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Lavender Country performing April 26 - The LGBT artist Lavender Country will be performing in Chicago at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., on Thursday, April 26, at 9 p.m. Lavender Country is a band featuring Patrick Haggerty, a lifelong social-justice activist and a man who many consider to be the first out gay country singer. Haggerty wrote and recorded the Lavender Country album in 1973. ...


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'Big Package Auction' April 21 at Center - Chicago Gay Men's Chorus will present The Big Package Auction '18, hosted by the hilarious musical duo Amy & Freddy, on Saturday, April 21, 5-8 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. There will be comedy, music, gourmet food, cocktails, and silent and live auctions—the latter featuring all-male package models. Admission is $95-$150 each, with tables for $750; ...


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SHOWBIZ 'Pose,' Beyonce, 'Days of Our Lives,' Serena Williams - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Television audiences got their first glimpse of FX's hotly anticipated, history-making series Pose with the release of the show's first trailer, The Huffington Post noted. The eight-episode season will "explore the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the ball culture world, the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe and the downtown social and literary scene," ...


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Artemis Pride More Than Music concert, dance June 9 - From an Artemis press release - Artemis Singers' More Than Music Pride choral concert and community dance, will include poet e nina jay, author of Body of Rooms, and DJ OCD in the soaring gothic acoustically beautiful space of First Unitarian Church of Chicago in Hyde Park on June 9. The theme for the evening reflects that the organization goes beyond choral singing, presenting music written ...


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NUNN ON ONE MUSIC Rick Astley, '80s icon talks touring, gay fan base, Boy George - English singer Rick Astley broke out with the 1987 song "Never Gonna Give You Up" and after several hit songs later retired in 1993 before a comeback in 2007. Thanks to rickrolling he became an internet phenomenon. On a recent phone call, Astley mentioned he has new music coming out in the future, but plans on playing much of his ...


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THEATER 'Tchaikovsky' delves into gay composer's symphonies, struggles - When would-be patrons from Russia approached pianist and composer Hershey Felder about performing a musical biography of Peter Tchaikovsky in the Russian-born maestro's homeland, Felder turned them down flat. "If I told Tchaikovsky's story in Russia, I would be thrown in jail because of their anti-gay laws," Felder said. Russia's ministry of culture officially and categorically denies that Tchaikovsky—the man ...


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MUSIC Cellist Seth Parker Woods discusses gay composer Julius Eastman - Seth Parker Woods is on a first-name basis with Julius Eastman. When talking with the cellist about working with the music of Eastman, the minimalist composer who died in 1990 after years of addiction, he abandons academic courtesy and refers to the composer as "Julius." It makes sense given his years close to Eastman's work, as part of a larger ...


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SHOWBIZ Ryan Murphy, 'Universal Love,' Jay Z, Imagine Dragons - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - While discussing the theme of the next American Crime Story with The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Murphy let slip a development in the cast of American Horror Story, according to Queerty. The Hollywood Reporter stated, "When it comes to Murphy's other FX anthologies, he's currently casting an eighth season of American Horror Story ( and, in classic Murphy fashion, reveals he's ...


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Old Town School of Folk Music gets $300,000 "Getting to Know Europe" grant - From a press release - ( April 5, 2018 ) —The Old Town School of Folk Music announced today it has received one of the largest grants in its history; a two-year "Getting to Know Europe" ( GTKE ) grant totaling €247,407 ( approx. $300,000 ) funded by the European Union to support greater knowledge and understanding of its international role within the U.S. The ...


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Blues exhibit to open April 7 at CHM - People will be able to explore how blues music was electrified and amplified in Chicago in the immersive and interactive exhibition, "Amplified: Chicago Blues," that opens Saturday, April 7, at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St. It will run through Friday, Aug. 10. The photography of Raeburn Flerlage, a local record distributor and photographer of the city's music ...


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Ravinia season includes Diana Ross, Whoopi, Culture Club - This year's Ravinia Festival's schedule has been announced—and genres ranging from jazz to comedy to classical music to hip-hop will be part of the season. According to Ravinia's website, just a few of the highlights include Diana Ross ( June 2 ); R&B singer Anita Baker, known for her hit "Sweet Love" ( June 10 ); musician Jackson Browne ( ...


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Concert event spotlights Trans Day of Visibility - On March 31, The Center on Halsted, in partnership with The Art Music Project ( AMP ) and Lurie Children's Hospital, presented "Rattle the Walls," a concert celebrating The Trans Day of Visibility. The event—which featured a wide range of musical styles performed or composed by trans, LGBTQ individuals and allies—marked the eighth year that Center on Halsted has marked ...


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'Waa-Mu Show' May 4-13 at NU - The 87th annual Waa-Mu Show—Northwestern University's student-written and -orchestrated musical presented in collaboration with the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at Northwestern University—will take place May 4-13 at Cahn Auditorium 600 Emerson St., Evanston. Patrons can reserve the seats for the production Manhattan Miracle, a fictionalized account of the origins of the American musical. Online sales for ...


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CONCERT REVIEW Justin Timberlake gets lost in the woods - The kid from Tennessee returned to Chicago to strut his stuff March 27-28 at the United Center. At the beginning of his career, Justin Randall Timberlake left his humble beginnings behind, starting a cast member of The Mickey Mouse Club and then moving into the *NYSNC boy-band world. The two-time Grammy winner has produced some major solo hits over the ...


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Superstars Reimagine Elton John's Biggest Hits, 'Revamp' out April 6 - From a press release - Some of the world's biggest pop, rock and country artists are celebrating Elton John's most beloved and legendary catalogue of hits with the release of Revamp ( Island Records ) on April 6. The superstar lineup features artists both new and iconic reinterpreting the timeless songs of the over 50 year writing partnership that Elton and Bernie Taupin share. These ...


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SHOWBIZ Kelly Clarkson, Sam Smith, comic-book movies, 'Drag Race' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After a booted contestant on The Voice called Kelly Clarkson "small-minded" for comparing her to fellow gay artists, the coach had something to say, People.com noted. Contestant Molly Stevens, who is openly gay, revealed in a now-deleted Instagram post that she was upset by a comparison that Clarkson made during the battle rounds, as Clarkson said Stevens reminded her of ...


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BENT NIGHTS Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Not long ago, a friend who is half my age ( roughly 25 ) asked me, "When were the good old days?" By the current trickle of long-dormant bands hitting the road recently ( Hall and Oates as well as Adam Ant last year, with Howard Jones and The Thompson Twins popping up this year ), that golden era would ...


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Chicago Gay Men's Chorus to present Under the Big Top, May 18-20 - From a press release - CHICAGO, March 26, 2018 — Chicago Gay Men's Chorus is taking you back to the circus with upcoming spring show Under the Big Top, May 18-20, 2018 at the Athenaeum Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie and Beverly Arts Center. This musical journey to a forgotten time will feature animals, acrobats, aerialists, and amazing music. For ...


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SPRING THEATER PREVIEW Musicals: Fresh flowers and old chestnuts - If quantity is your thing, it's a great spring for musical theater; you'll be up to your ears in singers and dancers. On the other hand, the pickings are sparse if you're looking for originality, innovation or something new as familiar and old-hat rule the roost. They may be great shows, but do we really need yet another Sweeney Todd, ...


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BENT NIGHTS Ezra Furman; Polica - With the hint of spring in the air, queer troubadour Ezra Furman dropped into Thalia Hall recently to kick off a tour and promote his new Transangelic Exodus ( on Belle Union Records ). That ex-Evanton son Furman comes around at roughly the same time every year while releasing full lengths or EPs at the same rate speaks not only ...


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MUSIC The Shadowboxers talk Timberlake, LGBT fans, Indigo Girls - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Shadowboxers are on the move and hitting big arenas this year thanks to their Man of the Woods friend Justin Timberlake. Founding members Adam Hoffman, Matt Lipkins and Scott Tyler met at Emory University and have been making music ever since. Their name Shadowboxers refers to someone making motions to attack and they choose to battle with their progressive ...


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Free hip-hop/house festival April 13-14 - The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago—partnering with national and local community organizations, artist practitioners and scholars—will continue its B-Series, a biannual celebration of hip hop and street dance, with "Under 1 Roof: A House & Hip-Hop Convergence" on April 13-14. Events will take place at 1306 and 1312 S. Michigan Ave. There will bre film screenings; dance workshops; "B-Bout ...


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Sweet Honey in the Rock named UChicago ensemble-in-residence - Sweet Honey in the Rock—a Grammy-nominated, female African-American a cappella ensemble—has been appointed the Don Michael Randel Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Chicago ( UChicago ) for the 2018-19 season. According to a UChicagoNews, the ensemble will bring its mission of empowerment, education and entertainment to the University through a wide variety of programs designed to impact the campus, the ...


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THEATER REVIEW Time Is on Our Side - Playwright: R. Eric Thomas At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150; AboutFaceTheatre.com; $20-$38. Runs through: April 7 History may be written by the victors, as Winston Churchill observed. But who actually owns it? That's the intriguing question at the heart of R. Eric Thomas' Time Is on Our Side, now in a sturdy Midwest premiere with About Face ...


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Opera looks at Lavender Scare - Same-sex love stories have been in short supply across the 420-year history of opera. Only in the past century have openly LGBTQ characters started to appear in works like Alban Berg's Lulu ( 1937 ), Leonard Bernstein's A Quiet Place ( 1983 ) or Stewart Wallace's Harvey Milk ( 1995 ). Yet not all of these contemporary operas have worked ...


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'Faust' thru March 21 at Lyric Opera - Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Dr., will run Faust through March 21, for seven performances. A classic story about the perils of making a deal with the devil in pursuit of eternal youth set to romantic music, this new production of Faust features production designs by the award-winning sculptor John Frame, in his theatrical debut. Lyric's Faust is ...


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Ndegeocello in Chicago, Evanston March 24-26 - Out musician Meshell Ndegeocello will perform in Chicago and Evanston on March 24 and 26. She is slated to perform at Chicago's Promontory, a restaurant/music venue at 5311 S. Lake Park Avenue West, on Saturday, March 24, at 7 and 9 p.m. Admission is $28-$58 each; visit PromontoryChicago.com and https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meshell-ndegeocello-tickets-43043718922. In addition, she will perform at Evanston's SPACE, 1245 Chicago ...


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THEATER SPOTLIGHT Sondheim's Divas - Musical-theater nerd alert! British Cabaret artist Tim McArthur performs three shows this weekend at the Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway. On Friday-Saturday, March 11-12, the West End vet will perform "Sondheim's Divas," a show that has him belting out songs usually performed by characters who identify as female. On Sunday, March 13, McArthur will sing and tell stories in ...


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Women composers in March's 'Hear Me Roar' - In conjunction with its Project W initiative—which makes bold steps for gender equity in classical music—Chicago Sinfonietta announced performances of "Hear Me Roar" at Wentz Concert Hall ( 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, March 11, at 3 p.m. ) and at Symphony Center ( 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. ). Chicago Sinfonietta music director Maestro ...


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SHOWBIZ Elton John, RuPaul, Marilyn Monroe, Lena Waithe - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - While performing his hit "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" during his Million Dollar Piano concert residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Elton John regularly invites a group of fans to gather around his grand piano—but he recently stormed off a fan got too overzealous, NewNowNext.com reported. The legendary singer-songwriter eventually returned to finish his set. "No more coming on ...


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Flesh Hungry Dog Show returns April 6 - After a six-year hiatus, Gary Airedale's queer, alternative, rock 'n' roll variety event The Flesh Hungry Dog Show will return Friday, April 6, with "The Party" at 9 p.m. at Jackhammer, 6406 N. Clark St. This reunion extravaganza includes Chicago's favorite Joan Crawford-inspired party band The Joans, pop/porno-punk marvels Super-8 Cum Shot and purveyors of the forgotten B-side Bric-A-Brac. Airedale ...


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MUSIC Ingenue redux, reuniting with LGBTQ icon k.d. lang - Global LGBTQ+ icon k.d. lang's music has taken center stage in millions of homes, cars and lesbian bars for over 30 years. Still, the deeply personal, quiet, self-professed "boring" star has struck a chord of balance out of the spotlight in recent years. As the 25th anniversary of lang's super chart-topper Ingenue once again outstretches to the masses, the 56-year-old ...


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NUNN ON ONE MUSIC Jennifer Higdon's full 'Dance Card' - Composer Jennifer Higdon never stops working. From humble beginnings in the South, this talented and openly lesbian writer exploded onto pages of music with a unique perspective. In college she earned an artist's diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music. Her Master of Arts and Doctor of Composition were obtained from the University of Pennsylvania afterwards. Here first opera was ...


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MUSIC Dream into action, talking with '80s icon Howard Jones - "Things Can Only Get Better," "Life in One Day" and "Like to Get to Know You Well" were just three hits by '80s British singer Howard Jones that rocked the States. The longtime musician has now embarked on a tour, "The Songs and The Stories," that will stop at Chicago's City Winery on Thursday, March 8. He recently talked with ...


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The Flesh Hungry Dog Show returns after 6 year hiatus - From a press release - Chicago, IL On the heels of a 6 year hiatus, the legendary Flesh Hungry Dog Show returns to Jackhammer for its would-be 13th Anniversary with "The Party". This reunion extravaganza includes Chicago's favorite Joan Crawford inspired party band The Joans, pop/porno-punk marvels Super-8 Cum Shot, and swanky purveyors of the forgotten B-side Bric-A-Brac. Chicago rock impresario Gary Airedale hosts, DJ ...


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BENT NIGHTS Rostam - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Thirty-five years ago, the debut single of an unknown band called The Culture Club was delivered to radio programmers in a brown paper wrapper—lest the sight of a smartly coiffed drag queen offend the public. Boy George and that song, "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?," were widely embraced but that couldn't prepare listeners for the current tsunami of ...


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SHOWBIZ Madonna, David Bowie, Jennifer Lawrence, Ricky Martin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Musical anniversary: Twenty years ago, Madonna released her seventh studio album, Ray of Light, according to Advocate.com. The album would win three Grammys, sell 16 million copies, expose a growing spiritual side to the pop queen, and endear her even more to her legion of gay fans. Produced by British musician William Orbit, Ray of Light contained songs more electronica-infused ...


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Fund site launched to help Amy Armstrong after robbery in Mexico - An online GoFundMe campaign has been formed to assist Chicago-based entertainer Amy Armstrong after an establishment she helps manage in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico was robbed. According to the GoFundMe site, Armstrong returned to the Palm Cabaret, the Puerto Vallarta nightclub where she is entertainment director, after an engagement on a cruise ship. The morning after her return, she discovered that ...


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Chicago Sinfonietta's Hear Me Roar features Jennifer Higdon among women composers - In conjunction with its Project W initiative, which makes bold steps for gender equity in classical music, Chicago Sinfonietta announces performances of Hear Me Roar at Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville, IL ( March 11, 2018, 3pm ) and at Symphony Center, Chicago ( March 12, 2018, 7:30pm ). This performance is the fourth of five Main Stage programs throughout ...


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CGMC's 'Lipstick and Lyrics' Feb. 24 - Chicago Gay Men's Chorus presents "Lipstick and Lyrics: Vice Versa," performing at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, on Friday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, Feb. 24, at 8 and 10 p.m. each night. Audiences can look forward to, among other things, an updated version of the "Cell Block Tango," from Chicago; a take on "God, I Hate Shakespeare," from Something Rotten; ...


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MUSIC Tracey Thorn: Everything but the Girl, new CD, LGBT rights - She's back. In the '90s, Tracey Thorn shot to stardom as half of the act Everything but the Girl ( with Ben Watt ), which had a huge dance hit with a remix of the song "Missing." ( The lyrics "And I miss you/Like the deserts miss the rain" remain haunting. ) Now, Thorn is releasing Record—her first solo album ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Kat Cunning: Triple threat goes out on the road - New York artist Kat Cunning began studying dance, then moved into theater and music. This triple threat has released two singles and is taking her act on the road in support of her LP. After graduation from dance conservatory at State University of New York, she performed in Baroque Burlesque Operas with Company XIV. Broadway credits include Les Dangereuses and ...


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SHOWBIZ Ryan Murphy, Lena Waithe, Big Freedia, 'Kinky Boots' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Another TV mega-producer is leaving their longtime studio home to head to Netflix, Deadline noted. In what is believed to be the biggest TV pact ever, Ryan Murphy—an Emmy, Golden Globe and Peabody Award-winning producer, director and writer—has signed a five-year overall deal with Netflix that could reach as high as $300 million, sources said. It starts July 1. Netflix ...


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BENT NIGHTS The Bribes; George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The adage "Absence makes the heart grow fonder" couldn't have been more apt for Chicago ex-pat Philip Toscano, who dropped quietly into town to play a one-off gig with his much-loved band, The Bribes. As an outfit who have defied easy categorization, mixing blues, rock and jazz into a creamy mix, The Bribes' show at The Hideout Inn on Jan. ...


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LuPone at Steppenwolf March 5 - Steppenwolf's LookOut Series and Mark Cortale will present Patti LuPone, with Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host, on Monday, March 5, with performances at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. This unscripted evening will be a mix of intimate, behind-the-scenes stories of LuPone's career through questions from Rudetsky. LuPone last appeared in Chicago ...


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Harris Theater presents 2018-19 Mainstage Season with Opera Atelier, English National Ballet - From a Harris Theater press release - Chicago, Ill. — The Harris Theater for Music and Dance announces its mainstage season lineup for 2018-19, as the Theater celebrates 15 years as a cultural anchor in downtown Chicago. The nine engagements range from classical Indian dance with origins in the 2nd century, to opera masterworks of the Italian canon and French Baroque, to an iconic story ballet reimagined ...


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SHOWBIZ Lin-Manuel Miranda, Roxane Gay, 'Wicked,' Britney Spears - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Award-winning actor, writer, composer and humanitarian Lin-Manuel Miranda will unveil a new salsa-music remix of "Almost Like Praying"—his all-star benefit single recorded last fall to benefit the Hispanic Federation's "Unidos" Disaster Relief Fund—for hurricane recovery and rebuilding initiatives in Puerto Rico, a press release stated. Spanish Broadcasting System teamed with Miranda to premiere a one-of-a-kind, historic radio launch of the ...


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NUNN ON ONE MUSIC Lara Fabian on 'I Will Love Again,'visiting Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Canadian-Belgian singer Lara Fabian continues to astound the masses with her incredible three-octave range. She began her career in singing competitions eventually coming in fourth place to winner Celine Dion in the 33rd Eurovision Song Contest. Her popularity quickly grew after that in the '90s, with Carpe Diem being her breakthrough album. Awards followed along with each musical endeavor and ...


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BENT NIGHTS Bad Bad Meow; Milky Chance - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Although 2018 started with a brutal arctic blast, there were many shows in the area that made it feel like a Chicago summer. Shockingly for this town, January was surprisingly eclectic, with DIY bands as well as multiplatinum-selling acts and storied legends playing gigs in packed houses. It was all I could do to cover it all, but here it ...


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Chicago Gay Men's Chorus to present Lipstick and Lyrics: Vice Versa - From a press release - CHICAGO, February 5, 2018 — Chicago Gay Men's Chorus presents Lipstick and Lyrics: Vice Versa, performing at Uptown Underground on Friday, February 23, 2018 and Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. each night. This live singing drag extravaganza is a collection of beloved songs performed in new and creative ways. For more information and tickets, visitwww.cgmc.org/lnl. ...


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NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Full Kit Gear - Happy third anniversary! Thursday, January 25. Photos by Kirk Williamson ...


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NIGHTLIFE PHOTOS Touche - Nice to "meat" the MCL '18 judges and contestants, Friday, January 26. Photos by Kirk Williamson ...


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SHOWBIZ Ndegeocello, Meryl Streep, James Franco, Dolly Parton - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Meshell Ndegeocello has announced her new album of cover songs, Ventriloquism, Broadway World noted. The album, out March 16, features versions of songs by TLC, Janet Jackson, Tina Turner and more. In anticipation, she has released the album track "Tender Love" ( originally by Force MDs ). Additionally, she has released her version of Prince's "Sometimes It Snows In April" ...


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The Vagina Melodies, feminist/LGBTQ issues in song and dance Feb. 18, 25 - From a press release - Chicago, IL - Corn Productions announces "The Vagina Melodies" Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm, February 16th through March 16th. Sunday February 18th and Sunday February 25th at 6pm at Cornservatory, located at 4210 N Lincoln Ave. Yes she can! Rosie the Riveter is back and even more ready to host an evening of fighting the patriarchy, menstrual cramps ...


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Pride Films and Plays top winner of 2017 Broadway World Chicago awards - From a press release - Chicago, IL - Following the company's first year in its own home of the Pride Arts Center at 4139 and 4147 N. Broadway, Pride Films and Plays led the BroadwayWorld Resident Non-Equity Awards with ten wins - the most for any company. The honors were split between PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT and THE NANCE. PFP's awards included Best Actress ...


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THEATER REVIEW Yank! A WWII Love Story - Playwright: David Zellnik (book/lyrics), Joseph Zellnik (music). At: Pride Films & Plays, 4139 N. Broadway. Tickets: PrideFilmsAndPlays.com; $30-$40. Runs through: Feb. 18 Veteran director David Zak's energetic production of Yank! A World War II Love Story offers a talented ensemble cast, swift action and upbeat music played by an exemplary six-piece orchestra under gifted musical director Robert Ollis. But, I ...


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One-woman musicals focus on Hedda and Garbo - From a press release - Legendary Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper and the sultry and mysterious actress Greta Garbo will return to life this winter, when actress-playwright Jillann Gabrielle brings her two original one-woman musicals to the Athenaeum Theatre. HEDDA! A MUSICAL CONVERSATION and THE GARBO THE MUSICAL will run in rotating rep between February 15 and March 17. Jillann Gabrielle will star in both ...


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Elton John says farewell to the road - New York City — January 24, 2018 — After more than half a century on the road and an unparalleled career that has redefined the cultural landscape and seen Elton Johnclaim his place as a true global icon, the superstar today announced via an exclusive VR180 live stream on YouTube, details of his final tour called 'Farewell Yellow Brick ...


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Country star Kinder at Schubas Jan. 27 - Country-music singer/songwriter Ryan Kinder will perform Saturday, Jan. 27, at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave., at 7 p.m. In addition to headlining his own shows, he also maintains a busy touring schedule opening for such artists as Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Zac Brown Band, Brett Eldredge and Tim McGraw. Last year, he was one of the artists who performed at ...


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Charles Busch at Pride Arts Jan. 21-22 - Tony Award nominee, Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement honoree and two-time MAC Award winner, Charles Busch, who performed two sold-out shows at Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, in January 2017, will return on Jan. 21-22 with "Charles Busch: My Kinda '60s." Weaving tales of his Manhattan childhood and adolescence raised by his indomitable Aunt Lillian through the lens of the ...


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Artist/singer Sandra Antongiorgi talks career, upcoming benefit - Puerto Rican-born singer, songwriter Sandra Antongiorgi will bring her unique brand of music to City Winery ( 1200 W. Randolph St. ) on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 6:30 p.m. with ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat, Los Pecados de Maria and DJ Cqqchifruit. The event will help raise funds to rebuild Puerto Rican farmlands that were devastated by Hurricane Maria. "Art is a ...


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Chicago-based E3 radio goes live 24/7 - After eight years of shows, E3 Radio is going live 24/7/365 from http://e3radio.fm . "This is a very exciting time for us and we hope you are excited too," said founder Anna DeShawn, who is also president of the board of Affinity Community Services. "To launch on MLK Day is as perfect as it gets. We are playing Dr. King's ...


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Tret Fure to perform folk concert Jan. 22 at Oak Park Public Library - From a press release - Tret Fure Performs Folk Concert Jan. 22 at Oak Park Public Library Folk musician Tret Fure will perform a free Folk Concert on Monday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street. The concert is free and open to the public. CDs will be for sale and signing. Tret Fure began her career at ...


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Resistance songs highlight Artemis Singers "Rise Up" Concert Jan. 13 - From a press release - EVANSTON, Ill. Artemis Singers, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will present "Rise Up," a call-to-action concert of progressive, energizing music, with guest artist Melanie DeMore and students from Evanston Township High School ( ETHS ) at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at ETHS, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, Ill. DeMore, an Oakland, California vocal activist and choral conductor, will also lead ...


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Sinfonetta's 30th-anniv. MLK shows Jan. 14-15 - Chicago Sinfonietta will present the Chicago premiere of Emmy-winning composer Laura Karpman's three-time Grammy-nominated piece, "Ask Your Mama," for its 30th anniversary MLK Tribute concert. The Sinfonietta, with conductor Mei-Ann Chen, will perform "Ask Your Mama" Sunday, Jan. 14, at 3 p.m. at Pfeiffer Concert Hall at North Central College, Naperville; and Monday, Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in its ...


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Salonathon's Beauty Bar finale Feb. 12 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( January 9, 2018 ) — The long running performance incubator Salonathon has announced that Monday, Feb. 12 will mark the final instance of its weekly appearance at Beauty Bar Chicago ( 1444 W. Chicago Ave ) in an epic 12-hour-long festival ( 12 p.m.-12 a.m. ) followed by the traditional dance party with resident DJs Danny LeRoy and ...


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Chicagoans set to appear at upcoming Black Women Rise conference in Florida - Black Women Rise ( BWR ) will hold its second annual conference March 16-17 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The multigenerational, multicultural event centers the expertise, issues and leadership of Black women. Last year's conference—with Dr. Angela Davis as keynote speaker—had more than 200 participants from 20 cities, Washington, D.C. and Canada. They ranged in age from 14-83. Chicago is ...


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SHOWBIZ NEWS Sarah Paulson, Amy Winehouse, EastSiders, gay EDM musician - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Sarah Paulson told Town & Country Magazine that children just aren't for her, Page Six noted. "I don't want to look at my child and say, 'You're the most extraordinary thing that ever happened to me, but also the death knell,' " the actress ( currently in the Meryl Streep-Tom Hanks movie The Post ) said. "It was hard for ...


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Celebrating David Bowie Feb. 23 at Vic Theatre - From a press release - After performing rapturously received and critically lauded shows in early 2017, Celebrating David Bowie returns this year with a brand new Bowie show spanning his entire career, which will be stopping locally in CHICAGO on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 at the VIC THEATRE. Tickets are on sale now; links available at www.celebratingdavidbowie.com. View the CdB trailer here: http://tiny.cc/CdBNorthAmerica. More than just ...


In-tune-with-Marsha-Malamet-From-Peter-Allen-to-Streisand-and-son

In tune with Marsha Malamet: From Peter Allen to Streisand and son - She has written for some of the best musicians and singers of the past 30 years. From the pride parades to the top of the charts, this songwriter is hitting all the right notes. Windy City Times spoke with Marsha Malamet about her new work. Windy City Times: Your composition, "Love Don't Need a Reason," became an iconic anthem in ...


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Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole at Old Town School of Folk Music Jan. 14 - From a press release - Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole, along with guitarist Shawn Pimental, brings to the stage an immense talent as a singer, chanter, and dancer as well as a deep understanding of her Hawaiian culture and her place as a modern, transgender Hawaiian ( mahu wahine ) in this contemporary world. Her performances and music seamlessly meld Hawaiian culture and modern sensibilities, with songs that ...


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SHOWBIZ 'Time's Up,' Brad Goreski, 'Hamilton' actor, Kristin Chenoweth - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Shonda Rhimes and more than 300 other women are taking a stand against sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry by launching Time's Up—a movement that aims to promote equality and safety in the workplace, E! News noted. In addition to Witherspoon, Rhimes and Streep, Jennifer Aniston, Katie McGrath and J.J. Abrams, Kate Capshaw and ...


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OPERA REVIEW Turandot - Libretto: G. Adami & R. Simoni; Composer: Giacomo Puccini At: Lyric Opera of Chicago at Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr. Tickets: 312-827-5600 or LyricOpera.org; $20-$349. Runs through: Jan. 27 Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died in 1924 before completing his grandiose Chinese fable Turandot, leaving Franco Alfano to finish it. But, oddly, this hasn't stopped Turandot from gaining ...


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BENT NIGHTS Velcro Lewis, Amnesia Haze; Lucinda Williams - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Local supergroup Velcro Lewis have made a career out of serving a particularly volatile mix of gutbucket soul and searing acid rock while putting on some of the wildest shows in the city. It's a little unsettling to realize that these guys ( Andy Slater on vocals and keyboards, Hawk Coleman on vocals, Lawrence Peters on bass, Travers Gauntt on ...


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Showbiz: Zac Efron, Gaga, Rafael Nadal, Mariah, Maupin love triangle - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Zac Efron ( currently in the film The Greatest Showman, with Hugh Jackman ) has joined the cast of Harmony Korine's new film, The Beach Bum, Indiewire.com noted. Efron is set to play a character named Flicker opposite Matthew McConaughey, Isla Fisher, Jimmy Buffett and Snoop Dogg. The film—reportedly about a stoner named Moondog ( McConaughey ) who lives life ...







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