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Elaine Dame hosts Matthew Shepard Foundation benefit - From a press release - Jazz vocalist and bandleader Elaine Dame will be holding down a Thursday night residency at SIP ( aka Southport & Irving ), 4000 N. Southport in Chicago, in April. The residency, which begins on Thursday, April 2 at 8 p.m., will be followed by a benefit for the Matthew Shepard Foundation Sunday, May 3, 6-10 p.m., which Dame will host. ...


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WCPA pays tribute to Tyler Clementi - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On March 21, Windy City Performing Arts ( WCPA ) held its 2015 spring concert Legacies of Hope in the stunning St. James Episcopal Cathedral. The cathedral, with a beautiful backdrop, was the perfect setting for the sounds of the Windy City Gay Chorus ( WCGC ) and the Windy City Treble Quire. WTCQ started the concert out with several ...


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Upcoming: Wainwright at Winery; Madonna at UC; Lake FX Summit; Cinema Q; "Deadly" exhibit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Third Rufus Wainwright show added at Winery A third show featuring out singer Rufus Wainwright has been added to the slate at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St. Wainwright will also perform Monday, May 4. Tickets are $80-$90 each; see www.CityWinery.com. The May 5 and 6 shows are sold out, according to the website. Wainwright has released seven studio albums ...


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Entertainment: Andy Cohen; Cheyenne Jackson; Chaz Bono; Jussie Smollett - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Andy Cohen, popular late-night talk-show host of Watch What Happens Live on Bravo, will now also executive-produce an all-new channel featuring entertainment personally curated and presented by Cohen exclusively on SiriusXM, according to a press release. In addition to producing the new SiriusXM channel, Radio Andy, Cohen will also host a weekly radio show exclusively on the 24/7 channel for ...


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MUSIC Anne Steele shows listeners 'What's Mine' - Anne Steele's new album, What's Mine, paints a picture of a seasoned songstress in the throes of overcoming life's little treasures—such as heartbreak, loss and finding the courage to try again. The award-winning songwriter met her wife of five years, Kelli Carpenter, while performing on a cruise with R Family Vacations in 2010 and it's been smooth sailing ever since. ...


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DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE: RAVINIA 2015 PREVIEW - If you're reading this, you're probably pretty in tune with current music and the latest concerts and festivals. Music fans follow bookings for Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, Spring Awakening, Riot Fest and even Market Days like straight boys with football rankings, but for most folks under 40, Ravinia is the big mysterious outdoor venue up north that their Aunt Joan has season ...


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Fifth Harmony in sync with fans - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singing group Fifth Harmony picked a wild day to arrive in Chicago for its Reflection Tour. On March 14, Chicagoans dyed the river green, threw a parade and drank themselves silly to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The group sold out the too-small Riviera Theatre, which has a capacity of 1,400 people. A crowd mostly made up very young girls, their ...


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BENT NIGHTS Mike Maimone; Brazilian Girls - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As if fronting local scruffy hard-rock trio Mutts was not enough, out vocalist and piano man Mike Maimone kicked off his monthly residency at the High Hat Club, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd., on March 5, with tongue firmly out of cheek. The show was billed as "Mike Maimone and 'Friends,'" but the title barely hinted at what this gig ...


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Lakeside Pride gets into 'Jazz Age' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles held its third annual benefit, "Champagne Showcase: A Night in the Jazz Age," March 7 at Center on Halsted. The event featured shhh...OUT! Lakeside Pride Jazz Ensemble as well as two brand-new groups: the Strayhorns Jazz Combo and Wilde Cabaret. All proceeds from this event benefited the general operating fund of Lakeside Pride. Photos by Chuck ...


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Kelly Clarkson: 'Miss Independent' talks anthem, 'Kezbo' following - Before catapulting to pop stardom, Kelly Clarkson was one of us. In many ways, she still is. The original American Idol—who memorably erupted into waterworks when she won the first season of the reality show in 2002—wasn't always able to muster the willpower she's instilled in the gay community through her uncompromising persona and liberating pop anthems, including those on ...


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Windy City Performing Arts to remember Tyler Clementi at event - Windy City Gay Chorus ( WCGC ) and Windy City Treble Quire ( WCTQ ) will deliver an evening of meaningful musical messages as they present "Legacies of Hope" on March 21 at St. James Episcopal Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St. "Legacies of Hope" sets out to honor the lives of at-risk LGBTQ youth. In doing so, it will also ...


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Mister E Machine sings against anti-LGBTQ bullying - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Live it, learn it, perform it. Chicago-based indie group Mister E Machine rocks out with a gay perspective. In summer 2014, lead vocalist, primary songwriter and LGBTQ activist Manny Capozzi and producer/drummer Chuck Harling teamed up and established the band. Now as a quartet that also includes David Ladon on bass and backing vocals and Perry Simmons on backing vocals, ...


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Windy City Gay Idol 2015 announcement - After a dozen years of hosting Windy City Gay Idol, Windy City Times newspaper and Nightspots magazine are announcing they will not be programming the annual event in 2015. Started in 2003 as a takeoff on the popular American Idol TV show, the contests have been held throughout the city and suburbs, crowning winners based on the votes of a ...


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Windy City Gay Idol looks back on twelve years - After a dozen years of hosting Windy City Gay Idol, Windy City Times newspaper and Nightspots magazine are announcing they will not be programming the annual event in 2015. Started in 2003 as a takeoff on the popular American Idol TV show, the contests have been held throughout the city and suburbs, crowning winners based on the votes of a ...


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MUSIC Jimmy Somerville celebrates disco, Bronski Beat past - Last year marked the 30th anniversary of the song "Small Town Boy," the breakthrough hit by Bronski Beat. Former lead singer Jimmy Somerville is back with a brand-new disco beat and is set to release his new CD, Homage, on March 10. Windy City Times spoke with Somerville about his love of disco, being openly gay at the start of ...


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Local entertainment events: Homestretch; Tret Fure; Louder than a Bomb; African-American films - 'The Homestretch' screening March 14 Community Cinema, WTTW, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the Polk Bros Foundation are presenting an advance screening of The Homestretch, a film by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly. The screening will take place Saturday, March 14, 2-3 p.m., at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. ( A ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Midge Ure talks Moby, Boy George, touring - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Scottish singer Midge Ure has had great success in the '70s and '80s fronting groups like Thin Lizzy and Ultravox. "Do They Know It's Christmas?" was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure back in 1984 to raise money for famine in Ethiopia. He organized Band Aid, Live Aid, and Live 8 with Geldof as well. He's released solo albums ...


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Entertainment: Wanda Sykes; Gaga; Mo'Nique; Eddie Redmayne - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Comedian Wanda Sykes says she was treated like a unicorn after coming out gay, On Top Magazine noted. Sykes, 50, came out as gay in 2008 during a rally to protest passage of California's gay-marriage ban, Proposition 8, which fell in 2013. Appearing on The Meredith Vieira Show, Sykes told Vieira that her coming out was not planned, adding, "Funny ...


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BENT NIGHTS Hozier; Empty Bottle Winter Block Party - For better or worse, Hozier's massive hit "Take Me to Church" was the song of 2014. Like a very few others ( such as "American Pie" by Don McLean, "Born in the U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen, and even "It's A Sin" by The Pet Shop Boys ), the song can be easily misinterpreted and stuck on various perspectives like Velcro. ...


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Ricky Martin: Beyond the 'Bon Bon' - Ricky Martin talks love life, shirtless selfies and how he'd react to having gay sons A single tweet changed Ricky Martin's life, and then it changed the world. When the internationally famed Puerto Rican heartthrob came out in 2010, declaring himself on Twitter "a fortunate homosexual man" who's "very blessed to be who I am," Martin, 43, stepped out of ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Catching up with Jill Grove and "The Property" - Lesbian mezzo-soprano Jill Grove has appeared in some of the most critically acclaimed new recent productions at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Who could forget her topless tribal Klytamnestra waging interfamily battle in Richard Strauss' Greek tragedy Elektra in 2012? Or Grove as the earthy swamp witch Jezibaba in Antonin Dvorak's Rusalka in 2014? Now Grove gets to put her ...


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Arts news: Harris; Flower & Garden Show; Brave Face Project; Ronnie Kroell - Harris Theater in the midst of $5M renovation project The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., is in the midst of a $5-million renovation project. The physical renovations of the Harris Theater patron space is one component of a $38.8-million fundraising campaign launched during the theater's 10th anniversary last season. The plan will involve adding two ...


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BENT NIGHTS Sleater-Kinney; Glitter Creeps - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As someone who was merely aware of the band in itsheyday, I was mystified by the effect that the Sleater-Kinney reunion had on me. It certainly didn't hurt that No Cities to Love, the first CD from the group in 10 years, was called one of the best releases of 2014, or that tickets for this show were snapped up ...


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BENT NIGHTS Kaki King; Melk Belly - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After having been called one of the most exciting experimental guitarists of her generation, it could be assumed that out musician Kaki King's SRO show at Lincoln Hall on Feb. 11 would have the solemnity of the coronation of a pope. The idea of her "in recital" is something that fans have come to anticipate with bated breath, but what ...


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Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull thrill fans with fast-paced show - On Feb. 20, Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull returned to Illinois, bringing their successful act to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. The dynamic duo put on a fast-paced, fun show, selling out the venue to the top of the rafters in the process. Rotating nights where one of them follows the other has kept this tour fresh and unexpected. This time ...


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Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles presents "Champagne Showcase: A Night in the Jazz Age - From a press release - CHICAGO, FEBRUARY 16, 2015 — With swing and sass, Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles presents its third annual benefit, "Champagne Showcase: A Night in the Jazz Age," at Center on Halsted ( 3656 N. Halsted ) on Saturday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m. Guests are encouraged to come out in their best dapper wear and flapper attire to celebrate a bygone ...


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Upcoming events: NU Pride; women's tourney; SCOTCH bowling - 'Pride Day' at NU Feb. 21 Northwestern University's men's basketball team will host "Pride Day" on Saturday, Feb. 21. At its home in Evanston's Welsh-Ryan Arena, Northwestern will face off against Penn State at 2 p.m. Tickets for the Feb. 21 basketball event are reduced to $20 with the promo code "NUPRIDE" at NUSports.com. ( Individuals will also receive a ...


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Upcoming events: Internat'l Women's Dance; gays on 'Hate in America'; Knuckles film - International Women's Day Dance on March 7 Chicago groups are bringing back the popular International Women's Day Dance to Chicago, Saturday, March 7, 7 p.m.-midnight, at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, 3015 W. Division St. The Chicago Foundation for Women ( CFW ) LGBT Giving Council is sponsoring the event, which is open to people of ...


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Queer Fest America throws El Rescate benefit - On Feb. 13, QFA ( Queer Fest America ) threw a benefit show at the rock-and-leather bar The Liar's Club in support of El Rescate, an independent youth living program. El Rescate, which translates as "the rescue," has witnessed its programs and facilities triple in size as the need for housing and advocacy for queer youth has expanded. As the ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC From Bristol to 'Budapest' with singer George Ezra - Young upstart George Ezra is ready to conquer this side of the pond and with recent tour mates he's well on his way. The new album Wanted on Voyage has spawned an iTunes Single of the Week, with "Budapest" hitting nearly 86 million streams. His sound has crossed borders, taking on both Alternative and Adult Top 40 charts. In his ...


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DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE - AGE, RELEVANCE AND THE BBC - This week it was announced by BBC Radio One, that after over 30 years of support, Madonna is no longer relevant enough for the mainstream BBC1, and being moved to BBC2, the UK radio equivalent of being put out to pasture for good. In a talk with an insider at the station, The Daily Mail reported, "At the end of ...


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Entertainment news: Ricky Martin; Melissa Manchester; Madonna banned - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ricky Martin will start his 20-date "One World" tour in North America on Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Las Vegas, according to a press release. ( Other stops include Chicago, Toronto, Atlanta, Dallas and Miami, among others. ) The tour is in support of his newest album, A Quien Quiera Escuchar ( To Whomever Wants to Listen ). Speaking of Martin, ...


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Lakeside Pride seeks marching director - Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles will accept applications through Friday, Feb. 20, for the position of marching band director. The director will coordinate rehearsals and performances, select music, recruit members and otherwise manage the band's season, roughly April to September each year, beginning in 2015. Selected applicants will be invited to interview with a committee made up of ensemble members, members ...


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Manilow, Koz bring 'Magic' to Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Vern Hester - On Feb. 14, Valentine's Day was turned into a massive Barry Manilow love-in when the pop star hit the United Center for the Chicago stop of his "One Last Time" tour. With a career that has spanned more than 45 years and a track record of 27 platinum albums and 26 top 10 hit singles, it could be assumed that ...


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Movie celebrating Frankie Knuckles to shoot in Chicago - From a press release - CHICAGO — Feb. 11, 2015 — A new feature film, THE WAREHOUSE, will celebrate the Godfather of House Music, GRAMMY Award-winning Frankie Knuckles ( 1955-2014 ) and Chicago's legendary Warehouseafterhours club, where the internationally recognized House Music genre was born. The film will be produced byBob Teitel ( Men of Honor, Barber Shop ), Billy Dec ( Rockit Ranch/Elston Films ...


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Upcoming events: Fireball; Oscar event; On the Red Carpet; Rene Marie - Rene Marie part of Marsalis show Jazz singer Rene Marie will be part of a Feb. 14 show as famed trumpeter/bandleader Wynton Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) return to Chicago for three concert programs over Valentine's Day weekend at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave. Marie self-released her debut, Renaissance, in 1998. She toured as ...


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Kim Gordon; MCA trans* forum; Women, Work, and Gender exhibit; Driehaus jewelry - Kim Gordon at Music Box Feb. 26 The Chicago Humanities Festival ( CHF ) will present musician, artist and founding member of band Sonic Youth Kim Gordon on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave. The post-punk rocker comes to Chicago to discuss her new memoir, Girl in a Band, with CHF ...


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Entertainment: Lance Bass at wedding; Andy Cohen; Lea DeLaria engaged; DGA Awards - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Former 'NSYNC member Lance Bass and husband Michael Turchin were on hand Feb. 5 as an ambassador at a mass wedding ceremony celebrating 100 LGBT and straight couples in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, according to NBC Miami. Dubbed "Love is Love," the mass wedding was originally slated to take place on the beach; however, inclement weather forced the couples to an ...


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Musician to make debut with 'RuPaul' show at House of Blues - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cary NoKey is slated to open for RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons Feb. 19 at the House of Blues. NoKey will be performing a high energy dance set, using EDM ( electronic dance music ) style to some of his more low key songs. "One of the most fulfilling things for me has always been to be a ...


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Legendary singer inspires 'Idol' worship at the Riviera - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Billy Idol began his set with the new song "Postcards from the Past" at the Riviera Theatre on Feb. 7 and, for many, it was a rocking trip down memory lane. Having last seen Idol perform in 1987 at the Starwood Amphitheater in Antioche, Tennessee, it was a night for nostalgia for this reviewer as well. He still arrived dressed ...


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Sam Smith is star of the Grammys - Out singer Sam Smith was the star of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, held Feb. 8. The British crooner won four Grammys, including record and song of the year for his anthemic "Stay With Me." The 22-year-old was also named best new artist and his debut album, In The Lonely Hour, won best pop vocal album. However, rock musician Beck ...


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Tegan and Sara reteam with Lonely Island for Oscars - From a press release - LOS ANGELES, CA - Pop duo Tegan and Sara and comedy-music trio The Lonely Island will perform the Oscar®-nominated song "Everything Is Awesome" at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. "Tegan and Sara and Lonely Island?.....Everything Is Awesome, ...


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MUSIC Country singer Billy Gilman: On coming out, the road ahead - Country singer Billy Gilman came out last November 20 in a five-and-a-half minute video that he posted on YouTube. The Rhode Island native is a country-music veteran who released his debut CD, One Voice, at the age of 12 in 2000. With more than 5 million records sold and five CDs under his belt, the 26 year-old is making music ...


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Music and Dance dates: Steve Grand CD; 'Drag Race' tour; Country-western dance - Steve Grand CD to come out March 24 Steve Grand—the openly gay local singer-songwriter who, in 2013, spent $7,000 of his own money to produce a music video for the song "All American Boy," and became a viral sensation—will debut his album ( also called All American Boy ) on March 24. Fueled by donations from nearly 5,000 fans, Grand ...


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Gay Israeli singer's CD campaign ends Feb. 12 - Out Israeli singer Yehonathan has embarked on an Indiegogo campaign to create his third, full-length English album and music videos. The campaign ends Feb. 12. In 2013, he released his second English-language album, Yeho. Among the items he is offering for contributing are signed CDs, names in album credits and a personal one-on-one Skype call. The campaign is at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/come-be-a-part-of-yehonathan-new-album. ...


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Steve Grand CD to come out March 24 - Steve Grand—the openly gay local singer-songwriter who, in 2013, spent $7,000 of his own money to produce a music video for the song "All American Boy," and became a viral sensation—will debut his album ( also called All American Boy ) on March 24. Fueled by donations from nearly 5,000 fans, Grand ( a former Windy City Times 30 Under ...


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Music events: Artemis concert Feb. 6-7; OUTMusic Awards put off - Artemis Singers concert Feb. 6-7 Chicago lesbian feminist chorus Artemis Singers will present "Loves Lost, Loves Found," a concert of songs about love in all its complexity, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Ethical Humanist Society, 7574 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie. Artemis Singers will perform Adele's "Rumour Has It," ...


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MUSIC Gwen Stefani: Underneath it all - From bed in her Los Angeles home, Gwen Stefani insisted she doesn't mind doing her first gay press interview in a decade on her day off. "I love talking about myself," the No Doubt frontwoman said, giggling. Set to release her third solo album this spring, Stefani rang to open up about her "late in life" introduction to the gay ...


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Coming up in film and music - Films on LGBTs and the Middle East on Jan. 31 Silk Road Rising and the Chicago Palestine Film Festival will host "Breaking Borders," an evening of screenings followed by a discussion with the filmmakers. The event will take place Saturday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m. at The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington St. The films slated to be ...


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MUSIC Mike Maimone and the Mutts set out to impress in 2015 - Mike Maimone is a gay musician whose most recent passion project is as manager, vocalist, and keyboardist with the band, the Mutts. The Mutts released its latest album, Fuel Yer Delusion Vol. 4, on Dec. 9, 2014. The band also recently performed at Riot Fest 2014 and Maimone was featured at the OUTspoken series at Sidetrack, a monthly LGBTQ live ...


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Entertainment: Zarley's new CD; Dan Savage project; Kylie Minogue - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out singer-songwriter Matt Zarley will release his newest album, hopefulROMANTIC, on Feb. 10, according to a press release. hopefulROMANTIC will be available in two versions: a pop album featuring original versions of each song, and a soundtrack to his short film of the same name with new arrangements of each track re-imagined specifically for the film. Zarley's first solo album, ...


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BENT NIGHTS George Ezra holds concert at UIC Pavilion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Regardless of how her career evolves from here on out, Adele will go down in history for bringing back the power of singing as a pure art form. Forget neo-soul, the annual flood of talented new faces ( who have a tendency to trill to distraction ) or the fusion of genres, Adele has put the emphasis back on great ...


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Event headlines in dance, music, art - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Giordano Dance at Auditorium Jan. 31 The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., will present Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC) in the company's first full-length performance at the venue as part of the "Made in Chicago" Dance Series, Saturday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m. Highlights will include the world premiere of "Shirt Off My Back," a full-company work ...


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PASSAGES Punk rocker Meghan Galbraith dies - Meghan Galbraith, 35, front woman for the queer Chicago-based rock/pop/punk trio band 8 Inch Betsy, died Jan. 22 after a year-long illness. Galbraith was born Aug. 13, 1979, in Waukegan, Illinois, and graduated from Waukegan High School. Shortly after moving to Chicago in 1997, Galbraith began working at Beans and Bagel on Montrose eventually becoming a manager of the location. ...


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OUTMusic Awards ceremony postponed - The OUTMusic Awards event—which honors LGBTQA artists, and which were supposed to be held Jan. 19—has been postponed. "Due to circumstances beyond our control we are forced to postpone [the Jan. 19] 9th Annual OUTMusic Awards, which was to be held at the Town Hall Theater," it states on the website's home page. The message continues, "We apologize for any ...


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DINING 'Dinner Party' kicks off fourth year - "The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano," held at City Winery, kicked off its fourth year Jan. 12 with a pre-event wine-tasting featuring famed sommelier Robert Houde that benefitted The Trotter Project. After sipping wine, chef Kevin Hickey of The Duck Inn cooked for Bill Kurtis, SNL alumna Julia Sweeney, musician Nicholas Barron, host Elysabeth Alfano and the audience of 170 ...


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Jesse Tyler's project; Streisand's honor; an offer to Bieber - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Jesse Tyler Ferguson's Tie The Knot bowtie collection has released three limited-edition items inspired by Ira Sachs' movie Love Is Strange, which stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, according to a press release. The bowties are "The Sachs-Torres" ( expressing a collaboration between Ira and his husband, Boris Torres ), "The John Lithgow" and "The Alfred Molina." The bow ties, ...


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Jennifer Hudson 'Turns It Up' at Chicago event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Partnering with singer Jennifer Hudson and the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel, 644 N. Lake Shore Dr., hosted a house party Jan. 14. "Turn It Up for Change" brought drag and high fashion straight from Boystown with local favs Trannika Rex and Shea Coulee. Promoter Legendary Damon sparkled down the runway while DJ White ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Singer performs 'Wright' from the heart - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dylan Wright is an up-and-coming queer singer/songwriter based in Chicago. His sound is a mixture of folk and acoustic, with deeply personal lyrics. Wright's first album release, As A Ghost ,covers topics such as love and death. His first music video, for "Iron Gates," features man-on-man action told with a distinct visual style. Wright currently is collaborating with Dan Foley ...


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BENT NIGHTS Homo for the Holidays; Glitter Creeps; Laura Ann Grace - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For those already stuck in the funk of January 2015 ( new semester, spent Christmas cash, broken Christmas toys, used snow, cabin fever, the reality that this is just the start ) or felt that the holidays lacked LGBTQ pizzazz, the reality is that the year has already kicked off with a snappy queer blast. If hearing Johnny Mathis sing ...


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Entertainment: 'Queer as Folk' reunion; Sam Smith; Forbes' lists - The cast and writers of Showtime's groundbreaking series Queer as Folk are returning for one-time reunion special at this year's ATX Festival, which begins June 4 in Austin, Texas, The Wrap reported. The award-winning show, which aired from 2000 to 2005, followed the lives of a group of gay friends and their relationships, careers, loves and ambitions. Based on the ...


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YEPP event features Crys Matthews - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Jan. 10, the Unitarian Church of Evanston hosted a benefit performance and dinner for YEPP ( Youth Empowerment Performance Project ) featuring a concert from out singer/songwriter Crys Matthews. YEPP works with homeless LGBTQ youth in yearlong "cycles" to help evolve personal experiences and identities into theatrical performance pieces. Once the pieces are set, YEPP then tours the show ...


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Singer Jess Godwin gets OUTmusic nods, has upcoming anthology - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For straight ally Jess Godwin, music has been a part of her life since she was 5. A musician with an eclectic sound, Godwin has parlayed her talents across a number of genres over the years. Godwin has performed at a variety of LGBT events throughout her career including the 2014 Biggest MINI Wedding Ever ceremony sponsored by MINI of ...


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Former 'Idol' contestant shines on Chicago stage - She's now a server and singer at La Cueva, an LGBT nightclub in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood. It's Jaidah Christina Davila, 30, a South Side native who sparkles. [Note: Online research about La Cueva says that it is closed. Davila is aware of such reports, but confirmed the nightclub definitely is open for business.] She was "JDA" during her run ...


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Entertainment: 'Pride' change; 'Brokeback' author; Ricky Martin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The U.S. release of the movie Pride has reportedly removed all references to homosexuality, according to Pink News. The film—about a group of gay and lesbian activists who rallied in support of striking miners in the 1980s in Britain—was released in the United Kingdom to acclaim in 2014. Among other things, the film's synopsis has been changed to state the ...


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Arts, music headlines - Richard Blanco, August Wilson part of poetry series Openly gay poet Richard Blanco and the late playwright August Wilson will be among those featured during Poetry Foundation's winter/spring 2015 events season. On Thursday, Jan. 8, " Las Chavas: Poetry and Film from Honduras" will feature Blanco, the fifth inaugural poet of the United States; Brad Coley, director of the forthcoming ...


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Chicago concerts in 2014 - This past year, there were so many memorable live acts that hit the local Chicago music scene. Many musicians included a Windy City stop on their tour agendas in 2014 with good reason. Chicago is known to be a test market to gauge what music will be hot or who might be the next big thing. If you miss a ...


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Iggy, Meghan Trainor, Fall Out Boy, OneRepublic shine at Jingle Ball - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Finishing out the holiday season in a big way, 103.5 KISS FM's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2014 presented a list of performers that made your head spin—or at least your booty. The Allstate Arena was packed in Rosemont with screaming young fans for the Jingle Ball Dec. 18. The band Fall Out Boy kicked things off, returning to its Illinois hometown. ...


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OUTmusic; 'Frozen' on ice; Annie Lennox 'Nostalgia'; Spandau Ballet; 'Mourning' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - OUTmusic Jan. 19; nominees announced The 9th OUTMusic Awards will take place Monday, Jan. 19, in New York City. Orange Is the New Black actress Lea DeLaria and singer Sir Ari Gold will co-host. Nominees have been announced. Nods for Album of the Year went to We Will Know ( by Omar Thomas Large Ensemble ), Heartthrob ( by Tegan ...


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Pound of Flesh pushing toward new album in the fall - In the late 1990s, Darrell James was writing and performing pop music, but that turned into darker, heavier songs after a few difficult years with business and personal demons, he said. "It was great outlet to release my anger and frustration through music, and I didn't have to pay for therapy," James said, laughing. The new musical direction received a ...


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MUSIC Presenting The Presets - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Australian duo The Presets perform live constantly landing them all over the world. They have supported acts like Daft Punk and played Coachella. The two are sometimes compared to Depeche Mode and after seeing their live set complete with lights and action its well earned. Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes met at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where they studied ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Andrew W.K. is throwing a party - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rocker Andrew Wilkes-Krier—better known as Andrew W. K.—is bringing the party to Chicago for New Year's Eve and 2014 is going out with a bang. Andrew has entertained for decades with songs like "Party Hard" and "We Want Fun." He grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, attending the University of Michigan School of Music. After a wild career with spectacular ...


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Five Worth Finding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Dusty Groove ( https://www.dustygroove.com/ ): Who doesn't like music? Dusty Groove, 1120 N. Ashland Ave., not only has CDs and vinyl records ( which are making a huge comeback )—but it has very rare editions of those items in a staggering variety of musical genres ( ranging from classical to folk/country to deep funk ). Gift certificates are available. —Steampunk ...


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Bent Nights: Year in review - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - This year will go down as the first "post-gay" year in popular music. With so many LGBT-friendly gestures and artists coming out, sexuality suddenly stopped being the issue. The sweeping opinion changes brought by the national battle for marriage equality had a lot to do with it but, whatever the reason, 2014 was far more friendlier for LGBTs in general ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Hozier takes us to church - Breaking out this year is Irish singer Hozier, who has just released his self-titled debut album. Containing a mixture of styles with a strong blues influence has made this endeavor unforgettable for listeners looking for the next big thing. The 6'5" Andrew Hozier-Byrne hails from Bray, County Wicklow, and studied in Dublin but dropped out to record demos for Universal ...







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