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Dancing-About-Architecture

Dancing About Architecture - Music trends certainly come and go ( and come again ), and if you don't like something, stick around, it will change and change fast. In our time we've seen hybrids of Rap/Rock, Country/Club and R&B/Industrial ( Kanye's Yeezus if you're wondering ). Some trends are good, but some have to go away. Now. The quiet, twee girl singer: Five ...


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Dustin Lance Black plane scare; Quinto movie news; NeNe vs. Wendy - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Dustin Lance Black—the openly gay screenwriter who won as Oscar for his work on the film Milk—has been hired to adapt Paramount TV's event series Lindbergh, based on A. Scott Berg's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the same name, according to Deadline. Berg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Killoran and Kevin McCormick will produce the project. The story of Charles Lindbergh—both in his ...


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Pitchfork features Beck, great weather - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - A drastic change in weather for Pitchfork Music Festival—which took place July 18-20—made for an enjoyable three-day party in Union Park. Last year, the soiree was doused with rain and thunder, making the venue a giant mud pit. This year's weather no doubt contributed to attendance, which numbered about 55,000 people. Additional photo spread at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-07-22&AGALLERY=PitchforkNunn . ...


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MUSIC Trans singer Ty Nic releases 'Who I Am' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ty Nic isn't your typical college student. Currently studying business at the College of DuPage, Nic plans on earning a certificate in audio engineering after graduation. But his aspirations aren't what make Nic atypical; he is a 20-year-old transgender singer who just released his first single "Who I Am" off his freshman studio album, My Journey. Since his junior year ...


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MUSIC Jay Brannan: Queer and folk - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Judging from the comments on Jay Brannan's YouTube channel, the Manhattan-based, openly queer singer-songwriter doesn't have many haters. He also may have the 2006 film Shortbus to thank for the international fan base he has accrued: On his May 2014 posting of a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide," one of the comments reads: "not to take anything away from a ...


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Indigo Girls joining Nettles Aug. 29 in Aurora - Amy Ray and Emily Saliers—a.k.a. the Indigo Girls—have joined the Chicago-area stop of the That Girl Tour which includes singer/songwriter Brandy Clark and headliner Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles. The That Girl Tour plays RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, on Friday, Aug. 29. The park opens at 5:30 p.m. Brandy Clark takes the stage at 7 p.m., followed by the Indigo ...


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World news: Conchita Wurst models; Ian Thorpe comes out - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst recently made her modeling debut, walking at the Jean Paul Gaultier couture show in Paris, according to the UK Independent. Wurst—who famously won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest—was given the prestigious closing spot, a fashion honor usually bestowed upon the designer's favorite or most famous model. Gaultier said of Wurst, "I always say that beauty ...


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Andy Cohen on show; Stevie Nicks; Robbie Rogers TV series - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Bravo's Andy Cohen recently talked with TV Guide about his show Watch What Happens Live, which is marking its fifth year. Among the things Cohen said is that he feels he can go places nobody else can when interviewing friends such as Kelly Ripa; that he loved Martha Stewart talked about having a threesome and sexting; and that Lady Gaga ...


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Out singer James talks Whitney Houston, defying labels - MUSIC - Openly gay singer-songwriter Aiden James plays an acoustic guitar and wears his heart on his sleeve. But don't give him the folk-singer label just because of it. The Philadelphia native is the epitome of a one-man band with the ability to play 11 instruments and wrote, arranged, engineered, performed, produced and mixed his latest record Trouble With This. In advance ...


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BENT NIGHTS Taste of Chicago wrap-up: Monae, AWOLNATION - The 34th Annual Taste of Chicago will go down in history as an artistic triumph, over all other considerations. The crowds were thinner, the weather was erratic, the main stage attractions were respectable if not stupendous, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel felt safe enough ( politically, at least ) in popping up in the crowd to shake hands and look like ...


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Gaga brings the goods to United Center show - Lady Gaga's artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball Tour danced into the United Center July 11—and she brought the goods. Her loyal following dressed for the occasion in outfits complete with plastic bubbles, neon and wigs. It was a safe place for many gay followers of Gaga's style to be themselves. The artist has taken up for the underdog and tackled the ...


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Sara Bareilles kicks off tour in Chicago - Going to a Sara Bareilles concert is a bit like going to a Chicago Sky women's basketball team, but less racially mixed. There are a lot of lesbians, a lot of screaming young female fans, and a sprinkling of heterosexual couples and gay men. Bareilles is a big ally of the LGBT community and her LGBT fans have been rewarded ...


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Panel discusses impact and future of house music - The art, jewelry and accessories of The Silver Room in Wicker Park serve to make the entire space one of daring and limitless expression that pays no heed to a more conservative rulebook. It was thus the perfect venue for a July 10 discussion about the impact and future of house music. Entitled "Old School/Future Classics," the event formed a ...


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DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE: Summer time and the listening... - There's always been a certain unnamed fringe group of gay men of a certain age who came up on the sounds of New Order, Depeche Mode, Camouflage, a-ha, Soft Cell, Erasure and Pet Shop Boys. I belong to that subset of the subset and, until recently, it's been very frustrating. Most of the above bands disintegrated or took different directions ...


Gay-chorus-seeking-new-director

Gay chorus seeking new director - Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) is currently seeking applicants for a new artistic director to start at the beginning of next year. Current Artistic Director Patrick Sinozich had announced his plan to retire from the chorus this past summer. CGMC is accepting applications currently until July 15. The artistic director is the chief artistic officer of the organization ...


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July 10 discussion to look at house music - The status of house music will be examined in "Old School/Future Classics," a discussion and group-listening session the Illinois Humanities Council is hosting and which will take place Thursday, July 10, at 7 p.m. at The Silver Room, 1442 N. Milwaukee Ave. Guests include: Craig Loftis ( Grand High Priest ), who has been DJing in the Chicago music scene ...


OPALGA-Lakeside-Pride-march-in-Oak-Park-parade

OPALGA, Lakeside Pride march in Oak Park parade - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association ( OPALGA ) and Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band once again marched in the Oak Park Fourth of July Parade. For several years, both organizations have appeared together at this Oak Park tradition, according to a press release. Lakeside Pride entertained spectators with a medley of Armed Forces songs, Pharrell Williams' "Happy" ...


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Neon Trees singer talks gay life at iHeartRadio event - iHeartRadio and the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hosted the third annual iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party presented by VISIT FLORIDA on June 27-28. Among the performers was the group Neon Trees, whose lead singer, Tyler Glenn, recently came out of the closet as gay. During the event, Glenn told the crowd, "I was raised in suburbia. I waited until I was 30 ...


Gay-chorus-seeking-new-director

Gay chorus seeking new director - Chicago Gay Men's Chorus ( CGMC ) is currently seeking applicants for a new artistic director to start at the beginning of next year. Current Artistic Director Patrick Sinozich had announced his plan to retire from the chorus this past summer. CGMC is accepting applications currently until July 15. The artistic director is the chief artistic officer of the organization ...


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Musician keeps alive legacy of gay-themed country album - MUSIC: Lavender Country - Bobby Taylor never says "no" to a musical gig. From playing solo to performing the oldies in the duo Memory Lane Songs, Taylor helps to revive Lavender Country, the first album of country music with gay themes ( an unusual feat for someone Black and straight ). Celebrating his 75th birthday a few weeks ago, the Illinois native certainly has ...


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Drag Race in U.K.; Gaga, Judas Priest; Sean Hayes' new gig - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - RuPaul is interested in hosting a U.K. version of RuPaul's Drag Race, Gay Star News reported. RuPaul confirmed that English television and radio presenter Jonathan Ross has bought rights to do a version of the popular U.S. show in Britain. However, the idea is still in the works and has yet to be formally pitched to a network. Lady Gaga ...


Trish-Keporos-One-singing-sensation

Trish Keporos: One singing sensation - Trish Keporos, the ultimate underdog to win the 12th annual Windy City Gay Idol contest, is a Chicago native who has been singing longer than many of the other finalists have even been alive. And June 25 at Mayne Stage on Chicago's north side, it was the 62-year-old Keporos, a retired college counselor/teacher, who shined brightest … even though she ...


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Indigo Girls joining Nettles Aug. 29 in Aurora - Amy Ray and Emily Saliers—a.k.a. the Indigo Girls—have joined the Chicago-area stop of the That Girl Tour which includes singer/songwriter Brandy Clark and headliner Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles. The That Girl Tour plays RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora, on Friday, Aug. 29. The park opens at 5:30 p.m. Brandy Clark takes the stage at 7 p.m., followed by the Indigo ...


-Michael-Jackson-tribute-Aug-28-30-in-Gary-Indiana

Michael Jackson tribute Aug. 28-30 in Gary, Indiana - Katherine Jackson has announced that The 5th Annual Michael Jackson "King of Pop" Tribute Festival of the Arts will take place in Gary, Indiana, on Aug. 28-30 at 2300 Jackson St, Michael's birth home. This year's tribute festival is different from previous years. The theme is "Art for Life," and the festival will be showcasing undiscovered talent. The outdoor tribute ...


Marketplace-offers-chance-to-meet-Gaga-July-11

Marketplace offers chance to meet Gaga July 11 - IfOnly, an experiential marketplace that donates a portion of its proceeds to charities, is offering "The Ultimate Little Monster Experience at artRAVE"—a chance for fans to meet Lady Gaga. The experience is a behind-the-scenes all-access meet-and-greet at Gaga's ARTPOP Ball Tour that will benefit her Born This Way Foundation. Designed by Gaga herself, the Ultimate Little Monster Experience is the ...


July-10-discussion-to-look-at-house-music

July 10 discussion to look at house music - The status of house music will be examined in "Old School/Future Classics," a discussion and group-listening session the Illinois Humanities Council is hosting and which will take place Thursday, July 10, at 7 p.m. at The Silver Room, 1442 N. Milwaukee Ave. Guests include: Craig Loftis ( Grand High Priest ), who has been DJing in the Chicago music scene ...


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Lesbian musician talks Etheridge, Kate Clinton, Amy Ray - BOOKS - Out lesbian Jamie Anderson knows enough about women's-music festivals to be considered armed and dangerous. She's toured with the best of them—Melissa Etheridge, Kate Clinton, Amy Ray, Holly Near, and Meg Christian—and has the stories to prove it. After nearly 30 years of braving the entertainment industry as only she knows best, Anderson presents her take on the wild and ...


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Singer/songwriter set to inspire through music - Music was the one thing that Chadwick Stadt knew he could depend on to help get him through life's challenges. "It had that ability to comfort me without a single touch from the human hand; it was something relatable," he said. However, Stadt long suppressed his dreams of pursuing music, living in fear of rejection and acceptance based on his ...


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Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band, OPALGA partner July 4 - From a press release - CHICAGO, JULY 2, 2014 — The award-winning Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band will once again march with the Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association ( OPALGA ) in the Oak Park Fourth of July Parade on Friday, July 4 at 10 a.m. For the past three years, both organizations have appeared together at this Oak Park tradition to celebrate ...


Male-singers-tackle-Grease-song-Page-Leto-honored

Male singers tackle 'Grease' song; Page, Leto honored - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer Rufus Wainwright assembled an eclectic dream team of male vocalists for the "If I Loved You: Gentlemen Prefer Broadway" show at the Toronto Luminato Festival, according to People. ( They actually teamed to sing the tune "Summer Nights," from Grease. ) The line-up included Josh Groban, Boy George, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig, Barenaked ...


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Putin refuses Elton John; USAID, Nat'l Gay Chamber partner - World news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Russia President Vladimir Putin has refused to confirm a meeting with Elton John, with the Kremlin claiming they have not received an official invitation, Gay Star News reported. The openly gay star defied protests and performed two concerts in the country last year amid the controversy over the country's law banning the promotion of homosexuality. Even though John had said ...


Music-event-benefits-CLASP

Music event benefits CLASP - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On June 20, Chicago queer legend Lair Scott unleashed a down-and-dirty benefit for CLASP ( Chicago LGBT Asylum Support Program ) to raise awareness and funds for the plight of LGBTs in Uganda. It was a happy coincidence that the show took place at The Mutiny on Chicago's Northwest Side the day after the United States issued sanctions against Uganda ...


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McDonough, Her Way: An Interesting Bunch of Gals' July 19 - From a press release - CHICAGO, Ill. — Megon McDonough, a nationally known singer with roots in folk, jazz, pop and country, will be bringing her hit one-woman show, "Her Way: An Interesting Bunch of Gals" to the Skokie Theatre on July 19 at 8 p.m. The show honors some of the most powerful and prolific female singers of the last 60 years and features ...


Disc-and-That-Upcoming-and-recent-DVDs-

Disc and That: Upcoming and recent DVDs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - —About Last Night ( already out; $19.96 ): This update on the 1986 Chicago-set romantic comedy now stars Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant. The movie follows two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom, and as their relationships are eventually put to the test in the real world. Bonus materials include four featurettes. ...


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BENT NIGHTS Etheridge, Ferrick headline local concerts - MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Within seven days, three longtime LGBT favorites named Melissa hit Chicago to continue a couple of long held traditions. On Monday night, June 16, Melissa Etheridge played to a near-capacity crowd at the Symphony Center with members of The Chicago Symphony Orchestra ( CSO ) for the 25th-anniversary fundraiser for "Corporate Night." Adding to a history of annual events that ...


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B-52s' Fred Schneider debuts 'Konnichiwa' with The Superions - MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Phillip-John Puzzo - Eight years ago, after a couple glasses of wine, Fred Schneider quietly left the party and locked himself in a friend's bathroom. His creative juices were flowing. The acoustics in the Orlando lavatory were nearly perfect and Schneider came up with the song "Totally Nude Island" in just a few minutes. The next day, he performed his creation for fellow ...


Back-Lot-Bash-filled-with-fun

Back Lot Bash filled with fun - The ladies rocked the Cheetah Gym parking lot on Clark St., Fri., June 27 through Sun., June 29. Special guests included The L Word's Kate Moennig and Leisha Hailey, Crystal Bowersox, and Hunter Valentine. Photos by Kat Fitzgerald ( www.MysticImagesPhotography.com ) . Additional photos at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-06-30&AGALLERY=BLBKat . ...


Trish-Keporos-wins-Windy-City-Gay-Idol-2014

Trish Keporos wins Windy City Gay Idol 2014 - Trish Keporos took the top crown in the 12th annual Windy City Gay Idol finals June 25 at Mayne Stage in Rogers Park. Thirteen singers competed in the finals. The singing competition, sponsored by Windy City Times, featured three rounds of songs, with the top vote getters advancing to the next round. Chicago newcomers nagged the first runner-up and second ...


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tello Films documents hip-hop/soul duo God Des & She - By Janean L. Watkins - What do you get when you blend hip-hop, pop and soul with a queer dynamic duo? You get the Midwest-bred God Des & She. The eclectic pair bridged the gap between these three genres to bring a new sound and relevant message to the masses. Not many artists make music that speaks for multitudes of people who find themselves without ...


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Back Lot Bash June 26-29, to feature Bowersox - The 11th annual Back Lot Bash will take place in Andersonville and Rogers Park June 26-29. The line-up for the women's festival includes acclaimed singer/songwriter Crystal Bowersox ( Friday, June 27 ), Erin McKeown ( Friday, June 27 ), popular bands Hunter Valentine and Your Villain My Here ( both Saturday, June 28 ) and host Lauren Russell ( The ...


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Gay singer Sam Smith's album #2 on Billboard - From a press release - HOLLYWOOD, CA — Openly gay British soul singer and songwriter Sam Smith has made U.S. pop music history with his debut album, In The Lonely Hour, selling more copies in its first week of release — 166,000 — than any other debut album by a UK male artist in the 23-year history of Soundscan. The Capitol Records album will enter ...


National-Womens-Music-Festival-June-26-29

National Women's Music Festival June 26-29 - The 39th National Women's Music Festival ( NWMF ) will take place June 26-29 at the Marriott Madison West in Middleton, Wis. Headliners include Cheryl Wheeler, Catie Curtis, Lucie Blue Tremblay, Dos Fallopia, Sandra Valls and Beth Kille, among others. In addition to a total of 18 musical and comedy acts comprising almost 40 individuals, the festival includes workshops. Visit ...


-Marketplace-offers-chance-to-meet-Gaga-July-11

Marketplace offers chance to meet Gaga July 11 - IfOnly, an experiential marketplace that donates a portion of its proceeds to charities, is offering "The Ultimate Little Monster Experience at artRAVE"—a chance for fans to meet Lady Gaga. The experience is a behind-the-scenes all-access meet-and-greet at Gaga's ARTPOP Ball Tour that will benefit her Born This Way Foundation. Designed by Gaga herself, the Ultimate Little Monster Experience is the ...


Karen-Mason-performing-Divas-thru-June-30

Karen Mason performing 'Divas' thru June 30 - Vocalist, recording artist and actress Karen Mason heads into Chicago June 19-30 to perform her acclaimed one-woman show, "The Secrets of the Ancient Divas," at Davenport's, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. The show pays homage to singers such as Barbra Streisand ( "People" ), Doris Day ( "Secret Love" ), Eydie Gorme ( "If He Walked Into My Life" ) and ...


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LGBT music groups help Russian youths with 'Beautiful' project - This month, LGBTQ communities and their allies across Illinois are celebrating a major step forward in the achievement of equality. Spectator numbers for the Chicago Pride Parade have grown exponentially with each passing year alongside the exuberance of LGBTQ participants and the number of companies, churches and political figures walking in solidarity with them. Fewer than 5,000 miles away, those ...


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Lyric's 60th-anniv. concert has Jane Lynch as emcee - Lyric Opera general director Anthony Freud announced that Jane Lynch—the Emmy-winning actress acclaimed for portraying coach Sue Sylvester on the hit television series Glee—will serve as master of ceremonies for Lyric Opera of Chicago's 60th Anniversary Concert, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Civic Opera House. The Dolton, Illinois, native "cut her theatrical teeth at The Second City, Steppenwolf ...


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DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE: THE NEW PRIDE - As this columnist prepares not only to write the annual Pride issue music segment, he's also looking forward to seeing out and proud Adam Lambert at the United Center with the legendary Queen. Important in so many ways, but most of all to see Queen with a gay man proudly fronting the band subbing for dearly departed Freddie Mercury, who ...


Justin-Utley

Justin Utley - Nightspots recently had an opportunity to sit down with New York-based singer/songwriter/actor Justin Utley, prior to his June 29 appearance here in Chicago at the Pride North festival. Justin's sound is equal parts informed by his NYC- and theater-based storytelling and his upbringing in the musically-inclined Mormon church, of which he's no longer a part; he has even written songs ...


Spring-Awakening-revs-up-Soldier-Field

Spring Awakening revs up Soldier Field - Starting June 13, and continuing over three days, the electronic music festival known as Spring Awakening took over the Soldier Field area. Dance-music acts such as Tiesto, Pretty Lights and Kaskade spun as headliners. After-parties followed, with many artists moving into Chicago's nightclubs. A variety of DJ stages, food vendors and fireworks all added to the festivities over the weekend. ...


CONCERT-REVIEW-Rachael-Sage-woos-Uncommon-Ground

CONCERT REVIEW Rachael Sage woos Uncommon Ground - by Phillip-John Puzzo. Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Rachael Sage, a New York City-based alternative-pop songstress, delighted fans at the intimate Uncommon Ground on Devon June 18. Opening for Sage was Diana & the Dishes; Chicago singer, songwriter, pianist, and musical director Diana Lawrence fronts the eclectic and infectious musical group. Diana & the Dishes released its debut album Take a Picture in August 2010 and the band ...


Michael-Jackson-tribute-Aug-28-30-in-Gary

Michael Jackson tribute Aug. 28-30 in Gary - Katherine Jackson has announced that The 5th Annual Michael Jackson "King of Pop" Tribute Festival of the Arts will take place in Gary, Indiana, on Aug. 28-30 at 2300 Jackson St, Michael's birth home. This year's tribute festival is different from previous years. The theme is "Art for Life," and the festival will be showcasing undiscovered talent. The outdoor tribute ...


Gaga-New-Order-Mars-Etheridge-at-Summerfest

Gaga, New Order, Mars, Etheridge at Summerfest - Milwaukee Summerfest has announced more than 75 headlining acts that will perform at the 2014 festival. Scheduled Ground Stage headliners include New Order, Rise Against, Tegan and Sara, Ray LaMontagne, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Nas, Brand New, Ludacris, Fitz and the Tantrums, The Crystal Method, Neon Trees ( whose lead singer recently came out ) and The Neighbourhood, among ...


Upcoming-events

Upcoming events - See full calendar at http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/chicago/events/upcoming.php . Wed., June 25 Kelly Cassidy annual fundraiser $1000-$50. RSVP eric@blueprintcamptaignconsulting.com 5:30pm - 7:30pm Hamburger Mary's 5400 N Clark 773-562-9559 https://secure.actblue.com/contributepage/marys2014 . Reception for Mark Schauer, candidate for governor of Michigan Host committee in formation: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Mike Axelrod, Sue Berghoef, Brian Dailey and Elzie Higginbottom, Host $2,500, Friend $1,000, Tickets $500. RSVP, please ...


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Atlantic to unleash 'Hedwig' soundtrack - Atlantic Records has announced the release of Hedwig and the Angry Inch—Original Broadway Cast Recording, the musical companion to the eight-time Tony-nominated show starring Neil Patrick Harris. The release comes 15 years after Atlantic released the cast recording for the original production in 1999, and 13 years following Atlantic's release of the original motion picture soundtrack for the film incarnation. ...


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Beth Orton's 'Central' being reissued July 8 - The group 3 Loop Music will reissue Beth Orton's Central Reservation as a two-CD expanded edition on July 8. The follow up to Beth's acclaimed debut Trailer Park, 1999's Central Reservation featured the hit singles "Stolen Car" and "Central Reservation," and spent 56 weeks in the album charts, selling more than 500,000 copies. The new album will contain key B-sides, ...


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Jennifer Lopez out with 10th album - Jennifer Lopez's 10th album and her first for Capitol Records, A.K.A., is now out. A.K.A. features collaborations with French Montana, Rick Ross, TI, Pitbull, Iggy Azalea, Tyga, Sia, Chantal Kreviazuk, Kirby and Chris Brown. Among the other collaborators/producers are Max Martin and Diplo. Songs that have already been released include "First Love" ( video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfgoiYu9EUE ) and "I Luh ...


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Oprah's role; Gaga's lawsuit; Neil Patrick's successor - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Oscar-nominated actress Oprah Winfrey has joined the cast of Ava DuVernay's Selma, the civil-rights drama that the media mogul is also producing, The Wrap reported. The drama follows Martin Luther King Jr.'s landmark 1965 voting rights campaign, regarded as the peak of the civil-rights movement. The film stars, among others, David Oyelowo as King; Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King; ...


-Hercules-Love-Affair-offering-musical-Feast

Hercules & Love Affair offering musical 'Feast' - Big Beat/Atlantic Records has released The Feast of the Broken Heart, the new album from dance music icons Hercules & Love Affair. "Feast" has the new single "I Try to Talk to You," which features openly gay singer John Grant. The video is at www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTFf8jqPNu0. Hercules & Love Affair arrived with 2008's debut single, "Blind ( Feat. Antony Hegarty )." ...


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WCPA's 'Just Love' June 21 - Windy City Performing Arts ( Windy City Gay Chorus and Aria Women's Chorus ) will perform the "Just Love" Pride concert Saturday, June 21, at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster Ave., at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. General-admission tickets ( $20 ) are available online at windycitysings.org or http://wcpapride.brownpapertickets.com, and at the door. Discounted tickets for seniors ( $15 ...


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Windy City Gay Idol Finals at Mayne Stage June 25 - CHICAGO—Windy City Gay Idol, now in its 12th year, marches to the finals in search of the best amateur LGBTQ singer in the Chicago area. The finals will be at Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse, Wednesday, June 25, 7 p.m. VIP tickets for $25 are on sale now which include reserved seating, tableside food/beverage service, access to the VIP bar ...


-David-Paige-on-living-in-Chicago-and-being-an-LGBT-ally

David Paige on living in Chicago and being an LGBT ally - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Chicago native David Paige is rocking out big venues these days, having recently played the Metro and possibly 150 dates by the end of 2014. Last year he released This Is Love a five song EP. He released a video from a live recording at Rax Trax Studio and began recording a new batch of songs at I.V. Labs. We ...


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Chicago Blues Festival - BENT NIGHTS: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 31st edition of the Chicago Blues Festival started with a bang June 13 with a big, wet, sloppy hug toward tradition and history, as well as a grand lesson on how this most American of art forms has shaped contemporary music for the ages. Mayor Rahm Emanuel was nowhere in sight ( probably busy at Trump Tower ) so ...


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Windy City Gay Idol finals June 25 at Mayne Stage - In a tough competition June 14 at Sidetrack, 22 singers competed for the 12 slots at the 12th annual Windy City Gay Final Finals, to be held Wed., June 25 Mayne Stage. The Idol judges—Mitchel Fain, Heather Schmucker and Richard Knight, Jr.—also selected one wild card to advance. More photos here: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2014-06-15&AGALLERY=IdolSemi2014HalBaim . For VIP and regular show tickets ...


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Back Lot Bash includes Crystal Bowersox, Hunter Valentine - From a press release - June 15, 2014 — Chicago, IL —The 2014 line up for Chicago Pride Weekend's 'Back Lot Bash' includes headline performances by acclaimed singer/songwriter Cystal Bowersox ( Fri ), renown international musician Erin McKeown ( Fri ), popular powerhouse bands Hunter Valentine ( Sat ) and Your Villain My Here ( Sat ), Host Lauren Russell ( The Real L Word ...


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Ensemble to perform Georgian music June 22 - Ensemble Alioni of Chicago will perform "Songs of Work and Praise" Sunday, June 22, at 7 p.m. at St. Josaphat Catholic Parish, 2311 N. Southport Ave. The ensemble specializes in Georgian folk music. Featured songs will demonstrate the double-choir antiphonal sound of the tradition, as well as including at least one song from each of the group's released CDs: "Colorful ...


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By Women For Women dance at the Center - By Women for Women: Spinning Through the Decades, a dance at the Center on Halsted Saturday, June 14, featured a DJ spinning contest that lit up the dance floor. DJ Feen won in the finals against DJ Raboo, but all four DJs worked hard for the crowd's attuning. Photos by Tracy Baim ...


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Karen Mason bringing 'Divas' to Chicago - NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC - Acclaimed singer Karen Mason is waving the flag for Pride month in Chicago this June. Her concert, titled "The Secrets of the Ancient Divas," weaves cover songs from Barbra Streisand, Eydie Gorme, Bette Midler and Doris Day all together, then includes her new song "It's About Time," an anthem for marriage equality. Mason brings her Broadway background to the Windy ...


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WCPA's 'Just Love' June 21 - Windy City Performing Arts ( Windy City Gay Chorus and Aria Women's Chorus ) will perform the "Just Love" Pride concert Saturday, June 21, at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster Ave., at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. General-admission tickets ( $20 ) are available online at windycitysings.org or http://wcpapride.brownpapertickets.com, and at the door. Discounted tickets for seniors ( $15 ...


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Lynch to emcee Lyric's 60th-anniv. concert - Lyric Opera general director Anthony Freud announced that Jane Lynch—the Emmy-winning actress acclaimed for portraying coach Sue Sylvester on the hit television series Glee—will serve as master of ceremonies for Lyric Opera of Chicago's 60th Anniversary Concert, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Civic Opera House. The Dolton, Illinois, native "cut her theatrical teeth at The Second City, Steppenwolf ...


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Hip-hop/classical event at Civic Opera June 20-29 - This summer, Red Bull Flying Bach lands in Chicago, making its U.S. debut in an exclusive local engagement after three seasons of sold-out performances around the world. Featuring Berlin-based dance crew The Flying Steps, four-time break dance world champions, Red Bull Flying Bach combines contemporary hip-hop power moves with live classical music. "Red Bull Flying Bach" runs for six performances ...


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Women's dance at Center June 14 - Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., will host "By Women For Women: Spinning through the Decades" on Saturday, June 14, at 6 p.m. The event will bring together female DJs from the LGBTQ community for an evening of music and dance. Tickets are $40; visit community.centeronhalsted.org/ByWomenForWomen. ...


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DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE: 30 years ago today in pop - - When music writers look back on key years in the industry, 1955 ( Birth of Rock ), 1967 ( The Summer of Love ), 1977 ( the birth of punk/rise of disco ), and 1992 ( the rise of Nirvana/grunge ) are the usual defaults. Now maybe it just because this writer was a budding fourteen-year-old at the time, but ...


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Etheridge marries; R. Kelly's trans* child; Whitney movie news - Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Singer Melissa Etheridge, 53, married Linda Wallem, her fiancee of nearly a year and the creator of the show Nurse Jackie, on May 31 at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California, People.com reported. All four of Etheridge's children participated in the wedding: Bailey Jean, 17; Beckett, 15; and twins Miller Steven and Johnnie Rose, 7. Among those also looking on ...


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MUSIC Out singer Amy Andrews talks activism, Bette Midler - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Born in Baltimore, Maryland—with a musical theater and classical background—singer/songwriter Amy Andrews now resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Andrews is not following the hip-hop train that has helped to put Atlanta on the map. Instead, the out folk singer has taken her independent spirit—she has released an EP and a live record—and has a career where success and fame don't necessarily ...


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Cher dresses to kill, Lauper 30 years after She's So Unusual - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cher's Dressed to Kill Tour—or "D2K" for the new generation—descended on the Allstate Arena June 7 with fans dressed like her all over the arena. While Pat Benatar opened for Cher for much of the new tour, Chicago was treated to Cyndi Lauper celebrating the 30th anniversary of her She's So Unusual record. Having opened for the icon in the ...







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