Category Archives: Entertainment

Candid Candace Jordan of Chicago

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IF YOU REALLY  WANT TO BE IN  THE KNOW –  in Chicago –

Follow  our dear friend   Candid  Candace

THE ultimate Chicago blog for movers, shakers and just plain cool!

CANDACE COLLINS JORDAN is one of Chicago’s  top Media personalities.  Chicago Tribune social columnist (Candid Candace); Chicago Now blogger (Candid Candace) and award-winning host of “Candid Candace TV.

She was voted “Chicago’s Most Social Scenester” in a poll conducted by Racked.com  She has appeared on The Steve Harvey Show as an etiquette expert, as a co-host and guest on WCIU’s “You & Me This Morning, Windy City Live, WGN Midday News, Fox Midday News, NPR radio, WGN Radio and as a Rivet radio show host, to name a few. She and her successful blog, Candid Candace, were featured in Chicago Magazine’s “Belle of the Blog” cover story feature as well as in CS Magazine’s “Best of the City” issue. – You get the picture?  FABULOUS!

You can also find her on Twitter, and Facebook  !

 

TORUK show Added for Chicago

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Boutique Hotels Wrigleyville Chicago

It’s funny, we have lived here about 10 years and have always known about these three hidden gems.

Yet, I talk to people who have lived here their whole life! And they are not familiar with City Suites, The Majestic and The Willows.

Willows and Majestic are tucked away in quiet neighborhoods, where you can blend right in with the locals. While City Suites is right on Belmont amidst the buzzing energy!

Summer and Fall are fantastic times in Chicago! Whether you are a local and have friends traveling that will need rooms or you are a traveler reading this – it’s NEVER TO EARLY TO RESERVE YOUR ROOM. The small inventory of rooms in Boystown and Lakeview always sell out.      ESPECIALLY  around  CUBS  dates!

 


In Lakeview you get small, intimate restaurants and a treasure trove of shopping neighborhoods with unique shops and art galleries! Golf courses, the Lincoln Park Zoo, Wrigleyville and the Cubs Stadium, Old Towne, marinas and harbors, Hollywood gay beach, Andersonville, plus endless waterfront walking and bike paths, are all very accessible!

 

For years, visitors and locals alike have branded The Majestic Hotel the pre-eminent boutique hotel in Chicago. Offering the atmosphere of a well-appointed, upscale English country estate, this 100 percent, non-smoking Hotel offers the perfect haven of relaxation amidst the energetic city life found in the popular Lakeview neighborhood.

 

Broughton Hotels has 3 properties in the area. The Majestic Hotel, The Willows Hotel & The City Suites – each welcome you with an abundance of personality, style and charm that epitomizes the essence of their environments.

Exuding the charm of historic buildings – circa 1920s – They are a collection of boutique hotels that combine a stylish, unique and alluring atmosphere with a location that is ideal and accessible – just 10 minutes north of downtown Chicago’s business, financial and shopping districts – and brimming with the quintessential qualities of an upscale, city hotel. You can be just steps away from all of the gay events, in a cool neighborhood!

All three properties in Lakeview pride themselves on their personalized care, premier service and exceeding the needs of their discriminating leisure and business travelers. The staff is passionate here and ensure an enjoyable and memorable stay – something you don’t often see in the big hotels downtown. These properties boast a welcoming “neighborhood” charm yet with all the luxury boutique services and amenities of a full-service hotel.

Many packages are available depending on your interests. Everything from theatre and dining to comedy and baseball!

 

CITY SUITES HOTEL

THE WILLOWS

MAJESTIC HOTEL
The Majestic 773.404.3499
The City Suites 773.404.3400
The Willows 773.528.8400

Todrick Hall in Chicago

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Todrick Hall is a self-proclaimed queer, American singer, actor, dancer, director, choreographer, and wildly famous YouTuber!

He auditioned for the ninth season of American Idol, where he made it to the semi-finals. Since then, Hall has been performing on Broadway and YouTube.

As of January 31, 2016, Hall has exceeded 2 million subscribers on his YouTube channel. Videos on his channel have been played over 270 MILLION TIMES!

Videos of note include a flash mob thrown for Ariana Grande, a reinvention of the Wizard of Oz starring Pentatonix which was directed by and also stars Hall, and a Beyoncé themed flash mob performed in the middle of an actual Target store, which has garnered over 14 million views as of January 31, 2016, and which Beyoncé personally, publicly congratulated Hall on.

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Todrick’s current North American Tour titled “Straight Outta Oz” is in full swing!

” Straight Outta Oz,” follows the triple threat performer as he embarks on his most ambitious tour yet: a full-length musical with original score by Hall, inspired by The Wizard of Oz.

The tour kicked off last week in Vancouver, and will continue through August. He’ll make a stop in Chicago at Thalia Hall, Sunday August 7th, 2016. GET TICKETS HERE – BEFORE THEY ARE GONE.

 

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Awesomeness Films announced the start of production on their behind the scenes film following Todrick Hall’s upcoming tour and will be filming in Chicago at Thalia Hall!

Directed by Katherine Wright (Call Me Kuchu), the film will go behind-the-scenes as Todrick mounts the musical, which tells the story of his life growing up in small-town Texas, his struggle to come to Hollywood and eventually succeed.

 

Check out the video style album STRAIGHT OUTTA OZ here!

Get it on iTunes Here.

 

Then Todrick returns to Chicago Spetember 10th, for the 5th Annual OUT IN THE PARK event at Six Flags Great America! There will be a meet and greet with fans before the gates open at 7:30. Then Todrick will kick off the evening at 8pm with a couple live numbers! www.CelebrateDiversityChicago.com

 

 

NATURE – A Walking Play

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Here is something really unique  and different, in Chicagoland  for a limited  time!

TigerLion Arts presents Nature, the mythic telling of Emerson and Thoreau’s mutual love affair with the natural world.  Grounded in the story of their friendship, this virtuosic production offers a perspective on their lives that is strikingly relevant, richly complex, and yet utterly simple.  Nature is performed outdoors as a “walking play.”  A professional ensemble of actors takes the audience on a journey through the natural environment as scenes unfold around them. Bagpipes, ancient flutes, drums and rich choral arrangements are intricately woven into the experience.

Nature is an extraordinary, family-friendly journey that co-mingles story, spirit, and nature, as a means to reconnect its audience with the natural world. This original work is collaboratively created with writer/actor Tyson Forbes, a direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

 

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In today’s world, we are so estranged from our natural environment, and at TigerLion Arts, we feel that humankind must reconnect with nature in order to survive.

As oil spills into our oceans, as we race through our lives, as we look further and further outside ourselves for the answers, it is our hope that Nature can be a catalyst for our collective healing.

 

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The 2016 tour of NATURE  is  currently  making  it’s  stop  at the 1,700  acre Morton Arboretum in Lisle – about 45 minutes west of Chicago.

Here  through  July  31st!

Thursdays through Sundays at 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

Thornhill Shelter at Parking Lot P21

How long is the show?
90 mins/No Intermission
Come early for a 30-minute pre-show performance that includes bagpiping and choral music to enjoy!  If possible, plan your trip so you can spend some time on the grounds. Bring a picnic to enjoy before or after the show.

 

BUY  TICKETS  HERE!

More details about the show  HERE!

Cirque du Soleil TORUK 5 Days Only!

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THIS IS GOING TO BE AMAZING!

The new Cirque du Soleil touring arena show inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie AVATAR, TORUK – The First Flight, will be presented at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison St, on August 3-7, as part of a global tour in arenas. The show is presented by Visa Signature® in association with United MileagePlus®.

 

The show

Inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR, TORUK – The First Flight transports you to the world of Pandora in a visually stunning live setting. Experience a storytelling odyssey through a new world of imagination, discovery, and possibility.

 

Through a riveting fusion of cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft buoyed by a soaring cinematic score, Cirque du Soleil applies its unique signature style to James Cameron’s imaginary world and “makes the bond” between two kindred artistic visions that capture the imagination.

 

This live immersive experience also bears the distinct signature of directors and multimedia innovators Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon. It is a living ode to the Na’vi’s symbiotic coexistence with nature and their belief in the basic interconnectedness of all living things.

 

Narrated by a “Na’vi Storyteller” and populated by unforgettable characters, TORUK – The First Flight is a mythical tale set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film AVATAR, and before any humans ever set foot on Pandora.

 

When a natural catastrophe threatens to destroy the sacred Tree of Souls, Ralu and Entu, two Omaticaya boys on the brink of adulthood, fearlessly decide to take matters into their own hands. Upon learning that Toruk can help them save the Tree of Souls, they set out, together with their newfound friend Tsyal, on a quest high up in the Floating Mountains to find the mighty red and orange predator that rules the Pandoran sky. Prophecy is fulfilled when a pure soul rises among the clans to ride Toruk for the first time and save the Na’vi from a terrible fate.

tickets start at $38 !

When: August 3-7, 2016

o   Wednesday, August 3 at 7:30 pm

o   Thursday, August 4 at 7:30 pm

o   Friday, August 5 at 7:30 pm

o   Saturday, August 6 at 4:00 pm

o   Saturday, August 6 at 8:00 pm

o   Sunday, August 7 at 1:30 pm

o   Sunday, August 7 at 5:30 pm

https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/toruk

 

Six Flags Private Night September 10th

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Out In The Park at Six Flags Great America

Returns in 2016 for Year 5!

 

A Private Night in the Park to Celebrate Diversity

Presented by MINI Cooper Chicago & Fireball

That Will Help Benefit TPAN’s Ride For Aids

Saturday, September 10th, 2016 from 7:30PM to 12AM

 

Singer, actor, director, choreographer and YouTuber TODRICK HALL performs live this for this year’s fifth annual Out In The Park Celebration of Diversity!

 

All night, attendees can follow the bass to the Hometown Square dance area where The DJ’s of SCARLET Bar Chicago/Honolulu, hostess Khloe and some dancers will keep the party jumping.

 

 

Out In The Park is an annual private diversity fundraising event featuring unlimited riding of ALL Six Flags Great America’s amazing THRILL rides (with much shorter than usual lines!) with a portion of all ticket sales each year help benefit various non-profits.

 

One of the best elements of this event is that it is closed to the general public and this year our event piggy-backs a daytime corporate buyout so our attendees will be entering an EMPTY PARK!” explains Michael Snell, co-owner of BestGayChicago.com. “The LGBTQ community, their family, friends and supporters can enjoy the park with little to short lines and without homophobic hassles from anyone. It’s like a Fall Gay Pride Celebration with even MORE amusement and entertainment!”

 

In an interview with ChicagoPride.com: “We are very excited that this private night for charity continues to grow every year and we have gifted over $35,000 to various groups,” said Derrick Sorles, Snell’s husband of 17 years and business partner, “We are more than thrilled that the amazing Todrick Hall has signed on to be with us this year. He is in the middle of his “Straight Outta Oz” tour and took a break to be with us and perform!”

 

“We are honored that some of our peers including GRAB Magazine, ChicagoPride.com and QUEST Magazine in Wisconsin also help us by donating advertising space for this event! It’s truly a community event where everyone comes together for the greater good!” says Derrick Sorles.

 

Advance $41 tickets can be purchased NOW at www.CelebrateDiversityChicago.com

Attendees get FREE parking for this special event! September 5th the price goes up to $46. $51 at the gate, IF AVAILABLE. This event is capped at only 5,000 tickets, to enure lines stay short for the rides. All ages event. Drinks are available for purchase to those 21+

 

Hotels –if you are coming to Chicago for the weekend, we have 3 hotel choices in the heart of Boystown! CITY SUITES, WILLOWS HOTEL and MAJESTIC HOTEL. All the hotels are on our website GaySixFlagsChicago.com

 

 

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Simon Shaheen’s ZAFIR April 2nd

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Simon Shaheen is one of the most significant Arab musicians, performers, and composers of his generation. His work incorporates and reflects a legacy of Arabic music, while it forges ahead to new frontiers, embracing many different styles in the process.

Zafir: Musical Winds from North Africa to Andalucía

Shaheen brings to life the Arab music of Al-Andalus and blends it with the ubiquitous art of flamenco in his newest program of instrumental and vocal music and dance. This program does not pretend to recreate the music of a bygone era, but rather to renew a relationship that began more than a thousand years ago. It reveals the commonalities of a music born in cultural centers of Iraq and Syria, blew like the wind (zafir) across the waters of the Mediterranean to Al-Andalus, blended with elements of Spanish music, and was brought back across the sea to North Africa where it flourished in the cities of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.

This group of performers includes a core of musicians steeped in the art of Arab music led by virtuoso performer and composer Simon Shaheen.  They are joined by the internationally acclaimed Tunisian singer Sonia M’Barek; flamenco vocalist/guitarist/pianist Juan Pérez Rodríguez; and Auxi Fernandez, a young, fiery dancer who complements the music with her sinuous arm movements and explosive footwork.

 

April 02, 2016      7:30 pm
Dorothy Menker Theater
Tickets: $30 General Public
$25 Seniors, Students, Staff
BUY TICKETS

www.simonshaheen.com

Tenants Season 1 Launch

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Tenants is a new comedy web series about two friends (Chicago’s Spencer Miller and Blake Dorris) moving into a new apartment. What? Not everything has to more complicated than that.  – But, see what happens when they find out someone else is also living in the apartment!

WATCH   “Pilot”: Blake and Spencer, two well basically morons, move into a new apartment.

SUNDAY  Feb  28th  Launch Party

Come join the cast and crew of Tenants for the long-awaited release of Tenants Season One!

What you can expect:
– Six – count them, six! – brand spanking new episodes of Tenants
– Great food and drink at the bar
– Door Prizes for a lucky few
– Talk-back w/ the cast after the viewing
– After-viewing music provided by Time and the New Romans

Come get a first look at Tenants Season One! Before the series begins to release on Tuesday, March 1st, come to Black Rock Pub & Kitchen for a chance to watch the entire season with the creators, cast, and crew! Black Rock has a fantastic selection of delicious food and drink, and you might even win a door prize or two. After the viewing, you can talk-back with the Tenants cast, enjoy listening to the music of Time and The New Romans, and socialize with other fans.

 

Starring

Spencer Miller as Spencer

Blake Dorris as Blake

Joe McDaniel as Joe

Created by Spencer Miller & Blake Dorris

Directed by Spencer Miller & Blake Dorris

Written by Spencer Miller & Blake Dorris

Camera work by Dane Kissel

Edited by Aaron Pagel

Graphic Design by Peter Rangel

Zip Line in Chicago – FREE

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So it’s not very high – not very long – and it’s COLD! But hey, you can Zip Line for free this weekend in Millennium Park. Folks will have an opportunity to enjoy the vacation-like thrill of zip lining right here in Chicago… in the chill of winter.

Florida tourism company Experience Kissimmee is taking its campaign to Chicago’s Millennium Park this month, where it will provide a 200-foot zip line for Chicagoans to enjoy among the brisk February air.

The company says the zip line will run from a three-story platform “down to a warm winter welcome below.” The company hopes the stunt will encourage Chicagoans to plan a vacation in Kissimmee, Fla., a city near Orlando that is known for several amusement parks.

The company’s zip line is free to the public and will be in Millennium Park from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Feb. 13-15. Experience Kissimmee is encouraging attendees to donate coats.

“For this campaign, we decided to bring some of the warm-weather fun to our freezing friends here in Chicago,” DT Minich, president & CEO of Experience Kissimmee, said in a statement.