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NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Bipolar-Sunshine-moves-to-the-Middle-

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Bipolar Sunshine moves to the 'Middle' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - British singer Bipolar Sunshine may not be a household name yet, but he is on his way. Born Adio Marchant in Manchester, England, the up-and-coming artist seemed destined for greatness. Before beginning a solo career, he was in the group Kid British. After the act disbanded he released two EPs, and is currently working on a solo album. He was ...


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Entertainment news: Ryan Phillippe, Queen Latifah, Glenn Close, Ricky Martin - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Actor Ryan Phillippe, while promoting the movie Wish Upon, said that he's "proud" to have played daytime television's first gay teenager, according to NewNowNext. Phillippe played Billy Douglas, a high school student who comes out as gay, on the series during 1992-93. "There had never been a gay teenager portrayed on television at that point. It was before Will & ...


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Pet Shop Boys to release 'Catalogue: 1985-2012' - Pet Shop Boys ( PSB ) will release Catalogue: 1985-2012, a special series of reissues that will include of all their studio albums released on Parlophone. This definitive edition will feature each album from the duo's discography on the label, remastered and accompanied by "further listening" albums of master quality bonus tracks and demos created in the same period of ...


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MUSIC Lakeside Pride supports LGBTQs at high volumes - For Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles, Chicago's premier LGBTQ instrumental music organization, the past 20 years have been about pride and the music it creates. Lakeside Pride, part of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association ( LGBA ), stands as an inclusive forum for adult musicians of all skill levels to come together to play music, whether they play their instrument ...


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MUSIC Taylor Bennett on Urban Outfitters, hip-hop and more - By Tarina Hargrays - "It's not easy but it's always important to be yourself and know yourself; Have a solid and concrete understanding of who you are." This is what Chicago native and rapper, Taylor Bennett told Windy City Times is the key to owning your identity. The rapper recently came out as bisexual and since then has become the spokesperson for Urban Outfitters' ...


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'Mamby' names 2017 artists - Mamby on the Beach—advertised as "Chicago's only beachside summer music festival"—has announced the artist line-up for the festival, which will take place June 24-25 of Oakwood Beach. Some of the slated acts include MGMT, Local Natives, Walk the Moon, Cut Copy, Thundercat, Ravyn Lenae, BJ the Chicago Kid, Phoebe Ryan, Sir the Baptist and Windy City Soul Club. See MambyBeach.com; ...


Lady-Gaga-at-Wrigley-on-Aug-25

Lady Gaga at Wrigley on Aug. 25 - Lady Gaga will be traveling the globe with the "Joanne" world tourstarting Aug. 1in Vancouver and Sept. 22in Barcelona with a series of concert dates throughout Europe and the United Kingdom before returning to North America in November and December. Among Gaga's North American stops are Chicago's Wrigley Field on Aug. 25, Montreal's Bell Centre on Sept. 4, Philadelphia's Wells ...


Michelle-Shocked-in-town-this-summer

Michelle Shocked in town this summer - Controversial singer Michelle Shocked will perform three shows at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., this summer. The performances form what's being called a "trilogy residency," with shows focused on the albums Short Sharped Shocked ( June 27 ), Captain Swing ( Juy 27 ) and Arkansas Traveler ( Aug. 23 ). Shocked initially acquired a large lesbian following in ...


Pulse-Orlando-Benefit-Album-released

Pulse Orlando Benefit Album released - From a press release - ORLANDO, FL, June 12, 2017 — At the one-year mark of a day that shall live in infamy, Centaur Entertainment released one of the most important benefit albums ever created — the Official Pulse Orlando Gay Days Benefit Album. What happened on Sunday, June 12, 2016 was a horrific day in Orlando and in our nation. Pulse Nightclub in Orlando ...


New-CSO-album-out-June-16

New CSO album out June 16 - The Chicago Symphony Orchestra ( CSO ) is releasing its eighth recording with Music Director Riccardo Muti on its own CSO Resound label—Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor ( $19.99 )—worldwide via retail and online outlets on June 16. The recording is also available now for pre-order online via Amazon, iTunes, ArkivMusic and The Symphony Store. The CSO's commercial ...


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Entertainment: Cher, Wanda Sykes, 'Guardians' star, Scissor Sisters - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A musical based on Cher's life is slated to debut on Broadway in 2018, Rolling Stone reported. The singer confirmed the news on her Twitter account. "Just got off phone w/Writer & Director of musical," Cher wrote. "There will [be] performance in theatre with actors, dancers, singers!! It'll be on Broadway 2018." News of a possible musical production tracing Cher's ...


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BENT NIGHTS Perfume Genius; Serpentwithfeet - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - With the release of Learning ( Matador Records, 2010 ), Perfume Genius ( a.k.a. Michael Hadreas ) established himself as a troubled sensitive queer singer songwriter involved with melancholy and despair. Those traits—queerness, melancholy and despair—got him lumped in with the likes of Boy George, Sam Smith and Rufus Wainwright while creating a brand-new stereotype: sad-eyed gay guy with an ...


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COMEDY Kate Willett talks about heart of 'Glass' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Kate Willett's debut comedy album, Glass Gutter, covers topics ranging from feminism to conspiracy theories to polyamorous clowns. Among many other accomplishments, Willett has toured with Margaret Cho, been featured on "This is Not Happening" on Comedy Central, and been named a top "Artist to Watch in 2016" by SF Weekly. Windy City Times: What are you most excited about ...


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Chicago Pride Fest 2017: Full entertainment schedule - Chicago Pride Fest returns to Boystown Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18, for another weekend filled with sun, fun and world-class entertainment. This year's headliners are '80s pop diva Taylor Dayne and dance pioneer Kristine W. The festival takes place on North Halsted St. from Addison St. to Grace St. There will be a $10 suggested donation. Pride Fest ...


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Borderline Music in Andersonville loses its lease - Borderline Music will be closing its Andersonville location at 5351 N. Clark St. at the end of July, according to its owner. Scott Jannush said that the longtime dance-music shop, which relocated to its present site from Lake View in 2014, lost its lease and that he is continuing to look for a new location. Jannush had a three-year lease ...


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'Piano Men' tribute in Galena June 10 - "Piano Men: A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel," starring Broadway veterans Craig A. Meyer and Donnie Kehr, will take place Saturday, June 10, at 3 and 8 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd in downtown Aurora. The show is an interactive live concert with Meyer and Kehr going "face to face" on stage and channeling ...


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SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT 'Pulse' becomes a choral response - Dr. Eric Esparza knew he had to address the 2016 Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre when was appointed last year to be the new artistic director of Windy City Performing Arts ( WCPA ). Overseeing the umbrella organization to both the Windy City Gay Chorus ( founded in 1979 and one of the oldest gay choral groups in America ) and ...


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Soundtrack of the City series from Old Town School of Folk Music, DCASE - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - CHICAGO ( June 5, 2017 ) — Old Town School of Folk Music, with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events ( DCASE ), is pleased to announce a free, city-wide concert series, Soundtrack of the City, taking place June 8 — August 20, 2017. Performances, along with special exhibits and discussion panels, will be hosted throughout the ...


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Entertainment: Nick Jonas, Darren Criss, 'Supergirl,' Wendy Williams - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nick Jonas talked with Extra about the Met Gala and the possibility of a Camp Rock sequel. Regarding the latter, he joked, "Obviously, I hate working with Demi and Joe and Kevin, so it's going to be really tough. There's a lot of talk about this. The first two were beloved by the fans, who are now kind of millennial ...


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CONCERT REVIEW U2 still rocks decades later - Irish rock band U2 was formed way back in 1976. After releasing the iconic The Joshua Tree in 1987, the act's career took off in the United States with radio-friendly hit singles. Now, in 2017, a 30th-anniversary celebration arrives in arenas to celebrate. The band played two dates, June 3 and 4, at Chicago's Soldier Field, with Denver band The ...


George-Michael-tribute-band-at-Reggies

George Michael tribute band at Reggies - From a press release - Freedom—The Ultimate George Michael and Wham! Tribute Band, performs Sat., June 24, 2017 at Reggies Rock Club, 2109 S. State St., Chicago, 8 p.m. doors; ages 17-plus. Celebrate what would have been George Michael's birthday weekend with this amazing international tribute band. Free party bus shuttle from Boystown to Reggies and back. Email info@reggieslive.com for more details and to secure ...


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Entertainment news: LA gay chorus, 'Wonder Woman,' Scruff event, 'Arrow' star - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles ( GMCLA ) hosted the 6th Annual Voice Awards celebration May 20 at the J.W. Marriott in Los Angeles to honor members and allies of the LGBTQ community who use their voices to promote social change and equality, a press release stated. Some of those who attended included Lisa Vanderpump, Lance Bass, Stephen ...


BENT-NIGHTS-Ty-Segall-Midnight-Oil

BENT NIGHTS Ty Segall; Midnight Oil - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Everything old is new again. Bay Area rocker Ty Segall has made a career out of making retro music sound like he invented it. While his latest release, Ty Segall ( on Drag City Records ), sounds like a bunch of things you've heard on vintage AM radio, it has a stinging kick that feels fresh and exciting. After whipping ...


Acclaimed-Hip-Hop-Artist-is-Face-of-Urban-Outfitters-Pride-Campaign

Acclaimed Hip-Hop Artist is Face of Urban Outfitters' Pride Campaign - From a press release - New York, NY — May 30, 2017 — Award-winning music sponsorship and experiential agency MAC Presents today announced a multifaceted campaign partnership with Urban Outfitters on behalf of Chicago hip-hop artist Taylor Bennett. The campaign with UO will see Bennett become the ambassador of the retail giant's Pride collection, benefitting GLSEN and its mission to ensure safe and affirming schools ...


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Olivia Newton-John postpones June concert dates - From a press release - May 30, 2017 - Las Vegas, NV — Olivia Newton-John is reluctantly postponing her June U.S. and Canadian concert tour dates. The back pain that initially caused her to postpone the first half of her concert tour, has turned out to be breast cancer that has metastasized to the sacrum. In addition to natural wellness therapies, Olivia will complete a ...


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Back Lot Bash's 14th year includes top women's pride talent - A whirlwind of fun awaits in Chicago this June as Back Lot Bash, Chicago's most attended women's festival taking place every Pride, is readying to celebrate its 14th Anniversary. Founded in 2004 by Amie Klujian and Christina Wiesmore, the "hottest, most rockin' festival for queer women" will happen this year over two weekends: June 16, and June 23-25. Showcasing local ...


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House-music film looks at gay origins - A new two-part documentary by the British television broadcaster Channel 4—entitled I Was There When House Took Over the World—is coming out this month, according to teleSUR.tv. The film will highlight the origins of house music: the Black gay scene in Chicago's South Side. "House Was Born" focuses on the social and cultural environment that gave rise to the genre, ...


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Musician Chelsea Shag wants to spread the love - With her new single "One Kiss," musician Chelsea Shag wants to spread a message of universal love. Shag released a video recently for the song that shows a mix of diverse couples sharing a kiss. The couples include a lesbian couple, a gay couple and two mixed-race straight couples. I think it's important in this time," Shag said. "I'm all ...


New-CSO-album-out-June-16

New CSO album out June 16 - The Chicago Symphony Orchestra ( CSO ) is releasing its eighth recording with Music Director Riccardo Muti on its own CSO Resound label—Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor ( $19.99 )—worldwide via retail and online outlets on June 16. Anton Bruckner's Ninth Symphony was recorded live in June 2016 at Orchestra Hall. Muti dedicated the performance to "all the ...


Artemis-Singers-Family-of-Friends-concert-June-17

Artemis Singers "Family of Friends" concert June 17 - From a press release - CHICAGO ─ Artemis Singers www.artemissingers.org, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will celebrate Pride month with a special concert and dance, "Family of Friends," Saturday, June 17, at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago. The Hyde Park concert is meant to be open and inclusive. "We need this kind of unifying message in the country now," said Hilary Marsh, "Family ...


Big-Gay-Brunch-June-4

'Big Gay Brunch' June 4 - Pride Month will kick off at Boiler Room, 2210 N. California Ave., with queer nightlife personalities at the Big Gay Brunch on Sunday, June 4, at 1 p.m. The hosts will include bearded beauty Lucy Stoole, high-energy drag king Tenderoni and queer fashion designer Sky Cubacub as well as members of LezBe and Peach, along with DJ Teen Witch Fan ...


Five-Worth-Finding-Popcornopolis-The-Baton-Show-Lounge-and-more

Five Worth Finding: Popcornopolis, The Baton Show Lounge and more - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —Popcornopolis ( Popcornopolis.com ): Garrett is not the only popcorn master, apparently. Popcornopolis has an incredibly tasty line of offerings, including Zebra Chocolate Peanut Butter, Three Cheese, Zebra Chocolate Striped, Pesto Mozzarella, White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice and Karamel Kiss. In addition, the company has staunchly been behind a cause: Popcornopolis has raised more than $10 million for non-profit groups by ...


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Entertainment: Mary Lambert, Jussie Smollett, Manning CD, Harry Styles - From a press release - Lesbian "Same Love" singer Mary Lambert has revealed that she was gang-raped as a teen, according to Page Six. In addition to suffering abuse in her home, Lambert said she was gang-raped at 16 after sneaking into an Army barracks. "You kind of go into survival mode and are like, 'OK, how do I navigate this situation?'" she said to ...


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Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest May 27-28 adds second stage. - From a press release - CHICAGO—May 4, 2017—Top local tribute bands… food… libations… artisans… and an all-new second stage featuring entertainment booked by two popular neighborhood mainstays ( Berlin nightclub and Trader Todd's ) are on tap for the 33rd annual Belmont-Sheffield Music Fest. One of the first of many Windy City warm weather fests, the party in the Lakeview neighborhood takes place in the ...


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Performance of Black Pearl, A Tribute to Josephine Baker, to benefit Legacy Project - From a Legacy Project press release - Kick-Off LGBT Pride 2017 with us on Saturday, June 3rd with a special Legacy Project Benefit performance of Black Ensemble Theatre's acclaimed "Black Pearl: A Tribute to Josephine Baker." $50 ticket ( $15 below market value ) includes a private reception preceding the performance and premium seating. Indoor valet parking is available for an additional $10. See the Legacy Project's ...


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Entertainment: Robin Roberts, Frank Ocean, Jim Parsons, Flash co-star - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) announced that award-winning broadcast journalist Robin Roberts of ABC News' Good Morning America will be honored with the HRC Visibility Award at the 2017 HRC Louisiana Gala Dinner on Saturday, June 17, in New Orleans, according to a press release. A two-time cancer survivor, Roberts came out publicly in 2013. Also, in a ...


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MUSIC CGMC artistic director talks philosophy and a British invasion - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by David McCann - With the arrival of spring comes a couple of new concerts by the artists of Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ). After serving as artistic director of the organization for two years, Jimmy Morehead is once again at the helm of another colorful event. This year the group will also perform with some international guest stars. Windy City Times: ...


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Dionne Warwick, public officials to join Human First Gala May 20 - From a press release - CHICAGO ( May 17, 2017 ) — Center on Halsted in Chicago is proud to announce that legendary performer and Grammy Award winner Dionne Warwick is scheduled to perform live at the event on Saturday, May 20, 2017. TEN XUBERANT YEARS marks the 10th Anniversary of Center on Halsted and Dionne will perform an artistic statement of her support in ...


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Manilow shows postponed - Iconic musician Barry Manilow has postponed his May 17 concert that was slated to be performed at Allstate Arena. Manilow announced via Facebook that his concerts this week in Rosemont, Illinois, and Los Angeles will be rescheduled for the summer. His physician apparently recommended that the "Mandy" singer rests a sprained vocal cord. Ticketholders for the Allstate show will be ...


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Anne Steele at Uptown Underground May 21 - From a press release - Multi- Award winning New York City singer/ songwriter and recording artist Anne Steele is returning to Chicago with her '80s show, The Mixtape of My Life, Sunday, May 21, 8 p.m., $15-$30. Experience what it was like for Anne to grow up in small town Indiana during the 1980s. Steele is known for weaving hilarious stories from her life into ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Jackie Evancho's 'Heart'-felt thoughts - The phenomenal singer Jackie Evancho rose from a talent competition into a break out touring performer. After attracting attention on YouTube, she landed at second place in the fifth season of America's Got Talent at the young age of 10. Her holiday release, O Holy Night, made her the best-selling debut artist of 2010. Her latest work, Two Hearts, is ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-MUSIC-Dionne-Warwick-talks-Elvis-Aretha-and-Human-First

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Dionne Warwick talks Elvis, Aretha and 'Human First' - The iconic singer Dionne Warwick has worked for more than 50 years in the entertainment business, breaking down barriers in the process. Her music is the soundtrack for generations with a multitude of hits including "I Say a Little Prayer," "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" and "( Theme from ) Valley of the Dolls." Her '80s collaboration ...


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Sense8 Season One Soundtrack Released - From a press release - ( MAY 5, 2017 — Los Angeles, CA ) WaterTower Music has announced the release of the soundtrack to the first season of Netflix original series, Sense8, the innovative, dramatic thriller created and written by the brilliant and beloved minds of The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski. Sense8 is a powerful series delving into the exploration of themes of identity, ...


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Artemis lesbian feminist chorus to mark Pride with Family of Friends - From a press release - CHICAGO ─ Artemis Singers www.artemissingers.org, Chicago's lesbian feminist chorus, will celebrate Pride month with a special concert and dance, "Family of Friends," Saturday, June 17, at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago. The Hyde Park concert is meant to be open and inclusive. "We need this kind of unifying message in the country now," said Hilary Marsh, "Family ...


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MUSIC Melissa Etheridge pours heart and 'Soul' into new CD - Cementing herself once again in music-industry history, rock legend Melissa Etheridge is back with her spirted new release, Memphis Rock and Soul, out now via Stax Records. Memphis Rock And Soul pays tribute to the music of Stax, a significant source of influence and inspiration for the star. Etheridge, 55, kept the recording as authentic as possible by making the ...


Newton-John-in-Joliet-on-May-8

Newton-John in Joliet on May 8 - Olivia Newton-John will perform at Joliet's Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., on Thursday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. Newton-John's career includes include four Grammys; numerous Country Music, American Music, Billboard and People's Choice awards; an Emmy; 10 number-one hits; and more than 15 top 10 singles. Among her many hits are "Physical," "Magic" and "Make a Move on ...


Harlem-Renaissance-comes-to-Center-on-Halsted

Harlem Renaissance comes to Center on Halsted - Live music, Bloody Marys, mimosas, great food, amazing art up for auction and LGBTQ history—these were hallmarks of a recent Legacy Project event. On April 24, The Legacy Project hosted an event at the Center on Halsted that took its attendees back to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. The brunch celebrated the first urban queer subculture in the United ...


Mary-Lamberts-Bold-out-May-5

Mary Lambert's 'Bold' out May 5 - Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Mary Lambert is slated to release the EP Bold on Friday, May 5. Describing the EP as "feel good queer-pop," Lambert wrote and self-produced three of Bold's seven tracks, and wrote two with hit songwriter-producer Toby Gad ( Beyonce; Demi Lovato ) and Tobias Karlsson ( Adam Lambert; Max Martin ). A video for the first single, "Know ...


Russian-born-violinist-makes-waves-after-coming-out

Russian-born violinist makes waves after coming out - Russian-born violinist Artem Kolesov has been making news globally for doing something that people of all ages do every year: The 23-year-old officially came out of the closet as gay. However, it is Kolesov's background that makes his story incredible. In a YouTube video that he made as part of his the "Children-404" project ( based in his country of ...


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Tony nominations announced - The nominations for the 71st annual Tony Awards were announced May 2. The Josh Groban-led musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 led the new musical nominations with 12 in total, including best musical and an acting honor for Groban. Dear Evan Hansen received nine nominations, including best musical and one for lead actor Ben Platt. Come from ...


Boys-Just-Frockin-Around-Drag-Cabaret-May-2

Boys Just Frockin' Around Drag Cabaret May 2 - From a press release - Pride Films and Plays presents Boys Just Frocking Around, A Gay Burlesque. Legendary Honey West will host the evening, accompanied by Robert Ollis on the piano. The show begins at 7:30 pm on May 2nd, 2017 in The Broadway at The Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway. Many outstanding Chicago drag artists will be performing at the event including Edie ...


Chicago-Gay-Mens-Chorus-to-present-B-Town-From-Barbershop-to-Boybands

Chicago Gay Men's Chorus to present B-Town: From Barbershop to Boybands - From a press release - CHICAGO, April 25, 2017 — Chicago Gay Men's Chorus is about to awaken your inner teenage girl with our upcoming show *B-Town: From Barbershop to Boybands. With songs from Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men and more, this show is not to be missed. But we're also taking you back through musical history to Motown ...


BENT-NIGHTS-The-Magnetic-Fields

BENT NIGHTS The Magnetic Fields - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I can think of only one musician foolhardy enough to try a 50-song, autobiographical, five-CD opus like Stephin Merritt's new 50 Song Memoir ( on Nonesuch Records )—and that would be Ezra Furman. Nutty as he is ( in a nice way ), Furman would likely shy away from writing a song dedicated to each year of his life, listing ...


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'Lady X' at Mary's Attic in April-June - Hell in a Handbag Productions will open its 15th season with the world premiere of Lady X—A Musical on April 21-June 10 at Mary's Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. Based on Handbag's 2010 play of the same name, Lady X—A Musical takes on the black-and-white crime melodrama films of the '30s and '40s. The production will feature Chazie Bly, David ...


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Queer Harlem event at Center on April 23 - The Legacy Project's "Harlem Comes to Halsted"—a jazz-and-blues tribute to The Harlem Renaissance—will take place Sunday, April 23, 12-3 p.m., at Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. There will be live music, a gourmet brunch, a silent-art auction and period costumes. The event will also honor the first bronze memorial under contract for the fall induction to Chicago's Legacy ...


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Christian singer Trey Pearson on coming out, Chicago - Christian rock singer Trey Pearson recently came out to the public on his website, where he chronicled his struggles to admit to himself and then to his family that he is gay. Now more comfortable in his skin, Pearson talked with Windy City Times about his message of love, music as therapy and male attention. Windy City Times: I read ...


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Symphony Center to present 2017/2018 Jazz Series - From a press release - CHICAGO—The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association ( CSOA ) announces the 2017/18 Symphony Center Presents ( SCP ) Jazz series programming. Now entering its 24th season, the SCP Jazz series includes 10 concerts that underline a commitment to presenting some of today's most acclaimed and innovative jazz artists. Highlights of the 2017/18 series include the annual, multi-day visit by Wynton Marsalis ...


Michelle-Shocked-in-town-this-summer

Michelle Shocked in town this summer - Controversial singer Michelle Shocked will perform three shows at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., this summer. The performances form what's being called a "trilogy residency," with shows focused on the albums Short Shapred Shocked ( June 27 ), Captain Swing ( Juy 27 ) and Arkansas Traveler ( Aug. 23 ). Shocked initially acquired a large lesbian following in ...


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Aimee Mann in Chicago on April 29 - Aimee Mann will perform at Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave, on Saturday, April 29, in support of her new album, Mental Illness, out March 31. The 11-track Mental Illness features Mann's melancholia in an almost all-acoustic format, with a style inspired by some of her favorite '60s and '70s folk-rock records, augmented by strings arranged by her longtime producer, ...


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World news: Chechnya, Elton John, South Korean army, Church of Scotland - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Amid news that gay men are being rounded up and tortured in concentration camps in the Chechyna region of Russia, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman is denying the reports, Advocate.com noted. "We do not have any reliable information about any problems in this area," Dmitry Peskow said, according to ABC News. Chechen authorities have also rejected the reports, claiming that gay ...


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Entertainment: VH1 slate, Kristen Stewart, 'Stranger Things,' Morrissey - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - VH1 has unveiled its 2017-18 slate, Deadline noted. It includes a season-10 renewal of recent transplant RuPaul's Drag Race for premiere in March 2018; five new series, including a project starring Ricky Martin and '90's House, co-hosted by Lance Bass; and 11 returning series. The network also announced a June 5 premiere date for new satirical scripted series Daytime Divas, ...


NUNN-ON-ONE-The-return-of-Joey-McIntyre

NUNN ON ONE The return of Joey McIntyre - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Joseph "Joey" McIntyre will always be remembered as a member of New Kids on the Block. After the madness died down a bit, he went on to sell over a million records as a solo artist. The New Kids new EP launches May 12. He began acting on off-Broadway in The Fantastics, the musical Wicked and in Jonathan Larson's Tick, ...


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Michelle Shocked in town this summer - Controversial singer Michelle Shocked will perform three shows at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., this summer. The performances form what's being called a "trilogy residency," with shows focused on the albums Short Shapred Shocked ( June 27 ), Captain Swing ( Juy 27 ) and Arkansas Traveler ( Aug. 23 ). Shocked initially acquired a large lesbian following in ...


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SPRING MUSIC Wayne's world: Talking with The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne - Rock band The Flaming Lips seems to never conform to the norm. The act formed in Oklahoma in 1983, with brothers Wayne and Mark Coyne as well as Michael Ivins. After Mark left the band, Wayne took up vocal duties. Warner Bros. Records signed them, with the band releasing several hit singles such as "She Don't Use Jelly" and "Do ...


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Chicago Cabaret Convention in town April 19-21 - New York-based musical organization The Mabel Mercer Foundation will return to the Midwest this spring for the first time since 2006 to present its fourth Chicago Cabaret Convention. Three completely different concerts are planned, opening Wed., April 19, at 6:30 p.m. at The Empire Room of the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St., and continuing Thursday-Friday, April 20-21, at ...


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IN THE LIFE Garrett Johannsen - by Molly Sprayregen - Garrett Johannsen—a Chicago-based, opera-singing tenor—has loved music since he was a young kid growing up in Schiller Park, Illinois. It began with playing trumpet in his high school band and singing in the school choir. When he decided to take private voice lessons on the side, he realized his true passion lied not only in singing, but in singing opera. ...


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Entertainment: '3 Generations,' Elton John, Adore Delano, Britney Spears - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Weinstein Company plans to challenge the Motion Picture Association of America's ( MPAA ) decision to assign an "R" rating to its forthcoming trans-centered film 3 Generations, according to a press release. The film—which stars Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts, and Susan Sarandon—"provides an authentic and sensitive portrayal of what it means to be a transgender youth in today's society ...


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Harlem Comes to Halsted, celebration of the first queer urban subculture - From a press release - A Jazz & Blues-Infused Tribute to "The Harlem Renaissance" featuring Live Music, Fabulous Drag, Gourmet Brunch, Bloody Marys and Mimosas, Magnificent Art, Period Costumes, and Rare Artifacts The Cotton Club… The Rockland Palace… Stompin' at the Savoy… Flappers and Dandies… Drag Kings and Queens… Amazing Hair… It all started here. Celebrate the First Urban Queer Subculture in the United States ...


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MUSIC Xavier Rizi Timane: 'Love Is All We Need' - Xavier Rizi Timane's video "Love Is All We Need" has more than 1 million YouTube views since it was published in late February. Filmed outside Los Angeles, the video promotes love, strength, tolerance and unity amid President Donald Trump's divisive policies and rhetoric, and features a diverse group of people representative of United States society, including immigrants, LGBT people and ...


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Three concerts planned connected to Chicago Cabaret Convention opening April 19 - From a press release - ( New York, NY ) New York's renowned musical organization, The Mabel Mercer Foundation, announced today that it will return to the Midwest this spring for the first time since 2006 to present its fourth "Chicago Cabaret Convention." Three completely different concerts are planned, opening Wednesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. at The Empire Room of the Palmer House Hilton, ...


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Patricia Arquette, Moonlight and more rally for change at GLAAD Media Awards - From a press release - Los Angeles, Sunday, April 2, 2017 — GLAAD, the world's LGBTQ advocacy organization, honored Patricia Arquette, Troye Sivan, and outstanding LGBTQ images in film and television at the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards will air exclusively on Logo on Thursday, April 6 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Cameron ...


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La Triviata, a friendly competition challenging operatic knowledge, April 20 - Are you an opera buff? Prove it! Opera devotees and newcomers alike will come together for La Triviata, a fun night celebrating the history, artistry, humanity and yes—even the crazy—that is the enduring and endearing operatic art form. The Lyric Young Professionals invite you to join us for some friendly competition by showcasing your operatic knowledge ( and maybe learning ...


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Mary Lambert to release her first EP, Bold, May 5 - From a press release - March 31, 2017 — ( Los Angeles, CA ) — Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Mary Lambert has struck out on her own as an independent artist and will release her first EP, entitled Bold, on May 5th. Describing the EP as "feel good queer-pop," Lambert wrote and self-produced three of Bold's seven tracks entirely on her own, and wrote two with hit ...


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RiseUP concert to benefit ACLU includes headlining artists of Hamilton - From a press release - CHICAGO- Members of the cast of Hamilton and other artists are hosting RiseUP, a night of music and entertainment at Moonlight Studios, on April 3, 2017 with proceeds going to support the work of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. The ACLU is the largest and oldest civil liberties organization in Illinois. Working in close collaboration with The Number ...


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NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Olivia Newton-John: 'Hopelessly Devoted' to performing, fans - Singer Olivia Newton-John is one of the best-selling artists of all time. Her hits began on her debut album Let Me Be There, earning her a Grammy as best country vocalist. The musical movie Grease put her in the spotlight with a best selling soundtrack and sudden film career. She went on to make Xanadu, Two of a Kind and ...







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