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  Victory Gardens, Actors Theatre of Louisville present How to Defend Yourself

Chicago, IL— Victory Gardens Theater, with Actors Theatre of Louisville, to present the Co-World Premiere of How to Defend Yourself, written by Lily Padilla and directed by Marti Lyons. How to Defend Yourself will be presented ...


  Christmas Bingo, It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night

Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night returns to the Royal George Theatre for 2018 for the holiday season. Did Santa babysit the baby Jesus? Why were the Three Wise Men so lost? Do you know what ...


  Tom Volf talks Maria by Callas

Maria by Callas filmmaker Tom Volf recently chatted with the Windy City Times ahead of the film's Chicago release. Featuring footage from the Chicago Lyric Opera, the documentary focuses on legendary opera singer Maria Callas. Sony ...


  Ike Holter: The 'Right(lynd)' stuff

Last week's midterm elections taught us that political engagement is more crucial than ever. This makes Ike Holter's Rightlynd—opening this week at Lincoln Park's Victory Gardens Theater—more timely than ever. Helmed by Lisa Portes, Holter's drama ...


  Black Alphabet Film Festival Nov. 16-17

Black Alphabet returns Nov. 16-17 with its signature event, the Black Alphabet Film Festival ( BAFF ). It will take place at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson Blvd., and the Reva and David Logan Center ...


  Sophia Petrillo Italian Dinner and Talent Show to benefit Hell in a Handbag

CHICAGO ( November 13, 2018 ) — Join Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia for Hell in a Handbag Productions' annual benefit, The Sophia Petrillo Italian Dinner and Talent Show on Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 5 ...


  Alyson Stoner, actress/singer/dancer on Ms. Jackson, acting, coming out

Being in the glare of the spotlight—especially for those who have been in the public eye since childhood—can be harsh. However, Alyson Stoner, 25—who many may remember as the dancing girl in Missy Elliott's videos such ...


  Glad Rags' 'Wonder 'Under': An emotional kaleidoscope

Local queer psychedelic orchestra band Glad Rags' second full-length album, Wonder Under, is an eclectic and weird ride in all the best ways. Although bringing to mind Tom Waits, with rich vocals graveling over horn and ...


  Director Borden to appear after Born in Flames screening

Film director Lizzie Borden will appear during a question-and-answer session following a free screening of her 1983 feminist classic Born in Flames on Friday, Nov. 16 at the Northwestern University campus in Evanston. Shot by Borden ...


  Chicago Dramatists has leadership changes

Chicago Dramatists announced it has accepted the resignation of Executive Director Vanessa Bamber. Bamber will continue in her position until Dec. 31, according to Ajitha Reddy, president of Chicago Dramatists board of directors, in a statement. ...


  Joffrey's 'Swan Lake' draws on Degas, backstage drama

Swan Lake may evoke thoughts of feathers, tutus and Natalie Portman. In 2014, the Joffrey Ballet set out to change that—and ended up with a hit. This year, Oct. 17-28, the Joffrey revives its production of ...


  Joffrey's 'Swan Lake' draws on Degas, backstage drama

Swan Lake may evoke thoughts of feathers, tutus and Natalie Portman. In 2014, the Joffrey Ballet set out to change that—and ended up with a hit. This year, Oct. 17-28, the Joffrey revives its production of ...


  Joffrey Ballet names winners of choreographic competition

CHICAGO — November 14, 2018 — The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, announces the recipients of the ninth annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition: Tommie-Waheed Evans, Marissa Osato, Xiang Xu and Edgar ...


  Broadway In Chicago renames Oriental Theatre to honor the late James M. Nederlander

CHICAGO ( November 13, 2018 ) — Broadway In Chicago today proudly announced their plans to honor the late James M. Nederlander, the legendary Broadway theatre owner and producer, patriarch of Broadway and champion of Chicago's ...


  City approves $13M financing for Uptown Theatre Rehabilitation

( November 13, 2018 ) Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today that the Community Development Commission voted to approve a $75 million rehabilitation of the long-vacant Uptown Theatre at 4816 N. Broadway. "The Uptown Theatre is more ...


  Tig Notaro adopts a new role in 'Instant Family'

Out comic, actress and writer Tig Notaro has a new movie this November called Instant Family. The film also stars Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne and Octavia Spencer, telling the story—based on director Sean Anders' real-life experiences—of ...


  Inclusive Chicago Fashion Week takes place

By Vee L. Harrison

Chicago Fashion Week was a seven-day celebration of designers, models and absolute flyness presented by FashionBar Chicago. FashionBar is a fashion marketing firm and they are destined to create Chicago into a fashion capital. On Oct. ...


  110 in the Shade

Playwright: Harvey Schmidt, music; Tom Jones, lyrics; N. Richard Nash, book. At: BoHo Theatre @ Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-975-8150;; $35. Runs through: Dec. 16 It's not quite the Dust Bowl, but ...



By: David Rabe At: The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets:; $35-$50. Runs through: Dec. 9 Cosmologies, now in its world-premiere production at The Gift Theatre, is a confounding crash course in absurdist existentialism ...


  This Bitter Earth

Author: Harrison David Rivers At: Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets:; $20-$38. Runs through: Dec. 8 In bringing This Bitter Earth to Chicago, About Face Theatre and director Mikael Burke are taking a very ...


  'TransScripts' brings lives of transgender women into the light

In the shadow of President Trump's alleged memo that seeks to define them out of existence by declaring that gender is immutable from birth and has to do with chromosomes, trans people are under fire in ...


  Intersectional team creates change in 'The Revolutionists

The Revolutionists, opening at Strawdog Theatre in mid-November, may center on the concerns of 18th-century women during the Reign of Terror, but Lauren M. Gunderson's feminist script provided a dynamic opportunity for director Denise Yvette Serna ...


  SHOWBIZ Rihanna, 'Riverdale,' Glenn Close, Ezra Miller

Rihanna reportedly sent President Donald Trump a cease-and-desist letter after learning that her music was being used to hype up the crowd at his political rallies, noted. According to Rolling Stone, the singer's legal team ...


  Billy Masters

"I'm not gonna say that if you vote then I'll have sex with you, but if you don't then I can promise you that I won't."—Gus Kenworthy does his part to get out the vote. If ...


  'Santuario' readings Nov. 16-18 at Piven

Evanston's Piven Theatre Workshop, 927 Noyes St., will present a staged reading of Santuario/Sanctuary on Nov. 16-18. Santuario/Sanctuary is a bilingual documentary theater piece exploring the migrations of monarch butterflies and youth crossing the United States-Mexico ...


  3Arts announces award winners

Chicago-based nonprofit grantmaking organization 3Arts awarded 20 Chicago artists with unrestricted grants at the 11th annual 3Arts Awards Celebration Nov. 5, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave. The celebration, which drew more ...


  Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace debuts side-project album

Transgender punk rocker and Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace's new side project, The Devouring Mothers, unleashes kinetic energy with an intimate touch in Bought to Rot ( Bloodshot Records ). She's joined by Atom Willard, ...


  Amy Ray on new album, acceptance and rock 'n' roll

Indigo Girl Amy Ray's September release, Holler, is a rich mixture of folk, Southern rock, mountain music, bluegrass and gospel, with her characteristic thoughtful and layered lyricism. Windy City Times talked with Amy about the album, ...


  Green Line Performing Arts Center opens

On Nov. 10, the Green Line Performing Arts Center, 329 E. Garfield Blvd., had its grand opening. Conceived by Theaster Gates, a UChicago professor as well as the founder and former director of Arts and Public ...


  Northwestern Alum to be featured in 'Screendance' Festival Video Corpo Nov. 16

Don't know what "screendance" is? Video Corpo will soon enlighten you. According to The International Journal of Screendance, the interdisciplinary art form is an amalgam of "dance, performance, visual art, cinema and media arts, drawing on ...



Playright: Devised by the ensemble At: Prop Thtr, 3502 N. Elston Ave. Tickets:; $20. Runs through: Dec. 2 How can the story of Peter Pan be imagined for 2018, a year marked by our individual ...


  Dear Ex Debuts in the US

The Asian Pop-Up Cinema is currently running through Nov. 14 in Chicago with screenings at AMC River East 21. One film from Taiwan with gay content is called Dear Ex. It tells the story of the ...


  Frida Kahlo works at Glen Ellyn campus in summer 2020

Glen Ellyn, Ill. — College of DuPage ( COD ), in partnership with the McAninch Arts Center ( MAC ) and Cleve Carney Art Gallery, today expanded upon the plans to host the largest private collection ...


  Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles to honor Stonewall, LGBTQ history

It may be a difficult, shaky time for equality right now, but Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles continues to play on, promoting positivity and love: The 2018-19 season will honor the rich, diverse legacy of LGBTQ history ...


  Billy Masters

"God's greatest gift to me."—Tim Cook tells Christiane Amanpour how he views being born gay. I couldn't have said it better myself. Some of our queer celebs had inventive costumes this year. The one that stuck ...


  BOOKS Some of Chicago's LGBTQ-friendly book clubs

Reading is a solitary act, and sometimes a lonely one. A number of individuals have gone the extra mile to start book groups for readers in the city. Meetings in bookstores, community centers and restaurants give ...


  A Cradle Song: Part Four

by Mark Zubro; Illustrated by W.S. Reed

A Cradle Song, written by Mark Zubro and illustrated by W.S. Reed, debuts in the Windy City Times as the new holiday classic. Filled with travail and woe, warmth and great joy, it is a story ...


  David Jay Collins readings Nov. 9

Chicago author David Jay Collins will read scenes from his locally set novels Gaybash and Summerdale on Friday, Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m., at The Leigh Gallery, 3306 N. Halsted St. Collins will sell and autograph ...


  Olly Alexander, Out British singer on band, queer artists

British pop band Years and Years is composed of Olly Alexander, Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Turkmen. Their sound is mix of electronic, pop and dance music. The first album, Communion, had a hit single with "King" ...


  SPOTLIGHT Ekili Munda (What Lies Beneath)

A transatlantic partnership 10 years in the making comes to fruition with Ekili Munda ( What Lies Beneath ), a collaboration between Kampala Uganda's Keiga Dance Company and Chicago's Red Clay Dance Company. Red Clay's Vershawn ...


  Critics' Picks

Rock 'N' Roll, The Artistic Home, through Nov. 18. Tom Stoppard's clever play channels the collapse of European Communism through rock music, centered on a Czech idealist and a British Communist. It's vigorously and intimately staged ...


  Reese Witherspoon, Sophia Bush appear Nov. 12

Hello Sunshine x Together Live is welcoming actresses Reese Witherspoon and Sophia Bush to its Chicago lineup, which will be held Monday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B Wells ...


  The Last Session

Playwright: Steve Schalchlin, music/lyrics; Jim Brochu, book; John Bettis/Marie Cain, additional lyrics At: Refuge Theatre Project @ Atlas. Art Studio, 4809 N. Ravenswood Ave. Tickets:; $30. Runs through: Dec. 2 Four extremely gifted performers power ...


  Queer Eye's Karamo Brown in Evanston Dec. 5

Television host and culture expert on the Emmy-winning Netflix reboot of Queer Eye, Karamo Brown says that the key to his success is tapping into the many facets of his identity. Whether as an openly gay ...


  Volledig, Emptied of Shame, Full of Life, Nov. 29 through Dec. 1

Chicago, IL — Volledig: Emptied of Shame: Full of Life represents the stories of the artists in this project — what they experienced living through the AIDS Crisis, how they survived it, and how they are ...


  Nina Simone, Four Women coming to Northlight Theatre

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, continues its 2018-19 season with Nina Simone: Four Women, written by Christina Ham and directed by Kenneth L. Roberson. Nina ...


  DINING New spots, LuxeHome event, Veterans Day specials

—This November, BK Park, chef/owner of Juno, will open his passion project, Mako, at 731 W. Lake St. Mako, the fastest breed of shark, is named for what chef BK believes sushi chefs should aspire to ...


  SHOWBIZ Streisand, GLAAD book, Spice Girls, Boy Erased, Rhapsody

Barbra Streisand has released an LGBTQ anthem that doubles as a statement against President Trump, reported. The legendary singer's latest album, Walls, includes plenty of shots at the current administration, including the title track. The ...


  Flawed 'Rhapsody' features champion Malek performance

Freddie Mercury is figuratively thrown under the tour bus in the new biographical film about the legendary band Queen in Bohemian Rhapsody, but still comes out a champion. The cast and crew were plagued with problems ...


  'Lion King' musical auditions Nov. 10-11

There will be adult singer, adult dancer and children's auditions for Disney's The Lion King musical Nov. 10-11 at Hubbard Street Dance, 1147 W. Jackson Blvd. Children and adult singer auditions will be Saturday, Nov. 10, ...


  Trans Voices Cabaret CHI to hold 2nd cabaret Dec. 3

Trans Voices Cabaret CHI ( TVCChi ) is back with its second cabaret, Broadway World reported. This show will be held Monday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the CAB space at Stage 773, 1225 W. ...


  Atwood discusses impact of 'The Handmaid's Tale' at NU

Author Margaret Atwood spoke before an at-capacity audience on Northwestern University's Evanston campus Oct. 30 to discuss the implications of her classic 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale. The book was chosen as part of the ...


  Black Panther art exhibit now open

Following exhibitions at American Steel Studios in Oakland, California, and Gregorio Escalante Gallery in Los Angeles, SEPIA collective hosted the third exhibition of "ICONIC: Black Panther," at Chicago's Stony Island Arts Bank, complete with an opening ...


  Jenna Laurenzo talks 'Lez Bomb'

Lez Bomb writer-director-actress Jenna Laurenzo recently spoke with the Windy City Times ahead of the release of her new film. If you're looking for a dysfunctional family comedy set during Thanksgiving with an LGBTQ twist, Lez ...


  Conversion-therapy film 'Boy Erased' hits the big screen

The new film Boy Erased tells the story of Jared Eamons, the son of a Baptist pastor, who goes under conversion therapy after being outed at age 19. The head therapist is played by Joel Edgerton, ...


  Measure for Measure, Chicago Sinfonietta, Swing Shift Orchestra and more

The Hindu celebration of Diwali, the five-day festival of lights, will be marked by the Chicago Sinfonietta with concerts in Naperville ( Nov. 10 at Wentz Hall ) and Chicago ( Nov. 12 at Symphony Center ...


  The Scientific Method

By Paige Listerud

By Jenny Connell Davis At Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, 5779 N. Ridge Ave. Tickets:, $28-$38. Runs through: Dec. 2 Scientific research within academia is going through its own #MeToo moment, as surely as its counterparts in ...



By Tim Crouch At The Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets:; $20-$22. Runs through: Dec. 9 Red Theater's An Oak Tree opens with one actor announcing the concept of the performance. Gage Wallace, also ...


  Lady in Denmark

Playwright Dael Orlandersmith At Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St. Tickets:; 312-443-3800; $15-$45. Runs through: Nov. 18 Historical fiction typically recounts its chronicles from the vantage of a humble witness whose proximity coincidentally enables them ...


  New Nutcracker film not quite sure of its realm

If you've been longing to see a movie with Dame Helen Mirren cracking a bullwhip, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is your must-see movie of the fall. Otherwise, you might come away completely bewildered by ...


  2018 Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation Nov. 10

EVANSTON, Ill. —- The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University hosts the fourth annual Chicago screening of the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation, Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Block Cinema, 40 Arts Circle Drive, on ...


  Author talks new book about overlooked LGBT tragedy

by Larry Nichols

Author Robert Fieseler's new book, "Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation" dives deep into the events leading up to and the aftermath of the Up Stairs ...


  'This Bitter Earth': LGBT play tackles class, race and political apathy

By Sheri Flanders

Political apathy has dire consequences for everyone, but especially for marginalized groups who bear the brunt of draconian conservative policies and police shootings. So when a white gay activist confronts his mild-mannered Black boyfriend's lack of ...


  Billy Masters

"It was a little thing I did in London and Joe Fiennes played Michael Jackson and there was a lot of to-do about the fact that he was a white guy. And I always thought about ...


  pronoun talks about name, breakups

Out singer Alyse Vellturo ( aka pronoun ) is attempting to outdo her counterparts—and going by the name pronoun is just the start. The songwriter grew up in Boston and graduated from the Berklee School of ...


  Small Mouth Sounds

Playwright: Beth Wohl At A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells Ave. Tickets 312-943-8722 or; $30-$40. Runs through: Dec. 9 The wordlessness of A Red Orchid Theatre's Small Mouth Sounds takes getting used to, at ...


  SIDEBAR Filmmakers reflect on original 'Suspiria,'LGBT appeal

From its intense visuals and color schemes to its focus on female protagonists, Dario Argento's original Suspiria has not only inspired director Luca Guadagnino with his reimaging, but other creators as well. Here, Chris Moore, the ...


  Measure for Measure, classical music in Chicago

As part of its newly expanded arts coverage, Windy City Times is resuming Measure for Measure, a monthly digest of news about classical music in Chicago that first appeared in 2000 but has been on hiatus ...


  Radio Culture

Authors Maxim Dosko, Natalia Fedorova and Amber Robinson At TUTA Theatre, 4670 N. Manor Ave. Tickets:; $20-$30. Runs through: Dec. 2 TUTA Theatre has concocted one of the most tightly packed, powerful theater experiences ...


  Cole Escola, from Craigslist to the Park West

The home page of Cole Escola's website features an irreverent commercial parody. Decked out in a brunette wig, pink lipstick and a sensible pastel plaid button-down, Escola plays a stay-at-home mom who breezily describes her devotion ...


  Montgomery Clift films at Siskel in Nov.

Showcasing noted filmmakers and actors, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 164 N. State St., celebrates gay icon Montgomery Clift as part of its November Spotlight along with ...


  Quilt + Resist: Art, Politics, Storytelling at Woman Made Gallery

CHICAGO — Woman Made Gallery ( WMG ) is pleased to present 'Quilt + Resist: Art, Politics, Storytelling,' an exhibition juried by Marcia Grubb and Adelia Moore. The history/herstory of quilts spans domestic, political, artistic, religious ...


  SHOWBIZ: Jamie Lee Curtis, Latifah, Jim Parsons, 'Heathers'

Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis revealed to People magazine that she struggled with an opioid addiction she kept secret from the world since the late '80s, Page Six noted. She explained that she was prescribed painkillers ...


  Master Class

Playwright: Terrence McNally At: TimeLine Theatre Company, Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets: 773-327-5252;; $42.50-$56.50. Runs through: Dec. 9 Terrence McNally first wrote about Maria Callas in 1989's The Lisbon Traviata, in which "La ...


  The Dinah accepting artist applications

The Dinah—advertised as "the largest queer girl party music festival in the world"—will take place April 3-7, 2019, in Palm Springs, California. What is new is that event organizers are offering a chance for an unsigned ...