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.
Exclusive Portrait: The Who Rocker Pete Townshend in Chicago For New Book ‘Who I Am’
CHICAGO – The Windy City was rocking this week as the legendary band “The Who” had two shows on Thursday and Friday. While in town, the windmilling guitarist Pete Townshend stopped by at the Barnes & Noble Old Orchard in nearby Skokie to promote his new book, “Who Am I?”
The book is a memoir about the man in the center of the storm with The Who, an influential British band formed by Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle and Keith Moon in 1964. Moon and Entwistle have since passed away, but frontmen Townshend and Daltrey keep the fire burning for the group, known for the songs “My Generation,’ ‘I Can See for Miles,” “Squeezebox” and “Who Are You,” as well as the rock operas “Tommy” and “Quadrophenia.” The Who performed their hits and the entire “Quandrophenia” opera on November 29th and 30th at the Allstate Arena in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont.
Photographer Joe Arce got this Exclusive Portrait of Pete Townshend right before he met fans at the book signing of “Who I Am.”
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com