certainly made an ...


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'Matthew Shepard' music CD out Sept. 9 - On Sept. 9, 2016, Harmonia Mundi will release Considering Matthew Shepard, composed and conducted by Grammy winner Craig Hella Johnson. Johnson is the founder and artistic director of Conspirare, a professional choir in Austin, Texas. Shepard was a young, gay college student at the University of Wyoming who in 1998 was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left ...


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Trevor event Sept. 16 at Kimpton Gray - People are urged to join the fight to end suicide at "A Night Out for Trevor" Friday, Sept. 16, 6:30-10:30 p.m., at The Kimpton Gray Hotel, 122 W. Monroe St. Out musician Steve Grand is slated to perform. The mission of The Trevor Project is to end suicide among LGBTQ young people. The organization provides crisis counseling, resources, education and ...


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Entertainment news: Melissa Etheridge, Matt Bomer, Sam Smith, Dolly Parton - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The fifth-season finale of the syndicated public TV music series Infinity Hall Live featured an hourlong solo performance from Melissa Etheridge, according to a press release. The set had some of her chart-toppers, along with a seven-minute cover of "Rock Me Baby" ( from her upcoming Stax tribute album, MEmphis Rock and Soul, out Oct. 7 ) as well as ...


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Rapper's CD cover sparks debate on masculinity - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - 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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CGMC concerts Sept. 16-17 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) will perform its "Great Gaymerican Songbook" concerts Sept. 16-17. On Sept. 16, the show will take place at Oak Brook's Mayslake Peabody Estate at 7:30 p.m. On Sept. 17, CGMC will sing at Chicago's Uptown Underground at 8 and 10 p.m. The annual fall cabaret will feature several performers with duets, solos, ...


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BENT NIGHTS Jill Scott; The Gold Web - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As one of many artists labeled "neo-soul" when she debuted in 2000, Jill Scott has managed to defy that category by keeping her music intensely personal. Whereas contemporary Erykah Badu has delved in hip-hop, jazz, rap, spoken word, soul and rock to the point of the avant garde, Scott has focused on making the words ( and not the delivery ...


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Dancing About Architecture: Pieces of Glory on Britney's new album - Do you want a piece of her? That's what she asked in a previous single and in her Vegas show, as if we all had our expectations from a pop artist who has worked ( bitch ) for us for almost 20 years in the recording studio. If you ask a Britney fan, they all have their own favorites: Classic ...


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Entertainment news: Naomi Campbell, Ricky Martin, 'Xena,' Aretha Franklin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Empire co-stars Naomi Campbell and Jussie Smollett spoke to Attitude magazine recently, according to a Deccan Chronicle item. In part, Campbell said, "I have been surrounded by gay men my entire life, and because I have grown up working in the creative and fashion industries, many of them have become like family to me. Without gay men, I wouldn't be ...


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World premiere: Considering Matthew Shepard to be released Sept. 9 - From a press release - On September 9, 2016, Harmonia Mundi will release Considering Matthew Shepard, composed and conducted by Grammy®-winner Craig Hella Johnson, Founder and Artistic Director of Conspirare, Austin's acclaimed world-class professional choir. BUYCD Matthew Shepard was a young, gay college student at the University of Wyoming who in 1998 was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Jake Miller plays Market Days and 'Rumors' game - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pop singer Jake Miller is bringing sexy back, hailing all the way from Weston, Florida. After being signed to Warner Bros. Records, he released a debut album called Us Against Them. Now with a new EP called Overnight he heads out on the road with hitmakers Fifth Harmony for The 7/27 Tour. Windy City went behind the scenes of a ...


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Streisand to release 'ENCORE' Aug. 26 - Columbia Records has announced Barbra Streisand's "ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway" album will debut Friday, Aug. 26. The CD will feature 10 new Streisand duets of Broadway classics with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood. The new musical partners include Alec Baldwin, Antonio Banderas, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Seth MacFarlane, Melissa McCarthy, Chris Pine, Daisy Ridley, Patrick ...


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Out singer Anne Steele reacts to Orlando tragedy with 'Love' - "When the Orlando shooting happened, I was†devastated—as we all were," Anne Steele said.†"I didn't know how to react. I was on my way to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, to do a concert at The Blue Moon and my wife, Kelli, and I listened to the coverage all the way there. I†knew I had to get on stage that next night and ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Out rapper Big Dipper provides the scoop - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Queer rapper Big Dipper is returning to Chicago and bringing some heavy-handed tunes with him. Starting with his YouTube hit "Drip Drop," Dipper made a name for himself and never looked back. Songs like "Thick Life" and "Free Money" continue the trend of mixing free speech with hip hop beats. Windy City called up the Evanston native to discuss his ...


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SHOW REVIEW Dolly keeps it pure and simple at Ravinia - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Most of Boystown traveled up north to Highland Park on Aug. 7. Ravinia Festival filled to the brim in a sold-out show featuring Dolly Parton with her large lesbian and gay fan base. Parton kicked things off with "Why'd You Come in Here Looking' Like That," bringing high energy with a signature smile as well as a hunky cowboy assistant. ...


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Harris Theater, Lyric Unlimited announce the return of Beyond the Aria - Featuring Ren√©e Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Eric Owens - From a press release CHICAGO ( August 10, 2016 ) The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, in association with Lyric Unlimited, has announced the return of Beyond the Aria — the highly acclaimed performance series produced by the Harris Theater which pairs internationally celebrated opera singers of Lyric's mainstage alongside rising stars from The Patrick G. and Shirley W. ...







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