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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. Brooke Benjamin relayed Galbraith's death to Windy City Times. 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 ...


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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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Auditorium gala brings LuPone - From opening night on Dec. 9, 1889 to an anniversary night Dec. 9, 2014, the Auditorium Theatre has entertained audiences for decades. To celebrate its 125-year anniversary, the venue brought in the legendary Patti LuPone, who is the great-grandniece and namesake of Adelina Patti, the opera star who first brought down the house on opening night at this iconic theater. ...


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Entertainment: 'Broadway Bares' news; Grindr awards; Robyn's new CD - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Tony winner Jerry Mitchell, who created and is the executive producer of Broadway Bares, will return to the director's chair to helm the 25th edition of that famed burlesque show, which is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, according to Playbill. Broadway Bares will be presented twice on June 21, 2015, at the Hammerstein Ballroom. More than 200 ...


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Music news: YuleTube ends Dec. 20; Menzel holiday album out - CGMC's 'YuleTube' to conclude Dec. 20 Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) will perform the last version of its holiday show "YuleTube: Holiday Favorites from Television" on Dec. 20. CGMC will re-enact holiday specials from Rankin and Bass ( Rudolph, Frosty and the Grinch ), Charlie Brown, The Muppets and a dozen more. The chorus will perform Saturday, Dec. ...


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Joan Jett among Hall of Fame inductees - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Green Day, Bill Withers, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band make up the class that will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame come April—with disco band Chic getting snubbed for the ninth straight year, The Washington Post noted. Green Day will be the youngest act of ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Hanging with Wallpaper. - The hip-hop project known as Wallpaper. is more than just a fly on the wall. Producer Ricky Reed started exaggerating AutoTune before the sound became mainstream. The song "STUPiDFACEDD," played in the movie 22 Jump Street, took him on tour with groups like Gym Class Heroes. Reed produced hits for Jason Derulo with "Talk Dirty" and "Wiggle." He recently teamed ...


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About Face gets grant; BETTY canceled; YEPP, Crys Matthews Jan. 10 - About Face Theatre receives $10K grant Chicago's About Face Theatre is among the National Endowments of the Arts' ( NEA's ) 2015 grant recipients. The company received a $10,000 grant to support the commission and development of The Babe Didrikson Project with book and lyrics by Sarah Gubbins. The musical will portray Babe Didrikson, a famous early 20th-century lesbian athlete ...


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Chicago Gay Men's Chorus tunes in with 'YuleTube' show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nearly 1,200 audience members packed the Harris Theater Dec. 5 for the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) holiday show. A drag queen aptly named Christmas Queen served as narrator and stand-up comedienne in between songs, at times plopping down on a large throne. The theme this year was "YuleTube," playing off the website YouTube, with various festive renditions ...


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Madonna; Drag Race's new cast; NewNowNext Awards - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Madonna tops a new list of the world's wealthiest recording artists, besting fellow 1-percenters Paul McCartney and Dr. Dre, according to Billboard. Wealth-X's net worth valuation of the pop queen shows that Madge is worth $800 million, putting her ahead of McCartney's $660 million. ( Incidentally, McCartney's wife, Nancy Shevell, is reportedly worth $300 million. ) Others in the top ...


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BENT NIGHTS Lydia Loveless at Lincoln Hall - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I flat-out couldn't buy it when Lydia Loveless got tagged as a country punk rocker following the release of her second album, Indestructible Machine ( Bloodshot Records, 2012 ). There is no question that her voice, music and band have an upfront edge and a lack of Nashville polish, but "punk" it ain't. That label implies that her work is ...


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MUSIC Ty Herndon talks about coming out - Life has gotten topsy-turvy for country star Ty Herndon—but he wouldn't have it any other way. Recently, Herndon ( who has had almost 20 hits on the country-music charts ) came out of the closet. However, he says he's had an overwhelmingly positive response to the revelation. In a conversation with Windy City Times, an earnest Herndon, 52, talked about ...


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Evanston church, Crys Matthews to benefit youth - From a press release - Evanston, IL, December 5, 2014— Friday January 10th at 7:00 pm the Unitarian Church of Evanston will host singer songwriter Crys Matthews in a concert to benefit Youth Empowerment Performance Project ( YEPP ). Crys Matthews is a blend of American, folk, funk, blues and jazz and with influences ranging from Otis Redding all the way to Ani DiFranco. In ...


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Recording project aims to amplify LGBT musicians - Even with more platforms available than ever to discover new music, it can still be hard for LGBT musicians to garner an audience and for LGBT listeners to find music they relate to. That's why Bianca Russelburg, a recent graduate from Ball State University with a degree in audio production, created Resonate, a mobile recording project aimed at helping LGBT ...


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Whitney film premieres Jan. 17, 2015 - From a press release - Multi-Grammy® Award-winning singer and musical icon Whitney Houston was said to be the voice of a generation and a movie has now been made about her life. Directed by Golden Globe® winner and Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett, the much-anticipated world premiere of Whitney will be Saturday, Jan.17, 2015, at 8pm ET/PT. When casting began, the whispers started and everyone ...


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Lighthouse Church hosts benefit concert - The Love's in Need of Love Concert Nov. 21 at The Lighthouse Church of Chicago raised funds for the church and homeless LGBT youth. The concert featured performances by inspirational singer, songwriter and arranger Clyde B. Easter, acclaimed local musician and teacher Rachael Weasley, Chicago recording artist Goza Parks, and award-winning music director, writer and performer Jesse Stanford, who also ...


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Michelle Chamuel: On 'The Voice,' career advice - Amherst, Massachusetts, native Michelle Chamuel—a top-10 contestant on season four of NBC's The Voice Season 4—is preparing to "Face the Fire" with her brand new album. By her side: someone to "keep her warm," a la Grammy-winning girlfriend Mary Lambert, although she will only say, "She's amazing," when Macklemore's muse comes up in conversation. Keeping the focus on the music ...


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Appearing: John D'Emilio, Lisa Fischer, Alan Safier - CPL hosting John D'Emilio At the Chicago Public Library, 400 S. State St., on Thursday, Dec. 11, noted historian John D'Emilio will present a discussion on marriage equality as he talks about his book In a New Century: Essays on Queer History, Politics and Community Life. Books will be available for purchase. The event will take place at 6 p.m. ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A Tudor opera tangle for mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton - Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton knew that she would need plenty of plain old luck on top of her considerable talents to forge a career as a professional opera singer. But in Barton's case, winning a number of impressive opera vocal competitions particularly helped. "For me the three big launching points in my career have been because of competitions," said Barton, back ...


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


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NUNN ON ONE Soap's Deidre Hall on her separate 'Lives' - Straight from NBC's number-one daytime program, Deidre Hall inhabited the role of Marlena Evans in 1976 on Days of Our Lives. She has garnered her several awards over the years —five of them for Best Actress from Soap Opera Digest as well as the honor of the American Women in Radio and Television Award. The year she celebrates her very ...


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Special events: WCGC's Don We Now; CGMC's YuleTube; Sistah Sinema; Bowie - WCGC, Treble Quire's 'Don We Now' Dec. 6 Windy City Performing Arts—Windy City Gay Chorus (WCGC) and Windy City Treble Quire—will present the annual holiday concert "Don We Now..." Saturday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster Ave. Tickets are $18-$30 each; see www.WindyCitySings.org or purchase at the door. In other news, ...


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Orman leaves; Midler talks gays; Gyllenhaal's 'trick' - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Suze Orman is leaving CNBC after 14 years for a Telepictures show titled Suze Orman's Money Wars, The Wrap reported. "Money Wars" will focus on families, friends and couples whose disputes about money are affecting their lives. In her new gig, Orman ( the author of nine consecutive New York Times best-sellers ) will settle financial arguments and teach a ...


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MUSIC Gorgon City on the band's name, Jennifer Hudson - English electronic music team Gorgon City made up of Kye "Foamo" Gibbon and Matt "RackNRuin" Robson-Scott are ready to make a big splash Stateside. This year, their song "Ready for Your Love" has already reached number four in the UK, and last year were teamed with hit makers Clean Bandit on the track "Intentions." Their first album, Sirens, has them ...


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


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


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


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


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DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE - TAYLOR SWIFT AND THE GAME CHANGERS - Game changers. I think that might be a sports-originated term, but I grew up in a household that didn't know its touchdowns from its free-throws, so I'll let you verify that. For me, game changers have been those pivotal moments in life and career where you tap into that special something that makes you the shiniest star on Earth, if ...


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


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


Billy-Masters

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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







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