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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

10 Groovy Things to Do in August featuring Miss Coco Peru, Bebe Neuwirth & Northalsted Market Days

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) The 37th Annual Northalsted Market Days
August 11 & 12 in Chicago
Northalsted Market Days is the largest street festival in the Midwest! Famous for its vast array of national talent, unique vendors, arts, crafts, food and drink, Northalsted Market Days gathers crowds from across the globe to celebrate on Chicago's Halsted Street. This year's entertainment includes MAX, Betty Who, Todrick Hall, Ty Herndon, Martha Wash, Exposé, 16 Candles and Chicago Gay Men's Chorus.

2) Chris Isaak
August 12 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie
After sold-out shows in 2011 and 2016, Isaak returns to the North Shore Center.

3) Jeremy Jordan
August 13 at Provincetown's Town Hall
The Tony-nominated star of Newsies, Smash and Supergirl makes his Provincetown debut with Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host.

4) Bebe Neuwirth: Stories with Piano, #1
August 15 - 18 at Feinstein’s/54 Below in NYC
The Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below with an evening of story songs. Among the many different writers represented are Kurt Weill, Kander & Ebb, Stephen Sondheim, Edith Piaf and Tom Waits.

5) Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties
August 16 - September 23 at NYC's Lucille Lortel Theatre
In Jen Silverman’s unpredictable comedy, five women named Betty collide at the intersection of rage, love and the “thea-tah,” provoking each other to take a look in the mirror and face the person they didn’t know they could be. Directed by Mike Donahue, this New York premiere invites us all to be a little braver, live a little louder, laugh a little harder, and unleash our inner Betty. The cast includes Dana Delany, Lea DeLaria, Adina Verson, Ana Villafañe and Chaunté Wayans.

6) Bruce Vilanch: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Dick Dock
August 17 & 18 at the Paramount in Provincetown
The gay icon erupts with hilarious stories about his adventures in Hollywood, on Broadway, and in the streets and bushes of P-town.

7) Coco Peru: The Taming of the Tension
August 17 - 30 at the Pilgrim House in Provincetown
Described by Lily Tomlin as “one of the last great storytellers”, drag icon Miss Coco Peru returns to Provincetown with a brand new show featuring some of her favorite stories, songs and a good dose of bullshitting to melt your tension away.

8) Dance for Life 2018
August 18 at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre
Now in its 27th year, Dance for Life Chicago is the annual benefit performance that showcases the city’s unique diversity of talent, dance traditions and styles. Featured dance companies include Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, Hanna Brictson and Dancers, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Chicago Dance Crash and Nomi Dance Company. Randy Duncan is also reviving his 2007 Dance for Life finale as this year's program opener. Funds raised assist The Dancers’ Fund and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.

9) Stephanie J. Block
August 21 & 22 at Provincetown's Art House
One of Broadway's most versatile leading ladies (The Cher Show, Falsettos, 9 to 5) makes her Art House debut with Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host.

10) Homos, or Everyone in America
August 30 - September 30 at Chicago's Pride Arts Center
Pride Films and Plays opens its second full season in the Pride Arts Center with the Chicago premiere of Jordan Seavey’s play, which follows the relationship of two 30ish gay male New Yorkers over a five-year period. It is a fearless, funny, heart-on-its-sleeve examination of the moments that can bring two people together – or pull them apart. The cast includes Niko Kourtis, Nelson A. Rodriguez, Jordan Dell Harris and Jessica Vann.

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