Saturday, June 03, 2017


Pre-Order Underway For Ditto's Debut Solo Album, Fake Sugar,
Set For Release On June 16 On Virgin Records
Today, Beth Ditto gave fans another taste of her debut solo album, Fake Sugar, with the release of the track "We Could Run." The song is available for download and streaming HERE and the static video can be seen HERE. Virgin Records will release Fake Sugar on June 16. Fans who pre-order the digital album will instantly receive "We Could Run" plus the first single, "Fire," and "Oo La La."
After playing a series of European festivals, including the Montreux Jazz Festival, Ditto will kick off a North American headline tour on July 12 at U Street Music Hall in Washington, DC. The run will include two New York City dates - July 13 at the Bowery Ballroom and July 14 at Rough Trade in Brooklyn. See below for itinerary.
"Beth Ditto is a force-of-nature performer best known for fronting the pop-punk group Gossip," said NPR, which put "Fire" on its list of "10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing." Idolator hailed "Fire" as"one hell of song," PAPER called it "perfect for the summer vibes we are all craving" and Noisey said, "It's Ditto at her bluesy, garage-y best."View the official video for "Fire" HERE and check out the Disciples remix HERE.
Bust Magazine observed, "Fake Sugar is her debut album as a solo artist, but there's nothing fake about it...She embraces Southern rock on 'Fire' and "Oo La La'...belts it out on '80s-inspired power ballads 'Oh My God' and 'We Could Run,' and brings it home on the romantic 'Love in Real Life.'" Stereogum noted, "'Oo La La' plays like a updated, processed, laser-focused version of an old-school blues-rock growler. It has a synthetic sheen all over it, but the way Ditto delivers the word "bonecrusher" is about as nasty as it gets." 
In addition to releasing six acclaimed albums with the Gossip, Ditto has recorded with such artists as Blondie and disco legend Cerrone, collaborated with Jean Paul Gaultier on her eponymous plus-sized luxury clothing line, modeled for Marc Jacobs and appeared in Tom Ford's Oscar-nominated film, Nocturnal Animals.
Beth Ditto - North American Tour Dates
6/10 - Columbus, OH @ CD102.5 Summer Kick-Off
6/13 - Dallas, TX @ KXT 91.7 Sun Sets
7/12 - Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
7/13 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
7/14 - Brooklyn, NY@ Rough Trade
7/15 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
7/17 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
7/21 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
7/22 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
7/24 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
7/26 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
8/12-13 - Redmond, WA @ King County's Marymoor Park
8/19 - Long Beach, CA @ Queen Mary Events Park - ALT98.7 Summer Camp
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Friday, June 02, 2017

Writers Theatre>> Audiences are Raving about Parade (Glenoce,IL.)


“The voices were fabulous as was the acting.
 A totally outstanding experience!” 

I thought the actors’ voices were wonderful, and I enjoyed the powerful storyline. 
It was interesting to see such a serious historical event made into a musical.”

“It’s impossible for me to choose a favorite aspect of the production.
 The whole experience was special!”
“Though I was not familiar with the story, I found the plot very compelling.
 The acting was terrific.”

 “I can't express sufficiently in words 
how phenomenal the whole production of Parade was.
The cast was excellent! I will definitely be back to see more. 
Thank you so much for a beautiful night of storytelling!”
The Mystery of Love & Sex

For a limited time, tickets to select performances in the month of June are only $35! 
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“Very thought-provoking –
a philosophical tour de force!”

“Excellent performances
 in a timely and well-written play.”

“A memorable play - 
I can’t stop thinking about it!”

“I absolutely loved this play. 
Very layered, intriguing, thought-provoking with many surprising twists.
 A must-see!”

“I thought the acting was phenomenal. 

I really felt like I knew the characters and that I was there. 
Loved it!” 

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Links Taproom to feature “Dad Bod Package” on Father’s Day (Chicago,IL.)


“Dad Bod” link with fries, beer, and a shot plus a chance to win coveted sVIP tickets to Screens ‘n’ Suds
Links Taproom – an All-American craft beer and sausage focused bar recently recognized as the "Best Beer Bar in Illinois" in the annual Great American Beer Bars competition located at 1559 N Milwaukee Ave in Wicker Park – will have on special its new “Dad Bod Special” for one day only for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 18.
The “Dad Bod” is Links’ best-selling Steak & Ale sausage topped with Italian beef, New Holland Dragon’s Milk beer onions, Ballast Point Longfin Lager garlic Parmesan sauce, and house giardiniera. The “Dad Bod Package” also includes hand-cut fries with a choice of dip, any Ballast Point 12oz beer can, and a shot of either Malort, Fernet, or Old Forrester Bourbon.  The Dad Bod Package will be on special for $15 on Father’s Day (all items ordered individually would cost $26).
For every “Dad Bod Package” ordered, guests will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win two free VIP tickets to the sold-out Screens ‘n’ Suds event at Links on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (The pair of tickets are valued at $100, and more info on Screens ‘n’ Suds can be found here:
Links is open from 11:30am until 2am Sunday thru Friday and from 11:30am until 3am Saturdays. The Links phone number is 773-360-7692, and its website is

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events News & Events - June 2017

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JUNE 2017

Featured Events
Chicago Gospel Music Festival

Millennium Park
June 2 & 3
Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park
June 9-11
Millennium Park
Enjoy consecutive weekends of Chicago's great music legacy on stage in Millennium Park! Admission to both is FREE! Full schedules and more information at and
Music - most Mondays & Thursday, June 12 - August 21
Films - most Tuesdays, June 13 - August 29
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park
Enjoy an exciting lineup of outdoor live music and screened films in the beautiful Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park. Take a seat inside the Jay Pritzker Pavilion or find a spot on the Great Lawn for exciting line-up of free live concerts and films screened on a state-of-the-art, 40-foot LED screen. For more information on the musicians and films playing throughout the summer at Millennium Park, visit

June Events
Chicago City MarketsUniversity of Chicago First Friday Lecture SeriesMillennium Park Summer Workouts
Chicago City Markets
Through October
Various Locations

City Markets Presented by
Country Financial
Chicago Cultural Center
Millennium Park

Sam Lay In BlueslandChamber MondaysDame Myra Hess Concerts
Chicago Cultural Center
June 5 & 26   
Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago Cultural Center 

Chicago International Film Festival 2017 International Screenings ProgramMuddy Waters Mural DedicationReal Boy
Chicago Cultural Center
17 N. State Street-and State Street between Randolph and Washington Streets
Chicago Cultural Center

Millennium Park Summer Music Series _Otis Taylor Band pictured_The Blues BrothersGrant Park Music Festival
Millennium Park Summer Music Series
June 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 & 29
Millennium Park
Millennium Park 
Grant Park Music Festival
June 14, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, 28 & 30
Millennium Park

Pride _ PrejudiceA Celebration of Culture_ World Refugee Day 2017Millennium Park Presents _Chicago Mariachi Festival pictured_
Clarke House Museum, Chicago Women's Park and Gardens
June 18 
Chicago Cultural Center
June 18 & 25 
Millennium Park

Family Fun FestivalChicago SummerDanceEugene Eda_s Doors for Malcolm X College
Family Fun Festival
June 19-August 20
Millennium Park
Chicago SummerDance
June 23, 24, 25 & 30
Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden
Chicago Cultural Center

The Wall of Respect: Vestiges, Shards and the Legacy of Black PowerThe Pride _ Perils of Chicago_s Public ArtTriptych Unloose
Chicago Cultural Center
Through July 30
Chicago Cultural Center
Triptych Unloose
Through July 30
Chicago Cultural Center

Candida Alvarez_ Here _Candida Alvarez hi ho silver_ 2008 Acrylic on canvas_ 84 x 72 inches Courtesy of the artist_

Candida Alvarez: Here
Through August 6
Chicago Cultural Center

Featured News
Muddy Waters
Muddy Waters Mural Dedication on June 8, noon
Kicking off the Chicago Blues Festival weekend, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Loop Alliance will host a dedication ceremony and tribute performance for the Muddy Waters Mural by world-renowned artist Eduardo Kobra. Located at State and Washington Streets, the mural honors Muddy Waters, the artist who electrified the blues and created a Chicago sound that continues to influence generations of musicians. More information at

Alessia Cara
Taste of Chicago Concert Tickets Are On Sale Now
Taste of Chicago, the world's largest free food festival, offers a cultural feast for all of your senses. In addition to the delicious eats from nearly 70 restaurants and food trucks, enjoy celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, dance performances, family fun and concerts by Alessia Cara, Cafe Tacvba, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Passion Pit and the O'Jays. Concert seating tickets start at just $19 and are on sale now at

Taste of Chicago Save the Date for Summer Festivals & Events
July 5-9 - Taste of Chicago
Aug. 19-20 - Chicago Air and Water Show Presented by Shell Oil Products US
Aug. 26 - SummerDance Celebration
Aug. 28 - Fifth Star Honors
Aug. 31-Sept. 3 - Chicago Jazz Festival
Sept. 8-24 - World Music Festival Chicago
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