Actress Joan Allen is known for the varied and challenging roles she has played over the years onstage, film, and television.
Born in Rochelle, Illinois this local talent studied at Eastern Illinois University where she performed with John Malkovich. She joined the Steppenwolf Theatre Company when he asked her and has been a member ever since.
Allen won a Tony Award for Burn This on Broadway then received three Academy Award nominations for the films Nixon, The Crucible, and The Contender. She starred in The Ice Storm, Face/Off and Pleasantville then took over The Bourne franchise as CIA Department Director Pamela Landy.
She now returns to her roots to reunite with Chicago’s theater scene after over two decades to Steppenwolf’s The Wheel. It’s the story of a woman named Beatriz who goes on a journey in the middle of war torn times in Spain. Nunn on the Run called her to discuss the past, present, and future of her career.
Jerry Nunn: Hello, Joan. I originally met you at a screening for your movie Off the Map.
Joan Allen: That was a while ago!
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The band known as Kitten continues to rock with more than a meow. Chloe Chaidez is the lead singer and formed the group in LA in 2009. A year later Chaidez released her first EP called Sunday School then followed it with another Cut It Out. Her current EP Like A Stranger is out with a debut album release planned for 2014.
Kitten has opened for groups like No Doubt, Paramore and recently hit Chicago with Charli XCX at Schubas where we met up at the bar to chat a bit about a budding career that is quickly baring its claws.
JN: (Jerry Nunn) Hi, Chloe. You are currently sixteen years old?
CC: (Chloe Chaidez) I am eighteen.
JN: You started in the music business when you were very young?
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Halloween is heating up or maybe cooling down depending on your perspective. On the big screen we have the Carrie remake and on the small screen FX’s American Horror Story. As far as live entertainment nothing beats the Halsted Parade on Halloween and all the bars down the strip celebrating.
There are haunted house such as the one at Navy Pier where I worked for five years as a pirate or a new one Screams In the Park.
Located at Rosemont in the MB Financial Park, visitors are welcomed into the haunted home of Dr. H.H. Holmes, a notorious serial killer. There is a good length to maze that will make wait time not so long and a VIP line as well to help for only $5 more added to the $20 price tag. Buying tickets online is also suggested at www.screamsinthepark.co.
Afterwards head over to the Mini Mile for some Adobe Gila’s margaritas. I was terrorized by these poisonous lizards in Oklahoma and now that have come back to haunt me in restaurant form!
On Halloween Eve come out for a good cause this year at The Call from 6 to 9 on Wednesday October 30. There will be a costume contest, celebrities singing, comedians, female illusionists and tons of Nunn prizes. A $20 donation at the door helps Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care, a program of Heartland Health Outreach, Inc.
Look for talent from The Voice, X Factor, and American Idol along with lots of surprises, free stuff from Sean Saves the World, food and drink specials along with an after party at my house within walking distance so no drunk driving.
I hope to see everyone there!!!
Six Flags Great America is better than ever this summer with big events through the fall. In the past kids have been treated to a parade on a train near closing time with some of their favorite Looney Tune character but this year a complete show premiered instead in Hometown Square.
A six story tall lit up backdrop provides the set for a DJ, dancers, a boy band, costumed singers, then finally fireworks to finish things off entitled igNIGHT. A 120 rounds of pyrotechnics in fact and with every light up glow stick possible in the park this is the way to end a long day of fun.
Try riding the Batman ride backwards meaning that the seats are turned around but it follows the same route. This will make your stomach flip flop then head over to X Flight for one of the smoothest rides ever thanks to it being a single rail wing coaster. Superman is so much better if you wait to sit in front and the same goes for the older favorite Raging Bull that still invokes long lines to this day. Feel VIP and buy a fast pass and get more bang for your buck.
Don’t miss the hot date of September 14 for Gay Day Out in the Park beginning at 9:00 p.m. and lasting until 1:00 a.m. Last year the ticket allowed attendees in all day but this time it is only a special private event and parking is included. Tickets are $38. DJ Matthew Harvat will be spinning tunes in the Hom0-town Square and look for special guests on the way. Let’s pray for good weather and no rain on our gay parade this year!
Visit www.gaysixflagschicago.com for details and tickets.
Here is my top ten favorite albums of 2012. Last years top ten was my most widely read piece on ChicagoPride thanks to artists retweeting it. I was lucky enough to meet many of these up and coming performers and interview them as well. There were tons of honorable mentions but these were the ones I listened to the most last year. Please check them out and let me know what you think!
10 Rumer/Boys Don’t Cry
Unpredictable covers from the ’70s
9 Tracey Thorn/Tinsel and Lights
A surprisingly good holiday album
8 Paloma Faith/Fall to Grace
Missing Amy Winehouse
7 Emeli Sande/Our Version of Events
6 Scissor Sister/Magic Hour
“Let’s Have a Kiki” soared along with several other tracks
5 Ellie Goulding/Halcyon
Electronic goodness and a sweet person as well
4 Steve Aoki/Wonderland
Who can get Weezer frontman to rap on his debut album?
3 Marina and the Diamonds/Electra Heart
Replayed uncountable times this creative version of Katy Perry
2 Tanlines/Mixed Emotions
New wave indie percussive New Yorkers
1 Passion Pit/Gossamer
Falsetto frontman with unusual music
Many of the artists will be back live and in person in Chicago including Emeli, Ellie and Passion Pit. Bring on 2013 with even bigger and better music!
There are so many holiday shows in Chicago right now that it’s almost impossible to make them all. I missed A Christmas Carol at the Goodman and Christmas Schooner at the Mercury Theater although I found it too sweet for my taste years ago. If you like things a little more bitter head over to Rudolph, the Red-Hosed Reindeer at Mary’s Attic. The story has been adjusted throughout the 15 year run but the message is still the same, don’t bully someone who is different. Where else this time of year will you see a deftly played alcoholic Ruth Claus played by Ed Jones?
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is still sour after all this time with the Cadillac Palace performance being modeled after Dr. Seuss cartoon. The Grinch looked a little matted in the fur costume but h
is jabs at the audience were hilarious even hitting them with snow and confetti in the pricey front seats. Take a break from shopping downtown and take this one in before it leaves on December 16.
Gather your friends and make the yuletide gay with We 3 Lizas presented by About Face Theatre at the Steppenwolf Garage. With table side seating and wine bottle service this show was festive before it even started.
The cast turns in some nice performances especially Danielle Plisz as Liza Was channeling Minnelli’s golden years.
Drink some spiked hot cocoa and tell them a Nunn sent ya!
Gather your friends and make the yuletide gay with We 3 Lizas presented by About Face Theatre at the Steppenwolf Garage. With table side seating and wine bottle service this show was festive before it even started.The cast turns in some nice performances especially Danielle Plisz as Liza Was channeling Minnelli’s golden years. Drink some spiked hot cocoa and tell them a Nunn sent ya!
Independent locally made movie Scrooge & Marley takes the classic tale and turns it gay. This festive flick screens at Gene Siskel Theatre on December 21, 22, and 27. Directed by Richard Knight Jr. and Peter Neville pictured here at the after party at Sidetrack.
You will be ho ho ho-ing in the aisles at these theater attractions that will surely put you in the holiday spirit!
Jose Cuervo sponsored a night at Gallery 1028 on Thursday Nov. 8 that featured 10 artists and their murals. The Tradicional Mural Project 2012 gave each talented artist from around the United States a chance to express their Latino heritage and earn a grant of $15,000 as well as a $15,000 donation to the community they represent. These communities range from Peru to Puerto Rico representing states from Nevada to Florida.
Jose Cuervo Tradicional had to be an influence to their art and they were given a limited 30 days to put their pieces together. Cuban Nereida Garcia Ferraz mentioned how challenging the time constraints were at the showing. All the artists attended this evening posing by each mural for the camera. A DJ was spinning tunes while guests tried a black cocktail made with coffee liqueur or white cocktail with coconut water all mixed with shots of Jose Cuervo Tradicional.
Openly gay JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound commanded the stage at the end of the evening with rocking good time that brought the evening to a close.
Vote today at www.facebook.com/losamigosdejose for your favorite work of art.