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Upcoming: Willa Taylor; Knuckles movie;'Louder than a Bomb'; Armatrading; Writers
2015-02-25

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Rivendell to honor Willa Taylor

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble will hold its 2015 Salon fundraiser—to benefit programming at Rivendell Theatre—on Thursday, March 19, at Level Office, 73 W. Monroe St.

Willa Taylor—director of education and community engagement at the Goodman Theatre, U.S. Navy veteran and discussion panelist for Rivendell's production of Women at War—will be honored with the 2015 WREN Award for advocating for women theater artists.

The VIP reception will take place at 5 p.m., with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction at 6 p.m., and the award presentation at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is $80-$125 each; call 773-334-7728 or visit RivendellTheatre.org .

Frankie Knuckles movie to be filmed in Chicago

A new feature film, The Warehouse, will celebrate late house-music legend Frankie Knuckles and Chicago's Warehouse nightclub, where the internationally recognized musical genre was born.

Bob Teitel ( Men of Honor, Barber Shop ), Billy Dec ( Rockit Ranch/Elston Films ), Randy Crumpton ( The Truth ) and Joe Shanahan ( Metro/Smartbar/Double Door ) will produce the movie, which will be filmed in Chicago.

The producers will host a launch party and Frankie Knuckles Foundation ( FKF ) benefit at The Underground, 56 W. Illinois St., at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31 ( one year after Knuckles untimely passing ).

Tickets start at $20 and include a two-hour cocktail-and-hors d'oeuvres reception at 6-8 p.m. Limited VIP tables are available. To purchase tickets, visit www.TheUndergroundChicago.com . All of ticket proceeds will benefit FKF.

'Louder than a Bomb' festival in March

The organization Young Chicago Authors ( YCA ) will present Louder than a Bomb ( LTAB ), a youth-poetry festival that culminates March 21 and 28 ( both 6-9 p.m. ) with Indy and team finals at the Rubloff Theater at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Arie Crown Theater, respectively.

This marks the 15th anniversary of LTAB, which has been supported this year by people such as Alec Baldwin, Alfre Woodard and hip-hop composer Ali Shaheed Muhammad ( a.k.a. Ali from A Tribe Called Quest ). The 2015 Louder Than A Bomb festival encompasses more than 90 performances at 10 venues, featuring the talents of 1,300 students from more than 130 schools across 100 different Chicagoland zip codes.

For a complete schedule of events, visit www.youngchicagoauthors.org .

Joan Armatrading at City Winery in April, Oct.

Musician Joan Armatrading will perform at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., on April 23-24 as well as Oct. 7-8.

Over her 42 years of touring, the West Indies-born British singer-songwriter has never done a solo world tour. For her last major tour, which kicked off in Britain in September, the three-time Grammy nominee will perform her first ever full-scale solo concerts.

Her U.S. performances will include songs that span her entire career so far, with songs like "Love And Affection," "Willow" and "Drop the Pilot."

Armatrading's resume includes three Grammy nominations, two Brit nominations and a coveted Ivor Novello Award. She performed for Nelson Mandela on two occasions, and is one of the first female artists to have been awarded with an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II.

Armatrading is private about her personal life but, as Wikipedia notes, "In April 2011, it was reported that Armatrading and her girlfriend Maggie Butler were to enter a civil partnership on 2 May 2011, in the Shetland Isles."

Tickets are $85-$105; visit www.CityWinery.com .

Writers' kickoff Feb. 25 at Schubas

Last year, in celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Guild Literary Complex assembled a list of "25 Writers to Watch."

On Wed., Feb. 25, four writers from that list—Eric Charles May, Coya Paz, Roger Reeves and Kathleen Rooney—will be at Schubas Tavern, 3159 N. Southport St., 7:30-9 p.m. The theme of the reading is "uncharted."

The event is pay-what-you-can ($5 suggested donation). Visit www.guildcomplex.org .

Full calendar of events at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/chicago/events/upcoming.php .


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