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 2018-12-12
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Seeing stars: Patrick Stewart, Mario Lopez, Alfre Woodard
by Jerry Nunn, Windy City Times
2017-11-04

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Entertainers have made Chicago an important stop over the years, sometimes to promote a product, speak an opinion or just mingle with fans. Several stars have made statements that involve the gay community recently while visiting the Windy City.

Actress and social activist Vanessa Redgrave received the Visionary Award from the Chicago International Film Festival on Oct. 16. This was for the film Sea Sorrow, a documentary Redgrave directed about the global refugee crisis. Her son—Carlo Nero, a producer on the film—accompanied the first-time director.

Many protesters in Sea Sorrow held rainbow flags to represent the community during marches. Nero said, "We saw people from all walks of life and political persuasions. It was wonderful to see people coming together like that. People could have just sat in their homes instead of protesting human beings that were treated worse than animals. They went in thousands and it was very hopeful." Redgrave played a lesbian in the HBO movie If These Walls Could Talk 2 and described it as a "wonderful script."

Another multiple award winner, Alfre Woodard, visited the festival Oct. 21. She was honored with the Black Perspectives Career Achievement Award. Woodard reminisced about her beginnings as an HIV/AIDS activist, saying, "We were very active in the anti-apartheid movement when they were underground. We thought our work was done when it crumbled but were told they were at ground zero for the pandemic and it was an even more formidable foe than apartheid was. At that point, KwaZulu-Natal had more deaths than any other area. After working on South Africa we wanted to make sure we would have a presence in America as well. AIDS education was very important to have in cities and we started with the youth demographic."

Goodman Theatre associate Regina Taylor moderated the live conversations held later. She stopped to talk about her recent role in the LGBT film Saturday Church, telling Windy City Times, "The star of the movie is an amazing actor and a dear human being." One thing she learned from the experience was, according to her, "Families can be as bad as strangers when it comes to dealing with differences." She has three productions coming out, including a revival of her play Crowns, at the McCarter Theatre.

The same night, the host of Extra, Mario Lopez, turned the city pink with lights for a Susan G. Komen Chicago event called Ignite the Fight. The annual gala raises funds for breast cancer. "Everyone has a connection to a love one affected by this," Lopez said. "Any time I get a chance to help out I will. I love coming to Chicago. It is such a great town." He stated on the pink carpet that he loved being in musicals like A Chorus Line and just performed at the Hollywood Bowl.

What was Lopez's favorite memory from playing Olympian Greg Louganis in the biopic? "It has been so many years now since Breaking the Surface," he said. "I still remain friendly with Greg. He's such an awesome guy, and I feel very honored to have portrayed him. He's an icon really, and one of the best athletes ever. I was most thrilled that he was happy with my performance." Lopez later hosted an INDISTRY TV party at The Virgin Hotel Chicago.

Also, supermodel/actress Christie Brinkley arrived at the Two Prudential Plaza on Oct. 6 in honor of World Smile Day for a private lighting ceremony. Smile Train is the world's largest cleft charity that she became involved with years ago as the goodwill ambassador.

She said, "I read up about it originally and could not imagine not being able to smile. In some cultures babies born with clefts are disposed of. For five dollars a life can be saved and for $250 a life can be transformed." Brinkley switched gears to talk about gay rights: "I'm so pro-equality and love is love. I cannot believe in this day and age that there is anybody is still backwards and ignorant enough to make a judgement about that. It is ridiculous!"

Brinkley added that she had the time of her life being in the musical Chicago. "The role of Roxie Hart is the best one for a woman to play on Broadway," she said. "She's a real spitfire. I was onstage the entire time. No one said to me that I was too thin until I was in that show for a few months. So many dreams came true all at the same time!" Brinkley finished by saying that she never grows tired of the song "Uptown Girl" ( she's in Billy Joel's video ) and it was her theme song.

In addition, the Chicago International Film Festival closed its 53rd year on Oct. 26 at the AMC River East 21 with a couple of films with LGBT content.

Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water, set in the Cold War era, has actor Richard Jenkins playing a gay character; also, Call Me by Your Name was screened with an actor from the film, Michael Stuhlbarg, in attendance. Look for an intimate interview with Stuhlbarg closer to the national release date in Windy City Times.

Some notable wins during the fest included the Chicago Award for Princess Cyd, while Mr. Gay Syria won the Silver Hugo Award. In the OutLook competition BPM took home the Gold Q-Hugo and God's Own Country garnered the Silver Q-Hugo.

Actor Patrick Stewart spoke with WCT the night before closing night on the red carpet about his gay role in the cult-classic film Jeffrey. He said, "There were so many great memories from that film, but here is one of them that didn't appear in the film: The production designer of the show wanted me to have photographs in the flat where I lived with my partner of the two of us out and about in town. One day we went out to the West Village and improvised all kinds of situations—holding hands, kissing and meeting friends. It rooted me so strongly in the character I was going to play before it was even filmed. I was so proud to have been a part of that."

For more information about the festival, visit ChicagoFilmFestival.com .


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

Cavalcade of Queens take over Holiday Land in Visual Album, The Holiday Dragtacular 2018-12-14 - December 17th, 2018 ( New York )- XS Studio brings you a stocking stuffed-holiday special from some of your favorite queens: Peppermint, Pandora ...


Gay News

Christine Hallquist talks about 'Denial' documentary 2018-12-14 - A few weeks ago, Windy City Times had talked with former Vermont gubernatorial candidate Christine D. Hallquist about a new documentary, Denial. ...


Gay News

Black LGBTQ/SGL Group Urges Courageous Conversations During Holidays 2018-12-12 - WASHINGTON — This past weekend, Twitter and traditional media blew up after comedian D.L. Hughley called Trans actress Indya Moore a 'pussy' and ...


Gay News

SAG nominees include 'A Star Is Born,' 'Maisel' 2018-12-12 - Awkwafina and Laverne Cox announced the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild ( SAG ) Awards nominees Dec. 12—and A Star Is Born and ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ 'Rent,' Ariana Grande, Lena Waithe, Elton John 2018-12-11 - Fox has announced the full cast for the upcoming live musical event Rent, which will air Sunday, Jan. 27, a press release noted. ...


Gay News

Windy City Times previews winter movies 2018-12-11 - Escape the cold weather by hitting the warm movie theater, where sunny comedies, strong superheroes and unbelievably true stories can all be seen ...


Gay News

NUNN ON ONE Actor John Barrowman part of team that spins a Celtic tale 2018-12-10 - Legendary Comics and Webtoon are running a new comic series called Acursian rooted in Celtic lore. Fresh from the minds of storytellers ...


Gay News

Dance Film Better Off Dead Premieres at Links Hall 2018-12-07 - Motion/Pictures Dance Project is a Chicago-based film production collective created by Talia Koylass. On Oct. 8, 2018, Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke ...


Gay News

Hart steps down as Oscars host after anti-gay comments draw response 2018-12-07 - Only two days after being announced as the host of the 2019 Oscars, actor/comedian Kevin Hart has stepped down over a situation involving ...


Gay News

'Versace,' 'Rhapsody,' 'Pose' receive Golden Globe nods 2018-12-06 - The nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globes were announced Dec. 6 at the Beverly Hilton, with 25 categories spanning films and TV ...


 



Copyright © 2018 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
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.