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Upcoming: Jerusalem troupe, About Face Theatre celebrates 20

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Jerusalem troupe in Chicago June 18

A Wider Bridge—the LGBTQ advocacy group that aims to connections between the Israeli and North American LGBTQ communities—announced the U.S. tour of c.a.t.a.m.o.n., a Jerusalem dance group.

Arthur Slepian, executive director of Wider Bridge, said in a statement, "Through arts and culture that challenge the boundaries of religion, race, gender, and sexuality, these young artists are cultivating a new and hopeful environment of pluralism, diversity and understanding in a city that has seen much tension and division."

The troupe will visit six cities, and will stop in Chicago on Saturday, June 18, at Canvas, 2313 W. North Ave., at 6:30 p.m.

This tour of c.a.t.a.m.o.n. is also receiving support from Chez Bushwick, The Leichtag Foundation, the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Noemi Masliah and Associates. Tickets are $15-$18; visit

'AFT 20: A Celebration' June 17 at Center

About Face Theatre ( AFT ) will kick off Pride Weekend with "AFT 20: A Celebration" on Friday, June 17, at 6 p.m. at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St.

Attendees will see hosts Eileen Dordek and Heather Schmucker, AFT Founders Kyle Hall* and Eric Rosen, Artistic Director emeritus Bonnie Metzgar, current Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff and director Scott Ferguson for performances from hit AFT shows such as Dreamboy, Pulp, Xena Live!, Undone, The Homosexuals and Brahman/i. About Face Youth Theatre will also be present.

Past and current performers scheduled to appear include Jenny Avery, Scott Duff, Patricia Kane, Elizabeth Laidlaw, Amy Matheny, Fawzia Mirza, Kyla Norton, Loretta Rezos, cin salach, Benjamin Sprunger, Paul Oakley Stovall, Dana Tretta and more.

Tickets, which include performance and hors d'oeuvres with a cash bar available, are $50; visit . ..

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