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Bessie Smith reimagined in new project - From a press release - "She showed me the air and taught me how to fill it," Janis Joplin said of Bessie Smith. Reimagine Music presents the fifth installment in its series of original recordings celebrating iconic figures. Available everywhere as digital download now, The Empress of the Blues: A Tribute To Bessie Smith, takes on an indie rock and blues slant, featuring an all ...


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OPERA REVIEW Porgy and Bess - Libretto: DuBose and Dorothy Heyward with Ira Gershwin; Score: George Gershwin. At: Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets: 312-827-5600 or www.lyricopera.org; $20-$249. Runs through Dec. 20 Porgy and Bess may be considered by many critics to be "The Great American Opera," but that hasn't stopped ongoing debate about how and where this 1935 opus by composer George ...


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Musical event examines the Black experience - On Nov. 18-19, The Columbia College Center for Black Music Research ( CBMR ) presented "Black Vocality II: Cultural Memory, Identities, and Practices of African-American Singing Styles." The event presented a series of scholars, singers and vocal performers who explored the ways in which singing has shaped, defined and re-contextualized the Black experience. Far from being an arid academic symposium, ...


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OFF-BROADWAY 'Sylvester' musical: Serving realness - Anthony Wayne has appeared in fantastic, Tony-winning Broadway shows including Pippin, The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, and Anything Goes. Yet the openly gay, African-American Harlem resident admits there aren't a lot of roles out there for people of color his age, despite his formidable talents as a dancer, singer and actor. So, in collaboration with his boyfriend, ...


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Theater, dance, music news and events - Joffrey's 'Nutcracker' Dec. 5-28 The Joffrey Ballet will celebrate the 27th annual presentation of Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker in a 24-performance engagement at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., on Dec. 5-28. Joffrey Ballet Co-Founder Gerald Arpino contributed to Robert Joffrey's version, having choreographed the Land of the Snow scene, which closes Act I, and the ...


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The Voice's Michelle Chamuel to play Lincoln Hall - Amherst, Massachusetts Top 10 contestant on NBC's The Voice Season 4, Michelle Chamuel, is preparing to "Face the Fire" with her brand new album. By her side: someone to "keep her warm," a la Grammy-winning girlfriend Mary Lambert, although she will only say, "She's amazing," when Macklemore's muse comes up in conversation. Keeping the focus on the music has always ...


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Taylor Swift, Spotify and the Musical Food Chain Myth - "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." — Alice Walker I cannot tell you how happy I am that the conversation about Taylor Swift and Spotify is happening. Maybe people will start listening to what independent artists like me and my peers have been saying for years now. A little background ...


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Billy Masters - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "I'm the only artist who needs a leash! I'm King Kong's mother!"—Susan Boyle reveals her struggle with Asperger's syndrome. I've known many people who have been on a leash, but that's another story. One of my best friends is constantly enraged when Barbra Streisand is referred to as an EGOT winner—winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Why? Because ...


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Cher cancels; Michael Sam's honor; Andy Cohen outs Spacey - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cher has cancelled her "Dressed to Kill" tour on doctors' orders, Gay Star News noted. The legendary gay icon said she was "devastated" and has pledged to finish it next year. The 68-year-old "Strong Enough" singer was given medical advice that she needed more time to recover from an ongoing viral infection. Almost 30 dates were cancelled, including shows in ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Tove Lo gets into the 'Habit' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The new Swedish pop sensation Tove Nilsson—better known as Tove Lo—is quickly taking over the United States. Her single "Habits ( Stay High )" is burning up the charts, and has tons of radio airplay. Her debut album, Queen of the Clouds, was released this year, and it contains a variety of possible pop gems. She's written for girl group ...


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Country star Ty Herndon comes out of the closet, Billy Gilman follows - Country music star Ty Herndon announced he is "an out, proud, and happy gay man" in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that aired Nov. 20, according to Advocate.com. The singer's career includes 17 Billboard hits over a span of nearly two decades. ("What Mattered Most," "Living in a Moment" and "It Must Be Love" are his three number-one hits, and ...


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BENT NIGHTS Reagan Youth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The highly influential anarcho-punk rock pioneers Reagan Youth stormed Reggie's Rock Club Nov. 15 for what turned into a hardcore punk-rock celebration. After recording one album ( Youth Anthems for the New Order, 1984, R Records ) the original band disintegrated amid drug abuse and suicide. As an influence, the original Reagan Youth brought hardcore punk rock to the East ...


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Entertainment: Auditorium marks 125th; concert fundraiser; Barlesque - Auditorium Theatre to mark 125th with gala Exactly 125 years from when the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University opened its doors in 1889, the national historic landmark, led by Board Chairman Melvin L. Katten and Executive Director Brett Batterson, will mark its 125th anniversary with a special performance, "Living the History: 125 Years of the Auditorium Theatre" on Tuesday, Dec. ...


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Rockin' around the Christmas tree with Dee Snider - NUNN ON ONE - Dee Snider always finds a way to rock. In the '80s his group Twisted Sister made unforgettable videos for "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock" that fought the system. From the long blonde hair to the heavy eye shadow his heavy metal drag look made him a standout amongst the other bands in the day. Since 1997, ...


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Lakeside Pride, Lea DeLaria and Artemis celebrate Women In Music - Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles celebrated Women in Music Nov. 16 with Lea DeLaria as host. DeLaria, currently staring as "Big Boo" in Orange is the New Black, has a long history as a stand-up comic, actor, writer, and jazz musician. DeLaria helped welcome to the stage the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band with special guests, the Artemis Singers. For the occasion ...


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Chicago Artists Chorale inaugural concert Dec. 16 - From a press release - CHICAGO, Nov. 17, 2014 — The Chicago Artists Chorale, a new group of more than 50 members entirely from the area's professional theatre community, will present its inaugural concert on Dec. 16 at the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple. A smaller 20-member Chicago Artists Ensemble will also sing at the 7:30 p.m. concert. Led by Founding Artistic ...


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Artemis Singers to present "Loves Lost, Loves Found" in 2015 - Artemis Singers presents "Loves Lost, Loves Found" concert Feb. 6 & 7, 2015 Artemis Singers ( www.artemissingers.org ), Chicago's Lesbian Feminist Chorus, will present "Loves Lost, Loves Found," a concert of songs about love in all its complexity, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, and at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 N. Lincoln ...


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Artemis Singers: Celebrating 35 years of shows - A community of lesbian feminist women who sing, Artemis Singers has been a fixture of the Chicago music scene for 35 years. Artemis Singers holds the distinction of being the first lesbian feminist chorus in the United States and, in 2008, the group was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. The group is open to any ...


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Culture Club comeback; Ariana Grande's change; Mark Wahlberg - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Grammy winner Culture Club announced that its sixth studio album, Tribes, will be out in early 2015 in North America on Different Man Music ( via Kobalt Label Services ). The first single, "More Than Silence," which the original band members ( including Boy George ) performed on The View Nov. 6. The band is also touring North America throughout ...


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Marriage now allowed in Kansas; Elton's foundation's grants - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The U.S. Supreme Court allowed same-sex marriages to proceed in Kansas Nov. 12, lifting a temporary stay issued Nov. 10 by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, The New York Times reported. The two-sentence order was similar to recent ones from the court, which has repeatedly declined to intercede in the legal battles over same-sex marriage. But there was one difference: The earlier ...


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Music coming up: Carmen Carrera; Harris, Osborne at Staples event - Carmen Carrera at The Back Room Nov. 12 RuPaul's Drag Race alum Carmen Carrera will perform at The Back Room, 937 N. Rush St., on Wed., Nov. 12, 5-8:30 p.m. In 2014, Carrera was included as part of the Advocate's annual "40 under 40" list and has appeared on the CW show Jane the Virgin. This event is being filmed, ...


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NUNN ON ONE Ryan Seacrest talks 'Idol,' clothes, Kardashians - Macy's on State Street kicked off the holidays with a tree-lighting in the historic Walnut Room Nov. 8. This year marks the 107th lighting of the tree in the Walnut Room with 3,000 ornaments and 6,000 LED lights. During the event, carolers and a 4-year-old from the Make-A-Wish campaign lit the tree along with host Ryan Seacrest and American Idol ...


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BENT NIGHTS Stephin Merritt; Boneshaker; Alice Cooper - Stephin Merritt As part of the 25th Annual Chicago Humanities Festival, out musician Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields made two rare appearances. Here to promote his debut book of poetry, One Hundred and One Two Letter Words ( W.W. Norton Publishing ), Merritt participated in a reading and live onstage interview with WNPR's Peter Sagal at Francis W. ...


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DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE: THRILLED ABOUT THE DAME - With almost two decades as a jazz vocalist, the great Elaine Dame is set to premiere her third CD, You're My Thrill on Dec. 1. Nightspots recently sat down with the sultry songbird ( and flautist ) to talk about what goes into a jazz recording artist in the new millennium. Nightspots: You're known around Chicago as a very ...


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Mary J. Blige brings 'London' to Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Recently, singer Mary J. Blige brought her London Sessions to Chicago. The new album was influenced by a trip to London and the popular sound found there. Having received a record 30 Grammy nominations, the R&B pioneer decided to visit overseas to see what she could find. On Nov. 3, there was a line down the block of The Logan ...


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MUSIC 'Unplugged' performance amplifies awareness of rape, suicide - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Paul McComas and Maya Kuper turned the pages of the book Unplugged into a benefit performance at Evanston's Live 27 on Oct. 21. McComas' novel Unplugged, published in 2002, tells the story of troubled 27-year-old bisexual, alternative rocker and rape survivor Dayna Clay. While at the height of her musical career, Clay runs out mid-song on the last night of ...


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Rev. James Cleveland is explained with a queer perspective - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As the Chicago Humanities Festival made its way to the University of Illinois at Chicago ( UIC ), Professor Johari Jabir took on the task of telling the legacy of the Rev. James Cleveland in a multi-dimensional talk—exploring themes of music, religion, class, masculinity and eroticism in which gospel music emerged. Jabir's talk, "Rev. James Cleveland's Peace Be Still: The ...


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Boy George draws avant-garde to MCA - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Jonathan Jones - Boy George—DJ and the iconic leader of '80s band Culture Club—left hundreds of dancers wanting more at Museum of Contemporary Art's ( MCA's ) "Volume 1: Stardust" event Nov. 7. For the event, the MCA transformed its atrium into a club, and included a private viewing of the exhibition "David Bowie Is"—a visual and audio feast of photography, fashion, lyrics ...


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Queer musicians Alber and Henderson in Chicago Nov. 14 - From a press release - San Francisco's Matt Alber and Broadway's newest singer/songwriter Celisse Henderson begin a six-city tour through the Heartland this week with queer thanksgiving in their hearts. The two will be flying from their respective coasts and meeting in Chicago to kick things off—their first concert is Friday, Nov. 14 at Schubas Tavern at Southport and Belmont. "It's kind of incredible that ...


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SHOW REVIEW Britney-the woman and the brand-puts on Vegas show - One, two, three: It was Britney Spears appearing live at her show in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood's Axis Theater about three days a week. Her residency is not a Broadway show, as one might think, with the standard eight shows a week. Her workload consists of a just a few dates a week and a flexible schedule, so plan ...


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Armatrading on final tour, at City Winery April 23-24 - Over her 42 years of touring, West Indies-born British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading has never done a solo world tour. For her last major tour, which kicked off in Britain in September, the three-time Grammy nominee will perform her first ever full-scale solo concerts. Her U.S. performances will include songs that span her entire career so far, with songs like "Love ...


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Whitney-Manilow duet; LGBT Starbucks ad; GLAAD vs. Wendy Williams - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The powerful voice of Whitney Houston was brought back to life on The View during a live performance from Barry Manilow, The Wrap noted. Using Houston's original vocals from her song "I Believe In You And Me," Manilow re-recorded the song with his voice entwined with the late singer's. Manilow's new album, My Dream Duets, has the singer-songwriter teaming with ...


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Events coming up in film, arts, music, performance - Lea Delaria, Artemis at 'Women in Music' Nov. 16 Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles presents "Women in Music"—a celebration featuring female composers, conductors and performers—at Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence Ave., on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m. This concert, hosted by Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, will feature a special guest appearance by Chicago's lesbian feminist ...


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Melissa Etheridge: On marriage, performing - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC - Everything is coming up roses for Melissa Etheridge these days. She wed Linda Wallem in May, just two days after they both turned 53, where she sang a song written especially for her with wedding attendees including Jane Lynch, Rosie O'Donnell and Sia. She also recently was one of the performers for WorldPride's opening ceremonies, alongside singers Deborah Cox and ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Carpenter does Caligari - Bisexual organist and composer Cameron Carpenter loves Chicago. A previous boyfriend of his lived in Bucktown, and Carpenter loved getting to know the city with him on breaks as a student. However, Carpenter has slightly mixed feelings about his upcoming debut at Symphony Center. Carpenter is providing live and improvised organ accompaniment to the classic 1920 German Expressionistic horror film ...


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Music, radio are David Polk's passion, profession - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - He grew up in north suburban Highland Park, where he worked as a parking lot attendant at Ravinia Festival, the oldest outdoor music festival in the United States, held at Ravinia Park. "My closet brush with history happened while working in the lot taking $5 for parking when Lang Lang, a now-famous pianist made his historic debut, filling in at ...


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BETTY returns for holiday show - [UPDATE: Show postponed.] BETTY, New York City's iconic pop/performance band, returns to City Winery Chicago for their legendary annual "Holiday Show" Monday, Dec. 15, showtime 8 p.m. Friends since childhood and artistic co-conspirators, Amy Ziff ( Vocals, Cello, Piano ), Elizabeth Ziff ( Vocals, Guitar, Programming ) and Alyson Palmer ( Vocals, Bass, Percussion, Programming ) have been recording, touring, ...


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Upcoming: Honors and music - CIFF announces awards Chicago International Film Festival founder/artistic director Michael Kutza was among those announcing the winners of the festival competitions. Hosted by Chicago Sun-Times columnist and Fox News Chicago entertainment reporter and film critic Bill Zwecker, the ceremony was held Oct. 17 at The Sofitel Chicago Water Tower. Among the winners were The President, which took the Gold ...


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EXHIBITS 'David Bowie Is' wows patrons at the MCA - Having opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art ( MCA ) Sept. 23, "David Bowie Is" offers audiences an intimate and immersive journey into the multifaceted personas and creations of an artist widely considered to be one of the most significant of his time and genre. At a preview on Sept. 19, MCA chief curator Michael Darling was joined by ...


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NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Macy Gray shows us 'The Way' - The raspy-voiced pop singer Macy Gray continues to dance to the beat of her own drum while making music. She's shown a unique perspective while nodding to classic singers like Billie Holiday for years. In 1999 her multi-platinum debut, On How Life Is, spawned a Grammy-winning song, "I Try," that played everywhere. She has since landed acting roles in movies ...


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Laramie Project; Boy George; Library exhibit on marriage - 'The Laramie Project' at NU Oct. 24-Nov. 2 The Laramie Project, a chronicle of the life of a Wyoming town following the 1998 kidnapping and murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard, will be staged at Northwestern University Oct. 24-Nov. 2. The production, which Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project wrote, will launch the Virginia Wadsworth ...


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Jennifer Knapp: Lesbian releases album, book with sense of self - MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former Christian music star Jennifer Knapp released her latest album, Set Me Free, Oct. 14 under Ani DiFranco's Righteous record label. Directly prior to her album's debut, Knapp released a full-length memoir, Facing the Music, on Oct. 7. Knapp found a home for herself under this new label after an eight-year hiatus from her musical career. For Knapp, joining Righteous ...


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Chorus names artistic director; Harris, Osborne at Staples event - Men's chorus names next artistic director Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) has named James Morehead as its next artistic director, effective Dec. 1. The move came after an eight-month national search and audition process as well as approval from the board of directors. Morehead succeeds Patrick Sinozich, who has led the group's artistic vision since 1997 ...


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BENT NIGHTS Xina Xurner;'Shame That Tune'; Asgeir - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As promised, Pilsen art rockers Xina Xurner returned here for a blowout at DIY space Babylawn Oct. 5 after the band high-tailed it to L.A. two years ago. Just done with his MFA at USC, vocalist Young Joon Kwak, life partner Mavin Astorga and bandmate Mr. 666 ( both on synths and treated sounds ) used a small window of ...


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'Unplugged' performance to tackle rape, suicide - Paul McComas and Maya Kuper will rock against rape, depression and suicide with their performance of "Unplugged" at the Evanston venue 27 Live on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. McComas' Unplugged was published in 2002 as a novel. McComas said he envisioned from the beginning that the story would eventually jump off the pages. The novel, performance and screenplay ...


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Upcoming shows: Laramie Project; Brickman; McComas, Kuper, Kennedy - 'The Laramie Project' at NU Oct. 24-Nov. 2 The Laramie Project, a chronicle of the life of a Wyoming town following the 1998 kidnapping and murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard, will be staged at Northwestern University Oct. 24-Nov. 2. The production, which Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project wrote, will launch the Virginia Wadsworth ...


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Trans musician to appear at documentary screening - Jennifer Leitham, the renowned transgender jazz bass virtuoso, will be in Oak Park on Sunday, Oct. 19, as part of the special screening of I STAND CORRECTED—the true story of Leitham, who transitioned publicly during the height of her career. Formerly known as John Leitham, the artist played with such top acts as The Tonight Show All-Stars, Mel Tormé and ...


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Jennifer Hudson and HRC; Transparent; Annie Lennox on Beyonce - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) released a Web video featuring Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson for its "Americans for Marriage Equality" campaign, according to a press release. In the video, Hudson discusses her longtime support for LGBT equality and announced a new partnership with HRC. She also broke the news that she will be performing at the ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Sinead O'Connor takes us to 'Church' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Sinead O'Connor has always danced to the beat of her own drum. While it may be hard to figure her out personally, the fact remains that her music has struck a chord with a generation. The Irish singer/songwriter started in the '80s with her first album The Lion and the Cobra to critical acclaim, then broke out to mainstream success ...


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Chicago Gay Men's Chorus to present Lipstick & Lyrics - From a press release - Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) starts off their 2014/2015 season with Lipstick & Lyrics, "Into the Hood: A Mary-Tale", on October 25, 2014 at 8:00pm at the fabulous Park West. Hear your favorite fierce drag princesses sing live while on a quest to be the fairest at the ball, all while evading the scheming, evil villainesses. Talented fair ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Mary Lambert tells her 'Secrets' - The bipolar lesbian who rocks mom jeans is at it again with a new album. Lyrics from the latest single "Secrets" tell all with a description of the personal things that make her unique—including the characteristics mentioned in the opening sentence. The massive hit "Same Love" took over the airwaves with her guest vocals on the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ...


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News notes: Local entertainment, events - Trans* activist McDonald delivering lecture At the University of Chicago (UChicago), LGBTQ Student Life's 2014 OUTober keynote speaker will be trans* activist CeCe McDonald, who will address racism, transphobia and incarceration that transgender women of color face. The keynote will take place at a free event at the University of Chicago Law School Auditorium, 1111 E. 60th St., at 6 ...


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Steel Panther, Judas Priest and a fire festival - BENT NIGHTS: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As a non-heavy metal rock fan, I was taken aback by Judas Priest's "Farewell Epitaph" show in 2011. Although I love it hard, big and fast ( a helping of Queen, a dollop of Pink Floyd, and hearty portions of Iggy Pop and Alice Cooper ), metal was not something that I could cozy up to, except for that one ...


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Denmark's anniversary; Judas Priest's gay situation - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Following the international outcry over Russia's anti-gay legislation that overshadowed the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced in a letter to prospective host cities that it would be adding a new anti-discrimination clause to its host city contract, according to a press release from pro-LGBT group AllOut. Oslo, Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, are the three ...


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Beatles celebration at Governors State U - Chicago, IL - It's been 50 years since the Beatles changed rock 'n roll forever with their first American TV appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in February, 1964. Join us for a trip back in time to the 1960s to experience a live performance of Abbey Road, the Beatles' best-selling album of all time. Classic Albums Live will perform ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Happy anniversary: Lyric's Anthony Freud marks milestones - Anthony Freud has been general director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago since 2011. But it won't be until 2015-16 that Windy City opera fans will have the chance to experience the first full Lyric season that Freud entirely planned. That's because the world's major opera companies often program their seasons as far as five years in advance in order ...


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Forward-toward male volunteer Lenny Earl: fests, transition - Robin Tyler was the first woman to marry her same-sex partner, Diane Olson, in Los Angeles in 2008. She has been coined a "lesbian feminist" by the media throughout the years; a visionary breaking new ground to aid in the LGBT community's expansive pursuit of equality. Tyler also produced of the West Coast Women's Music and Comedy Festival—a trans-inclusive women's ...


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DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE: PRINCE, YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN - It's been almost 20 years since Prince left his long-term home of Warner Brothers Records in a huff after completing his last great album, The Gold Experience ( "Pussy Control," anyone? ). This Tuesday he brings it back home with a mild bang with not one, but two new albums: his collaboration with 3rd Eye Girl ( Plectrum Electrum ) ...


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Ringing the Andy Bell - Those English electronic pop stars Erasure are at it again with their 16th album, titled The Violet Flame. Made up of singer Andy Bell and keyboardist Vince Clarke, Erasure took over the '80s and continues on today, having started almost 30 years ago. Known for US hits like "A Little Respect," "Chains of Love" and "Always," this duo has not ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Paloma Faith's 'Perfect' plan - Singer Paloma Faith is returning to Chicago on tour this October and she's on a mission to convert new followers. This British bombshell is taking listeners through the ages on her latest endeavor, A Perfect Contradiction. Thanks to a little help from her friends Pharrell Williams and Raphael Saadiq, the writing is top-notch and her voice just soars. The talented ...


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Hercules and Love Affair, the C-word and a 'Broken Heart' - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - DJ Andy Butler's project, Hercules and Love Affair, leaps from the turntable to tour around the world. The new album The Feast of the Broken Heart has a revolving line up of vocalists as does the live show. This songwriter tackled growing up gay in the song "Blind," and the songs "Liberty" and "I Try To Talk To You" deal ...


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World news: Gay Times' icons; Russia court upholds LGBT ban - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - UK magazine Gay Times has released its list of 30 gay icons, Gay Star News reported. Among the individuals listed are Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor, bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, Bette Midler, Sir Ian McKellen, RuPaul, actor Leslie Jordan, Neil Patrick Harris and Absolutely Fabulous' Jennifer Saunders. Gay Times published the chart to mark its 30th ...


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Clay Aiken's hacking comment; Tina Turner museum; Joe Manganiello - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former American Idol star and aspiring politician Clay Aiken has weighed in on the nude photo-hacking scandal that has reportedly victimized more than 100 celebrities, NewNowNext.com. Aiken, who is running for Congress, told The Washington Post it was wrong to take revealing photos of yourself, saying, "Anybody who takes inappropriate pictures of themselves deserves exactly what they get." However, he ...


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'Flame' on!: Erasure's Andy Bell on new CD, Joan Rivers - Erasure's Andy Bell isn't one for trends. On the afternoon of Apple's crazily anticipated iPhone 6 announcement in early September, with the Internet and social media abuzz with details and consumer frenzy to buy one ( and some anti-Apple snark ), he simply couldn't care less. "People are just mad," he muses. "It's like the ice bucket challenge, it's ridiculous." ...


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Bjork film screening; Chely Wright campaigns on Kickstarter - Bjork film screening in U.S. starting Sept. 26 Bjork: Biophilia Live—the documentary film capturing the concert centered on Bjork's eighth studio album—has begun a limited series of premiere screenings at festivals, museums, libraries, galleries and cinemas worldwide. Furthermore, screenings in the United States begin at the IFC Center in New York Sept. 26, with further screenings in cities such as ...


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Upcoming: Fireside Chat; Mapplethorpe; Etta James tribute; Mamet's Cryptogram - 'A Fireside Chat' with Victor Salvo on Oct. 1 "A Fireside Chat" with Victor Salvo, executive director of The Legacy Project, will take place at Center on Halsted's Hoover-Leppen Theater, 3656 N. Halsted St., on Wed., Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. The Fireside Chats are produced by Joanne Gaddy, Christina Court and Douglas O'Keeffe, who also hosts the event. There ...


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'Magic Mike XXL' news; Stevie Nicks; Ricky's new single - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Director Gregory Jacobs confirmed that Matthew McConaughey will not reprise his role in Magic Mike XXL, the sequel to Magic Mike, E! Online noted. "It's a road-trip movie and—put it this way—it's different enough that once you see it, you'll understand why we made a sequel," Jacobs said of the sequel. "No one will be accusing us of making the ...


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BENT NIGHTS More on Riot Fest; Fishbone - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Riot Fest is over and so is the summer of 2014. Yes, it rained on the first day of the festival and there was confusion and muck aplenty in Humboldt Park. The resulting mud, chilly humidity and constantly swarming bees may have haunted the festival for the remaining two days, but for all of the discomfort I wouldn't have missed ...


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Lily Allen talks Rihanna and gay best friends - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lily Allen is back after a five-year hiatus with a third album titled Sheezus, a cheeky nod to Kanye West. This English singer grabbed the number-one spot in the United Kingdom with this album, using a variety of styles throughout the project. The lass with the strong cockney accent was born in Hammersmith, West London, and is the daughter of ...


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Melissa Etheridge This Is M.E. at Cadillac Palace Theatre Nov. 15 - From a press release - Academy Award and GRAMMY winning artist, Melissa Etheridge, will take the stage for the "Melissa Etheridge: This Is M.E." U.S. tour to perform songs from her new album, This is M.E., which is being released by ME Records on September 30th. She will also be singing some of her greatest hits like "Come to My Window", "I'm The Only One" ...


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'Drag Race' alum Delano does Chicago unplugged exclusive - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Lauren E. Childers - RuPaul's Drag Race alum Adore Delano performed an acoustic set from her new album, Till Death Do Us Party, on Sept. 16. The event took place at Boystown nightspot Roscoe's—the sole host to drag queens from RuPaul's Drag Race. Chicago is the only city that Adore performed "unplugged" on her tour, and did so with accompaniment from Sherman, the bassist ...


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ENTERTAINMENT NOTES Performances, appearances and releases - Lea Delaria, Artemis at Lakeside Pride's 'Women in Music' Nov. 16 Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles presents "Women in Music"—a celebration featuring female composers, conductors and performers—at Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence Ave., on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m. This concert, hosted by Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, will feature a special guest appearance by Chicago's ...


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MUSICAL ROUNDUP 'Mud' about Riot Fest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Sept. 12, the 10th anniversary of Riot Fest kicked off with a big, sloppy, muddy kiss. The festival, which ran Sept. 12-14, has evolved into one of Chicago's must-see musical and social attractions, and rivals the gigantic Lollapalooza for performers, an audience-friendly vibe and organizational efficiency. What started a decade ago as a collection of punk/hard rock shows strewn ...


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MUSIC Mikey Wax, Brendan James fill SPACE - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Sept. 9, Evanston, Illinois got a double blast of East Coast rock-pop with an SRO show at SPACE featuring pianist/composer/singer Mikey Wax and troubadour Brendan James. Touring behind his third album and major label debut, Wax dipped into his songbook, which was laden with a variety of styles and flavors. His set ranged from the dramatic ( "The Last ...


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Lea Delaria, Artemis at Lakeside Pride Women in Music Nov. 16 - From a press release - CHICAGO, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 — Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles presents Women in Music, a festive celebration featuring female composers, conductors and performers, at Preston Bradley Center ( 941 W. Lawrence, Chicago ) on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3 p.m. This concert, hosted by Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, will feature a special guest appearance by Chicago's ...







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