Thursday, February 12, 2015

Backwards Broadway, Fan Fest, And Other Upcoming Events


I’m offering a few items tonight that would have been in tomorrow’s Slumgullion because I’m about to embark on an unpredictable freelance assignment.

Boogaloo backwards down Broadway. There will be an evening of show stopping gender swapping in Elgin tomorrow night (February 13th) as Side Street Studio Arts, presents Backwards Broadway. The fundraising event will give actors an opportunity to belt out tunes usually reserved for females, while actresses interpret songs traditionally delivered from a guy’s point of view. Tickets are a $10 suggested donation. Proceeds will benefit Youth Outlook, an organization dedicated to supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender adolescents.

Working for a heart-shaped weekend. Fans of melodic rock songs that topped the charts in the 1980s might want to spend Valentine’s Day with Loverboy and The Romantics at The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles Saturday night. Tickets are $39 and are available on the venue’s website.

Wizard World Comic Con usually draws hordes of sci-fi, horror, and comic fans to the Donald E. Stephens Center in mid-August each year, but there’s a sort of bonus event coming up on the weekend of March 7th & 8th. Karen Gillan from Doctor Who, Selfie, and Guardians Of Galaxy; and Lee Arenberg from the Once Upon A Time TV series and The Pirates Of The Caribbean movies are the headliners for the very first Fan Fest Chicago. Two-day tickets are $30 and one-day tickets are $15; with additional charges for Autographs and Photo Ops. Not sure if you’re supposed to come in costume for this one.

As mentioned here yesterday, Crosby, Stills and Nash plan to perform three concerts during an Eastbound Transatlantic cruise on the Queen Mary 2 next fall. Journalist Mary Forgione mentioned the cruise, which will run from September 4th through the 11th, in the Travel section of last Sunday’s Chicago Tribune.

Other performers have gone the cruise route, including the all-woman Celtic band Cherish The Ladies. Vocalist/penny whistle player/founding member Joannie Madden will host a Folk’ Irish Cruise featuring numerous acts on May 16th through the 23rd. In other Cherish The Ladies news, the quintet will be marking its 30th Anniversary with a series of concerts this year. The one at Symphony Space in New York on March 3rd will be a special reunion show that brings back past members like Aoiffe Clancy, Deirdre Connolly, Liz Carroll, and Donna Long. I’m not sure if I should mention this, but Ms. Clancy, whom I’ve seen perform with CTL a few occasions, was partly the inspiration for a character in one of my Middle Grade novels.

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