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  NUNN ON ONE MUSIC Beth Ditto goes from Reba to Sam Smith

Mary Beth Patterson, more famously known as Beth Ditto, recently headed to Chicago as an opener for a massive Sam Smith show. The out and proud singer came from the indie rock band Gossip, but currently ...


  Aretha Franklin dies at 76

Aretha Franklin— the long-reigning "Queen of Soul" who had countless hits ranging from "Respect" to "Freeway of Love" to "I Knew You Were Waiting" (the latter with the late George Michael)—died Aug. 16 at age 76. ...


  NUNN ON ONE MUSIC Sugarland's Kristian Bush, 'Bigger'and better

The country-music duo of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, known as Sugarland, have just released their sixth studio album. The group made it big back in 2004 with the hit "Baby Girl." After eventually releasing solo ...


  Cher to release ABBA covers CD Sept. 28

On the heels of appearing in the film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again—which features ABBA songs—Cher will be releasing Dancing Queen, a new album of all-ABBA hits, on Sept. 28 through Warner Bros. Records. In ...


  Northalsted Market Days 2018

The Northalsted Business Alliance continued its annual tradition of presenting the largest outdoor street festival in the Midwest on Aug. 11 and 12. Northalsted Market Days had the bustling Boystown area from Addison Street to Belmont ...


  PASSAGES Women's music leader Esther Anne Fuller dies

Esther Anne Fuller, 82, of Whitestown, Indiana, has died. She was a past president of Women In the Arts, a former National Women's Music Festival president, and she was the Fuller to Baskin of the landmark ...


  Sam Smith in Chicago

As part of his "The Thrill of It All" tour, singer Sam Smith will perform at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St., on Wed., Aug. 15, at 8 p.m. The Thrill of It All debuted ...


  BENT NIGHTS Panic! at the Disco; The New Pornographers

Panic! at the Disco vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and one-man band Brendon Urie ( who recently came out as pansexual ) looks exactly like what he is—a Las Vegas entertainer in rock-star drag. Despite his fashion-model looks, what ...


  Martha Wash, singer of 'It's Raining Men,' to star in WaistWatchers The Musical

The production that has had audience members "burning off pounds just laughing," according to the Los Angeles Times, WaistWatchers The Musical! makes its Chicago Premiere at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St., this fall. ...


  NUNN ON ONE, MARKET DAYS MAX makes moves at Market Days

Singer Max Schneider, known in music as MAX, started performing at the age of three and didn't look back. He was a swing understudy in the musical 13, covering four roles, back in 2008. He also ...


  Annual Boystown Northalsted Market Days street fest features MAX and more

The Northalsted Business Alliance ( NBA ) delivers a diverse and dance-heavy line-up for this year's Market Days, set for Aug. 11-12, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. The fest ( said to be the largest two-day event in ...


  Sinfonietta's 'Diversity' shows Sept. 22, 24

Chicago Sinfonietta, led by conductor Mei-Ann Chen, will launch its 2018-19 season with "I.D.: Images of Diversity" on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., ...


  THEATER REVIEW Rick Stone the Blues Man

Playwright: JackieTaylor At: Black Ensemble Theater, 4450 N. Clark St. Tickets: $55-$65; 773-769-4451. Runs through: Aug. 26 Since its debut in 1976, Black Ensemble Theater's fortune has rested on its docudramas celebrating the influence of ...


  SHOWBIZ Lena Waithe, Adam Rippon, Tim Cook, Lady Gaga, 'Bears'

Out Master of None co-writer/actress Lena Waithe is gearing up to expand her entertainment empire by collaborating with comedian Kid Fury on a new ( and inclusive ) HBO series, The Huffington Post noted. The pair ...


  Lollapalooza covers Bruno Mars, LL Cool J and queer musicians

Grant Park has hosted Lollapalooza Music Festival since 2005—and this year, the Aug. 2-5 event was bigger and hotter than ever. There were more than 100,000 festivalgoers walking through the park each day, even with temperatures ...


  MUSIC Cabaret singer Marieann Meringolo gets candid

By Todd Sussman

From the cabaret rooms to the friendly skies, Marieann Meringolo has been making beautiful music for 25 years. Now she is celebrating the release of her new live CD, a collection of lyrics by the legendary ...


  Chicago Chamber Choir 23rd season, from medieval to modern

From a press release

CHICAGO, IL — The Chicago Chamber Choir ( CCC ), a 40-voice ensemble, celebrates its 23rd season with three entrancing programs: an engaging collage in October of choral works from the medieval to the modern; an ...


  Lighthouse holding sermons with Beyonce hits

The Lighthouse Church—located at Uptown Underground, 4713 N. Broadway—has launched a new sermon series for July that focuses on the experiences of Black LGBT folks. Services start at 11 a.m. each Sunday. The sermon series, "The ...


  HotHouse receives $50K grant

The Center for International Performance and Exhibition, dba HotHouse, is the recipient of a two-year $50,000 grant from The Reva and David Logan Foundation. The award supports HotHouse's programming for the 2018-19 season. HotHouse has been ...


  Whoopi Goldberg gears up for Ravinia

Comic/actress/talk-show host/EGOT ( Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony ) winner Whoopi Goldberg will be performing at the famed Highland Park venue Ravinia on Friday, Aug. 3—and when Windy City Times asked her what she'll discuss, Goldberg ...


  SHOWBIZ 'Riverdale,' Taylor Swift, Luke Evans, 'Hot to Trot'

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

The second-season finale of Riverdale contained an emotionally charged kiss between Kevin Keller ( Casey Cott ) and Moose ( Cody Kearsley )—and things will apparently continue next season, noted. In a new interview with ...


  BENT NIGHTS Pink Avalanche; Blacker Face; Roy Kinsey

"Dem uppity colored queers..." Intersectionality—the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage. ...


  Music group to honor lesbian music pioneers Dlugacz, Williamson

The Americana Music Association will honor lesbian music pioneers Judy Dlugacz and Cris Williamson, two of the Olivia Records founders, as recipients of the 2018 Jack Emerson Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive. They will receive the ...


  'Hamilton: The Exhibition' to now debut in 2019

"Hamilton: The Exhibition"—a 360-degree, immersive exhibit that will travel to select U.S. cities—has a new opening date for its launch on Chicago's Northerly Island. The exhibit will launch April 6, 2019, according to the program's website. ...


  Burning City fest July 25-29

"The Burning City Neo-Vintage Entertainment Festival"—advertised as "a massive city-wide, week-long event"—will take place July 25-29 at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway. Drawing inspiration from the 1893 World's Columbian Exhibition, this new festival will focus on ...


  DANCE Revolutionary steps, dancers point past the binary

Chicago is not lacking queer spaces in the arts, and that includes dance and performance art. Now in its ninth season, the Fly Honey Show remains a highly anticipated staple on the annual dance calendar. A ...


  CONCERT REVIEW Kesha, Macklemore rock rainbows

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

It's been an epic summer for an unlikely duo that has hit the road together for The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore Tour. The two arrived at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park on July ...


  NUNN ON ONE MUSIC Erasure's Vince Clarke gives 'A Little Respect'

English duo Andy Bell and Vince Clarke make beautiful music together as Erasure. Clarke started collaborating with the openly gay Bell in 1985. Their debut single was "Who Needs Love Like That," and their hits continued ...


  NUNN ON ONE MUSIC A Bay to remember, Singer talks gay fans, Pink Lemonade

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Singer James Bay is on the way back to Chicago with two new tour dates. The English singer started playing guitar at a very young age eventually studying in Brighton while practicing on open mics around ...


  BENT NIGHTS Acts at Taste of Chicago

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

The inevitable 38th edition of Taste of Chicago touched down in Grant Park for five days crammed with food, frolics, music, art, more food, booze, dancing, lounging and, well, more food. By now this event has ...


  SHOWBIZ Jennifer Hudson, 'Horror Story,' Kathy vs. Ellen, gay boy band

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Jennifer Hudson will be making a new movie "Memory" playing the "glamour cat" Grizabella in Universal and Working Title's big-screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's beloved stage musical Cats, TheWrap reported. Taylor Swift, James Corden and ...


  NUNN ON ONE MUSIC Dan Reynolds fights for rights with LOVELOUD

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Dan Reynolds, frontman from the rock band Imagine Dragons, is creating a whole movement and a new foundation. Depicted in the new HBO documentary Believer, Reynolds set out on a journey in 2017 to stand up ...


  NUNN ON ONE MUSIC Ezra Furman writes his 'queer outlaw saga'

Singer Ezra Furman continues to push the boundaries between gender, sexuality and religion on his latest album Transangelic Exodus. The songwriter was born in Chicago in 1986, and said his parents supported his music career. Furman ...


  MUSIC A more worldly Steve Grand, It's 'not the end of me'

Steve Grand has been through a lot. That much is evident on not the end of me, Grand's newest album. There are certainly uptempo numbers that incorporate everything from country to pop to light reggae, but ...


  Diesel Tykes album release show July 22

The Diesel Tykes are celebrating the release of their full-length album, Songs For The Rainbow Family, by having a live show at Wishbone, 3300 N, Lincoln Ave., at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 22. There will ...


  Milly's Orchid Show Summer Musical Spectacular Extravaganza July 21

From a press release

( Chicago, IL ) Celebrating it's 30th year the variety show Milly's Orchid Show is thrilled to announce it's "Summer Musical Spectacular"—a one-night-only event featuring award-winning solo artist David Cale with a sneak peek of his ...


  NUNN ON ONE MUSIC Hayley Kiyoko's great 'Expectations'

Get ready for a new generation of musicians such as Troye Sivan and Hayley Kiyoko, who make no apologies for who they are. They are out and proud while creating music that speaks directly to their ...


  SHOWBIZ 'Pose,' Jane Fonda, 'Queer Eye,' Queen Latifah

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Janet Mock's directorial debut is one for the history books, noted. The writer, TV host and transgender-rights advocate directed the most recent episode of FX's Pose, titled "Love Is The Message"—and it marks the first ...


  MUSIC Marin Alsop, the maestra returns

Extended for the online version of Windy City Times

Who is Marin Alsop? She is an internationally acclaimed conductor of classical orchestras and the first female music director of a major U.S. orchestra, known for instituting innovative programming and increasing the number of successful women ...


  Legacy Walk to unveil Tchaikovsky exhibit Oct. 13

From a Legacy Project news release

CHICAGO—One of the immortal composers of classical music, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, will join the ranks of such LGBQ icons as Alan Turing and Sylvia Riversa with a biographical memorial in Chicago's award-winning outdoor LGBT History Museum's ...


  Milly's Orchid Show "Summer Musical Spectacular Extravaganza"

One-Night-Only Engagement Features Brigid Murphy as Host Milly May and Stars David Cale with Matthew Dean Marsh on Piano and Vocals, and More ( Chicago, IL ) Celebrating it's 30th year the variety show Milly's Orchid ...


  SHOWBIZ Pet Shop Boys, Oprah, 'Chicago' suicide, Idris Elba

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Pet Shop Boys ( PSB ) will release the final set of albums in their CATALOGUE: 1985-2012 series of reissues of all their Parlophone studio albums, a press release noted. This fourth batch of releases will ...


  CABARET Top 40 Showtunes You've Probably Never Heard Of

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

With federal funding for the arts diminishing and arts' patrons considering the new tax implications of charitable giving, singing artists are rushing to create their own shows in lieu of waiting around for other opportunities. Enter ...


  Five Worth Finding

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

—Chicago Magic Lounge ( ): As the saying goes, "Prepare to be amazed." The Andersonville spot ( which might require a little know-how just to enter ) enthralls guests with bar, table and stage magic ...


  NUNN ON ONE MUSIC Thunderpussy's Molly Sides on touring, being inclusive

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Seattle's Thunderpussy is following in the footsteps of girl groups like The Go-Go's, The Bangles and Spice Girls, but with less pop and more rock. The LGBTQ-inclusive Thunderpussy consists of Molly Sides on vocals, Whitney Petty ...


  The Diesel Tykes release Songs For The Rainbow Family July 22

From a press release

The Diesel Tykes are celebrating the release of their full-length album 'Songs For The Rainbow Family' by having a live show at Wishbone, 3300 N Lincoln, at 7 p.m. on Sunday July 22, featuring performances by ...


  Shedd Aquarium jazzes with Pride

After 22 years of the Shedd Aquarium hosting its popular Wednesday night summer-event series "Jazzin' at the Shedd," it held its first on-site pride-focused event, LGBTQ Pride Jazzin' June 28 in an effort to connect new ...


  SHOWBIZ Sam Smith, Portia de Rossi, Brendon Urie, Beyonce

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Singer Sam Smith brought his "The Thrill of It All" tour to New York recently—and told the audience he's going through a tough time, Page Six reported. Earlier that day, news broke that the "Too Good ...


  Drag stars display 'Black Girl Magic' at the Metro

On June 26, The Vixen—fresh from RuPaul's Drag Race—hosted a sold-out "drag concert" featuring an all star cast of local and nationally acclaimed performers at the Chicago Metro. The event, titled "Black Girl Magic," was part ...


  Peach holding 'Water' June 30

The Chicago-born national LGBTQ+ women's event series Peach will host its Pride event, "Water," on Saturday, June 30, 12-4 p.m., at Whiskey Business ( private rooftop ), 1367 N. Milwaukee Ave. This 21-and-older event is part ...


  SHOWBIZ Frank Ocean, Amandla Stenberg, Kylie Minogue, anti-hate PSA

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Univ. of California-Berkeley students will be able to take a class about openly LGBT R&B singer Frank Ocean this fall, according to The class is called "Brain Like Berkeley," which is also a lyric from ...


  PRIDE COVERAGE 2018 Center on Halsted celebrates Pride

The Lake View LGBT community space Center on Halsted continued a long tradition of kickoff parties for Pride weekend. On June 22, the festivities began with international DJ Deanne. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams served treats with ...


  Back Lot Bash Saturday photos

Back Lot Bash's outdoor music and entertainment fest Saturday and Sunday of Pride Weekend was scheduled to feature Sarah Shahi, KITTENS, Brooke Candy, Whitney Mixter, Rose Garcia, CATFIGHT, Bridget Lyons, Jade The Ivy, Dance Loud Music, ...


  PARADE INFORMATION 49th Annual Chicago Pride Parade Sun., June 24

Courtesy of PRIDEChicago

DATE: Sunday, June 24. TIME: 12 Noon. STARTING POINT: Broadway & Montrose. MAP WITH KEY here: . LINE UP: North Broadway ( both the east and the west curb lanes, from Montrose to Wilson ); ...


  BENT NIGHTS Mavis Staples

It was both appropriate and depressing to have Mavis Staples close out the Thirty Fifth Annual Chicago Blues Festival on June 11. As one of the few remaining straight-up African-American soul singers who emerged in the ...


  THEATER 'The Cher Show' takes center stage

File this in the dreary catalogue of sentences most of us mere muggles will never be able to say: "The best conversations with Cher are the ones that happen after you've been hanging out at her ...


  Ravinia season continues with Whoopi, Boy George

This year's Ravinia Festival's schedule has begun—in genres ranging from jazz to comedy to classical music to hip-hop will be part of the season. According to Ravinia's website, remaining shows involve quartet Well-Strung ( June 24 ...


  SHOWBIZ 'Drag Race,' NPH, Lena Waithe, Lady Gaga

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

VH1 announced that Emmy-winning show RuPaul's Drag Race has been greenlit for a new season, a press release noted. The new season will follow a record-breaking season 10, currently the most watched in franchise history. Additionally, ...


  LGBTQ night at the Shedd June 27, among other themed nights

CHICAGO — As Shedd Aquarium's popular Wednesday evening event series, Jazzin' at the Shedd, enters its 22nd year, the aquarium is introducing new, themed nights and programming throughout the summer schedule. This includes special evenings from ...


  MUSIC Out musician Dave Koz releases his own 'Summer' sequel

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Summer may be known for movie sequels—but out saxophonist Dave Koz is doing his own take on the phenomenon. On June 22, he'll drop Summer Horns II: From A to Z, five years after releasing Summer ...


  NUNN ON ONE MOVIES Blake Jenner shows 'Animal' instinct in new film

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Actor Blake Jenner first came into the spotlight with the reality series The Glee Project that led to him being a regular on the Glee television show. He broke into movies with the lead role of ...


  Artists Pride features Shea Coulee of RuPaul's Drag Race and Michael Blume June 15

From a press release

CHICAGO, IL ( June 7, 2018 ) — INDISTRY Media, the first-of-its kind digital subscription streaming service, has partnered with Virgin Hotels Chicago to host "Artists Pride" on Friday, June 15th from 8:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m. ...


  Chicago Pride Fest 2018 full entertainment schedule

Chicago Pride Fest returns to Boystown Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17, for another weekend filled with sun, fun and world-class entertainment. This year's headliners include Mya and Jessica Sanchez. The festival takes place on ...


  SHOWBIZ Barry Manilow, Kathy Griffin, Prince, LGBTA country concert

Special to the online edition of Windy City Times

Barry Manilow has begun a residency at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, with shows running through early October, noted. With a career to draw from that has now spanned five decades, Manilow ...


  'Mamby on the Beach' June 23-24 in Chicago

Common, Russ, Spoon, Grizzly Bear, Jamila Woods, Windy City Soul Club and Snakehips are among the acts slated to perform at Mamby on the Beach June 23-24 at Chicago's Oakwood Beach in Bronzeville. This year, Mamby ...


  Queen! show with CeCe Peniston, Dajae June 22

Red Bull Music will present "Queen!" on Friday, June 22, at 9 p.m. at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St. DJ Steve "Silk" Hurley is the headliner; special guests are slated to include dance-music star CeCe Penison ...


  Sean Wiggins concerts June 15-17

Lesbian musician Sean Wiggins will be performing throughout the Midwest in mid-June. On Friday, June 15, in Sheridan Plaza in Whiting, Indiana, she will perform community concert with Paul Houston and Janet Cramer, 6:30-9 p.m. Admission ...


  Disco documentary to screen June 15

The documentary Jewel's Catch One will screen Friday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S. Stony Island Ave. Acquired by filmmaker Ava DuVernay for Array, Jewel's Catch One explores the ...


  Tonys feature wins, De Niro and tribute to Parkland teacher

Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban hosted the 72nd annual Tony Awards from Radio City Music Hall on June 10 in New York City. They took over the reins from embattled actor Kevin Spacey, who hosted last ...


  Country music stars send love and support to LGBTQ community

From a GLAAD press release

New York, NY — June 8, 2018 — GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today applauded country legend Vince Gill for a surprise appearance at the 2018 Concert for Love and Acceptance in Nashville ...


  'Queen!' to feature Steve "Silk" Hurley and CeCe Peniston

Red Bull Music will present "Queen!" on Friday, June 22, at 9 p.m. at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St. DJ Steve "Silk" Hurley is the headliner; special guests are slated to include dance-music star CeCe Penison ...


  Milwaukee Pride to feature Danica Roem

Milwaukee Pride kicks off the 31st Annual PrideFest Milwaukee opening ceremonies at the Dance Pavilion on Friday, June 8, at 3 p.m. Journalist and politician Danica Roem will be the keynote speaker. When elected to the ...


  Pivot Arts Festival through June 10

The sixth annual Pivot Arts Festival—a celebration of contemporary performances and multi-disciplinary works presented throughout Chicago's Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods—will take place through June 10. This year, the festival features the Chicago premiere of Rude Mechs, ...


  NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Icon Joan Armatrading spreads 'Love and Affection'

British singer Joan Armatrading has a career spanning almost 50 years. She has released 19 studio albums along with live albums and compilations. Over the years she has received many accolades, including Grammy nominations and an ...


  Navy Pier Pride Celebrates LGBTQ+ Community and Culture

From a press release

Free event includes Storytime with Drag Queens, live performances, special film presentations, new "Queer the Pier" fashion and music show headlined by special guest CeCe Peniston, and more CHICAGO — Navy Pier Pride Presented by ...

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