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Dancing About Architecture: Someone special on your twelve-inch - The history of the extended ( 12" ) 33 RPM version of the traditional 45 RPM 7" single is ironically not as long as its mini forefather, but with much more depth. Since its birth in the '70s with Donna Summer's "Love to Love You Baby," the 12" went from a DJ-only necessity ( due to time constraints ) to ...


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Hip-hop and LGBTQs: The intersectionality of two communities - By Tarina Hargrays - "I hold hip-hop in such a high regard and expect so much of it because it is music that has very revolutionary roots." This is what artist Akenya Seymour said when asked about the LGBTQ community's possible growing alliance with the hip-hop community. Akenya Seymour is a 23-year-old music artist from Chicago who identifies as queer and has been a ...


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NUNN ON ONE Actor/musician David Pevsner shows versatility - Performer David Pevsner is full of surprises. Not only is he a talented actor in films like 300: Rise of an Empire and Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean, but he's been an erotic model for 20 years. Television credits include Modern Family, Criminal Minds, and Grey's Anatomy. He just released a comedy album called Most Versatile with ...


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Aurora gets tax credit for arts center - The City of Aurora has received a tax-credit award worth more than $15 million from the Illinois Housing Development Authority ( IHDA ) toward the development of the Aurora Arts Center at the former Waubonsee Community College Building downtown. The $35-million project will be developed by The Community Builders Inc., and will consist of a restaurant as well as a ...


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MUSIC Bloc Party talks group dynamics, coming out - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - English group Bloc Party continues to combine rock, pop and electronic music mixing the sounds together. Beginning in 1999, the team has changed a bit over the years while still having strong success. Their debut album Silent Alarm went platinum in Britain, and the follow up A Weekend in the City reached number 12 on the Billboard 200. The band's ...


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Susan Werner kicks off Auditorium's season - On Sept. 22, The Auditorium Theater kicked off its 2016-17 season with an intimate performance from out singer-songwriter Susan Werner. Celebrating her ninth appearance at The Auditorium Theater, Werner, per her custom, turned the historic performance space into an intimate cabaret setting by having the audience seated on stage with her. Starting the show with stand-up bassist Curt Bley and ...


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Garland, Minnelli Palladium concert tribute Oct. 9 - From a press release - After two sold-out performances earlier this year, Nancy Hays ( as Judy Garland ) and Michelle Lauto ( as Liza Minnelli ) are bringing "Judy & Liza—Once in a Lifetime" back to the Uptown Underground Sunday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m., in an expanded version with even more songs. This cabaret show is a re-creation of the famed concert presented ...


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Entertainment news: Lady Gaga, Lance Bass, Alexis Arquette, Zayn Malik - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Lady Gaga is reportedly inching closer to one of the biggest gigs on the planet: performing at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2017, Billboard reported. Sources have told the publication that Gaga is in talks for the 51st annual football showdown, scheduled for Feb. 5, 2017 at NRG Stadium in Houston. She released a new song, "Perfect Illusion," on ...


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David Pevsner releases CD - David Pevsner, one of the writers of the off-Broadway revue Naked Boys Singing, has released Most Versatile, his first CD of "original gay songs," as a press release calls them. Work ( "The Naked Maid" ), sexual history ( "The Book of Lust" ), unfortunate medical situations ( "Pain in the Butt" ), fantasy ( "The Perky Little Porn Star" ...


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Second Bowie box set out Sept. 23 - On Sept. 23, Parlophone Records will release David Bowie: Who Can I Be Now? ( 1974-1976 ), the second in a series of box sets spanning his career from 1969. "Who," the follow-up to David Bowie: Five Years 1969-1973, will contain the previously unreleased album from 1974 called The Gouster. The 12-CD box, 13-LP vinyl set and digital download feature ...


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Musician/ex-pro athlete Sami Grisafe talks Etheridge, Trump, Clinton - Lesbian former professional athlete Sami Grisafe is aware of the fact that she sounds like another familiar voice when she sings—and she's fine with it. "I am honored to be compared to Melissa Etheridge," Grisafe said. "She has such a strong voice, both as a singer and songwriter. I am inspired by her choice to use her platform to bring ...


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BENT NIGHTS The Hideout's 20th-anniversary reunion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Once upon a time there was a little guy with a big gift of gab who loved this teeny-tiny bar tucked away in the warehouse district. He loved it so much that he took his wife and best friends as often as he could and they loved it, too. "Oh, the things that I could do with this place!!!," he ...


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Lady Gaga to release fifth studio album - From a press release - Six time Grammy award winner Lady Gaga will release her much anticipated fifth studio album, 'Joanne' on Friday, October 21st. The first single, "Perfect Illusion" recently debuted at #1 on iTunes in 60 countries. Just a week after its release, "Perfect Illusion" has soared on radio, becoming the #1 most added song on Pop with 170 adds and the #1 ...


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Academy's AIDS benefit Sept. 23-24 - Each year, Chicago Academy for the Arts students produce and perform in a variety show to support HIV/AIDS research and organizations. The 20th Annual AIDS Benefit will take place Sept. 23-24 at The Academy, 1010 W. Chicago Ave. Students from each art department ( dance, media arts, music, musical theatre, theater and visual arts ) will present new work, under ...


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Entertainment: Megan Rapinoe, Sia, Neil Patrick Harris, 'Jersey Boys' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - In the soccer world, the Washington Spirit prevented Seattle midfielder Megan Rapinoe, an out lesbian, from kneeling again during the national anthem by altering its pregame ceremonies rather than "subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent," LGBTQ Nation noted. The National Women's Soccer League team moved up the anthem, playing it while ...


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BENT NIGHTS Andrew Bird; Evasive Backflip - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - It has taken Chicago native Andrew Bird nearly five years to release Are You Serious? ( on Loma Vista Records ), his first full-length of new music in as many years. It is not like he fell off the face of the earth, being that his annual Gezelligheid concerts are a yuletide event and he dropped a collection of Handsome ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Dua Lipa will 'Blow Your Mind' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Albanian girls are taking over the airwaves these days. Bebe Rexha's "Me, Myself & I" and Rita Ora's "Black Widow" collaborations spotlighted their voices and brought them front and center. Now the newest artist to come out of southeast Europe is Dua Lipa. She grew up in London but left and returned to become a singer. She posted YouTube covers ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Fitz and the Tantrums' Jeremy Ruzumna on the band, Morrissey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Now that another Lollapalooza has come and gone, there's one last huge music festival ready to jam in Chicago. Riot Fest rocks out at Douglas Park to end summer, and the lineup is huge. Headlining on the bill is the band Fitz and the Tantrums and after seeing them play at Lollapalooza in the past many will know this is ...


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BENT NIGHTS Linda Clifford; Seal - I'll never forget the first time I saw Linda Clifford. It was 1977 and my closeted eyes were planted on the old Midnight Special rock concert that, for this episode, was aiming at "edgy" by spotlighting disco as the latest thing. The sight of David Hodo and Glenn Hughes gyrating and pawing all over their half-naked selves certainly made an ...


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'Matthew Shepard' music CD out Sept. 9 - On Sept. 9, 2016, Harmonia Mundi will release Considering Matthew Shepard, composed and conducted by Grammy winner Craig Hella Johnson. Johnson is the founder and artistic director of Conspirare, a professional choir in Austin, Texas. Shepard was a young, gay college student at the University of Wyoming who in 1998 was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left ...


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Trevor event Sept. 16 at Kimpton Gray - People are urged to join the fight to end suicide at "A Night Out for Trevor" Friday, Sept. 16, 6:30-10:30 p.m., at The Kimpton Gray Hotel, 122 W. Monroe St. Out musician Steve Grand is slated to perform. The mission of The Trevor Project is to end suicide among LGBTQ young people. The organization provides crisis counseling, resources, education and ...


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Entertainment news: Melissa Etheridge, Matt Bomer, Sam Smith, Dolly Parton - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The fifth-season finale of the syndicated public TV music series Infinity Hall Live featured an hourlong solo performance from Melissa Etheridge, according to a press release. The set had some of her chart-toppers, along with a seven-minute cover of "Rock Me Baby" ( from her upcoming Stax tribute album, MEmphis Rock and Soul, out Oct. 7 ) as well as ...


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Rapper's CD cover sparks debate on masculinity - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rapper Young Thug has launched a debate on masculinity, thanks to the cover of his latest project, No, My Name Is Jeffery, which pictures him in an Alessandro Trincone periwinkle ruffled skirt, a white top and a pleated parasol-like hat. According to Complex magazine, Young Thug wearing dresses is nothing new, as he once donned a Gucci dress in Dazed ...


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CGMC concerts Sept. 16-17 - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) will perform its "Great Gaymerican Songbook" concerts Sept. 16-17. On Sept. 16, the show will take place at Oak Brook's Mayslake Peabody Estate at 7:30 p.m. On Sept. 17, CGMC will sing at Chicago's Uptown Underground at 8 and 10 p.m. The annual fall cabaret will feature several performers with duets, solos, ...


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BENT NIGHTS Jill Scott; The Gold Web - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As one of many artists labeled "neo-soul" when she debuted in 2000, Jill Scott has managed to defy that category by keeping her music intensely personal. Whereas contemporary Erykah Badu has delved in hip-hop, jazz, rap, spoken word, soul and rock to the point of the avant garde, Scott has focused on making the words ( and not the delivery ...


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Dancing About Architecture: Pieces of Glory on Britney's new album - Do you want a piece of her? That's what she asked in a previous single and in her Vegas show, as if we all had our expectations from a pop artist who has worked ( bitch ) for us for almost 20 years in the recording studio. If you ask a Britney fan, they all have their own favorites: Classic ...


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Entertainment news: Naomi Campbell, Ricky Martin, 'Xena,' Aretha Franklin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Empire co-stars Naomi Campbell and Jussie Smollett spoke to Attitude magazine recently, according to a Deccan Chronicle item. In part, Campbell said, "I have been surrounded by gay men my entire life, and because I have grown up working in the creative and fashion industries, many of them have become like family to me. Without gay men, I wouldn't be ...


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World premiere: Considering Matthew Shepard to be released Sept. 9 - From a press release - On September 9, 2016, Harmonia Mundi will release Considering Matthew Shepard, composed and conducted by Grammy®-winner Craig Hella Johnson, Founder and Artistic Director of Conspirare, Austin's acclaimed world-class professional choir. BUYCD Matthew Shepard was a young, gay college student at the University of Wyoming who in 1998 was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Jake Miller plays Market Days and 'Rumors' game - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Pop singer Jake Miller is bringing sexy back, hailing all the way from Weston, Florida. After being signed to Warner Bros. Records, he released a debut album called Us Against Them. Now with a new EP called Overnight he heads out on the road with hitmakers Fifth Harmony for The 7/27 Tour. Windy City went behind the scenes of a ...


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Streisand to release 'ENCORE' Aug. 26 - Columbia Records has announced Barbra Streisand's "ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway" album will debut Friday, Aug. 26. The CD will feature 10 new Streisand duets of Broadway classics with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood. The new musical partners include Alec Baldwin, Antonio Banderas, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Seth MacFarlane, Melissa McCarthy, Chris Pine, Daisy Ridley, Patrick ...


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Out singer Anne Steele reacts to Orlando tragedy with 'Love' - "When the Orlando shooting happened, I was devastated—as we all were," Anne Steele said. "I didn't know how to react. I was on my way to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, to do a concert at The Blue Moon and my wife, Kelli, and I listened to the coverage all the way there. I knew I had to get on stage that next night and ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Out rapper Big Dipper provides the scoop - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Queer rapper Big Dipper is returning to Chicago and bringing some heavy-handed tunes with him. Starting with his YouTube hit "Drip Drop," Dipper made a name for himself and never looked back. Songs like "Thick Life" and "Free Money" continue the trend of mixing free speech with hip hop beats. Windy City called up the Evanston native to discuss his ...


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SHOW REVIEW Dolly keeps it pure and simple at Ravinia - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Most of Boystown traveled up north to Highland Park on Aug. 7. Ravinia Festival filled to the brim in a sold-out show featuring Dolly Parton with her large lesbian and gay fan base. Parton kicked things off with "Why'd You Come in Here Looking' Like That," bringing high energy with a signature smile as well as a hunky cowboy assistant. ...


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Harris Theater, Lyric Unlimited announce the return of Beyond the Aria - Featuring RenĂ©e Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Eric Owens - From a press release CHICAGO ( August 10, 2016 ) The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, in association with Lyric Unlimited, has announced the return of Beyond the Aria — the highly acclaimed performance series produced by the Harris Theater which pairs internationally celebrated opera singers of Lyric's mainstage alongside rising stars from The Patrick G. and Shirley W. ...


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Entertainment news: Beyonce's 'Becky,' Hugh Jackman, Big Freedia - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Broadway musical theater producers Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley will be honored at the 2016 National LGBTQ Task Force Gala—Miami, according to a press release. The annual fundraising gala will take place Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Rudetsky and Wesley will be presented with the National Leadership Award for their work to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender ...


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Dancing About Architecture - Mapping out your Market Days with Moose - Northalsted Market Days—second only to Taste of Chicago for city fests in scope and scale—is our city's real Pride Fest, if not in name, then in every other way. While "Pride" is celebrated in many other towns ( and some would say in many better ways ), Market Days has no equal. Like music festivals, Market Days can be daunting, ...


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Market Days talent unveiled - Northalsted Market Days has announced the musical acts for the Aug. 13-14 event that will take place on North Halsted Street between Belmont Avenue and Addison Street, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Among the acts performing Aug. 13 are Deborah Cox ( "Nobody's Supposed To Be Here," at 8:45 p.m. on the Belmont Stage ), Diana King ( "Shy Guy," 4:30 p.m. ...


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Coming up: Disco legend Clifford, LGBT Milwaukee, Numbers Nerds, Musically Human Theatre - Disco legend Clifford in concert Aug. 26 Disco legend Linda Clifford will be in concert at Unity in Chicago, 1925 W. Thome Ave., on Friday, Aug. 26. There will be a meet-and-greet with Clifford at 7 p.m., followed by a concert at 8 p.m. Clifford is known for such hits as "Runaway Love," "If My Friends Could See Me Now" ...


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NUNN ON ONE Hailee Steinfeld shows 'True Grit' in acting, music - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld is determined to sell out stadium's on her own but in the mean time she will get by with a little from her friend Meghan Trainor. As a young actress Steinfeld was nominated for an Oscar and a slew of other awards for the movie True Grit. She went on to various other roles in ...


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Entertainment: Drag Race, Jared Leto, Melissa Etheridge, Where the Bears Are - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars season two debuts Thursday, Aug. 25, with a 90-minute episode, a press release stated. For the first time in "Drag Race" history, the full season will simulcast on Logo and VH1. Joining the main stage panel of Todrick Hall, Carson Kressley, Michelle Visage and RuPaul will be Raven-Symone, Ross Mathews, Jeremy Scott, Nicole Scherzinger, Graham ...


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CONCERT ROUNDUP Lovato, Jonas make it hot for the summer - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas have left their Disney beginnings behind in exchange for a full scale Future Now Tour that arrived in Rosemont, Illinois, Aug. 2. Opener Mike Posner got emotional talking about his mom and performed his radio hits "Please Don't Go" and "I Took a Pill in Ibiza." Jonas began his set with "Levels." He has learned ...


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West Side Story Movie-in-the-Park celebrates Maestro Leonard Bernstein's 98th - From a press release - Leonard Bernstein ( 2015 Legacy Walk Inductee ) was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States to receive worldwide acclaim. He was best known to the public as the longtime music director of the New York Philharmonic; for conducting concerts by many of the world's leading orchestras; and for writing the music for Candide, On the ...


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Numbers Nerds, Almost All-Girl Math Challenge workshop show - From a press release - CPA Theatricals' workshop production of Numbers Nerds, or the Almost All-Girl Math Challenge, was selected to be produced at the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival Aug. 13 at noon and Aug. 27 at noon. Numbers Nerds is the story of an all-girl math team from Our Lady of Perpetual Chastity ( now a charter school ) in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The mathletes ...


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Entertainment: Justin Bieber, Kristen Stewart, Bradley Cooper, 'Star Trek' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Justin Bieber has been offered the role of a young pop star in the movie Uber Girl—but he wants a major rewrite, Page Six noted. "He won't take the part unless the sex scene with him and one of the male backup dancers is taken out of the final script," co-writer Pete O'Neill said. O'Neill said he also wants to ...


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BENT NIGHTS Fed Up Fest - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As the nation's largest rock festival descended on Chicago for four days of massive crowds and an equally crowded schedule of major acts, a much smaller, intimate gathering took place on the West Side of Chicago. The 25th annual Lollapalooza may have been a celebration of corporate rock 'n' roll on a gargantuan level, but the third annual Fed Up ...


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Dancing About Architecture - Yes, we've all noted the vitriol floating about the webs this year. The hot-button issues have all our people up in arms and coming down hard on anyone who disagrees with the important issues of the day and who disputes their choice of who should run the world—girls. Of course, I'm referring to new singles out by long-term gay icons ...


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Upcoming book and music events - 'Love Unites Us' book event July 28 There will be an event featuring Love Unites Us: Winning the Freedom to Marry in America—a book with Lambda Legal Director of Education and Public Affairs Leslie Gabel-Brett and former Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin Cathcart as editors—on Thursday, July 28, 5:30-8 p.m., at Joie de Vine, 1744 w. Balmoral Ave. Lambda Legal's ...


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Dolly Parton: Living the 'Simple' life - The legendary Dolly Parton started performing for churches at age 6 and now, at 70, she shows no signs of stopping. Over the years Parton has carved out a career with hits like "Here You Come Again" and "Jolene." Her song "I Will Always Love You" was actually written about her professional break from Porter Wagoner but has gone on ...


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Links Hall Presents Joshua Kent and Mark McCloughan and more in August - From a press release - Chicago, IL — Links Hall is pleased to present Trio A / Trio B, a double bill featuring performances of "The Top" by New York-based Mark McCloughan's No Face Performance Group performed with Jaime Maseda and Melissa Krodman — and "Watching Me / Watching You" by Chicago-based artist Joshua Kent and his two collaborators Courtney Mackedanz and Matthew Nicholas. Combining ...


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Pitchfork picks art over airplay - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bringing the noise to Union Park on July 15, Pitchfork Music Festival continued to explore a range of music on the weekend. One DJ who performed was even titled The Range, coincidentally enough. Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen played a bit early that date just after 6 p.m., but that worked out well for the many families that brought young ...


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WCPA names new artistic director - Windy City Performing Arts ( WCPA ) has announced the selection and appointment of Dr. Eric Esparza as the artistic director of Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire. In addition to directing WCPA's flagship choruses, Esparza is the director of choral activities and vocal area coordinator at DePaul University in Chicago. He conducts the DePaul Chamber and ...


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Sami Grisafe Releases 'All-Un-American' Today - Groundbreaking Former Pro-Athlete Pens Protest Song Inspired By Donald Trump's Campaign Strategy - July 13th, 2016, Los Angeles, CA: California Songstress Sami Grisafe will release her forthcoming single 'All-Un-American' to iTunes, Amazon and streaming sites on July 13. In the vein of classic protest songs, the anthemic track was written as a direct answer to Donald Trump's 'Make America Great' slogan as well as other increasingly worrying headline news events in the U.S.A. ...


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Entertainment news: 'Tarzan' kiss, Christian Siriano, Abby Wambach, Mary Lambert - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The UK Mirror reported that a gay kiss was cut out of the final edit of the new Tarzan film—because test audiences were left "perplexed" by it, the director has revealed. The new film, The Legend of Tarzan, includes a character named Captain Leon Rom, a ruthless Belgian soldier played by Christoph Waltz, who is now rumored to be Tarzan's ...


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Jazz Jennings part of TLC's block party - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Stadium Green at Soldier Field was full of laughter, music and the smells of local food trucks on July 16 for TLC's second-ever Block Party event. For the celebration, the television channel flew in stars from hit shows like Cake Boss, Say Yes to the Dress and Long Island Medium to meet their fans. Amid all the chaos, Jazz ...


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BENT NIGHTS Taste of Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 36th Annual Taste of Chicago tried to offer something for every musical palate and largely succeeded—splendidly. Never mind all that food: The fest offered mainstage helpings of rap/hip-hop ( The Roots with a cameo from Chance the Rapper ), old-school alternative rock ( The Decemberists, Billy Idol, Chris Connelly ), new alternative rock ( Shakey Graves, The Kongos, Elle ...


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Chicago Musical Theatre Festival coming Aug. 8 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( July 13, 2016 ) — Underscore Theatre Company is pleased to announce the full line-up for its third annual CHICAGO MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL, featuring 14 new musical productions. Created to showcase and support Chicago's burgeoning field of musical theatre creators, this year's festival will be held August 8 — 28, 2016 at Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 ...


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Dancing About Architecture - Once you've had a year filled with new Beyonce, Rihanna, Ariana Grande, an abundance of Adele, and anticipated new releases by Lady Gaga and Barbra Streisand, you might need a break from the major-label divas and choose to seek out some new and fresh female sounds. Hooked on Seinabo Sey* and you've already forgotten most of Rihanna's anti-pop ANTI LP? ...


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MUSIC Steven Tyler climbs 'Out on a Limb' - Rock icon Steven Tyler is taking his new solo album out on the road, with a Chicago stop planned. "Love Is Your Name" is his first single from his debut country solo record, We're All Somebody From Somewhere. The "Demon of Screamin'" will be forever known for his antics and vocal gymnastics as part of the band Aerosmith for more ...


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DANCIN' FEATS Thodos' 'New Dances,' unplugged - Each summer, the company dancers of Thodos Dance Chicago get to show off their choreographic panache in the New Dances series. Apart from supporting Thodos' mission to foster well-rounded artists who dance, teach and choreograph, New Dances has yielded a number of outstanding works, some of which are adopted into the company's repertory for the next season. Kentucky native John ...


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'Mamby on the Beach' takes over Oakwood Beach - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On July 2-3, the music festival Mamby on the Beach overran the Oakwood Beach area. Buses shipped in tons of music fans from remote parking areas. For two days a variety of artists were offered; Milky Chance, Chet Faker, Santigold. Wild Belle, Lupe Fiasco and Mayer Hawthorne were among those added to the variety presented on the holiday weekend. Gay ...


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Entertainment: Caitlyn Jenner, Matthew McConaughey, Latrice Royale, 'Queer As Folk' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Caitlyn Jenner poses with the gold medal she won with a stunning decathlon victory at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games on the new cover of Sports Illustrated, according to People. The cover marked the first time she had the medal around her neck in 40 years. Jenner, who keeps the medal in her nail drawer, revealed that she used to ...


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Queer singer Wojcik makes Chicago stops - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On July 2, out singer/songwriter/animator Hailey Wojcik played an intimate show in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Schubas. Then on July 3 the Michigan-based artist screened some of her animation videos at the Annoyance Theater. Wojcik, who has been nicknamed "The Wednesday Addams of her genre," played solo on guitar and with the aid of a computer console. Her ...


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Upcoming entertainment events around Chicago - 'Chigaygo' at Laugh Factory Orlando benefit on July 7 On Thursday, July 7, Laugh Factory Chicago's queer-comedy showcase Chigaygo is presenting a special one-night only event to raise money for The Center Orlando, the LGBT center providing victim relief in the wake of the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub. Laugh Factory and its owner, Jamie Masada, have a long-standing history of ...


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MUSIC Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas are 'Cool for the Summer' - Singers Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas are hitting the road together for the Honda Civic Tour: Future Now, with a Chicago stop planned. Lovato's newest album, Confident, has spawned hit singles like "Confident," "Cool for the Summer" and "Stone Cold." Jonas just released a new record called Last Year Was Complicated that he's ready to play on the tour. The ...


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Evening with Transparent's Faith Soloway, hosted by Catie Curtis in Boston - From a press release - Boston—Before Faith Soloway made the big time co-creating and writing for the hit tv show Transparent with her sister Jill, she wrote folksongs and musicals that explored the intersection of comedy, politics and relationships.  Her musicals Jesus Has Two Mommies and Miss Folk America regularly sold out Boston area theaters. Singer/songwriter Catie Curtis will talk with Faith about the Boston ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Singing the praises of GALA - All eyes and ears of the worldwide LGBTQ choral movement will be focused on Denver for the 2016 GALA Festival starting Saturday, July 2. More than 125 choruses and 45 ensembles from around the world converge in the Mile High City, and GALA organizers are hoping that the third time will be another charm because the Denver Center for the ...


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Entertainment news: Greg Louganis, Laverne Cox, Taylor Lautner, 'Hairspray' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Out, HIV-positive Olympic diver Greg Louganis ( who's 56 ) is one of the 10 men and nine women who will be featured in ESPN's annual Body Issue. Some of the others who will be featured include the Chicago Cubs' Jake Arrieta, U.S. women's national soccer team forward Christen Press, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, UFC fighter Conor McGregor and ...


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MUSIC Jason Maek & Zaena show their Pride - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - New artists Jason Maek & Zaena are supporting the LGBT community in big ways for Pride month. Their tour has included the Chicago, Milwaukee and Motor City pride festivals. As LBGT-rights advocates, they have released a track called "God Made All of Us" and started the Stop Hate Campaign. Their visual album, called Fashion Week: The Visual Album, maintains their ...


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Local entertainment shorts: Out and Proud at Davenport's, Lollapalooza, Pitchfork - 'Out and Proud!' July 28 at Davenport's Melissa Young and Nick Sula will aim to take local audiences on a tour of the LGBT-rights movement in "Out and Proud! A Rainbow Celebration" on Thursday, July 28, at Davenport's, 1383 N. Milwaukee Ave., at 8 p.m. The event will be a benefit for The Center Orlando. Starting with Stonewall and ...


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Upcoming: Lakeview Orchestra's Orlando Pulse Benefit concert with Rachel Barton Pine - From a press release - Lakeview Orchestra is performing a fundraising concert for the victims of the Orlando shooting on June 28, 2016. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Orlando charity, OneOrlando. Works include Ries' Symphony No. 2, Barber's Adagio for Strings and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, featuring world renowned soloist Rachel Barton Pine. Details June 28, 2016, 7:30 p.m. Ganz Hall, Roosevelt ...


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Backlot Bash kicks off Pride celebrations - The 2016 list of events & line ups for Chicago's Back Lot Bash includes two weekends of events June 16-26. Back Lot Bash features an outdoor women's music festival in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood, a comedy night, a nightclub party, a brunch/wine tasting event and a Pride Family Fest. Info and tickets available atBackLotBashChicago.com . Pictured here: Friday, June 24 Sunset ...


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Uptown Underground shows 'No Pride' - Join Jeff-Award winning actor, After Dark Award-Winning cabaret artist, and world class buffoon Rob Lindley ( pictured, right ) with Chuck Larkin on piano as Uptown Underground kicks off Pride weekend with NO PRIDE: A Super Big Gay Happy Hour, a celebration of life's ups and downs, Friday, June 24 at 8 p.m. The cover is $20. After seeing this ...


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Entertainment: Nick Jonas, Pet Shop Boys, Whitney Houston, Mara Wilson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After months of wondering whether or not Nick Jonas' closeted character, Nate, from DirecTV's Kingdom would ever get the chance to live out his same-sex desires, fans were disappointed after Jonas' character is drugged at a party and forced into a threesome, NewNowNext reported. Kingdom fans erupted on Twitter to express their own rage and sadness about the turn of ...


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Toni Shelton at house music parties in Chicago - Toni Shelton, known as the Queen of House Music, has announced summer dates. She has confirmed two dates that she will be hosting, giving people a chance to meet, greet, and take a peek. "I'm excited to have both of these events on my schedule," explains Toni Shelton, a career model, author, and talk show hostess. "I'm looking forward to ...


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Navy Pier Pride includes wedding, NAMES Quilt, Milly's Orchid Show, Lakeside Pride - From a press release - Navy Pier is hosting Navy Pier PRIDE 2016. This family-friendly event features entertainment and events throughout the Pier Saturday, June 25. As part of the celebration, and for the first time in 28 years, Navy Pier will display Chicago-centric sections of the internationally renowned The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. All events for Navy Pier PRIDE 2016 are free and ...







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