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House-music DJs launch Chosen Few Management - House Music DJ and production collective the Chosen Few DJs announced its formation of Chosen Few Artist Management, Inc. ( CFAM ). Based in Chicago and Los Angeles, and led by Chosen Few DJs Wayne Williams, Terry Hunter and Alan King, CFAM will provide comprehensive management and representation to artistic talent in the global house-music space, including live performances, recording ...


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Five Worth Finding: Monteverde, Chicago Ideas Week and more - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Monteverde: Monteverde Executive Chef Sarah Grueneberg won Best Chef Great Lakes at the James Beard Awards this year—and for good reason. Her West Loop restaurant draws people in droves, thanks to a menu that embraces the different ( skate schnitzel ) and displays what turns out to be the flavorful ( gnocchetti con pesto ). —Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher: ...


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Showbiz news: Jared Leto, Cher, Wanda Sykes, Weinstein fallout - Jared Leto has landed a new role: playing the late Hugh Hefner in an upcoming biopic, Just Jared noted. The Playboy icon passed away recently at the age of 91, and Brett Ratner has a biopic planned. "Jared is an old friend," Ratner, who will direct the film, told The Hollywood Reporter. "When he heard I got the rights to ...


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National roundup: Rainbow flag, gay Vegas connections, HIV-exposure law - The rainbow flag—the international symbol of LGBT liberation and pride—was unveiled in a special ceremony on Wed., Oct. 11, at the historic Stonewall National Monument, where, because of the efforts of activists, it will claim a permanent home, a press release noted. This historic event marked the first time that the LGBT flag will wave over federally funded land, under ...


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Music ensemble looks to tell Chicago stories - According to Bach + Beethoven Ensemble ( BBE ) Artistic Director Brandi Berry, her musical organization's mission is all about "tearing down the walls between musicians, [other] performers and the audience." The ensemble is in large part dedicated to presenting music in its historical context, using instruments that are appropriate to the period. But Berry maintained that another important part ...


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Park at Wrigley has Oct. 8 classical show - The Park at Wrigley, 3637 N. Clark St., has announced its first outdoor classical music experience, showcasing Chicago musicians on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2-4 p.m. "The Line-Up"—a three-part classical music showcase—is a free live music experience featuring selections for brass, strings and woodwinds. Edwin Outwater ( music director Laureate of Ontario's Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and director for summer concerts at the ...


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Elton John to release greatest-hits collection - Elton John announced that Diamonds will be released Friday, Nov. 10 through UMe. Diamonds is the ultimate greatest hits collection from John; it will be available on as a one-, two- or three-CD limited edition box set; two-LP heavy-weight gatefold vinyl; and digital formats. The three-CD limited edition box set contains 34 tracks over two discs, plus 17 bonus tracks ...


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Spotlight on Duke Ellington's Greatest Hits - Music Theater Works' new revue Duke Ellington's Greatest Hits features plenty of jazz standards like "Mood Indigo" and "Sophisticated Lady" composed by the late esteemed American title composer. But also be on the lookout for other numbers like "Take the 'A' Train" and "Lush Life" composed by Ellington's late and openly gay songwriter friend Billy Strayhorn, too. Duke Ellington's Greatest ...


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Showbiz news: Vegas responses, Ricky Martin, Gloria Steinem, Outfest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lady Gaga, John Mayer, The Chainsmokers and many other musicians have taken to social media to demand stricter gun control laws in the United States in the wake of the deadly shooting in Las Vegas that left at least 58 dead and more than 500 injured, Billboard reported. Gaga tweeted, "Prayers are important but @SpeakerRyan @realDonaldTrump blood is on the ...


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Chicago Chamber Choir starting 22nd year - The Chicago Chamber Choir ( CCC ), a 40-voice ensemble, is marking its 22nd season with three programs: a commentary on our world and the joy of singing in October, a consideration of the night sky and celestial bodies in December and an exploration of the complex nature of love in April. The choir's season promises to be in step ...


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Hubbard Street names new director - Following a national search led by Koya Leadership Partners, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago announcedy that David McDermott will join Hubbard Street's leadership team as its new executive director, effective Oct. 16, alongside Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton. Joining Hubbard Street as its fourth executive director in its 40-year history, McDermott comes to Hubbard Street Dance Chicago with extensive knowledge of Chicago's ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Donnie Moore rocks out in the band Absolutely Not - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Composed of Donnie Moore, Madison Moore and Santiago Guerrero, the band Absolutely Not knows how to rock. This Chicago-based group is influenced by punk music while creating something absolutely new. Their latest endeavor is titled Errors and was released on No Trend Records. Out frontman Moore talked about new videos and his long-running LGBT concert at Empty Bottle called Glitter ...


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NUNN ON ONE For Isaac Mizrahi, life is a cabaret - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - New York City fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi is taking it on the road with a new show called Does This Song Make Me Look Fat? After a two-week, sold-out run at Cafe Carlyle, he's ready for City Winery. He began sewing at an early age, eventually leading to his own clothing line and major success with Target and QVC. Mizrahi ...


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BENT NIGHTS amfm Jazz Fest; Limp Wrist - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On a whim I trekked down to Dvorek Park in Pilsen to check out a recent pop-up jazz festival that amfm Gallery and Chicago's Out in the Park Series presented. Looking for a break from the massive summer festivals and arena shows, I thought I was headed for a chill evening in the park—but what I got was entirely unexpected. ...


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Showbiz news: Morrissey, Bette Midler, Liam Hemsworth, 'The Voice' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Morrissey has unveiled "Spent the Day in Bed," the debut single from his new studio album Low in High School ( out Nov. 17 on Etienne/BMG ), a press release noted. The song features electric piano, synthesizers and acoustic guitars; in the song, the singer urges listeners to focus on their own strengths and to "stop watching the news because ...


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Singer songwriter Jess Godwin helps students find their voices in Shameless workshop - From a press release - CHICAGO — Singer songwriter Jess Godwin has crafted an avenue for students to build essential communication skills by way of the creative arts. Her collaborative music workshop SHAMELESS offers young people an opportunity to confront, express, and transform their experiences of shame. Godwin guides groups in structured songwriting activities. These poetry and music exercises engage and challenge students to find ...


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Lavender Country in Chicago Sept. 26 - Lavender Country—the band led by lifelong gay-rights and social-justice activist Patrick Haggerty—is coming to Chicago to perform at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 9 p.m. The Golden Horse Ranch Band and Slop Sink will also be on the bill. Lavender Country ( 1972—1976, 2000 ) was a country-music band that formed in 1972. The ...


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Riot Fest melts faces in the park - Riot Fest rocked Douglas Park once again this year on Sept. 15-17. The weather was sunny with temperatures above 80 degrees—practically melting faces of diehard fans that love to head bang to guitar solos. The lineup, while metal-focused, still had enough variety to attract the minions of all ages. New generations were introduced to Nine Inch Nails, who headlined Sept. ...


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Showbiz news: 'Will & Grace,' drag show, Mario Lopez, Rosie's ex dies - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In addition to Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally returning to reprise their roles on Will & Grace, the cast of the classic sitcom has been teasing the return of guest actors from the original run like Minnie Driver and Harry Connick Jr., according to NewNowNext.com. Recently, Messing posted an on-set Instagram with Bobby Cannavale, announcing the ...


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Sam Smith premieres video for new single "Too Good At Goodbyes" - Sam Smith premieres the official video for his new single "Too Good At Goodbyes" today. The video was directed by Luke Monaghan, watch it at the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_ub7Etch2U . "Too Good At Goodbyes" is the first new music from Smith since the release of his Oscar and Golden Globe-winning "Writing's On The Wall," the James Bond theme song for Spectre. ...


-A-Chance-appearance

A Chance appearance - Chancellor Bennett, otherwise known as Chance the Rapper, made a special appearance Sept. 5 at the grand opening of Nando's PERi-PERi at 117 E. Lake St. While a huge crowd gathered across the street to see him, the performer posed for photos with the staff, grilled chicken and served his just-prepared cuisine to tables of VIP guests in the room. ...


-CGMCs-Rock-Bottom-cabaret-shows-in-Sept

CGMC's 'Rock Bottom' cabaret shows in Sept. - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Twenty-six members of the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus will perform in the cabaret show "Hitting Rock Bottom: kNOw Hope" on Sept. 15-16. The Friday, Sept. 15, show will be at Oak Brook's Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 31st St., at 8 p.m.; and the Saturday, Sept. 16, shows will be at 8 and 10 p.m. at Chicago's Uptown Underground, 4707 N. ...


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Showbiz news: Todrick Hall, Ellen Page, Jake Gyllenhaal, immigration projects - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dancer/YouTube personality Todrick Hall—who appeared in Taylor Swift's "Look What Your Made Me Do" video—has spoken out after he was criticized for taking part, The Independent reported. Hall was featured as one of the dancers in the clip, and found that he was instantly trolled as a "sellout." Hall, who is openly gay, claims he was accused of betraying both ...


Sept-16-Guaranteed-Rate-Field-anti-violence-music-fest-suddenly-canceled

Sept. 16 Guaranteed Rate Field anti-violence music fest suddenly canceled - A Sept. 16 anti-violence music festival at Guaranteed Rate Field featuring music stars Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Fifth Harmony, Prince Royce, DNCE, Fat Joe, Jeremih, Lupe Fiasco, Carl Thomas and Felix da Housecat has been cancelled, according to DNAInfo.com. The festival was set to be produced by the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, which controls Guaranteed Rate Field, and Get IN ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Alison-Moyet-and-her-Other-self

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Alison Moyet and her 'Other' self - Songstress Alison Moyet has a unique voice that first caught attention with the duo Yazoo. That teamed her with Vince Clarke of Erasure fame creating several hits like "Only You," "Don't Go" and "Situation." She went solo afterward. Her debut album, Alf, was named after her punk-rooted nickname. It reached number one in the UK thanks to the single "Invisible," ...


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Elton John AIDS Foundation to commemorate 25th year, honor founder - From a press release - ( NEW YORK, NY, September 12, 2017 )— On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the Elton John AIDS Foundation ( EJAF ) will host its annual New York Fall Gala at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. This year's gala commemorates the Foundation's 25th year and honors Founder Sir Elton John. President Bill Clinton, Governor Andrew ...


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Artemis Singers: Deep roots in Chicago's lesbian community - In June 1979, a group of lesbian-feminist women in Chicago came together to form Artemis Singers in order to find fellowship and share their musical talents with a wider audience. The group, credited as the first U.S. lesbian-feminist chorus to label itself as lesbian, is set to begin its 38th season. Currently, the chorus has 35 members. Artemis Singers is ...


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Artemis Singers members reflect on their many years with the chorus - Artemis Singers has had many members over the years, with some going back to the chorus's beginnings while others have joined the chorus more recently. Below, members reflect on their years with the chorus in the order in which they joined. "When I moved to Chicago in 1982, I wanted to make friends whose politics might match mine," said Copia ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-Betty-Thomas-Actress-director-returns-to-Chicago

NUNN ON ONE Betty Thomas: Actress/director returns to Chicago - Second City is bringing the celebs to town to raise money for a good cause. "I Can't Believe They Wendt There: The Roast of George Wendt" has roastmaster Jason Sudeikis presenting friends such as Bob Odenkirk, Betty Thomas and David Koechner, among others, to poke fun of a comedy legend. The funds raised will benefit Gilda's Club Chicago and The ...


BENT-NIGHTS-Absolutely-Not-The-Black-and-Brown-Festival

BENT NIGHTS Absolutely Not; The Black and Brown Festival - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rapidly ascending punk trio Absolutely Not have just released their first full-length album, Errors ( on No Trend Records )—and the damn thing has left me enraptured, amused and confounded to no end. Having set itself apart from a pack of stellar local DIY bands ( like Melk Belly, Twin Peaks, Meat Wave, The Hecks and Ne-Hi ), Absolutely Not ...


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Showbiz: Reese Witherspoon, Tyra Sanchez, Aaron Rodgers, Whitney Houston - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Reese Witherspoon has signed on to a project about the life of Megan Phelps-Roper, the granddaughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, The Huffington Post noted. The film, titled This Above All, will focus on Phelps-Roper's life as a member of the anti-gay hate group, according to Variety. Phelps-Roper—who is the daughter of WBC's spokesperson Shirley Phelps-Roper—grew up in ...


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TELEVISION Vicki Gunvalson, Kelly Dodd serve some reali-tea - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bravo Channel's Real Housewives reality series premiered back in 2006 and became a worldwide hit. The Real Housewives of Orange County is currently in its twelfth season by filming the lives of several women in California. Vicki Gunvalson is an original cast member who was born and raised in the Chicago area. She owns Coto Insurance and Financial Services, Woo ...


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Chicago Gay Men's Chorus to present Hitting Rock Bottom: KnoW Hope - From a press release - CHICAGO, September 1, 2017 — Chicago Gay Men's Chorus kicks off its 2017-18 season with Hitting Rock Bottom: KnoW Hope, a cabaret show chronicling the trials and tribulations of addiction. 26 members of the chorus will each take to the stage to sing about the ups and downs of this issue. Audiences can look forward to songs from Amy Winehouse, ...


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Billy Porter releases "Carefully Taught The Remixes" - From a press release - Tony and Grammy Award-Winner Billy Porter releases "Carefully Taught The Remixes" ( Bee & El /Sony Masterworks Broadway ) available now on all digital platforms and streaming via digital subscription services. Download/Stream "Carefully Taught — The Remixes" HERE "Carefully Taught" is taken from his new studio album, Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers. The album features fan favorites ...


CONCERT-REVIEW-Depeche-Mode-haunts-stage-with-Spirit-tour

CONCERT REVIEW Depeche Mode haunts stage with 'Spirit' tour - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There was a "Black Celebration" at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park involving Depeche Mode on Aug. 30, but the classic track was not to be performed. "People Are People" was also not around or the sing-a-long "Blasphemous Rumours." They did play more than 20 other songs, starting with "Going Backwards" from the newest album Spirit. The band is ...


CONCERT-REVIEW-Gaga-breaks-glass-ceiling-at-Wrigley-Field

CONCERT REVIEW Gaga breaks glass ceiling at Wrigley Field - Even when Lady Gaga releases mediocre music, she knows how to sell it live. Part of the fun is showing up to see how she will do just that. Whether playing one song for Windy City Gay Idol's talent competition in 2008 or selling out mega-stadiums in 2017, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta—who broke the glass ceiling Aug. 25 by becoming ...


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MOVIES Alt-wrong: Bridget Evertett breaks through - Singer-comedian-actress Bridget Everett likes to call her act "alt-cabaret" thanks to its mix of raunchy song, storytelling and audience interaction. ( Sitting on a face is not outside the six-foot-tall performer's repertoire. ) She's attained cult status and a significant LGBT following in NYC thanks to performances at Joe's Pub, while she's reached larger audiences via touring, the Comedy Central ...


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Showbiz news: Laverne Cox, Logic, Gloria Estefan, 'Teen Wolf' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Laverne Cox casually dropped the news that Beyonce asked the Orange Is The New Black star to collaborate on a new project, The Huffington Post noted. Cox broke the news on Access Hollywood, where Cox discussed the first time she met the singer and her Emmy nomination for "Orange." Cox said, "So, I have no idea [how this came about] ...


BENT-NIGHTS-Punk-punk-and-more-punk-Part-1

BENT NIGHTS Punk, punk and more punk: Part 1 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "Punk rock: a loud, fast-moving and aggressive form of rock music popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s. "Punk: a worthless person, often used as a general term of abuse."—from the 2010 edition of The Oxford American Dictionary, Third Edition California punkers Green Day have been catching hell ever since their major label debut, Dookie ( 1990, Reprise Records ...


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Concert benefits LGBTQ refugees - A sold-out audience raised nearly $20,000 for LGBTQ refugees and immigrants Aug. 26 at the Center on Halsted. The featured performer and beneficiary was violinist Artem Kolesov, a 23-year-old gay man who caught the world's attention when he came out earlier this year on YouTube as part of a Russian "Children-404" project, which invites teenagers to share their stories and ...


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Lady Gaga's Foundation honors Chicago youth - In conjunction with her concert at Wrigley Field on Friday, Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, founded by Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, bestowed the organization's Channel Kindness Award on Chicago youth Shay Johnson, 20. Shay, formerly homeless and a previous resident of the Night Ministry's Crib shelter, won the award based on her proposal to host a BBQ ...


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Lakeside Pride founders reflect on band's anniversary - According to Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles co-founder Mary Wallace, "If music is your thing, you've really got to do it, or else you're miserable." Lakeside Pride celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2017. The organization boasts about 210 members and consists of several units: the Freedom Band, which marches in local parades; the symphonic band, which usually mounts two concert performances ...


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Showbiz news: George Michael, Oprah, Adore Delano, Imagine Dragons - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - George Michael—the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter who died last Christmas at 53—was honored in Los Angeles for his decades of humanitarian work with Project Angel Food, the L.A. non-profit that delivers meals to people who are critically ill, Billboard reported. The occasion was Project Angel Food's 27th annual Angel Awards, during which Michael won the Elizabeth Taylor Leadership Award. Adam Lambert, who ...


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Benefit concert for Russian violinist Aug. 26 - Chicago LGBTQ community leaders are hosting a benefit concert for Artem Kolesov, a 23-year-old gay man who caught the world's attention when he came out earlier this year on YouTube as part of a Russian "Children-404" project, which invites teenagers to share their stories and discuss LGBT issues in Russia. The concert, "From Russia with Love: A benefit concert for ...


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'Fahrenheit' beach party Aug. 27 on South Side - Entertainment from top rap artists, R&B and house singers, drag performers and DJs will be featured at Fahrenheit Chicago—Pride South on the Lake, an end-of-summer beach party of fun, music and social networking for LGBTQ Illinoisans, their friends and families. The free event will take place 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27, at Oakwood Beach ( at 41st Street ...


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Macklemore, others at Sept. 16 festival - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Fifth Harmony, Prince Royce, DNCE, Fat Joe, Jeremih, Lupe Fiasco, Carl Thomas and Felix da Housecat are among the musical acts slated to perform at the inaugural all-day Get IN It MusicFest, to be held Sept. 16 at noon-10:30 p.m. at Guaranteed Rate Field, which is the home of the Chicago White Sox play, according to ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Declan McKenna: Breakout star on trans teens, identity - British singer Declan McKenna is heading for the big leagues and people like Adele are singing his praises. He won Glastonbury Festival's Emerging Talent Competition in 2015 where he gained the opportunity to perform on William's Green Stage. Afterwards he was signed with Columbia Records. His new album What Do You Think About the Car? is full of pop tunes ...


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MOVIES Actress raps about performing hip-hop in 'Patti Cake$' - Watch out, world: There's a new rapper in town, and her name is Patti Cake$. A plus-sized white girl from New Jersey named Patricia Dumbrowski is going to hustle and flow her way to the top and nothing is going to stop her. Actress Danielle Macdonald stars in the new movie in which her character experiences bullying, family drama and ...


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Benefit concert for Russian violinist Aug. 26 - Chicago LGBTQ community leaders are hosting a benefit concert for Artem Kolesov, a 23-year-old gay man who caught the world's attention when he came out earlier this year on YouTube as part of a Russian "Children-404" project, which invites teenagers to share their stories and discuss LGBT issues in Russia. The concert, "From Russia with Love: A benefit concert for ...


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Fahrenheit Chicago, Pride South on the Lake Announces Entertainment Lineup - From an Equality Illinois press release - CHICAGO—Non-stop entertainment from top rap artists, R&B and house singers, drag performers, and DJs will be featured at Fahrenheit Chicago—Pride South on the Lake, an end-of-summer beach party of fun, music, and social networking for LGBTQ Illinoisans, their friends and families. International queer rap artist Cakes da Killa, whose debut album drops this fall, and singer-songwriter Cor.Ece will highlight the ...


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Showbiz news: Stephen Amell, 'Empire,' Michael Stipe, 'Sense8' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Arrow star Stephen Amell has hit back at fans who left homophobic comments on his Facebook page, PinkNews reported. The TV star took time out from filming Arrow in Vancouver to attend the city's Pride parade over the weekend, posting a snap of himself wearing a giant rainbow balloon contraption—and some fans left anti-gay messages. Amell responded, in part, "I ...


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Market Days Aug. 12 and 13 talent listed - Saturday, Aug. 12 Bud Light North Stage ( at Addison ) 3:45 p.m.: Prince Poppycock 4:45 p.m.: Inaya Day 7:45 p.m.: Linda Clifford 8:45 p.m.: Jody Watley Hydrate Dance Stage ( at Cornelia ) Noon-5:30 p.m.: DJ Laura B 1:30-4:30 p.m.: Drag Show 5:30 p.m.: DJ Cindel 7:30 p.m.: DJ Nina Flowers Sunday, Aug. 13 Bud Light North ...


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NORTHALSTED MARKET DAYS Inaya Day to return to Market Days after a decade's absence - By Tarina Hargrays - Singer and songwriter vet Inaya Day is back with a new hit song and will be returning to Chicago for Northalsted Market Days after nearly 10 years. Day has been in the music industry for more than 20 years and has recently come out with a cover of the '70s hit "Love Is in the Air," which is one of ...


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NORTHALSTED MARKET DAYS JC Brooks lays soul bare with music - Four years since it released its last album, JC Brooks' indie-soul sound is making a comeback. The Chicago-based band dropped their fourth album The Neon Jungle in April, and since then have been touring the country, sharing their new style with fans everywhere before hitting Northalsted Market Days for a performance on Sunday, Aug. 13. Windy City Times caught up ...


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MUSIC Lollapalooza grows organically in size, diversity - Lollapalooza's annual music festival returned to Grant Park Aug. 3-6, complete with the usual unpredictable weather, scantily clad attendees and musicians competing for attention. This year a new roller rink was revealed, new stylish flushable portable toilets were presented, and arcade games were available to play. Armbands could be charged up with funds for cashless transactions and people could pre-order ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A musical 'Trevor' project - The entire cast and creative team behind the world-premiere musical Trevor at Glencoe's Writers Theatre know they're facing huge expectations. "The biggest challenge with this piece is taking what is a 16-minute film, and to create a two-act musical out of it," said Trevor director Marc Bruni, who is best known for helming Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway. ...


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BENT NIGHTS Fed Up Fest - The Fed Up Collective threw its fourth annual festival July 28-30 at The Co-Prosperity Sphere in beautiful Bridgeport—and managed to redefine itself. Regardless of the festival's focus on punk and the DIY aesthetic, this edition went on without a hitch while smoothly incorporating its pro-LGBTQ message in an organic way. If the three day blowout lacked the massive size and ...


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LGBTQ artists part of "Veterans for Peace" fest in Chicago through Aug. 13 - From a press release - The nation's only veteran organization fully dedicated to abolish all war, Veterans for Peace, is hosting their first Chicago Convention and Music Festival August 9th-13th, 2017 at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel ( 17 E. Monroe Street ). Now in its 32nd year, Veterans for Peace convention is themed "Education Not Militarization", and will host a public Veterans Town Hall ...


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Showbiz news: Lady Gaga, Patti LaBelle, 'The L Word,' Louis Tomlinson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In the middle of her first show on her world tour in Vancouver, Lady Gaga called security—to procure a gay-pride flag, USA Today noted. Gaga—who was standing on a stage in the middle of the floor—got her wish, and she was handed that rainbow flag from the audience. Thousands of fans cheered as the singer posed onstage with the flag, ...


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Showbiz news: Kerry Washington, 'Magic Mike,' Jinkx Monsoon, Ricky Martin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - GLSEN announced that it will honor Scandal actress Kerry Washington with the Inspiration Award at the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards on Oct. 20 in Beverly Hills, California, according to Page Six. GLSEN praised Washington for her work with President Barack Obama's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, advocating for marriage equality and championing anti-domestic violence campaigns. Shonda Rhimes—creator of ABC's ...


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Fame&Fiction, queer alt-rock band, in Chicago Aug. 8 - From a press release - NASHVILLE, TN ( July 26, 2017 ) — Nashville-based alternative 6-piece queer rock band Fame&Fiction will embark on their first tour ever beginning next week. They will appear Aug. 8 at Reggies Music Joint, Chicago. Collectively, Fame&Fiction write and develop songs around the energy of 6 souls rocking out in an East Nashville basement together. While Fame&FictionN's sound is alternative ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Jody Watley still thrills - Jody Watley has performed for most of her life, starting on the stage at 8 years old with her godfather Jackie Wilson. She then danced on Soul Train and, later, became part of the R&B group Shalamar, who had hits like "A Night to Remember" and "Dancing in the Sheets." As a solo singer, she released a successful self-titled album ...


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CONCERT REVIEW Garbage opens up while Blondie covers up - Ravinia Festival, in Highland Park, packed a diverse crowd of concertgoers on the evening of July 22 for the Rage & Rapture Tour. Actress/singer Sky Ferreira opened for the two major acts on other stops of the tour, but in Illinois, attendees had members of the punk band X: John Doe and Exene Cervenka. The duo had a short set ...


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Showbiz: Princess Di, 'Moonlight,' Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Lopez - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Two shows about Princess Diana—Diana and the Paparazzi as well as Diana: The Day We Said Goodbye—will air on the Smithsonian Channel on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. CT, respectively, a press release stated. This year marks the 20th anniversary of her passing. Smithsonian Channel will also premiere a four-part series on Sunday, Aug. 13, at ...


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Zara Larsson takes over music charts at 19 - Swedish pop sensation Zara Larsson is ready to take over the United States. At the young age of 10 she conquered Talang, Sweden's version of America's Got Talent, in 2008. She was then signed to a record label and dropped an EP in 2013. A single from the EP titled "Uncover" was certified platinum, with the album going triple platinum ...


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Exhibitionism, The Rolling Stones exhibit at Navy Pier - The Rolling Stones' first-ever major exhibition, "Exhibitionism," will make its Chicago debut at Navy Pier through July 30. The Chicago engagement follows the exhibit's global premiere in London and its star-studded U.S. premiere in NYC. Exhibitionism is the largest touring experience of its kind ever to be staged, and the first time in history the band has unlocked its vast ...


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CONCERT REVIEW Adam Lambert, Queen a match made in heaven - The 1970 British band Queen returned to Chicago for a rocking concert on July 13 at the United Center. Two members of the original group remain, with Brian May on guitar and Roger Taylor on drums. Bassist John Deacon retired after singer Freddie Mercury's death in 1991. Former Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers filled in for Mercury until American Idol ...


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aChurch4me hosting July 22 event - The LGBT-inclusive congregation aChurch4me is hosting "An Evening of Praise and Prose" on Saturday, July 22. The free event will be at 7366 N. Clark St. at 7 p.m. Revs. Carolyn and Adrain Mobley-Bowie, who have traveled the world with their ministry, will preside. See achurch4me.org. ...


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BENT NIGHTS Taste of Chicago: The 37th annual event - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 37th edition of A Taste of Chicago was loaded with surprises and worked harder then ever to please as many people as possible. There were big-ticket dining options ( with well-known chefs creating signature meals every day ), two dance sections ( Stomping Grounds Chicago featured performances from Chicago dance companies while Chicago Summer Dance offered outdoor social dancing ...


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MUSIC REVIEW Pitchfork lives on in pictures - More than 40 bands played Pitchfork Music Festival during July 14-16 in Union Park, keeping everyone guessing what would happen next. It was an opportune time to discover new music and see acts perform their craft live. Photographing the performances was challenging, with many of the musicians showing their true colors by providing stipulations for the press. Here are some ...


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SHOWBIZ Thomas Dekker, Linda Perry, Chippendales, Mariah Carey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A Heroes producer has revealed that the show had to axe a gay storyline, Attitude reported. The popular series, which ran during 2006-2010 before returning briefly last year, launched the career of actors such as Zachary Quinto and Hayden Panettiere. Bryan Fuller, who worked on the show from the start, admitted at Outfest that a gay storyline never went ahead ...


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Benefit concert to help Russian-born LGBTQ violinist flee persecution - From a press release - CHICAGO — Notable Chicago LGBTQ community leaders are hosting a benefit concert for Artem Kolesov, a 23-year old gay man who caught the world's attention when he came out earlier this year on YouTube as part of a Russian"Children-404" project, which invites teenagers to share their stories and discuss LGBT issues in Russia. In most of their photos and videos, ...


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MUSIC Lesbian singer Jennifer Knapp continues to break new ground - By Tarina Hargrays - Lesbian singer-songwriter Jennifer Knapp has sold more than 1 million records and crossed over into a completely different genre. Knapp has recently returned to the music industry and will be headlining a show in Michigan on Friday, Aug. 11, at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, Michigan. Joining her as an opener will be singer/songwriter Natalie Gaza. Knapp who first ...


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Beth Ditto to sing in Chicago in July - Beth Ditto will celebrate the release of her debut solo album, Fake Sugar, with a North American headline tour. The run will kick off on July 12 in Washington, D.C., and conclude on July 26 with a show at The Independent in San Francisco. She will perform at Chicago's Lincoln Hall on July 17. Virgin Records released Fake Sugar on ...


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Gays behind the American Bandstand - By Sari Staver - When The New York Post published a story that a new coffeetable book, Bandstand Diaries, revealed stories about the secret gay lives of some of the dancers, sales of the book went through the roof. Beginning at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning, March 12, when the Post story by tell-all journalist Jerry Oppenheimer was published, "We could barely keep up ...







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