Thu Oct 26, 2023 - 7:30 PM
The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL Ages: 18 & Over
Thu Oct 26, 2023 - 7:30 PM
Presents Paranoïa Angels True Love
The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL Ages: 18 & Over
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Presents Paranoïa Angels True Love
The Vic Theatre
3145 North Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
Thu Oct 26, 2023 - 7:30 PM
Ages: 18 & Over
Doors Open: 6:30 PM
Onsale: Fri Jun 2, 2023 - 10:00 AM
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Bio: Christine and the Queens
In Chris’ new studio album, PARANOÏA, ANGELS, TRUE LOVE, the journey of mourning loss takes the form of an intensely personal operatic experience that unfolds across the multiverse. The atmospheric musical landscape produced in partnership with synth master super producer Mike Dean is woven with the raw passion and poetic delicacy of a transcendental Charlotte’s Web. This record was born out of a very carefully aligned string of events. In this story, he explores his own personal history of loss in a boldly autobiographical manner, from the ending of a romantic relationship to the tragic loss of his mother. Painfully honest, Red takes the listener on a grand journey that begins with the excruciating anxiety of Paranoia, contemplates the nature of the divine in a multifaceted study of Angels, and comes to the glorious culmination of faith that is poured upon him by True Love. His thespian mastery and philosophical dexterity shine in this ultimate concept album. We have here a statesman of music, pushing the envelope yet again and presenting himself in an “angel upgrade.”
PARANOÏA, ANGELS, TRUE LOVE is a departure not only thematically but also sonically from his prior albums; an ambitious work with 20 tracks (like an arm outstretched to the world in full vulnerability). Red takes inspiration from Tony Kushner’s play, Angels in America, having recently used the concept character of Redcar to emulate the ectoplasmic presence of a dying Prior in Wonderland. It is quite joyful to see him accumulate names like different protection charms that both unlock and teach him how much deeper the universe can be.
It is in the meticulous specificity of the songwriting that Chris creates a powerful connection to the listener. We are introduced to the theme of transcending the dark night of pain and paranoia in an epic synthy overture. The piece takes on the form of a divine announcement, by the soothing narration of a being that conflates the mother, the feminine divine, a higher self, and an angel. The voice-over introduces the narrative of being guided by the light, of transmutation, an embodiment of a higher power for the sake of healing: “She came down from above, she came into me…”
Standout track, ‘Tears can be so Soft’ is a watery, mystical rumination on the healing effect of tears. A hypnotic effect is created by ironic orchestration that contrasts a sample of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Feel My Love Inside’ with a recurring atonal motif reminiscent of an eerie Alban Berg piece. Chris chose this dissonance to “create this deep sense of almost womb-like, hypnotic space where the voice could soar in its loneliness.” An interplay between the suffering that motivates tears and the gentle healing effect they can have, creates the complexity that tears deserve. A personal lament opens the piece, “I miss my mom, miss my mother, miss my mother at night, oooh she gave me life”. These intimate lyrics move us to a soothing chorus that invites us to explore our own internal worlds, “tears can be so good for those who dive, let them run on my cheeks!”.
In his own personal poem about the record, Chris reminisces: “I know she is gone. But she has not stopped talking. Never truly. She did take me there. Away, in skies. My world became magical, pain brought light to my core. I just had to break, cause I could not contain myself inside the limits of before.”
A direct message from Mike Dean saying “I think we should work together, was for Chris, as a musician and producer was one of the best messages he ever received. After deciding it was time to go far from Paris to discover himself in a more profound way, Chris met Mike Dean in Los Angeles in early 2021. They immediately decided to get to work on a new album that would elevate their respective skill sets. One remarkable way they chose to work on this project was to use single takes for the vocals. To create the space for this, Mike set up recording equipment in Chris’ home, where he would record his vocals alone early in the morning. “Still in alpha state, looking for my subconscious to take the wheel, [like a] scream of the soul”. Mike adapted his process to support Chris’ deeply personal work. Chris describes this process, “I wanted songs to be written like in a dream, unadorned and unthought… [I would] discover the lyrics myself when I listened back to my single takes”. Chris draws a parallel between a period of devotion to Archangel Michael and Mike (Michael!) manifesting in his life and career, a “great musician and visionary that could elevate my work…the meeting created sparkles!”
On the captivating lead track ‘To be honest,’ Red recalls in exquisite detail: “Mike takes his guitar, I remember the glorious end he decided to gift me on this song. I remember the track soaring. He often makes you feel like you’re in a spaceship about to take off when he turns on the subs and plays his keyboards and guitars. He’s just blessed with the feeling.” ‘Track ten’ they wrote together in the same condensed energy. Chris brought Mike a sample of Emerson Lake and Palmer, he takes the Triton. The ride was sweet, “I never wrote music like that before. I can feel something, inside my voice, roaring.”
Another track in this vein, ‘Angels Crying in My Bed’ adds a brilliant ethereal dimension to the contemplation of True Love. The track begins with a deep confidently restrained bassline that patiently introduces a silky angelic melody. The counterpoint that emerges echoes that of the soothing laments of wounded feminine ‘angels’ set against the violent truth of their pathos, historic violence inflicted upon them by men, “goddesses worn out by unhealed soldiers.” The track comes to a larger-than-life climax as Madonna, who has publicly expressed admiration for Chris’ oeuvre in the past, makes a surprise appearance as an abstracted A.I. angelic being. Madonna speaks her Truth, speaking of the importance of revealing one’s true self for the sake of True Love. The music fades out as the narration comes to an end as if we encounter the mother of the Machines in The Matrix. ‘Angels Crying in my Bed’ is polysemic high art, infusing complex philosophical meaning into a song that will connect with wider audiences.
Madonna is featured on the album in a non-traditional manner. Chris Redcar integrated Madonna’s rich multi-faceted legacy as an integral part of the dramaturgy. “I explained to her that I wanted her to be the ‘One Big Eye’, sending her lines to read instead of choruses to sing, appealing to the actress in her. She delivered wonderfully, embodying every word with her wonderful ambivalence. This very classic iconic Madonna speaking voice becomes as multi-faceted as she is. Suffused in our consciousness, taking many forms and roles, from a motherly figure to a dominatrix.” The One Big Eye, perhaps best understood as an analog for True Love, Consciousness, and God, makes poetic appearances in two other tracks as well, ‘I Met an Angel’ and ‘Lick the Light Out.’ In both tracks, Chris associates the Madonna character with her own mother’s soul. “[In Lick the Light Out] I pictured her appearing and speaking from inside my lungs, and then swirling up from them, as if the angel of my mother was trapped inside my ribs, a voice of consciousness, and her tearing apart from me was transformative, allowing myself to become whole, my Truth.” There is an added layer of significance to this One Big Eye character when one remembers that Madonna lost her own mother at a young age, too. We are reminded again that this album is about heartbreak, the many dimensions of mourning and loss.
On the topic of collaborators, Chris also features rapper/electropop artist 070 Shake. The track is more upbeat than most of the other album tracks, driven by a heartbeat rhythm, a fluttery synth line and a gradually expansive bassline. Shake’s vocals come in about midway through the song, her section bookended by Chris’s romantic chorus “Angel of light, take me higher, make me forget my mother with your dark brown eyes staring at me, with your dark eyes staring at me.” 070 Shake is also featured on the erotically indulgent track, ‘Let Me Touch You Once.’ Chris sings in an orgasmic style that modulates in leaps between notes, Shake’s lyrics demarcated throughout by deep breaths and sensual ad-libs. We hear Chris’ famous humor in this track in an especially naughty light.
And while Chris delved into fruitful new collaborations for this latest album, there remain layers of the music fans and critics have admired for years. In the track ‘Marvin Descending,’ we have what Chris calls his “most collaborative work to date.” Originally begun with Ash Workman, a producer he worked with in the past (Chaleur humaine and La vita Nuova), the orchestral track evolved over time with the stamps of numerous collaborators. Mike Dean introduced Chris to his neighbor and friend, Joseph Bishara, a prominent horror music film composer (Insidious, Annabelle, The Conjuring), and Chris had the gut instinct to have him do strings for the track. He remarks that part of his motivation was, quite simply, the poetry of Joseph’s name being the same as the character Chris created for his Global Citizen performance in 2021, ‘Joseph the Priest.’ Joseph also did strings for several of the other tracks.
This record is an homage to what poetry can do and a remembrance of the artistic gesture as the one beautiful thing we can do, as humans - a sublimation of life, a vessel for expression thanks to the wonderful act of transmutation that our imagination does, all the time, to everything. Love transmutes through desire and imagination, enchants it whole then deserts it and leaves it dying in the dust. Imagination saves us, constantly, with bridges and visions. Heart, imagination, and art, all protected if we decide so, are fields of constant creation, reinvention, and poetic justice. Here we have a work that has taken a life of its own “like a love letter to the world and the heavens that encapsulate the fever of life”.
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Christine and the Queens, also now known as Redcar, has been forced to postpone his upcoming album and live shows over an injury. The singer was due to perform in Paris on September 22 and 23, and in London on September 30, but has been 'forbidden' by doctors from performing for three weeks.Has Christine and the Queens changed name? ›
An international pop sensation has changed his name to Redcar. Héloïse Adélaïde Letissier, known as the centre of Christine and the Queens, is now known professionally as Redcar.Is Christine and the Queens a dancer? ›
With his poignant, thought-provoking electronic pop, French singer, songwriter, choreographer, and dancer Christine and the Queens blurs the lines between theater, singing, and dance as skillfully as he plays with the concepts of gender, sexuality, and identity.How old is Christine and the Queens? › Why is Christina getting a divorce? ›
In 2020, Christina Hall and Ant Anstead ended their shortlived marriage citing "irreconcilable differences".Did Christina find a new home? ›
Take a virtual look inside the family's newly purchased property. Christina Haack and Josh Hall are officially home. On June 7, Christina took to Instagram to give followers a glimpse inside her new pad that she shares with her husband and kids Taylor El Moussa, 11, Brayden El Moussa, 6, and Hudson Anstead, 2.Why is Christine now called Redcar? ›
Redcar has taken his new name because he was searching for his mother, and he kept seeing red cars, so he took them as signs.Why is the queens last name regina? ›
The name Regina was suggested in 1882 by the wife of the Governor General, Princess Louise, the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria . She suggested the name to honour her mother.What has Redcar done to his knee? ›
- Dislocated my knee yesterday at the end of rehearsals. ...
- In a single gesture, a choice, those invincible urges of which passionate lovers speak.
|Highest Score||28 (Paso Doble)|
|Lowest Score||24 (Salsa)|
Sadly her stint on the show was short and sweet, as she was the second celebrity to be eliminated. She and Pasha were sent home in week three, on 'Britney Spear Night' after ranking seventh on the leader board with their Paso Doble—which they danced to Britney's Stronger.Is Dancing Queen about a drag queen? ›
A docu-series that follows Justin Johnson, aka drag superstar Alyssa Edwards, as he juggles his dance life, drag life, family life, and love life.Does Christine get married? ›
Christine Quinn's partner in both life and business is her husband Christian Dumontet. The pair were introduced by a mutual friend and hit it off right away. They went on to wed in December 2019 and welcomed a son, Christian Georges Dumontet, in May 2021.How old was Christine in the book? ›
In the Lofficier translation of the novel, it is stated that Christine is 15 years old. However, this is a mistranslation of a passage which says her heart was 'as pure as that of a 15 year old. ' The evidence of Christine's childhood friendship with Raoul, and her studies at the Paris Conservatoire, put her age at 20.Who is the queens oldest granddaughter? ›
Queen Elizabeth's oldest granddaughter, Zara Anne Elizabeth Tindall (née Phillips), is one of the most interesting members of the royal family. Zara is an Olympian, mom of three, and 20th in the line of succession to the British throne. She doesn't have a royal title.Did Christina lose custody of her son? ›
Christina Hall and Ant Anstead have settled their custody case. After a contentious back-and-forth, the exes, who were married from 2018 to 2021, came to a joint legal and physical custody agreement for their 3-year-old son, Hudson, last month, according to court docs obtained by ET.Are Tarek and Christina friends? ›
A source later told PEOPLE Tarek was "super remorseful" that he "lashed out," but noted, "They're exes who share a history and children and a workplace, but outside of coparenting, they're not friends."Who has custody of Christina? ›
Us Weekly confirmed one month later that Christina and the Wheeler Dealers host settled their legal dispute and will “continue to have joint legal and joint physical custody” of Hudson, with some “exceptions” being made to their initial June 2021 agreement.What does Christina do after she quits? ›
Cristina leaves for Zurich with surgical intern Shane Ross, who chooses to leave in order to study under her in Switzerland where she now owns a research hospital. There, Cristina thrives as the new owner. In season 16, Meredith gets text messages from Cristina saying she has given her a "gift".Does anyone find out Christina is pregnant? ›
13The main plot line dealing with abortion takes place in the first season of the show. Cristina finds out that she is pregnant with the child of her "sort of" ex-boyfriend Preston Burke: she decides not to tell him and makes an appointment with an abortion provider.
Where did Christina Haack get her money? Christina Haack initially earned her money through her real estate company with her ex-husband Tarek El Moussa. The one-time couple was able to leverage their business into a successful HGTV series Flip or Flop, which has spawned several franchises.Is Christine still a Mormon? ›
While Christine Brown of Sister Wives is clearly a fan favorite, followers may be surprised to learn that she is considered Mormon royalty.Was Christine raised in polygamy? ›
Christine joined Kody's plural marriage in 1994. She grew up in a polygamist family. “I really believed in plural marriage and wanted to live it,” Christine told People in 2022 of her point of view at the time of their marriage.Did Christine move to Utah already? ›
The family live in Flagstaff, Arizona, but - following her split from Kody - Christine has moved to Murray, Utah with her and Kody's youngest child, daughter Truely.Why is Charles called Rex? ›
The cypher is the Sovereign's monogram, consisting of the initials of the monarch's name, Charles, and title, Rex – Latin for King, alongside a representation of the Crown.What is the R in Queen Elizabeth's signature? ›
The royal sign-manual usually consists of the sovereign's regnal name (without number, if otherwise used), followed by the letter R for Rex (king) or Regina (queen). Thus, the signs-manual of both Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II read Elizabeth R.
The Queen preferred grilled fish or chicken, served simply with vegetables. She generally skipped starches like potatoes, grains, or rice during her evening meal. What is this?Why do they empty the knee? ›
Joint aspiration is a procedure to remove fluid from the space around a joint using a needle and syringe. This is usually done under a local anesthetic to relieve swelling and/or to obtain fluid for analysis to diagnose a joint disorder or problem. Joint aspiration is most often done on the knee.Does knee surgery exist? ›
Knee replacement, also called knee arthroplasty or total knee replacement, is a surgical procedure to resurface a knee damaged by arthritis. Metal and plastic parts are used to cap the ends of the bones that form the knee joint, along with the kneecap.What knee surgery did Roger have? ›
Federer injured his knee in 2016, then underwent a knee surgery where the meniscus was “trimmed”—i.e. a key portion of tissue was removed. He was able to return to top-level play for years.
Stars can compete for bonus payments.
How, exactly, do celebs make more than their $125,000 signing bonus? Their paycheck increases the more they advance on the show, with finalists reportedly earning up to $50,000 for the final two episodes. This creates an incentive to keep stars committed to the competition.
The champion does not get any additional prize money for winning the competition. The winner and the pro partner get the Mirror Ball trophy and bragging rights.Which pro dancer has won DWTS the most? ›
“Dancing with the Stars” judge Derek Hough holds the record for the most championships among professional dancers. He won the Mirror Ball Trophy six times over the course of his run on the show. That's even more remarkable when you consider that no other pro dancer on the show has ever won more than two.Who is the oldest DWTS winners? ›
Donny Osmond is the oldest "DWTS" champion.
Just two weeks before turning 52, singer Donny Osmond won the season-nine Mirrorball with partner Kym Johnson, and he's still the oldest "DWTS" champion to date.
At 16 years old, Hernandez was the youngest DWTS winner. After her big win with partner Val Chmerkovskiy, the Olympic gymnast embarked on the DWTS Live! tour and has been jetting around the world for appearances and partnerships.
If you don't have time to listen to it now, here's a quick rundown of what Tomas said about Dancing With The Stars. "I'm doing about four hours of actual training and dance technique during the day," Tomas said, "And I'm learning about the characteristics and requirements of each dance.Who was the first drag queen on DWTS? ›
Shangela was the first drag queen to perform on the U.S. version of Dancing With the Stars, but she wasn't the only thanks to a showstopping finale performance which featured her pro dance partner Gleb Savchenko also in full drag.Did the Queen enjoy dancing? ›
Fiddlers Paul Anderson and Shona Donaldson shared memories of her enjoying dances at Balmoral Castle. couple who regularly played traditional Scottish country music for the Queen have shared memories of her enjoying dances at Balmoral Castle well into her 90s.Is drag queen a boy? ›
A drag queen is a person, usually male, who uses drag clothing and makeup to imitate and often exaggerate female gender signifiers and gender roles for entertainment purposes. Historically, drag queens have usually been gay men, and have been a part of gay culture.