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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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David Bowie: A man of sound and vision - Dancing About Architecture - Much will be written in the years to come of the life, death and in-between of most influential artist of our time, David Bowie, after this week's news of his passing. The point cannot be made harder that Bowie changed the face of popular music, not once or twice like most superstars, but over his entire career. With abbreviation, here's ...


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BOOKS: Rock 'n' roll queer families - VIEWPOINT - The tension between assimilation and queerness has long hovered over the LGBTQ community. As English writer Jonathan Kemp said a few years ago, "The assimilationists want gay marriage, inclusion in the military, the right to adopt children... Queers, on the other hand, … [regard] the most vibrant and radical aspect of homosexuality as being precisely its opposition to normative sexuality ...


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Upcoming: 'Cabaret'; Travel show; Artemis show; 'Le Switch'; Dancemakers; Out at CHM - Artemis Singers shows Jan. 23-24 The nonprofit Artemis Singers ( www.artemissingers.org ) will present "Wildest Dreams," a concert where lesbian feminists musically share their visions, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, and at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie. Among other things, the group will present the liberty piece, "Universal ...


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BENT NIGHTS Glitter Creeps with Bad Bad Meow; Dylan Wright - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For shows and new music from local musicians queer and otherwise, 2015 ended with so many great offerings that I feel cursed for not being able to cover all of them last month. For starters there were three sold-out blowouts at The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., starting with buzz rockers Meat Wave and Melk Belly on Dec. 12, ...


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Lyric Opera of Chicago presents opera Der Rosenkavalier - From a press release - CHICAGO — Lyric Opera of Chicago presents the perfect midwinter getaway: a beautiful production of Richard Strauss's delectably bittersweet romantic comedy Der Rosenkavalier, which opens on Monday, February 8 for eight performances. The opera stars Sophie Koch ( Feb. 8-20 ) and Alice Coote ( Mar. 4-13 ) in the title role as the teenaged "Rose Cavalier," Octavian, who is ...


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Gay8 Festival to debut in Miami's Little Havana - From a press release - Miami, FL. November 9, 2015 - Miami's top local bands, businesses, community leaders, and the community at large will come together on January 17, 2016 for the first annual Gay8 Festival. Gay8 ( GayOcho! ) is the first Latino LGBT art, music and food street festival in Miami's historic Little Havana, and will feature some of Miami's most celebrated musical ...


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Lakeview Blow-Dry Bar and Salon presents charity concert, "Fight Song" - From a press release - "Fight Song", a charity cabaret concert presented by BLOWN by bocaj, will be held on January 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Uptown Underground lounge in Chicago, Illinois. The concert hopes to raise awareness and money for the #needyourlove campaign in addition to select charities BLOWNback has partnered with throughout 2015, including Special Olympics, About Face Theatre and Fight ...


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Lesbian feminist Artemis Singers to present "Wildest Dreams" concert - From a press release - CHICAGO ─ Artemis Singers www.artemissingers.org, Chicago's Lesbian Feminist chorus, will present "Wildest Dreams," Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, and Sunday, Jan. 24, a concert reflecting chorus members' collective dreaming about the environment, social justice, feminism, empowerment, love and passion. "The lyrics to 'Ella's Song' are as arresting and vital today as they were when civil rights unsung hero Ella Baker spoke ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Countertenors having their voices heard - Countertenors ( male altos ) once were something of a rarity in the opera world. But in many ways nowadays, they're all the rage. With the ongoing revival of Baroque music, countertenors have increasingly proven that they can take on roles originally written for star castrati in the 17th and 18th centuries so modern-day opera companies don't always have to ...


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Dancing About Architecture: The 2015 Moosey Awards - Lost somewhere in all those pesky Grammy Award press releases was my shortlist for the annual Moosey Awards. I guess I should take John Tesh off my press list. If you're just tuning in, The Moosey Awards are not quite as prestigious and The Grammys or The Mercury Prize, snarkier than The Village Voice pics, and a bit higher-end and ...


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Sinfonietta MLK Jr. shows Jan. 17-18 - The Chicago Sinfonietta, with Music Director Mei-Ann Chen leading, continues its 2015-2016 season with its "Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." The shows will take place Sunday, Jan. 17, at 3 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall of North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville; and Monday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Chicago's Orchestra Hall of Symphony ...


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Elton John new CD; Auto show; Big Freedia; GLAAD Awards - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Elton John releasing new CD Feb. 5 Elton John will release his 33rd studio album, Wonderful Crazy Night, on Feb. 5 on Island Records. The album will feature the upbeat lead single, "Looking Up," which is now available. Wonderful Crazy Night was co-produced by Elton and T-Bone Burnett, and recorded at The Village in Los Angeles. "Wonderful" marks Elton's return ...


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Upcoming: Sing-A-Long; Streisand impersonator - 'Sing-A-Long' atMusic Box in Dec. The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., is presenting its 32nd Annual Music Box Christmas Sing-A-Long as well as a double feature of the classic films White Christmas and It's a Wonderful Life. The events will take place through Thursday, Dec. 24. To view a full schedule of showtimes and to purchase tickets ( ...


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Jingle Ball bash: A case of KISS and tell - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Dec. 16 iHeartRadio teamed with 103.5 KISS FM for the Jingle Ball bash at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. One dollar from each ticket of the multi-act concert goes to the Ryan Seacrest Foundation to benefit today's youth. This year's lineup included several new performers, including some that are quickly making it big. Many took time to talk ...


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The Wiz Live soundtrack available on digital - From a press release - ( New York, N.Y. ) Sony Music Masterworks and Broadway Records will release theoriginal soundtrack of the NBC Television event "The Wiz LIVE!" produced by Harvey Mason Jr. and co-produced by Stephen Oremus. Available now for preorder at Amazon, "The Wiz LIVE!" soundtrack features the well-known hits "Ease on Down the Road," "A Brand New Day" and "Home," plus the ...


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Dancing About Architecture: Best albums of 2015 - So far this decade has seen an abundance of stellar album releases, even in a land of singles sales. For 2015, it was hard to pick through to find the gems, but when you did, they shined as bright as anything in the first half of this puzzling decade. While not quite as accessible as his previous hit CD, John ...


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YEAR IN REVIEW The year in Bent Nights - After the tidal wave of queer musical closet doors flying open in 2014, this year offered few surprises. Queer icons Madonna, Ricky Martin, Bette Midler and Janet Jackson toured while Barry Manilow came out. Lady Gaga made a comeback ( with the help of Tony Bennett and American Horror Story: Hotel ) while Culture Club and Annie Lennox tried to. ...


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Upcoming: Popular music, choral, sing-a-long, philharmonic, stage - 'Christmas Queens' Dec. 21 at Park West Murray & Peter present a holiday spectacular with contestants from RuPaul's Drag Race singing songs from their new CD Christmas Queens on Monday, Dec. 21, at 8 p.m. at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave. Willam will host, with performers including Alaska Thunderf**k, Katya Zamolodchikova, Jinkx Monsoon, Ginger Minj and Sharon Needles ...


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Entertainment: Zac Efron; Rain Dove; Lee Daniels; Ruby Rose; Adele - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Zac Efron is reteaming with his Neighbors co-star Seth Rogen for The Disaster Artist, New Line's making-of movie about the 2003 drama The Room—widely considered one of the worst movies of all time, according to The Hollywood Reporter. James Franco is directing and also starring in the movie, which is based on a 2013 book by Greg Sestero, who starred ...


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Renee Fleming, Patricia Barber concert broadcast on WFMT, Dec. 21 - From a press release - CHICAGO — The world premiere of "Higher: Renée Fleming and Patricia Barber Perform the Music of Patricia Barber" on December 14at 7:30PM is nearly sold out. A top holiday pick from the likes of Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, Crain's Chicago Business, and many others, this one-night-only engagement can be heard a second time exclusively on WFMT at 8PM on Monday, ...


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Lyric opera ball raises $1.1M - The women's board of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, led by event co-chairs Mrs. A. Steven Crown and Mrs. King Harris, hosted the 61st annual Opening Night Gala, Sept. 26. The evening raised $1.1 million in net revenue for Lyric's philanthropic initiatives. The evening began with red-carpet arrivals outside the Civic Opera House before more than 3,000 guests entered the ...


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BENT NIGHTS Meat Wave; Who Is Fancy? - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Scruffy, queer-friendly hard rock trio Meat Wave have shaped up to be 2015's most deceptive breakout band. Studious, apple-cheeked front man Chris Sutter looks like such a sweet, polite young man ( think of Opie by way of Pilsen ) that it comes as a shock to find his charming mouth houses a voice that can peel the skin off ...


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Upcoming: Dave Koz; Trans exhibit Bring Your Own Body; Streisand impersonator; more - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Broadway benefit Dec. 14 at Sidetrack Cast members from the North American touring companies of the Broadway blockbusters Disney's The Lion King and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical present "Can You Feel the Earth Move: A Holiday Cabaret to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS" on Monday, Dec. 14, 7-9 p.m. at Sidetrack Video Bar, 3349 N. Halsted St. Cast ...


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Lesbian feminist Artemis Singers to present "Wildest Dreams" concert - From a press release - CHICAGO ─ Artemis Singers www.artemissingers.org, Chicago's Lesbian Feminist chorus, will present "Wildest Dreams," Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, and Sunday, Jan. 24, a concert reflecting chorus members' collective dreaming about the environment, social justice, feminism, empowerment, love and passion. "The lyrics to 'Ella's Song' are as arresting and vital today as they were when civil rights unsung hero Ella Baker spoke ...


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Dancing About Architecture: Until Adele's Christmas album comes along - You know, at some point, you have to put down the Adele 25 and come out from under your covers and realize it's December. And since the aforementioned British songbird has yet to put out a holiday collection, there are a few more worthy divas whose holiday offering you might consider. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings ( Amy Winehouse's backing ...


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Chicago Artists Chorale reveals 'Variations' - Most people don't immediately associate the poetry of Robert Frost with Christmas. The Chicago Artists Chorale hopes to change that with its upcoming winter concert, "The Frost Variations." It is the third concert for the chorale, which last year began as a way for local theater artists to come together and celebrate their love of music. Tom Vendafreddo and Devin ...


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Upcoming: Jess Godwin; Quire's 'Don We Now; Irving Berlin; more - Jess Godwin Entertainer Jess Godwin—recently signed to Razor&Tie as a writer—will perform at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., on Friday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. Each month, Godwin has dedicated a different chapter to a specific individual. This project will culminate in a live performance of every song at the Athenaeum. Following the performance, there will be a ...


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Gay chorus to get funky in Nov., Dec. - Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) will put on shows with a funky twist, incorporating songs by Pearl Bailey, James Brown, Donny Hathaway and many more in "Miracle on Thirty-Funk Street." This show marks James J. Morehead's first holiday show with the entire CGMC chorus of 150 singers, dancers and a six-piece band. There will be three shows, including ...


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Entertainment: 'Gotham' actor; Melissa Etheridge; Nathan Lane; Samira Wiley - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Gotham actor Robin Lord Taylor ( who plays Penguin ), 37, revealed on The Wendy Williams Show that he's been in a same-sex marriage for five years. Taylor himself has said, "I feel like the landscape has totally changed. Regardless of sexual preference, it's more that as a character actor, the less I reveal about myself, the better. My favorite ...


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MUSIC Queer 'survival punk' band Cutters on staying alive - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Self-described "survival punk" band Cutters have been together for three years now. Much like the band's debut EP, Trying Not To Die, its sophomore EP ( and third record overall, both//neither, shows them wearing their hearts on their sleeves. Non-binary/genderqueer singer Pierce Lightning pulls from his personal life when discussing gender identity and substance abuse and lays it out for ...


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Jess Godwin show Dec. 4 at Athenaeum Theater - Jess Godwin, recently signed to Razor&Tie as a writer, has spent the past year thanking the important people in her life through a series of DIY videos, stories, art pieces, and Chicago area service projects. Each month, Godwin has dedicated a different chapter to a specific individual. This project will culminate in a live performance of every song at the ...


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One night only concert: Ease on Down. - From a press release - CHICAGO ( November 23, 2015 ) — Bailiwick Chicago is pleased to present EASE ON DOWN, a dazzling, sizzling one-night-only concert packed with favorite tunes from The Wiz, Wicked, The Wizard of Oz and some fun surprises, performed by a talented line-up of award-winning Bailwick Chicago performers. Directed by Artistic Director Lili-Anne Brown ( Passing Strange, See What I Wanna ...


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Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire: Don We Now - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire will present two performances of their 37th annual "Don We Now" holiday concert on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at The Chicago Temple ( 77 W. Washington St., Chicago, IL ). Advance purchase tickets are available at http://wcpadonwenow.brownpapertickets.org. ...


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NUNN ON ONE Singer Thalia takes on fashion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Mexican singer Thalia is not only a spectacular singer but an accomplished author, actress and, now, designer. She is also called the "Queen of Latin Pop" or the "Mexican Madonna." Thalia is one of the best-selling Latin musicians with more than 25 years in the business. She can sing in Spanish, English, Portuguese, French and Tagalog. Originally she was in ...


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BENT NIGHTS: GASH, Richard Album - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The buzz on the quintet GASH is that the group is "that kinky S/M punk band from South Philly," but that quick observation hardly tells the whole story. After checking the band out at The Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave., on Nov. 6 and delving into the music, I got an entirely different take. Front woman Tibbie X has ...


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Darrian Ford on The New Standard of his art - Entertainer Darrian Ford freely admits to being inspired by and often sharing similar vocal qualities to the legendary Soul artist Sam Cooke. The genesis of Ford's original show The Cooke Book which he created in 2006 and has been performing ever since was due to the fact that he fell in love with the genre through Cooke's music. However, although ...


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DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE Some Grace in your face - - Much like grand dames Cher, Sade and Adele, Grace Jones only does things on her own terms, and when she wants to. She took almost two decades off from recording before releasing 2008's Hurricane ( since she had an artistic fall-out with Tricky ), has been late to almost every event she's ever been a part of, and, famously said ...


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MUSIC Out singer Sam Gleaves set to release Appalachian CD - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Sam Gleaves is a Virginia-born openly gay singer/songwriter/musician, who performs Appalachian music. Gleaves embraced the Appalachian sound—considered to be the traditional music of the region of Appalachia in the eastern United States—at an early age, and is set to release his first record of original songs this November. Windy City Times: At the age of 12 you learned how to ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Fancy is revealed - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Who is Fancy? Well, that's a good question until you realize that this Arkansas native was presented at the iHeartMedia Music Summit as one of the priorities for 2015 while his identity was kept a secret. The single "Goodbye" was blasted on the airwaves making his reveal on The Tonight Show. Before that fans were making their own theories on ...


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BENT NIGHTS Joe Jackson at Thalia Hall - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - When Joe Jackson's debut, Look Sharp ( A&M Records ), dropped in 1979, he found himself lumped in with fellow literate Brit punkers Graham Parker and Elvis Costello. The three of them had undeniable similarities ( all fronting legendary bands, having distinctive voices, sharing a love for U.S. pop music—each having a talent for writing some of the most scathing ...


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CONCERTS Janet Jackson's 'Unbreakable' show entertains - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Janet Damita Jo Jackson returned to The Chicago Theatre after many years for three sold-out shows on Nov. 2, 3 and 6. Her management described the venue as the smallest one on the tour so this was a rare opportunity to see her before she returns to Illinois at the large Allstate Arena on June 4, 2016. Expect a little ...


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BOOK REVIEW I'll Never Write By Memoirs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - by Grace Jones $26.99; Simon and Schuster; 386 pages I had yet to forget seeing Grace Jones for the very first time. It was 1975 and I was a barely closeted 15-year-old trapped in a boarding school in small town Camden, South Carolina. The only fuel for my innate queerness was a steady stream of Elton John singles, Bette Midler ...


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Upcoming: Lakeside Pride; Gay chorus; Martin and Short; Fashion gala; Miley Cyrus - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lakeside Pride's 'Once Upon a Time' Nov. 14 Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles will host "Once Upon a Time"—an evening of music, featuring selections inspired by or composed for fictional or theatrical works—on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. at Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence Ave. Some of the slated selections include Peter and the Wolf, The Sorcerer's Apprentice ...


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Entertainment: Anderson Cooper; Michelle Rodriguez; debuts; J.Lo vs. Mariah - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It was a rare sighting as CNN's Anderson Cooper and partner Benjamin Maisani walked the carpet hand-in-hand at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 14th annual An Enduring Vision Benefit, Page Six noted. ( Earlier this year, they attended the amfAR gala and the GLAAD Media Awards. ) Matt Lauer, Sandra Lee, Kiefer Sutherland, Whoopi Goldberg, Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, Andy ...


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Out singer/songwriter Levi Kreis Home for the Holidays at Davenport's - Free for all veterans - From a press release Davenport's is thrilled to welcome Tony Award Winner, Outer Critics Circle Winner, and multi- awarding winning singer/songwriter Levi Kreis. Best known for originating the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in the musical Million Dollar Quartet, Levi's original compositions have had prominent features on many major networks including CBS, NBC, FX, CW, and VH1. As an actor, ...


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Season of Concern marks 30 years - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Theater money-raiser Season of Concern celebrated 30 years of the Biscotto-Miller Fund with an awards ceremony and performances from local talent on Oct. 26 at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. This is a private grant given directly to artists in need. Titled "Season of Celebration: An Evening of Song," the night moved along swimmingly, thanks to peppy hostess E. Faye Butler and ...


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Upcoming: Unabridged anniv.; Cooke music; Sam Smith CD; Fashion gala: Reefer Madness - tellofilms.com to release 'Flannel' Chicago-based tellofilms.com has announced the release of its newest series, The Flannel Channel, with first-time filmmaker Jessica Nicholas writing and directing it. The series follows Jordan, a college freshman who struggles to tell her best friend that she's in love with her. Kaytra Parkman portrays Jordan, Megan DeHart is bisexual best friend Ashley and Joseph Dhanens ...


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Entertainment news: Sam Smith; Chaz Bono; Jane Lynch; Cyndi Lauper - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The New York Daily News reported that Sam Smith will take a hiatus from performing to return home, work on his follow-up to In the Lonely Hour and finally have a personal life again, he recently told Entertainment Tonight. "I am sad, but also it feels right," he said. "I've been going now for three years nonstop and it feels ...


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Dancing About Architecture: Adele, shining bright like a diamond, twice? - "Hello, it's me. I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet to go over everything … " With these few words, Adele broke the internet via X-Factor UK, followed days later by the aforementioned new single and launch of pre-sells for her third album, 25. Announced via her Facebook page ( like any self-respecting mommy would ...


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Sondheim receives literary award - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Chicago Public Library Foundation and the Chicago Public Library presented the 16th annual Carl Sandburg Literary Award to legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim Oct. 21 at the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner, which took place at the UIC Forum. Almost 700 people attended, raising more than $1.5 million to support the initiatives of the Chicago Public Library. Also ...


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BENT NIGHTS Bring Me the Horizon; The Neighborhood - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - That two highly successful and relatively young "hard-rock" bands could play within two blocks of each other in as many days in front of screaming sold-out crowds and not share a similarity beyond those labels says a lot for rock 'n' roll in 2015. First up was Bring Me the Horizon, whose That's the Spirit ( Columbia/Sony Records ) dropped ...


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Ricky Martin shakes it up for fans at show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The other Latin pop superstar named Enrique returned to Rosemont at Allstate Arena on Oct. 11. Singer Ricky Martin brought the flavor that he is known for, along with many of same dance moves that still work to this day and don't seem dated. His latest endeavor, A Quien Quiera Escuchar ( To Those Who Want to Listen ), brings ...


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VIEWS Azealia Banks, please stop insulting the LGBT community - Azealia Banks is at it again. The opinionated rapper has come under fire again for comments about the LGBT community. She has compared gay white men to the Ku Klux Klan ( KKK ) in tweets that have since been deleted. "LGBT community ( GGGG ) are like the gay white KKK's," Banks wrote in the since-deleted post. "Get them ...


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NUNN ON ONE Rob Zombie talks horror, mazes and Elton John - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Terrifying audiences for years now has paid off well for Rob Zombie, and now he is back in Illinois to do it again. The founding member of White Zombie returned from the grave to have a successful solo career with albums like Hellbilly Deluxe and Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. Fans screamed in the aisles for movies such as House of ...


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Upcoming: Mystery Ball; Renee Fleming; screenplay finalists; Four Women - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Blue Moon Mystery Ball Oct. 23 Murder, intrigue, suspense and a generous dash of wicked thrills and chills are slated for Chicago Dramatists' first-ever Blue Moon Mystery Ball. The event—which will also feature a fortune teller, blackjack and a silent auction of mystery excursions—is taking place the weekend before Halloween on Friday, Oct. 23, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at Cheney Mansion, 220 ...


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Upcoming: Halloween; LeAnn Rime; art auction; Trans talk show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - 'Haunting History' through Oct. 31 David Parr is presenting "Haunting History: A Halloween Treat for Grown-Ups" Oct. 23, 24, 30 and 31 at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. at the Evanston History Center, 225 Greenwood St., Evanston. Guests will explore the corridors of the historic Dawes House, completed in 1895. With Parr guiding, each room promises an encounter with the ...


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First transgender choir in Chicago is underway - Chicago's first-ever trans choir, ResonaTe Choir, was formed in early October of this year as a non-profit organization, and is currently in the auditioning and planning stages. Liz Jackson Hearns ( co-founder and executive director ), Zakary Siler ( co-founder and artistic director ) and Das Janssen ( co-founder and board member ) make up ResonaTe's current leadership structure. Hearns ...


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Dancing About Architecture: A bloody good halloween party playlist - We adults have now taken over Halloween from the children, making it one of the year's biggest party nights. That's where I come in. Every October, I try my best to help you with your Halloween party playlists and since this holiday falls on a Saturday, ain't no way you're getting a DJ. Now, we all know the chestnuts: Ministry's ...


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Upcoming film, music: I Am the Queen; Homolatte - 'I Am the Queen' out on DVD, On Demand Four women preparing for a transgender beauty pageant in Chicago's Humboldt Park, a predominantly Puerto Rican community, share their unique stories, in I Am the Queen. The 75-minute documentary, co-directed by Henrique Cirne-Lima and Josue Pellot, was an official selection at the Chicago Latino Film Festival and is now out DVD ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Justin Hawkins of The Darkness on tats, androgyny - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - British rock band The Darkness took over the world with a megahit single "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" that made the album Permission to Land quadruple platinum and won them three Brit Awards. Extensive touring landed them in Chicago several times and, now, has them returning with a new album, Last of Our Kind. The new music has ...


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Entertainment: 'Model'; Lance Bass; ABC Family; Madonna & Prince - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The first deaf contestant on America's Next Top Model may be the first to come out as sexually fluid as well, Spectrum noted. Breakout model Nyle DiMarco was recently asked about his sexuality by a fan on Twitter and responded by letting the world know he is fluid. According to Everyday Feminism, the article DiMarco linked, "sexually fluid" is a ...


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BENT NIGHTS The Gold Web; Those Manic Seas; Ono - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I caught local rockers The Gold Web at The Arcade Emporium, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave., on Sept. 29—and got way more then I expected. Calling themselves "Chicago's Glam Monstrosity" and with inspiration from stadium-blasting icons like KISS, these guys come off like a napalm blast of optimism and joy, but with a twist. The first attention-grabber is the "look," with ...


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Love Fest, CBGMC mark 10th anniversaries - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Oct. 10, the Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus ( CBGMC ) held the 10th anniversary edition of the annual Love Fest in front of a nearly sold-out audience of well-wishers and supporters. The event, held at the Chicago Illumination Company at 2110 S. Wabash Ave., also marked the 10th anniversary of the creation of the caucus while continuing its ...


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MUSIC Pure Garbage: Steve Marker talks Manson, gay fans - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Mention the band Garbage to an LGBTQ person of a certain age, and that person's eyes may glow. Inevitably, that person will start humming a favorite song. There are many choices: "Queer," "Androgyny," "I'm Only Happy When It Rains," "When I Grow Up" and "#1 Crush," for example. The band's debut album, Garbage, turns 20 this year, and a new ...







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