Since its inception in 1995 as a response to the lack of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied (LGBTQA) voices within the American theatrical canon, About Face Theatre has entertained and challenged audiences with innovative plays designed to advance the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity. In 2010, About Face was one of 10 theaters to receive a National Theatre Company Grant from the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards, for its innovation, vitality, and artistic commitment. The staff also uses theater as an innovative tool to address inequalities in social settings through its two-part outreach program. The education outreach program brings the real-life stories of LGBTQA youth to public schools as part of About Face's overall mission to create safer, more supportive spaces for queer youth and their allies, whereas the corporate outreach program helps businesses create inclusive work environments and address workplace insensitivity and intolerance.
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The Riviera Theatre has been a major part of Chicago since 1917. In that year, the Riviera was built – in what is now the Uptown theater district – as a movie theater. In 1986, the Riviera was converted into a nightclub and later morphed into what is now Chicago’s most well-known venue for concerts and special events. A brief look at their history and you’ll see that the Riviera has played host to the world’s most famous performers and has no intention of letting that reputation slide. The Riviera Theatre is also available for special-event rentals such as rock concerts, corporate parties, proms, and much more. Be sure to visit their website to find out about upcoming concerts, events, and other activities. Make the Riviera Theatre your place to go for all things entertainment related.
It all started with a Halloween show. Mick Napier and a few of his friends dreamt up a cheekily winking sendup of the slasher genre in 1987, and by the time the lights dimmed on the blood- and pudding-splattered stage, they had received a standing ovation. Inspired by the production's success, the group decided to establish an ensemble that embraced the uncensored and subversive—and The Annoyance Theatre was born.
The company has staged more than 100 original plays and musicals since its founding, including The Real Live Brady Bunch, the long-running Coed Prison Sluts, and an annual re-mount of that first fortuitous show, now appropriately known as Splatter Theater. The Annoyance celebrates the impromptu art of improvisation as well, hosting frequent long-form sets that highlight audience interaction and completely blank scripts. This anything-goes approach to material both rehearsed and off-the-cuff has won the theater plenty of fans: the company trains aspiring comedians in both Chicago and New York, and recently opened a sparkling new venue thanks to community donations.
A mystifying and playful new force in the rapidly rising dubstep scene, Skism spins London-bred beats that boast the admiration of such notable tunesmiths as Pendulum, Chase & Status, and Rusko. Bolstered by a head-nodding cadre of dub-dishers, the event promises concert-goers a foot-blurring evening of cavernous bass and thumping rhythms, sure to have them fox-trotting until 3:30 a.m. or until a napping Bruce Springsteen stumbles down the stairs in his bathrobe. Tucked in a slab-free sector of the meatpacking district, The Mid straddles the line between swanky nightclub and ear-bending beat factory, its neon bulbs and light-lobbing disco balls hanging majestically above three full-service bars, a pulsating sound system, and dual-floor bathrooms ideal for post-concert bouts of hide and go-seek.