Gauging the fare at The Gage

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 13 June 2013 15:13

Even in downtown Chicago, Tuesday night is not a time you’d expect to find a waiting list at a restaurant offering upscale comfort food, as The Gage Chicago calls its fare. But the pre-theater crowd we joined on a recent Tuesday night literally spilled out into the street, and when a table in the 300-seat restaurant emptied, it didn’t stay vacant long.

P-town to host Helen Reddy in concert

Written by WiG Wednesday, 12 June 2013 11:04

With a sense of nostalgia and celebration of equal rights advances, the Crown and Anchor Inn and Absolut Vodka announced that Helen Reddy will headline a special concert in Provincetown, Mass., on Oct. 13.

Reddy’s Grammy-winning “I Am Woman” became the anthem of the feminist movement in the 1970s and her signature song.

Andy Bell shares his Pride with Milwaukee

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Monday, 03 June 2013 13:59

Out and HIV-positive pop star Andy Bell has logged more than a quarter of a century as the charismatic vocalist of Erasure, one of electronic music’s most enduring and groundbreaking duos. Notorious for his dance moves as well as his penchant for eye-catching costumes – ranging from elaborate to skimpy – Bell has recently released a couple of solo discs and made a name on the DJ circuit.

'The Book of Mormon' is a distinctly modern musical

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 13 June 2013 15:58

The Chicago cast of

“The Book of Mormon” is one of the funniest and most profane shows to appear on a musical stage. Maybe that’s to be expected, considering it’s the brainchild of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, co-creators of “South Park,” working together with “Avenue Q” co-creator Robert Lopez. 

Wines add sizzle to summer grilling

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 13 June 2013 15:06

Russell Brand to launch 'Messiah Complex' roadshow

Written by The AP Tuesday, 11 June 2013 11:33

Russell Brand has a "Messiah Complex," and he's taking it on the road.

The British comedian announced that he's launching a world comedy tour focusing on Che Guevara, Gandhi, Malcolm X and Jesus Christ. Brand says the show examines "the importance of heroes in this age of atheistic disposability."

Amanda Palmer brings musical theatrics to PrideFest

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Monday, 03 June 2013 13:50

Versatile, prolific performer Amanda Palmer made history by raising a ton of money through a Kickstarter campaign to finance her latest project – “Theater Is Evil by Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra.” Solo, leading the Grand Theft Orchestra or as one half of The Dresden Dolls or Evelyn Evelyn, Palmer is always riveting.

Melissa Ferrick to perform at women's music festival in Middleton

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 13 June 2013 14:50

Melissa Ferrick, once known as the other Melissa – arriving, as she did, just a few years after Melissa Etheridge – has been out from the beginning of her career, unlike Etheridge. Ferrick made a name as a riveting live performer, famous for busting strings as she worked over her guitar. Initially a major-label artist in the early to mid-1990s, when the record execs thought it was profitable to have female singer/songwriters on their rosters, Ferrick later did time on an indie label, as well as her own.

Billboard marks Pride with LGBT moments in music

Written by WiG Friday, 07 June 2013 06:04

Billboard Magazine began Pride Month celebrating LGBT developments in music. Billboard looked back at some of the most important music-related moments in LGBT progress including:

Sex-advice ace Dan Savage on the loose in new book

AP writer
Friday, 31 May 2013 17:47

It’s been quite a run for Dan Savage, what with all the podcasting and tweeting and in-your-face defending of marriage equality.

Between speaking gigs, radio and TV appearances and the syndicated sex-advice column he writes from a desk that belonged to Ann Landers, Savage managed another book, “American Savage,” out this week from Dutton.