Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-08-31



Just announced at Mayne Stage: comedian Hal Sparks
From a news release

This article shared 3386 times since Tue Mar 6, 2012
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

CHICAGO, IL (March 6, 2012)Mayne Stage proudly announces comedian Hal Sparks. Ticket are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling (866)468-3401 or online at .

Act One Pub opens at 11am for St. Patrick's Day serving $5 bloody Marys and Mimosas, $5 Jameson drinks, $4 Guinness, $7 Irish Car Bombs and Corned beef specials. Live music from 1pm-8pm. Blugrass band Sexfist headlines Mayne Stage at 8 p.m.

Thursday, September 6 at 8 p.m.

Friday, September 7 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, September at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Tickets: $23 GA| $27 reserved

Actor/ comedian Hal Sparks returns to Chicago for a five- show engagement at Mayne Stage. Sparks began his professional career in Chicago as a member of the famed Second City. Sparks went on to host the Emmy-award winning "Talk Soup" on E! Entertainment Television, winning rave reviews from fans and critics alike. For five seasons, he co-starred as Michael Novotny on the hit Showtime series, "Queer As Folk," based on the controversial and critically acclaimed British series. Sparks is one of the star commentators of the VH1 hit pop culture series, "I Love The 90's," "I Love The 80's," "The 80's Strike Back, ""I Love The 70's" and "I Love the New Millennium." Sparks stars in standup Showtime special "Charmageddon" this June. Sparks currently stars in the #1 Disney XD show, "Lab Rats."

Support acts for the previously announced engagement of Split Lip Rayfield:

Chicago based Honky Tonk band The Lawrence Peters Outfit opens.

Califone's Jim Becker's prject The Paulina Hollers are direct support. The Paulina Hollers recently opened for Wilco last December.

Tickets for both shows are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (866) 468-3401 or online at

This Week

Ensemble of Ragas School of Performing Arts and Las Guitarras de Espana Present Surabhi: A Melting Pot of Music

Friday, March 9 at 7:45pm

Tickets: $25 general admission

Ensemble of Ragas School of Performing Arts and Las Guitarras de Espana Present Surabhi: A Melting Pot of Musicat Mayne Stage, Friday March 9. This collaborative endeavor has a delectable line-up of music and dance numbers including Indian, Flamenco and Arabic beats that promises to be a connoisseur's delight. The evening will feature original acoustic instruments - Arabic Oud, Spanish Flamenco Guitar, Senegal Drums, Jazz guitar, Indian Veena, Mridangam, Tabla, Ghatam, and Latin drums. The idea of the program is to take the original art forms representing multiple regions of the world and present in a refreshing light to a global audience - on one stage to one people, to make one community. Come and show your support to this extraordinarily talented group of artists who passionately believe in creating lively world music that will keep you riveted. The evening will begin with a live interview and Q&A by Catalina Maria Johnson. Catalina Maria Johnson is the host and producer of the radio program/podcast Beat Latino, as well as feature writer for Revista Contratiempo, Arte y Vida and Gozamos. Catalina also contributes features on the Latino arts to WBEZ (Chicago Public Media).

Windy City Performing Arts presents Windy City Gay Chorus and Aria in "Broadway and Beyond: An Evening of Broadway Benefit & Concert"

Saturday, March 10 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Tickets: $53 general admission

Windy City Performing Arts presents Windy City Gay Chorus and Aria in "Broadway And Beyond: An Evening of Broadway Benefit & Concert" - a dazzling night of music, fun, and entertainment to benefit Windy City Performing Arts. Under the direction of Stephen C. Edwards, Artistic Director, join Windy City Gay Chorus and Aria for an exciting evening featuring a concert performance of memorable hits from Broadway's past and present, a sensational silent auction, a spectacular appetizer and dessert reception with cash bar, fabulous prize drawings, surprises -- and more!

Windy City Performing Arts is the independent not-for-profit umbrella organization for Windy City Gay Chorus and Aria. The choruses perform a variety of musical styles from classical to pop, with a history of performing major choral works and commissions. Windy City Performing Arts celebrates diversity, honors creativity, and cultivates pride through the transformative power of music and the arts.

Mayne Stage and Act One Pub are located at 1328 and 1330 W. Morse Avenue in Rogers Park, Chicago. With a nod to the historic past of this grand facility, the venue and pub deliver the best in food and entertainment to Rogers Park. The state-of-the-art venue provides the perfect setting for a broad spectrum of live performances, including concerts from all music genres, comedy acts and theatrical shows, private parties and corporate events. The intimate house allows the artist and audience to interact on a level not found at any other venue in Chicago. Act One Pub is the perfect spot to grab a drink or a bite to eat, for a night on the town or just hanging out in the neighborhood. Mayne Stage and Act One are easily accessible via the Morse red line stop or Lake Shore Drive/Sheridan Road, and valet parking is available during all performances for only $5.

Visit or call (773) 381-4551 for more information.


Twitter: @MayneStage @ActOnePub

Full biographies and additional information on these and all performances scheduled at Mayne Stage are available through the press office. To arrange press credentials, contact Laura Bluett at 773-381-4562 or .

This article shared 3386 times since Tue Mar 6, 2012
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Gay News

Young trans playwright queers Shakespeare in new production 'Malapert Love' 2022-10-29
- The Artistic Home will debut Malapert Love on Nov. 5-Dec. 11 in Wicker Park at The Den Theatre's Upstairs Mainstage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. The gender-bending, Shakespearean romantic comedy was written by 18-year-old Siah Berlatsky, who's ...

Gay News

THEATER About Face showing LGBTQ+ play 'Mosque4Mosque' 2022-10-01
- About Face Theatre opens its 2022-23 season with the world premiere of Omer Abbas Salem's new play Mosque4Mosque, directed by Sophiyaa Nayar. Mosque4Mosque is a family comedy about a queer Arab-American Muslim man navigating his first ...

Gay News

REELING Billy Eichner and Luke Macfarlane on their big-budget LGBTQ+ movie 'Bros' 2022-09-25
- The new movie Bros could prove to be a very important movie in LGBTQ+ culture this year. This gay romantic comedy is directed by Nicholas Stoller, who co-wrote the script with Billy Eichner. Stoller and Eichner ...

Gay News

COMEDY Extra performances added for Jerrod Carmichael at Steppenwolf 2022-09-23
- Due to popular demand, Steppenwolf Theatre has added two additional performances of Emmy award-winning comedian Jerrod Carmichael's new solo show on Friday-Saturday, Nov. 4-5, at 10 p.m. as part of ...

Gay News

Out comic/writer Sam Jay talks career ahead of Wicker Park performance 2022-09-22
- Stand-up comic and Emmy-nominated writer Sam Jay will be performing at The Den Theatre, located in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood, on Sept. 23-24. The first Black lesbian writer in Saturday Night Live's history, Jay is a ...

Gay News

COMEDY Cameron Esposito at The Den Theatre on Dec. 30-31 2022-09-22
- The Den Theatre is welcoming back LGBTQ+ comedian Cameron Esposito, performing two stand-up shows on Dec. 30-31, 2022 on The Heath Mainstage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. Esposito (a onetime Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree) ...

Gay News

MOVIES 'Scrooge & Marley' coming to digital, 10th-anniversary DVD 2022-09-21
- On digital for the first time, and available in a 10th-anniversary DVD, the classic Chicago-made LGBTQ+ holiday comedy Scrooge & Marley is coming this October from Dark Star Pictures. An adaptation of Charles Dickens' 1843 novella ...

Gay News

'Saturday Night Live' announces first non-binary cast member 2022-09-16
- Actor/comedian Molly Kearney will become the first non-binary cast member on Saturday Night Live in its upcoming 48th season, NBC News noted. ...

Gay News

Raven Theatre to open 40th season with Noel Coward's 'Private Lives' 2022-08-30
- Raven Theatre will open its 40th Anniversary Season with a fresh take on Noel Coward's iconic 1930 comedy Private Lives. The production, directed by Ian Frank, will run Sept. 29-Nov. 13 on Raven's 85-seat East Stage, ...

Gay News

Mercury Theater Chicago announces cast for 'Clue' 2022-08-23
- Mercury Theater Artistic Director Christopher Chase Carter, Managing Director Kristi J. Martens and executive producers L. Walter Stearns and Eugene Dizon announced the cast and creative team for the murder mystery comedy Clue. This Chicago premiere ...

Gay News

THEATER Noel Coward's 'Hay Fever' to open Sept. 4 at City Lit 2022-08-18
- Producer and Artistic Director Terry McCabe will direct Noel Coward's 1924 comedy Hay Fever as the final production of City Lit Theater's 41st season. (It replaces the previously announced Aztec Human Sacrifice, which has been moved ...

Gay News

COMEDY Talking with 'World' traveler Annick Adelle 2022-08-11
- Bay Area attorney Annick Adelle has decided to face one of her biggest fears: stand-up comedy. After starting in 2016, she is releasing her own album and touring throughout the United States. ...

Gay News

Casting announced for queer-centered play 'St. Sebastian' 2022-08-05
- Refracted Theatre Company announced casting for its world premiere of Andrew Kramer's dark comedy St. Sebastian, directed by Artistic Director Graham Miller. The play features Nolan Robinson, Mack Spotts and ...

Gay News

COMEDY Hannah Gadsby talks Chicago, Netflix, self 2022-07-11
- Global comedy figure Hannah Gadsby took the comedy world by storm just a few years ago with the show Nanette. Among the honors it garnered were a Peabody Award (2018) and an Emmy for Outstanding ...

Gay News

Hannah Gadsby at Chicago Theatre on July 13 2022-07-04
- Australian LGBTQ+ comedian Hannah Gadsby will bring her "Body of Work" show to The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., on Wed., July 13, at 7 p.m. Gadsby took the comedy world by storm with the ...


Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.







About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.