The week began with The Magnetic Fields at The Vic. I had interviewed openly gay singer Stephin. He was a tough interview along with a lot of off key notes and sluggish performance really brought down the live show. People did complain about his skipping songs after although I heard the Tuesday concert was better. I was busy sampling Monkey Shoulder rum that night at The Bedford so I was going bananas!
Fela! opened on Wednesday to a lively frenetic crowd. The story of Nigerian Fela Kuti was educational, entertaining, and exciting. The audience was dancing and chanting to the inventor of the afrobeat long after his passing from AIDS. Don’t miss this show if you have a chance. I had breakfast with the actress that played his mother and she is just lovely with a hypnotizing voice.
About Face Theatre’s annual fundraiser went to the prom this time with the Wonka Ball. Check out my photo coverage on this very website.
The same night I headed up Skokie to meet my comedic friend Paula Poundstone and see her show. She was truly funny poking at the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus in the balcony. She didn’t know how to end the show so it lasted forever but that was joke in itself where she said we were all trapped with her!
I thought I was going to be late to see kinetic Candis Cayne at Taverna. We made it though and half of the community did too. It was the show to see where Candis even stopped traffic by lip synching in the street!
Saturday it was a ChicagoPride 10th anniversary celebration at Nookies, casino time with Beverly Hills Housewife Kyle Richards, and Joan Rivers show being taped for Showtime in St. Charles. Rivers kissed me after the show and gave me props for always promoting her projects.
Kyle Richards lives the life that some envy on Bravo television’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Born in Hollywood, Kyle was raised on TV as the daughter of Mr. Edwards on the series Little House on the Prairie. She went on to scream for her life in the movie Halloween.
Her sister Kim also came along for the ride on the Prairie then went on to star in the Witch Mountain movies.
Kim and her returned to the public eye as Bravo Housewives for two seasons that followed with an explosive reunion. Kim recently checked herself into rehab in January.
We chatted on the release date of her new book Life is Not a Reality Show about her real life and more.
Jerry Nunn: Heyyy, Kyle. How are you?
Kyle Richards: I’m wonderful thank you. Well, actually not wonderful, I’ve been better…
JN: You have had a lot going on.
KR: A lot going on (laughs)!
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Started off the week with a visit to open mic at 3160 on Clark Street. Yes, I am thinking of working up an act and if Kathy Griffin can talk celebrities in her show then so can I!
Speaking of the D List, the big D himself Matt Damon appeared at the Metro for The People Speak Live. He was glued to his speech, didn’t seem inspired, and don’t even get me started about the preacher that spoke. If I wanted to get yelled at then I would go to church! The Latino speaker blew him out of the water right after. Aqua caliente!
I worked on a record number of ten interviews this week with everyone from Kyle Richards from Bravo’s Housewives to Lily Tomlin. I chatted about Actor’s Guild Award dresses with George from the Fashion Police to speaking Spanish to singer Edith Marquez at Circuit. Traci Lords was really intriguing to get to know and see the woman that rocked the porn world and is number one on the dance charts currently.
Speaking of new music, London singer Rumer hit town at Lincoln Hall. Her voice is a mix between Karen Carpenter and Dusty Springfield. She has made a huge splash overseas and deservedly so. I was in front of the stage getting chills then we met after her set. Watch your throat Adele this is one to watch and listen to!
Our holiday party for Windy City Media Group at Hamburger Marys was a treat and guess who won the grand prize? Too bad it wasn’t a new car but I will take the concert tickets…
It turned February and love was in the air at Estelle’s show. The space was the place to see her perform in. The last show I had seen her play was House of Blues years ago.
My friend Young Sun Han from Bravo’s Work of Art opened his gallery show at Las Manos in Andersonville. I love how he combines personal perspective with politics.
On Saturday I hit Varla Jean Merman’s show at Hydrate. She is such a sweetie and the southern sense of humor I really dig.
I strutted into Kit Kat to meet friends and chat with drag queens, which was very lively.
Then the group headed to Circuit where new stripper friend Viktor dropped his drawers and posed with me. Isn’t it rude to point? Well, I guess that’s better than poking!