Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-07-26
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Rufus Wainwright entertains with music, comedy
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Jerry Nunn, Windy City Times
2012-08-14

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Openly gay singer Rufus Wainwright brought his latest album, Out of the Game, to The Vic last week. His set began with candles adorned on the stage as he played, fittingly, "Candles." The lights came up to reveal Wainwright in hipster red sunglasses and white-lettered tight pants. He launched in to the new material from the Mark Ronson-produced album such as "Rashida."

As in the past, there was plenty of banter from him as the audience discovered the story behind many of the new songs. One example was the song "Barbara," which is not about Barbra Streisand but a good friend of his named Barbara who is from Chicago.

He announced his impending wedding with longtime partner Jorn Weisbrodt (who was in the balcony), which will happen at the end of August. He then took a brief break while openers Krystal Warren and Teddy Thompson each did a song. But no costume change? He continued to focus on the new work, such as the title track and "Jericho."

The acoustics were pitch-perfect and his voice was in tip-top shape. He was funny as ever while relaying a story about Liza Minnelli. Apparently, when asked if she had listened to any of Wainwright's renditions of her mother's songs, she said, "Why would I do that?" He dedicated his Judy Garland cover "The Man That Got Away" to her, renaming it "The Bitch That Got Away."

He sang his father Loudon's song "One Man Guy," which is always a crowd-pleaser and full of harmonies.

To stir the pot more he dedicated "Going to a Town" to Mitt Romney, stating, "He's doing a wonderful job." The lyrics describe his real feelings: "I'm so tired of America."

He played a past favorite, "The Art Teacher," then explained that the song "Montauk" is about a band member's daughter telling the story of two dads. He had the room dancing with "Bitter Tears" while he played a tambourine.

He returned for an encore of " Grey Gardens" and a Leonard Cohen cover with Cohen's son Adam. He chose "Chelsea Hotel #2" because he said he's sick of singing "Hallelujah." After "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk" he did another surprise encore of "Poses" that was original for our city.

For more on Wainwright, visit www.rufuswainwright.com . Photos Jerry Nunn


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

MUSIC Drag artist celebrates life in 'I Was Born This Way' 2017-07-26 - Drag artist VIZIN ( pronounced V-I-S-I-O-N ) may have covered "I Was Born This Way," but it is not the Lady Gaga song. ...


Gay News

NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Jody Watley still thrills 2017-07-26 - Jody Watley has performed for most of her life, starting on the stage at 8 years old with her godfather Jackie Wilson. She ...


Gay News

Zara Larsson takes over music charts at 19 2017-07-25 - Swedish pop sensation Zara Larsson is ready to take over the United States. At the young age of 10 she conquered Talang, ...


Gay News

Showbiz: Princess Di, 'Moonlight,' Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Lopez 2017-07-25 - Two shows about Princess Diana—Diana and the Paparazzi as well as Diana: The Day We Said Goodbye—will air on the Smithsonian Channel on ...


Gay News

MUSIC REVIEW Pitchfork lives on in pictures 2017-07-19 - More than 40 bands played Pitchfork Music Festival during July 14-16 in Union Park, keeping everyone guessing what would happen next. It was ...


Gay News

BENT NIGHTS Taste of Chicago: The 37th annual event 2017-07-19 - The 37th edition of A Taste of Chicago was loaded with surprises and worked harder then ever to please as many people as ...


Gay News

aChurch4me hosting July 22 event 2017-07-19 - The LGBT-inclusive congregation aChurch4me is hosting "An Evening of Praise and Prose" on Saturday, July 22. The free event will be at 7366 ...


Gay News

CONCERT REVIEW Adam Lambert, Queen a match made in heaven 2017-07-19 - The 1970 British band Queen returned to Chicago for a rocking concert on July 13 at the United Center. Two members of ...


Gay News

Exhibitionism, The Rolling Stones exhibit at Navy Pier 2017-07-19 - The Rolling Stones' first-ever major exhibition, "Exhibitionism," will make its Chicago debut at Navy Pier through July 30. The Chicago engagement follows the ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Thomas Dekker, Linda Perry, Chippendales, Mariah Carey 2017-07-18 - A Heroes producer has revealed that the show had to axe a gay storyline, Attitude reported. The popular series, which ran during 2006-2010 ...


 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.