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LGBTQ program part of Sinfonietta season - Chicago Sinfonietta has announced programming for its 2016-17 season, entitled "Chromatic"—and its diverse offerings include its first-ever program dedicated to LGBTQ composers and musicians. "Concert IV: More than a Letter"—a night devoted to LGBTQ composers and musicians—will take place Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville; and Monday, March 27, 2017, ...


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MUSIC Nick Jonas: N.C. law, new CD and getting personal - Usually, singer/actor Nick Jonas is known for what he accomplishes—but recently he's been in the headlines for something he's not doing. Jonas and tourmate Demi Lovato announced that they will not be performing a pair of North Carolina shows to protest the new anti-LGBT law House Bill 2 ( HB2 ), also known as the "bathroom bill." In so doing, ...


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Mary Lambert talks music, emotions at NU event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 26, the Northwestern University Arts Circle hosted a live interview featuring out singer-songwriter/Grammy nominee Mary Lambert and celebrated music journalists Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis at Lutkin Hall on the school's Evanston campus. Kot, who is the popular music critic for the Chicago Tribune, and DeRogatis, a noted author and former music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, are ...


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Upcoming: Tegan and Sara, Children's museum, Garden of Eve, Personal PAC panel - New Tegan and Sara songs out, album soon In anticipation of their forthcoming album Love You to Death, Tegan and Sara have launched their album pre-order and released debut single "Boyfriend." "Boyfriend" and brand-new track "U-turn" are available for sale and streaming now, and Love You to Death is available for pre-order via all digital service providers. Fans who pre-order ...


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BENT NIGHTS Prince, June 7,1958 - April 21, 2016 - "My name is Prince and I am funky... My name is Prince, the one and only..." By the time Prince sang those lyrics in 1992, it was a fact and he was not just boasting. As vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, quasi-movie star and shameless Svengali, Prince Rogers Nelson ascended from relative obscurity in such a short period ( 1980-1986 ) with ...


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Dancing About Architecture: Sometimes It Snows In April - My Darling Prince, They say U're never supposed 2 outlive your children, but your recent death has felt like we all lost not only a father of funk, but a very youthful man-child, who, like Cher or Madonna, we always expected 2 outlive all of us. At just 57, you were gone 2 soon like Bowie, Whitney, Amy, Donna and ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Kata Hay soars on 'The Voice' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 10th season of The Voice premiered in February on NBC with judges Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Christina Aguilera. In a pivotal moment during the blind auditions, Levine turned his chair and contestant Kata Hay jumped on him in excitement. She described Aguilera as her first girl crush then kissed her before ultimately choosing her team. Hay ...


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Music icon Prince dead at 57 - By Matt Simonette Rock superstar Prince, whose music and work inspired many in the LGBT community—even as he courted controversy with them—died April 21. He was 57. His body was found in an elevator his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota. An autopsy was performed on the singer, according to reports, but coroners said an official cause of death was likely ...


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BENT NIGHTS Eli 'Paperboy' Reed; Chairlift - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - BWhat has defined and separated Eli "Paperboy" Reed from the growing pack of soul revivalists is his lack of pretension. Where critics and fans stumble over themselves blessing Leon Bridges and Adele for resurrecting icons of yore ( Sam Cooke and Dusty Springfield, respectively ), Reed loves to get down and dirty from the word "go." His music and vocals ...


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Entertainment news: Ruby Rose, Viola Davis, N.C. and performers - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In an interview with Galore, Orange Is the New Black co-star Ruby Rose said she has no problem being compared to Justin Bieber or Leonardo DiCaprio, The Huffington Post noted. The 30-year-old star, who identifies as gender fluid, also sounded off on what it feels like when she's told that she's turned "straight girls gay" after becoming their "girl crush." ...


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New Tegan and Sara songs out, album soon - In anticipation of their forthcoming album Love You to Death, Tegan and Sara have launched their album pre-order and released debut single "Boyfriend." "Boyfriend" and brand-new track "U-turn" are available for sale and streaming now, and Love You to Death is available for pre-order via all digital service providers. Fans who pre-order Love You to Death in advance of its ...


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Upcoming: Bollywood dance, JD Glass concert, Mudderella, Mary Lambert - Mary Lambert at NU April 26 Grammy nominee Mary Lambert—possibly best known for singing with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on the song "Same Love"—will discuss the art of songwriting (along with a special performance). The free event will take place Tuesday, April 26, 7-8:30 p.m., on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University at Lutkin Hall, 700 University Pl. Jim DeRogatis ...


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NUNN ON ONE Vanessa Williams talks gay classmates, fashion, 'Ugly Betty' - Vanessa L. Williams, not to be confused with the actress Vanessa A. Williams, is more than just a triple threat. The actress, singer, and dancer is now branching into fashion with V. by Vanessa Williams. She also adds writer to the list with a book teaming her up with mother Helen Williams. Williams is a Grammy nominated singer for hits ...


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Vanessa Williams performs at UNICEF gala - On Saturday night, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF hosted the 9th annual UNICEF Hope Gala at The Geraghty in Chicago, raising funds to support the organization's work. The gala's "Imagine" theme aimed to inspire guests to imagine a world in which no child dies of a preventable cause. During the event, guests enjoyed a performance by Vanessa Williams, a seated ...


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Dancing About Architecture: Setting the stage for a second act in pop - At the start of the rock and roll era, artists had a much shorter career window than they do today. Artists like The Beatles were only active for less than a decade and Elvis had short runs of success, armed service, movies and retirement. Only a handful of acts have managed to stay creative, and not become oldies acts working ...


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Entertainment: Eli Lieb, Steve Grand, Robin Roberts, Harvey Feinstein, Cyndi Lauper - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Eli Lieb and Steve Grand have teamed to create the song and video "Look Away," which has racked up hundreds of thousands of YouTube hits and Facebook views since it premiered on Towleroad, according to a press release. Lieb said, "We filmed this the day after my boyfriend and I broke up, and the footage is so real and raw, ...


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GLAAD calls on music industry to push against anti-GLBT Tennessee bills - From a press release - NASHVILLE, TN — GLAAD, the world's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) media advocacy organization, today called on the music industry to take a stand against discriminatory bills currently pending in Tennessee, which threaten the rights and safety of LGBT people. Tennessee's House Bill 1840 would allow counselors to refuse mental health services to LGBT patients, and Tennessee's ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Hitting up Blu Cantrell - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer Blu Cantrell may always be remembered for her single "Hit 'Em Style ( Oops! )," which charted all over the place. She was nominated for a Grammy for the follow-up album Bittersweet, which featured a Sean Paul collaboration with "Breathe." The Rhode Island native appeared briefly in the movie Drumline, filmed a reality show with NBC's Celebrity Circus, and ...


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Matthew Morrison to perform selections from the powerful new musical Exposure - From a press release - New York, NY - Feinstein's/54 Below will host EXPOSURE in Concert, featuring Matthew Morrison and an exciting line-up of Broadway stars performing selections from the powerful new musical conceived and created by Cathy Nathan, with original music and lyrics by Erik Della Penna, musical direction by Doug Peck, and photography by Sandro. EXPOSURE in Concert will play Feinstein's/54 Below, 254 ...


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Bruce Springsteen cancels North Carolina concert over extreme anti-LGBT law - From a press release - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), praised the news that Bruce Springsteen is cancelling a concert this weekend in North Carolina due to the state's radical and extreme new anti-LGBT law — HB 2 — that was rammed through the legislature on March 23rd. "Bruce Springsteen is a hero and an icon because he gives voice, ...


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Duriel E. Harris' 'Thingification' at MPAACT May 4 - From a press release - Thingification, a one-woman show by Duriel E. Harris, will be at MPAACT May 4 , Greenhouse Theater2, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. Thingification is a one-woman show of poetry, performance, music and dance that invigorates with the power of word and sound. Set in contemporary Chicago, the play transports the audience through time and space, enacting collective struggles against "thingification"—the ...


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Kristen Ford at Reggie's April 10 - This spring, lesbian musician Kristen Ford is road-testing new material for her upcoming EP, Deinonychus—and her next local stop will be at Reggie's Music Joint, 2105 S. State St., on Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m. Ford and her band will be performing with Royal Outsiders, Bri Ingram and Elle Cassaza. All attendees must be at least 21 years old. ...


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Upcoming: Piano Men, Vintage Garage, Kinsey Sicks, Hannah Free, Sound of Music - Big Noise's 'Cabaret' April 22-May 8 Big Noise Theatre Company, a division of Winnetka Theatre, continues its 2016 season with the musical play Cabaret. Cabaret will be performed at the Prairie Lakes Theater, 515 E. Thacker St., Des Plaines, from April 22 through May 8. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for seniors; visit www.bignoisetheatre.org or call 847-604-0275. ...


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Composer bans works from North Carolina - In response to the new anti-LGBT North Carolina law HB2, Tony-winning Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz—who's behind such musicals as Godspell, Pippin and Wicked—will not allow any of his musicals to be staged in the state. In a statement, Schwartz said, in part, " To my fellow theatre writers and producers: As you no doubt know, the state of North Carolina ...


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Out singer Daphne Willis talks goggles, Meghan Trainor - NUNN ON ONE: SPRING MUSIC SPECIAL - Coming out of Chicago and landing in Nashville has worked well for singer Daphne Willis. During her time as a DePaul University student, she began performing in Chicago that eventually led to her moving down south. She recorded her latest EP, Get It, in Nashville. Her new pop-crafted single, "Done With Bein' Done," was written by hitmaker Meghan Trainor and ...


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Upcoming: Vinyl, Kinsey Sicks, Queens Toast, Lollapalooza, Orchestra awards, more - Rachael Sage has new album, tour Singer/songwriter Rachael Sage has announced the release of her forthcoming full-length studio album, Choreographic, due May 20. Through this self-described "ballet-pop," Sage delivers a tribute to her very first love: dance. Also, Sage has confirmed appearances at SXSW in March as well as a new tour, with a stop in Chicago on Thursday, June ...


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Upcoming: Human First, 'Flash' at Dance Center, Big Noise's 'Cabaret' - 'Human First' at The Geraghty on April 2 Center on Halsted will hold its annual Human First gala on Saturday, April 2, at The Geraghty, 2520 S. Hoyne St. The black-tie-optional event will have cocktails and a reception at 5:30 p.m., with awards, dinner and dancing at 7:30 p.m. This year, the Center will be presenting Human First Awards to ...


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BENT NIGHTS 'The Harry Nilsson 75th Birth-Year Tribute Show' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There was an absurd number of reasons not to miss The Harry Nilsson 75th Birth-Year Show at The Constellation on March 18 ( although Nilsson's birthday is actually on June 15—but why quibble? ). First was a line-up that featured some of the most idiosyncratic musicians and vocalists in Chicago, including Weather Man, Monica Boubou, a reunited Baby Teeth, Marvin ...


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Entertainment: Elton John, Maria Bello, Gwen Stefani, TMZ's Harvey Levin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - An ex-bodyguard is suing Sir Elton John for allegedly grabbing his crotch, twisting his nipples and demanding he "say hello to Uncle Elton," The New York Daily News reported. Jeffrey Wenninger quit his security gig in 2014, ending a 12-year stint protecting the "Nikita" singer. Wenninger cited multiple incidents of "unwelcome and offensive touching and groping" in a lawsuit filed ...


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Dancing About Architecture: When she was Vanity - Just as the Grammy Awards started this year, Twitter exploded with news that Denise Matthews passed away way too soon at the age of 57. While Denise hasn't been a pop star since 1995, anyone with love for the peak era of Prince mourned hard for the woman they once knew as Vanity. Vanity teamed up with Prince ( who ...


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Lollapalooza lineup announced - Radiohead, J. Cole, Lana del Rey, Ellie Goulding, rapper Future, LCD Soundsystem and Red Hot Chili Peppers are among those headlining this year's Lollapalooza festival that will take place July 28-31 in Grant Park. This year marks the festival's 25th anniversary. Among the dozens of other acts are St. Lucia, Griz, The Front Bottoms, Wolf Alice, Jackal, Flatbush Zombies and ...


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Steve Grand to headline 5th Annual LGBT Military Leadership Conference - From a press release - ( Washington, DC ) — Today OutServe-SLDN is pleased to announce that Steve Grand will headline OutServe-SLDN's 5th Annual LGBT Military Leadership Conference. Last September, Grand made headlines when he accompanied Sgt. Tanner White to the Marine Corps Ball. Matt Thorn, Executive Director for OutServe-SLDN stated: "We are delighted that Steve Grand will be joining us for our 5th Annual ...


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a-ha greatest-hits CD out March 18 - Time and Again: The Ultimate a-ha—a compilation of the Norwegian trio's greatest hits, as well as a selection of rare and unreleased remixes—will be out March 18, courtesy of Rhino. The album contains music from Hunting High And Low ( 1985 ), Scoundrel Days ( 1986 ), Stay On These Roads ( 1988 ), East Of The Sun, West Of ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC 'Cheers' to Andra Day - Miss Cassandra "Andra" Day is making a big splash in the music pool with strong vocals and a stunning look. She is yet another success story straight from YouTube after a cover of Jessie J's "Momma Knows Best" that eventually landed her a deal with Warner Bros. Her album, Cheers to the Fall, was released last year and had Spike ...


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Chicago Queer Arts Mentorship Program launched - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — High Concept Labs ( HCL ) announces today the launch of the Chicago Queer Arts Mentorship Program ( CQAMP, "see-q-amp" ), under the guidance of Program Director Joseph Varisco. The new program partners emerging Chicago-based artists with industry professionals through year-long mentorships focused on project- or career-specific goals. CQAMP is an Institutional Incubation program of High Concept ...


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'Carmina Burana' March 19 - WCPA's ( Windy City Performing Arts' ) Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire will perform composer Carl Orff's operatic classic Carmina Burana on Sat, March 19, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at The Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St. Admission is $18 ( general admission )-$30 ( VIP ) in advance, ...


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Upcoming: Ravinia's summer; Alvin Ailey - Bob Dylan ( performing with Mavis Staples ), Diana Ross, Tony Bennett, Paul Simon, Bryan Ferry, Seal, Patti LaBelle, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the Alice Cooper/Joe Perry/Johnny Depp supergroup Hollywood Vampires, and Duran Duran and Chic ( led by Nile Rodgers ) are among the acts slated to perform at Ravinia this summer. Below are a few dates ...


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GLAAD to honor actress Ruby Rose - Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 9, 2016 — GLAAD announced today it will honor actress Ruby Rose at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on April 2, 2016. For the first time in nearly a decade, the GLAAD Media Awards will be televised exclusively on Logo in a one-hour special premiering Monday, April 4 ...


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BENT NIGHTS Meat Wave; Mutts - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - With springtime in Chicago playing peekaboo, it came as a near-miracle that The Empty Bottle's third annual "Music Frozen Dancing" Winter Block Party landed on one of the warmest days of 2016. In previous years—when the weather was less forgiving—the festival served as a quick cure for cabin fever, but now it has evolved into a social extravaganza for rambunctious ...


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Lisa Rock to do "Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters" at McAninch Arts - GLEN ELLYN, Ill. — "Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters" a tribute to the Grammy Award-winning pop music of Karen and Richard Carpenter starring Lisa Rock comes to the McAninch Arts Center's Club MAC Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m. For the popular Club MAC performances, MAC's Playhouse Theatre is transformed into an intimate ...


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Cyndi Lauper plays Chicago Theater May 16, tickets available March 10 - From a press release - Iconic performer and musical chameleon Cyndi Lauper announced today the DETOUR TOUR in support of her upcoming studio albumDETOUR available May 6 on Sire Records. The 19-city tour will kick off May 9 at the "Mother Church of Country Music," Nashville's Ryman Auditorium and will wrap up June 12 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in St. Augustine, Florida. Select dates, ...


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Bowie tribute has Sons, Cherry, Sinead - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For one special night, the spirit of late singer David Bowie was in the room at Metro thanks to a well-crafted sold-out event on March 4. A tribute was held celebrating the music of the icon while also benefiting cancer research, with some of the proceeds donated to the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center. Bowie passed away from ...


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Oak Park Festival Theatre announces 2016 season; new managing director. - From a press release - Look to the lady! is the theme for 2016, both on stage and off, for the venerable Oak Park Festival Theatre. This summer's offerings comprise two classic comedies of the sexes—Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw, and The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare. Outwardly contrasting but deeply related, both plays present brilliant, eccentric, domineering men tested by strong, independent ...


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NUNN ON ONE Dionne Warwick talks Black Ensemble, AIDS and retirement - The legendary Dionne Warwick has lasted 55 years in a busy career that continues to thrive keeping her on the road. Warwick began her life in the music business at the Apollo Theater and worked with songwriter Burt Bacharach who brought her to fame. Hits like "Walk On By" and "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" brought her ...


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DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE Silent All These Years: Sexual abuse, pop music - The most powerful moment of the Oscars this past weekend was Lady Gaga's heart-wrenching performance of Diane Warren's "Til It Happens To You," nominated for Best Original Song. Her emotionally strained vocals were only amplified by a crowd of sexual assault victims joining her at the end with messages of trauma scrawled on their bodies. The rare moment of acknowledging ...


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MUSIC Lisa Fischer talks 'Stardom' and 'Pain' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer Lisa Fischer has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry, and also shone on her own. She's worked with acts such as Luther Vandross, Tina Turner and The Rolling Stones, among many others. However, R&B fans may also recognize Fischer from the lush 1991 ballad "How Can I Ease the Pain," for which she won a ...


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MUSIC It's a hard Cardiknox life for dance-music duo - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - L.A. dance music duo Cardiknox are composed of Lonnie Angle and Thomas Dutton. The two have already made a big splash with catchy songs like "On My Way" and "Doors," which rapper Daye Jack remixed. They have toured with Betty Who, Bleachers, and just played with Carly Rae Jepsen. The two are signed to Warner Bros. with a new album ...


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Entertainment: George Michael; Ellen; Big Freedia; Oscars; k.d. lang - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer George Michael is reportedly planning a return to the music industry by planning a comeback tour—four years after last performing live, Yahoo! News reported. The singer has been in touch with insurance companies about touring again, according to Britain's The Sun newspaper. It was reported last year that the former Wham! star, who was last seen on stage in ...


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Windy City Gay Chorus, Windy City Treble Quire perform Carmina Burana - From a press release - CHICAGO, IL - WCPA's Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire are proud to offer two performances of composer Carl Orff's spectacular operatic classic Carmina Burana on Sat, March 19, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at The Chicago Temple ( 77 W. Washington St., Chicago ). Tickets are available now at ...


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Former Red Dog Space reopening - On Friday, Feb. 26, the former Red Dog space will come to life again in a grand opening celebration as Annex, 1958 W. North Ave., at 10 p.m. The space played a key role in Chicago's second wave of house music throughout the 1990s as Red Dog nightclub—once a launching pad for deejays like Derrick Carter, DJ Sneak, Cajmere ( ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC 'Good Times' with Carly Rae Jepsen - Singer Carly Rae Jepsen started independently after coming in third on Canadian Idol but her little song "Call Me Maybe" exploded, selling more than 18 million singles. Before you can say "one-hit wonder," the next song—"Good Time," her duet with Owl City—was certified double platinum. Her latest album, E·MO·TION, was on many critics'-picks lists last year, and there is a ...


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Cyndi Lauper tackles country; 'Limerence' raising funds - New Cyndi Lauper CD tackles country Cyndi Lauper's musical journey will take a Southern turn on Detour—a CD that features the singer's take on country classics from the '40s, '50s and '60s. Detour will be out on Sire Records on Friday, May 6. The album is Lauper's first for Sire Records and executive-produced by Sire founder Seymour Stein. The CD ...


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Entertainment: 'Empire'; Jill Soloway; Batwoman; Destiny's Child - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced that the television series Empire will be honored at the 2016 HRC Los Angeles Gala Dinner, according to a press release. HRC also announced that producer Nina Jacobson—whose work includes the film hit The Hunger Games and FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story—will be honored with the HRC Visibility ...


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Beyonce does justice to New Orleans' rich, queer culture - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Formation" celebrates identities that once sparked shame but now inspire pride. Beyonce's new song "Formation," released recently and performed at Super Bowl 50, is a masterpiece of Black protest art and social commentary. Using footage from the 2013 New Orleans documentary That B.E.A.T as its backdrop, "Formation" is both a personal and political statement about repression and a celebration of ...


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Frenchie Davis to perform at the Second Annual Truth Awards Gala - From a press release - LOS ANGELES — Powerhouse singer/songwriter and LGBT activist Frenchie Davis will lend her voice and perform at the Second Annual Truth Awards Gala and Dinner to be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the Taglyan Cultural Complex, located at 1201 Vine Street in Los Angeles. Festivities will kick off at 6 p.m. with red carpet arrivals and a VIP ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Lyrics by Korie - It's shaping up to be quite the Chicago season for gay lyricist and opera librettist Michael Korie. Porchlight Music Theatre is currently presenting the Windy City premiere of Korie's 2013 off-Broadway musical Far from Heaven ( co-written with composer Scott Frankel and playwright Richard Greenberg ). Korie is also part of the original writing team of the 2006 musical Grey ...


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BOOK REVIEW Soul Serenade - By Rashod Ollison, $25.95; Beacon Press; 230 pages Vinyl is making a comeback. Those are five words that put a smile on a music aficionado's face. A CD isn't the same, they say. An MP3 is nowhere near as good. You don't get the right sound unless you're spinning a record, so vinyl is coming back—but, for people like Rashod ...


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Dancing About Architecture: Giving country another (10th) chance - As the genre of country music hits rough patches, and then bounces back time after time, the fans feel the loves and losses, like the highs and lows of a break-up and make-up. Now I'm not speaking of the regular country fan who thinks Florida Georgia Line is as high-quality as George Jones. I'm talking real country fans who know ...


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Nightspots The Big To Do - Nightspots weekly picks to help you plan your nightlife calendar - Boylesque w/Ben D. Mann: The Tainted Love Show Thu., Feb. 18, 10:30 pm Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Chicago's own unique all-male review preforming their favorite twisted love songs. Starring Clyf Hangar, Otter Chaos ( pictured ), Isaac Zire, The Bendettes, and host Ben D. Mann. A different special guest performer each week. Big Freedia LIVE Fri., Feb. 19, ...


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Grammy love is spread around - At a time when diversity has been in the forefront of the entertainment spotlight, the Grammys, which took place Feb. 15, was ( again ) notable for showcasing wins, presentations and performances of performers of various ages, races and sexual orientations. Regarding award wins, no one person dominated. Rapper Kendrick Lamar ( who gave an electrifying performance ) won five ...


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Ravinia poster competition chooses first international winner - From a press release - Ravinia's Womens Board today announced their first-ever international winner to the annual Ravinia poster competition. The winning Untitled poster came from 18-year-old Teodora Šćepanović, a senior at The School of Design Bogdan Suput in Novi Sad, Serbia. She will receive a $1,000 cash prize and her design will be featured in the promotion of the upcoming 2016 Ravinia season, distributed ...


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MUSIC Married lesbian couple make music as Whatismu - Musician Lorrie Kountz and wife Laura Jansons make up the instrumental guitar fusion duo Whatismu. The two musicians released their self-titled debut CD in 2015 and have embraced a sound that is a hybrid of Indian percussion, rock guitars and EBM synthesizers—think Anoushka Shankar meets Led Zeppelin. Kountz talked with Windy City Times about her musical history, what inspired the ...


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Entertainment news: Nick Jonas; Laverne Cox; Abby Wambach; Hugh Jackman - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nick Jonas—who's played gay on two different TV shows and has been accused of "baiting" the gay community—was asked to clarify his recent comments that he wouldn't "confirm nor deny" whether he's ever had sex with a man in an interview with Complex, NewNowNext.com reported. "It's funny. I play a gay character on a TV show," he said. "Whether it's ...


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BENT NIGHTS Strawberry Jacuzzi; Le Tour; Velocicopter; Absolutely Not - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Four DIY bands—Strawberry Jacuzzi, Le Tour, Velocicopter and Absolutely Not ( who generally play low-key bars or DIY spaces )—hit one of Chicago's most venerated venues, The Metro, and not a moment too soon. In the first weeks of 2016, the DIY scene here was hit especially hard by three unexpected events. First was the passing of local performance/multimedia artist ...


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"Fight Song" charity cabaret concert benefits local groups - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Jan. 24, the inaugural "Fight Song" charity cabaret concert took place at Uptown Underground in front of a rowdy audience. The event—the brainchild of philanthropic businessman Jacob Leatherman—not only combined two of his careers ( live entertainment and professional styling ) but also showcased a who's who of theatrical and musical talent. The event, which Leatherman conceived after challenging ...


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Entertainment: Ricky Martin; Vampire Weekend; Celebrity Apprentice; Tim Gunn - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Puerto Rican music superstar Ricky Martin will be receiving a star on the Walk of Fame in Puerto Rico on Feb. 3, according to a Latin Post item that cites People en Espanol. The out singer, one of the artists credited with popularizing Latin pop in the U.S., began his career as a member of the boy band Menudo in ...


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Local composer talks teaching, audio projects - From an early age, Andrew "Drew" Edwards has been interested in how music is made. He's parlayed that interest into a career as a composer/owner of Blue Police Box Music. Edwards founded the company seven years ago. Since then he's composed music for theater, film, television, radio, Web content/podcasts, commercials and video games. "I wanted to name my business something ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Ava Cherry talks Bowie and Vandross - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Originally from Woodlawn, Illinois, singer Ava Cherry was influenced musically by her love affair with the late David Bowie. In return, he released some of his most creative music during that time with The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and Diamond Dogs. Cherry moved him in a more R&B direction with Young Americans and also sang with the Astronettes, ...


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BENT NIGHTS Muse; Honey Hole Johnson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Here we are in the first month of the new year and already Brit stadium art-rock act Muse has dropped an overripe cliche on us. The trio's seventh album, Drones ( Warner Bros. Records ), is a concept album about an individual taking on mindless authority and impossible odds while remaining true to themselves. We've been fed this tale since ...


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Lesbian duo Whatismu to perform in Chicago area - Whatismu—a performance duo coming to the Chicago area in February—is the vision of guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Lorrie Kountz. The members are couple Lorrie Kountz and Laura Jansons. The couple, who own a home in Elgin, Illinois, were married in 2008 in Toronto. Whatismu's demo attracted attention from industry heavy-hitters, producers Lee and Jolee Popa, who proceeded to produce and engineer the project ...


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MUSIC Business owner presenting 'Fight Song' charity concert - As a dancer, Jacob Leatherman has worked with top recording artists and the Hollywood elite. As the owner of BLOWN by bocaj ( Jacob spelled backwards ), Leatherman is calling the shots as a first-time business owner. The philanthropic businessman is set to launch his first annual charity concert "Fight Song," an event that hopes to raise money and awareness ...


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Entertainment news: Ellen Page; Bette Midler; Sam Smith; Chloe Grace Moretz - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Netflix kicked off a busy month for Sundance acquisitions by beating other companies to the punch for Tallulah—Sian Heder's dramatic comedy starring Ellen Page and Allison Janney, according to TheWrap. Page plays a rootless young woman who takes a toddler from a wealthy, negligent mother and passes the baby off as her own in an effort to protect her. Her ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Kristine W:'Living' it up - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kristine Weitz broke out of the Vegas scene to release seven albums, with tons of hit singles on the Billboard dance charts over the years. Albums like Land of the Living and Stronger became some of her strongest work and the songs were staples in the gay clubs. Kristine has continually supported the LGBT community over the years, including performing ...


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BENT NIGHTS Remembering David Bowie - On Jan. 10, David Robert Jones died of cancer at the age of 69. As one of the most influential pop culture artists of the last 50 years, only The Beatles and Elvis Presley surpassed Jones—known as David Bowie—in importance. As praise poured in from all quarters, what remains is not the question of his importance as an artist but ...


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Homolatte to present LGBT music, spoken word performances - From a press release - Homolatte, Chicago's premier queer music and live lit series, is now in its 16th year! Homolatte is a LGBTI community event created to give opportunities for writers and musicians to gain exposure and showcase their talents. Performers are from the LGBTI community, but the event is open to everyone! Homolatte is curated and hosted by Scott Free. Tuesday Jan 19: ...







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