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Pride Arts Center plans cabarets, film screenings, comedy and WeFest
From a news release
2018-05-10

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Chicago - In addition to its just-announced "PAC Pride Fest" of five fully-staged plays, the Pride Arts Center will host another five special events and performances. The lineup will include the cabaret events OUT AND PROUD by Melissa Young, and Alan Palmer's FABULOUS DIVAS OF HOLLYWOOD; Pride Films and Plays' semi-annual WEFEST celebration of Chicago's queer female, non-binary and trans artists., the final PRIDE FILM FESTIVAL of the '17-18 season and an improv comedy show by CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY.

The Pride Arts Center's summer season will kick off on Sunday, June 3 at 7:30 pm in the PAC's Broadway venue with Melissa Young's OUT AND PROUD: A RAINBOW CELEBRATION. Young will perform and emcee a musical and comedic tour of LGBTQ history that will also feature in its cast Nick Sula, Daryl Nitz, Jeannie Tanner and Dan Riley, performing some of the most iconic songs of the LGBTQ movement.

The following weekend, impressionist Alan Palmer will perform his musical FABULOUS DIVAS OF BROADWAY for two nights only, on Friday June 8 and Saturday, June 9 in the 85-seat Broadway theater. With fast paced changes of beautiful costumes, wigs, thematic projections and a bevy of satirical songs, FABULOUS DIVAS OF BROADWAY parodies some of the biggest and best that Hollywood has to offer.With fast paced changes of beautiful costumes, wigs, thematic projections and a bevy of satirical songs, Alan Palmer's impressions remind us why we all love to go to the movies and adore the leading women who star in them.

The following week will see the final PRIDE FILM FESTIVAL of the 2017-18 season on Tuesday, June 12. Themed "Summer Shorts," the screening will present a series of sexy and fun upbeat films for summer. The monthly film festival will then go on hiatus until November.

The next evening, on Wednesday, June 13, Pride Films and Plays will present its semi-annual inclusive, intersectional variety show celebrating the work of female, non-binary, and trans artists, WEFEST.

On Saturday, June 16, CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY LIVE will be performed in the Broadway at 10 pm. This irreverent night of improv comedy is inspired by the popular and politically incorrect party game "Cards Against Humanity."

Tickets for all events are on sale now at www.pridefilmsandplays.com or by phone at 866-411-4111 or 773-857-0222

PAC Cabaret Event

OUT AND PROUD: A RAINBOW CELEBRATION

Broadway Theater

Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 7:30PM

Broadway Theater

Pride Arts Center

4139 N Broadway

Chicago, IL 60613

Tickets: $30, Tickets available at www.pridefilmsandplays.com or by phone at 866-811-4111 or 773-857-0222.

Melissa Young's tour of the LGBTQ movement through song and comedy returns with a little help from Chicago's best Cabaret stars at the Pride Arts Center. Celebrate Pride month with Melissa Young and Nick Sula as they return with Young's historical hit, OUT AND PROUD: A Rainbow Celebration. Nine years ago, Young performed the music of the World's most loved LGBTQ icons to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, June 28, 1969 and now returns to celebrate the progress our country has made over the last nine years with help from some of her friends! Daryl Nitz, Jeannie Tanner and Dan Riley join Young and Sula this time around with proceeds benefiting Pride Films and Plays. Starting with Stonewall and Judy Garland, Young will follow the LGBTQ Rights timeline, matching icons to significant moments in history. Dolly Parton's "Light of the Clear Blue Morning" in 1977 aligns with Anita Bryant and the S.O.C., Bette Midler's "Do You Wanna Dance" aligns with a post Stonewall New York ( 1971-73 ) of Bathhouses and Gay-owned Discos. The creation of the Pride flag 1979/80 and Diana Ross' "I'm Coming Out!" Young's passion for the history and where the movement is today comes across with laughter, heart and great love. Reservations recommended. Young's been seen all around town at Davenports, Hydrate, the Park West, 3160 and Drury Lane Water Tower and out of town at The Dunes Resort, Don't Tell Mama in NYC, The Duplex NYC and The Stonewall Inn.

PAC Cabaret Event

FABULOUS DIVAS OF HOLLYWOOD

Starring and Created by Alan Palmer

Friday, June 8, 2018 and Saturday, June 9 at 10:30PM

Broadway Theater

Pride Arts Center

4139 N Broadway

Chicago, IL 60613

Tickets: Premium seats $25, General Admission $20

Tickets available at www.pridefilmsandplays.com or by phone at 866-811-4111 or 773-857-0222.

This outlandish, outrageous and out-and-out fun-filled show by the creative team behind the hit off-Broadway musical FABULOUS DIVAS OF BROADWAY parodies some of the biggest and best that Hollywood has to offer. With fast paced changes of beautiful costumes, wigs, thematic projections and a bevy of satirical songs, Alan Palmer's impressions remind us why we all love to go to the movies and adore the leading women who star in them.

Beyond mimicry, beyond drag, ALAN PALMER'S FABULOUS DIVAS OF HOLLYWOOD is both reverent and irreverent. A loving and hysterical tribute to the Prima Performers of Hollywood, it's a must for all lovers of film!

His cast of 22 characterizations includes Cher, Meryl Streep, Audrey Hepburn, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, plus a few surprises

PAC Film Event

PRIDE FILM FESTIVAL - SUMMER SHORTS

Tuesday, June 12 — 7:30 pm

The Broadway, Pride Arts Center

4139 N Broadway

Chicago, IL 60613

Tickets: $15 Premium, $10 General Admission, $8 Seniors/Students/Military, are currently available at www.pridefilmsandplays.com or calling 1 866 811 4111 or 773-857-0222.

A series of sexy and fun upbeat films for summer. This will conclude our first year of monthly short films fests, which will return in November.

PAC Special Event

WEFEST

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Broadway Theater

Pride Arts Center

4139 N Broadway

Chicago, IL 60613

Tickets: Premium seats $15, General Admission $10

Tickets available at www.pridefilmsandplays.com or by phone at 866-811-4111 or 773-857-0222.

Pride Films and Plays' semi-annual celebration of Chicago's queer female, non-binary and trans artists. WeFest is an inclusive, intersectional variety show celebrating the work of female, non-binary, and trans artists.

PAC Special Event

CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY LIVE

Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 10:00PM

The Broadway, Pride Arts Center

4139 N Broadway

Chicago, IL 60613

Tickets, priced at $10, are currently available at www.pridefilmsandplays.com or calling 1 866 811 4111.

One Night Only! CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY LIVE Following three sell-out performances last year, CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY LIVE comes to Pride Arts Center Saturday June 16 at 10 pm. The irreverent night of improv comedy is inspired by the popular and politically incorrect party game "Cards Against Humanity." After audience members pitch their ideas, the best suggestions are acted out by the Cards Against Humanity writers and a team of improvisers. The worst suggestions will be mercilessly ridiculed. Recommended for ages 18+.

ABOUT PRIDE FILMS AND PLAYS

Pride Films and Plays creates diverse new work ( or work that is new to Chicago ) with LGBTQ+ characters or themes that is essential viewing for all audiences. We accomplish this mission through fully-staged productions, writing contests and staged readings, and filming one short film each season.

PFP is the primary tenant in the Pride Arts Center ( PAC ), which connects and promotes other artists who share our values, creating a safe environment for all. PAC books one-night events or limited runs, cabaret, film, dance, comedy, and other events. PAC opened in 2016 and consists of two performance spaces: The Buena at 4147 N. Broadway which has 50 seats and The Broadway at 4139 N. Broadway which has 85 seats.

Pride Films and Plays is supported by The MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at The Richard Driehaus Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago's City Arts Fund, the Elliott Fredland Charitable Trust, Proud to Run, the AmazonSmile Foundation, Arts and Business Foundation, Tap Root Foundation and Alphawood Foundation.

PFP is a member of the Smart Growth Program of the Chicago Community Trust. Pride Films and Plays is a member of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois and The League of Chicago Theatres.

For more information, visit www.pridefilmsandplays.com or call 1.800.737.0984.

ABOUT PRIDE ARTS CENTER

PRIDE ARTS CENTER has become an important part of the arts environment in the Buena Park neighborhood and beyond. In addition to performances by PFP, ( www.pridefilmsandplays.com ), PAC hosts monthly events including play readings, film screenings, cabaret nights, and variety shows. Guest productions are also included in the PAC schedule. Find a full calendar of everything happening at PAC here. pridefilmsandplays.com/calendar/.


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