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Saturday, March 1, 2014

10 Groovy Things to Do in March starring Zach Braff, Liza Minnelli & Miss Coco Peru

Since there are so many groovy plays, musicals, concerts and events, this is my monthly list to help promote a few of them (click on a title for more information or to purchase tickets):

1) Cinema Q IV Film Series
March 5, 12, 19 & 26 at the Chicago Cultural Center
The Queer Film Society (QFS) in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and in association with Chicago Filmmakers, The Legacy Project and Affinity Community Services present Cinema Q IV, the fourth annual film series celebrating outstanding LGBT movies. All screenings will feature a discussion and Q&A following the film. This year's Cinema Q series focuses on the 10th anniversary of four stellar LGBT themed movies from 2004 – Brother to Brother (March 5), My Summer of Love (March 12), Summer Storm (March 19) and De-Lovely (March 26).

2) Nothing But Trash
March 6 - 23 at NYC's Theater for the New City
What happens when two beautiful teenage boys meet under the hot summer sun? Nothing good in Andy Halliday's satire of 1950s teen-angst films and gay pulp fiction. The cast includes Tim McGarrigal (as Tab the all-American boy), Rorry Max Kaplan (as Troy the bad boy), Andrew Glaszek, David Errigo, Jr., Steven Wenslawski, Tim Burke, John Kevin Jones, Jeffrey Vause and Andy Halliday (as Beatrice the troubled mother).

3) With A Twist's Twisted Sisters
March 6 & 7 at Davenport's Piano Bar in Chicago
Back with their third original show, Kevin Bishop, Steve Kimbrough and Paul Motondo put their twist on songs made famous by sister/girl groups (with musical direction by Nick Sula). Imagine the Andrew Sisters meet the Pointer Sisters!

4) Bullets Over Broadway
Broadway previews begin March 11. Opens April 10 at the St. James Theatre.
Susan Stroman directs this musical adaptation of Woody Allen's Academy Award-nominated film about a playwright whose first taste of success comes with mobsters and a domineering diva attached. The cast includes Zach Braff, Brooks Ashmanskas, Betsy Wolfe, Lenny Wolpe, Nick Cordero, Vincent Pastore, Heléne Yorke, Karen Ziemba and Marin Mazzie as Helen Sinclair.

5) An Evening with Sean Strub
March 12 at TPAN (Test Positive Aware Network) in Chicago
Long-time HIV/AIDS activist and writer Sean Strub will read from his new book, Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS and Survival. Afterward, join Sean and TPAN for an intimate conversation about activism in the face of AIDS. Strub will also sign copies of his book.

6) PaleyFest 2014
March 13 - 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles
During its 3lst annual celebration of great television, PaleyFest will feature panels with the following series:

Lost: 10th Anniversary Reunion (March 16) with Josh Holloway, Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim, Jorge Garcia, Emilie de Ravin, Ian Somerhalder, Nestor Carbonell, Henry Ian Cusick and Malcolm David Kelley.

Parks and Recreation (March 18) with Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Retta and Jim O’Heir.

Mad Men (March 21) with Jon Hamm, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery and Kiernan Shipka.

Veep (March 27) with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Matt Walsh, Timothy Simons, Sufe Bradshaw, Kevin Dunn and Gary Cole.

American Horror Story: Coven (March 28) with Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy, Lily Rabe, Emma Roberts, Denis O’Hare, Angela Bassett, Gabourey Sidibe and Jamie Brewer.

Other series include Veronica Mars (March 13), Orange Is the New Black (March 14), How I Met Your Mother (March 15), Pretty Little Liars (March 16), Sleepy Hollow (March 19), The Vampire Diaries & The Originals (March 22), Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (March 23), Masters of Sex (March 24), The Mindy Project (March 25) and Community (March 26).

7) Heathers The Musical
Off-Broadway previews begin March 15. Opens March 31 at New World Stages.
From the award-winning creative team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, Defiance), Laurence O’Keefe (Bat Boy, Legally Blonde) and Andy Fickman (Reefer Madness, She’s the Man), Heathers The Musical is a hilarious, heartfelt and homicidal new musical adaptation of the 1988 teen comedy. Barrett Wilbert Weed, Ryan McCartan, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Elle McLemore, Alice Lee and Tony winner Anthony Crivello (Kiss of the Spider Woman) will star.

8) Conversations with Coco (with special guest Liza Minnelli)
March 20 at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Renberg Theatre
For the eighth installment of Miss Coco Peru's series of live, unscripted interviews with celebrated performing artists, the L.A. drag legend welcomes the legendary entertainer Liza Minnelli to the Center. Miss Coco has prepared a multi-media presentation featuring highlights of Ms. Minnelli's storied career, as well as ample opportunity for the kind of casual yet in-depth conversation audiences have come to relish at Coco's table. Below you can watch an excerpt of her 2013 interview with Jane Fonda.

9) Broadway Backwards
March 24 at Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre
Produced by Broadway Cares, this annual celebration - in which gays and lesbians see their stories told through the great songs of musical theatre - returns for a star-studded, one-night only event, featuring Bryan Batt, Michael Barresse, Stephanie J. Block, Len Cariou, Robin De Jesús, Jonathan Groff, Beth Leavel, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, Patricia Morison (Broadway's original "Kate" in Kiss Me, Kate), Billy Porter, Andrew Rannells, Krysta Rodriguez, John Tartaglia, Tony Yazbeck, and the men of the hit web series, Submissions Only - co-creator Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Stephen Bienskie, Colin Hanlon and Max von Essen.

10) Songs from an Unmade Bed
March 27 - April 27 at Chicago's Apollo Theater Studio
Pride Films and Plays continues its 2013-14 season with Songs from an Unmade Bed, which explores the experiences (romantic, sexual and otherwise) of gay men living in the city. Lyricist Mark Campbell worked with eighteen composers (one per song) to create a unique musical revue, accompanied by piano and cello, with gorgeous songs that range from funny, poignant, melancholy and ultimately hopeful about life and love.

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