CHICAGO – The issue of gender identity, especially for those who are born with a vagueness as to what to call themselves between/beyond boy and girl, has come front and center in the U.S., both with the legalization of gay marriage and the callous repudiation of identity by trying to pass laws dismissing it (the North Carolina “bathroom” laws). The performance companies of The Living Canvas and Nothing Without a Company is currently staging “[Trans]formation,” which presents gender identity art by six performers, who perform most of the play in the nude.
Enter ‘Sparkle’ Singing Challenge at Orland Park Mall
There’s an exciting movie/music event at Orland Park Mall this weekend and we wanted to make sure you had the details. Courtesy of the press release:
Orland Square Mall
Upper Level, Carson’s Court
288 Orland Square, Orland Park, IL 60462
WHEN: Saturday, July 14th beginning at 3pm; registration at 2pm
Chicago will be host to the SPARKLE Singing Challenge, sponsored by Sony Pictures and Myspace, happening Saturday, July 14th, beginning at 3pm. The Chicago winner will receive $500 in cash and a chance to compete for the national Grand Prize. The Grand Prize winner will win a trip to New York, an appearance on BET’s 106 & Park, a recording session with the Punch Monkeys producer & writing team, and a Myspace homepage feature!
Amateur singers between the ages of 13 and 40 will be asked to sing a 60 second a capella version of one of two songs: CELEBRATE, or SOMETHING HE CAN FEEL. Clips from the songs, official rules, along with more information about the contest, can be found at www.myspace.com/sparkle.
To pre-register and reserve audition spots ahead of time, email SparkleContestChicago@gmail.com.
SPARKLE, starring Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Tika
Sumpter, Omari Hardwick and CeeLo Green, opens August 17th in theaters everywhere.