Chicago Cultural Center May 2008 Events


May 2008

This Month at the
Cultural Center

MUSIC: Chicago Cultural Center Presents: Zarbang
EXHIBITIONS:  Tony Fitzpatrick: The Wonder – Portraits of a Remembered City
LECTURES: Friends of Downtown: “The CTA – The Year…The Future”
THEATER:  A Twist of the Dial 2 – The War Years
FILM: Out of the Vault 2008
DANCE:  About Dance – Matthew Hollis
GREAT CHICAGO SPACES AND PLACES: Go Behind the Scenes of Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center
MOSAIC Members: Limited Reserved Seating!
In May, take a fresh look at the Cultural Center and other great locations with the city’s celebration of architecture, Great Chicago Places and Spaces. Explore the building’s nooks and crannies, and learn about the restoration of the Tiffany art-glass dome currently underway. On Wednesday May 21, come hear preservation specialists discuss the full scope of the restoration project, and interesting observations and discoveries made along the way.

MUSIC: Chicago Cultural Center Presents: Zarbang

Zarbang will perform Thursday, May 8, at 7pm
Zarbang will perform Thursday, May 8, at 7pm

Thursday, May 8, 7pm
4th floor Exhibit Hall
This world percussion ensemble represents some of the finest percussionists from Iran and Afghanistan. Their dynamic yet meditative sound uses vocalization and melody, while fusing ancient Iranian rhythms with instruments from other cultures. All the while, the musicians stay true to the essence and origin of each individual instrument. Zarbang’s innovative music is created by its members, each a respected musician in his own right. Morshed Mehregan, a leading guide in Iran’s ancient martial arts, varzesh-e baastaani, will be featured in Zarbang’s tour. For more information on Zarbang, visit

Klapa Grdelin
Sunday, May 11, 6pm
Claudia Cassidy Theater

Founded in Zagreb in 2000, Klapa Grdelin’s repertoire includes original Dalmatian songs arranged by famous composers and ethnomusicologists, as well as popular tunes adapted for klapa singing.

Claudia Cassidy Theater
The New Millennium/New Music series, which showcases avant-garde and improvised music by touring artists and local musicians, was created by Chicago area musicians, presenters and enthusiasts who continue to support the genre today.

Monday, May 5, 7pm – Ullmann/Swell 4tet. The Swell / Ullmann 4Tet features Barry Altschul, drums, percussion; Hill Greene, bass; Steve Swell, trombone, compositions; and Gebhard Ullman, tenor sax, bass clarinet.

Wednesday, May 21, 7pm – Coin Coin: Chapter 1: Gens de Couleur Libre. Coin Coin features Matana Roberts, saxophonist and composer.
Limited reserved seating available for MOSAIC Members. For details, see “MOSAIC Members” article below.

Wednesday, May 14, 5pm
Randolph Café
Come on out and hear the next generation of jazz talent in Chicago!  These monthly jam sessions are an opportunity for young jazz musicians to perform with world-class professionals in the Jazz Links house band, led by pianist Ken Chaney; Robert Irving III, piano; Ernie Adams, drums; and Lorin Cohen, bass.

10:30am and 12 noon
G.A.R. Hall

Live Music Now! presents various music styles from a range of cultures. It is organized by the International Music Foundation for students in the Chicago Public Schools. Call 312.670.6888 for information and reservations.

Thursday, May 22 – Quintet Attacca. This program will introduce children to wind instruments so they are ready to pick their favorite at the Quintet Idol! competition!

Thursday, May 29 – Ashu. Saxophonist Ashu performs a diverse and engaging program with pianist Kuang Hao Huang. Music will include works by Ibert, Piazzolla, Villa Lobos, and Morricone.

Ongoing, Sunday, 3pm
G.A.R. Hall
This weekly series explores the rich landscape of classical music, from familiar Western orchestral compositions to contemporary improvisational forms and international classical traditions, plus family friendly programs.

May 4 – Chicago Chamber Orchestra. Conductor Dieter Kober leads the orchestra in a rendition of the festive Symphony No.48, “Maria Theresia” and virtuosic Sinfonia Concertante for Oboe, Bassoon, Violin and Violoncello, by the “Father of the Symphony,” Joseph Haydn. American composer Kevin McCarter’s Opening Ideas completes the program.

May 11 – Le Bon Vent. A celebration of music of France and the lands touched by French culture, this program follows the trail of a musical tradition that was born in the courts and countryside of France, crossed the Atlantic to Canada and then headed south to Louisiana.

May 18 – 19th Annual All Chinese Music Concert. The Chinese Fine Arts Society presents this annual celebration of the Chinese musical tradition in conjunction with Asian Heritage Month, featuring unique traditional and contemporary Chinese compositions by Chinese and western composers for piano, strings, woodwinds and voice.

May 25 – Purbayan Chatterjee’s Legacy Tour. This four member Hindustani classical ensemble features two father and son masters of North Indian sitar and tabla. Shri Parthapratim Chatterjee and his son Purbayan Chatterjee, both on sitar, will be accompanied on tabla by the great Pt. Anindo Chatterjee and his son Anubrata Chatterjee. This concert is supported by the India Classical Music Society of Chicago.

Ongoing, Monday, 12:15pm
G.A.R. Hall
LunchBreak’s Classical Mondays offer classical, chamber music and opera concerts.

May 5 – Chicago Chamber Musicians. Talented string players Joseph Genualdi, Jasmine Lin, Rami Solomonow and Clancy Newman perform Debussy’s String Quartet in G Minor, Op.10 alongside music by Kodály and a solo composition written and performed by the ensemble’s cellist.

May 12 – Chicago Opera Theater Young Artists Recital. Featuring mezzo-soprano Amanda Tarver and bass baritone Lucas Harbour, with Scott Gilmore, piano, performing Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, Ibert’s Don Quichotte and songs by Schumann.

May 19 – Award Winners in Concert, Soyoung Kee, piano performs music by Scarlatti, Haydn, Chopin and Prokofiev. Sponsored by the Musicians Club of Women of Chicago. Sponsored by the Musicians Club of Women of Chicago.

May 26 – The Chicago Cultural Center will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.

Ongoing, Tuesday, 12:15pm
Randolph Café

Featuring jazz, blues, cabaret standards, and fresh compositions.
*This special lunchbreak series will commemorate Blues season and the 25th anniversary of the Chicago Blues Festival, which begins Thursday, June 5 – Sunday, June 8, 2008 at the Petrillo Band Shell.

*May 6 – Honeyboy Edwards and Paul Kaye

*May 13 – Lurrie Bell and Matthew Skoller

May 20 – Matana Roberts Trio

*May 27 – Roosevelt “Hatter” Purifoy & Miss

Ongoing, Wednesday, 12:15pm
G.A.R. Hall

Organized by the International Music Foundation, the celebrated series of weekly concerts feature solo and ensemble classical music performed by young musicians. The concerts are broadcast live on WFMT (98.7 FM) and Channel 25.

May 7 Bass baritone Ben Wager and pianist Scott Gilmore from the Chicago Opera Theater.

May 14 – The Baroque Band will perform works by Ravel, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff.

May 21 – Pianist Inna Faliks.

May 28 – Violinist Johanna Franzon and pianist Kuang Hao Huang will perform music by Brahms, Paganini, Chausson, and Saint Saëns.

Ongoing, Friday, 12:15pm
Randolph Café
This LunchBreak Friday series showcases world music.

May 2 – Chicago Korean Music Ensemble (Traditional and contemporary Korean). The Chicago Korean Music Ensemble plays a wide spectrum of music from traditional to contemporary music from Korea. For more information, visit

May 9 – Jeff Newell’s New Trad Octet (New Orleans Gumbo). Put a New Orleans marching band infused with modern harmonies and skittering bebop lines, all over a danceable second line beat and you’ll have an idea of what it’s all about. For more information, visit

May 16 – Mhondoro (Zimbabwean pop). Mhondoro, a Shona name meaning “spirit of a lion,” is based in Champaign, IL and plays popular music from Zimbabwe. For more information, visit

May 23 – Megitza featuring Andreas Kapsalis (Eastern European). Vocalist and composer Malgorzata Babiarz will be accompanied by one of Chicago most versatile guitarists, Andreas Kapsalis. For more information, visit

May 30 – Sisai (Traditional music of the Andes). Sisai will perform traditional music from the Andes region of Peru, Bolivia and their native Ecuador. For more information, visit

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EXHIBITIONS: Tony Fitzpatrick: The Wonder – Portraits of a Remembered City
Tony Fitzpatrick, Truck, 2006, mixed media on paper, 10" x 13".
Tony Fitzpatrick, Truck, 2006, mixed media on paper, 10″ x 13″.

Tony Fitzpatrick: The Wonder – Portraits of a Remembered City
May 3 – June 29
Sidney R. Yates Gallery
Tony Fitzpatrick is not merely a Chicago artist but an institution: an accomplished poet, actor, boxer, and raconteur, among other roles. But foremost, he is a champion of Chicago and its rich history. This project is a love poem to the city and to his childhood memories, in which text and images are combined and collaged with real pieces of Chicago history to tell both a personal story and a history of the town he loves. This exhibition includes a substantial sampling from the series that was illustrated in three of his books.
GALLERY TALK: Thursday, May 15, 12:15pm
Sidney R. Yates Gallery

The artist will discuss his work.

Brad Temkin: New Pictures
May 3 – June 29
Sidney R. Yates Gallery

Brad Temkin is a Chicago based photographer who works internationally and has shown his works widely. This exhibition presents a combination of two series of his recent large scale photographs: Relics and Focal Points. His compositions build on a sculptural foundation that integrates the “found” object and the vast, mundane landscape. Thus, Temkin transforms these forms into strangely beautiful and monumental “earth works” that exist in a timeless realm of their own, or simply evoke familiar places seen in a new way. This exhibition was organized by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs with additional support to the artist provided by Museo Fine Art, an American manufacturer of digital fine art papers, Artists’ Frame Service and Columbia College Chicago.
GALLERY TALK: Thursday, May 29, 12:15pm
Exhibit Hall

Sofia Zutautas, Assistant Curator of Exhibitions, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, will discuss this exhibition.

Dean Sharp: Photographs of the Chicago Picasso, c. 1967
Through June 29
Michigan Avenue Galleries
When the Chicago Picasso was unveiled in 1967, there were mixed reactions to what is now a beloved Chicago icon. Amidst the outrage was a great deal of curiosity among members of the public. From just after its dedication 40 years ago, and for weeks afterwards, Dean Sharp photographed passersby and recorded their “critiques” visually. This selection of his black and white images takes us back to a moment in Chicago history through pictures of people and art, providing an early commentary on public art in which folks might even recognize themselves today.

eMotion Pictures: An Exhibition of Orthopaedics in Art
Through July 20
Chicago Rooms
Sponsored by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, eMotion Pictures is a juried exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography by artists who have experienced an orthopaedic condition, and by orthopaedic surgeons who treat them. Both adult artists and children were asked to share artwork that illustrated some aspect of their relationship to this orthopaedic condition: fear, healing, anger, self image, mobility, frustration, strength, pain, weakness, hope, independence.

Three Hours Between Planes: Contemporary Photography from Leipzig and Chicago
Through July 6
Michigan Avenue Galleries
Three Hours Between Planes presents the work of eleven young German and American based artists working in photography and video. These artists received their training at the Hochshule Grafik und Buchkunst (Academy of Visual Arts) in Leipzig and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, both prestigious programs in lens based creation. Their work is predominantly narrative, and thematically it focuses on the sense of waiting between events. This work offers a fresh read of everyday reality with rigorous precision and deadpan humor. Curated by Marco Poloni (Chicago) and Eiko Grimberg (Leipzig).
GALLERY TALK: Thursday, May 22, 12:15pm
Michigan Avenue Galleries

Lanny Silverman, Curator of Exhibition, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, will discuss this exhibiton.

Arnaldo Roche: Brotherhood / Hermandad
Through June 22
Exhibit Hall
Arnaldo Roche is the preeminent expressionist painter in Puerto Rico. He lived in Chicago for most of the 1980s, and studied at The School of the Art Institute at that time. His vibrant and impassioned canvases, usually realized on a very large scale, are created by using live models and a wide range of objects for his typically frottage technique of rubbing shapes as a starting point for most of his pictures. This exhibition of approximately 20 works is Roche’s first major solo exhibition in Chicago since an early survey of his drawings and paintings was presented at the Chicago Cultural Center in 1987. In the past two decades, Roche has achieved increasing prominence and has had major group exhibitions around the United States, as well as solo exhibitions and monographic catalogs in Puerto Rico and Mexico. Organized by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, this exhibition is co-sponsored by the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, Chicago, and the National Museum of Mexican Art.
GALLERY TALK: Thursday, May 8, 12:15pm
Exhibit Hall

Gregory Knight, Deputy Commissioner, Visual Art, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, will discuss this exhibition.

Chicago Landmarks Before the Lens
Ongoing, Landmark Chicago Gallery
Presented by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, this exhibition features 72 black and white photographs of 24 landmarks and historic districts by Richard Nickel, Barbara Crane, Bob Thall, and Stephen Beal.

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LECTURES: Friends of Downtown: “The CTA – The Year…The Future”
Chicago CTA
Chicago CTA

FRIENDS OF DOWNTOWN: “The CTA – The Year…The Future”
Thursday, May 1, 12:15pm
5th floor Millennium Park Meeting Room
On the first year anniversary of his appointment as president of the Chicago Transit Authority, Ron Huberman will share with his thoughts about his first year at the helm as well as his goals for the future.

MILLENNIUM PARK LURIE GARDEN LECTURE SERIES: “Midwestern Designers: Landscaping with Nature”
Thursday, May 1, 6pm
1st Floor Garland Room

Barbara Geiger will discuss the roots of today’s current interest in naturalistic and sustainable design through the story of F.L. Olmsted, O.C. Simonds, and Jens Jensen. She is the principal of B. Geiger Group, which provides design consulting for heritage landscapes and historic gardens. She teaches for Northwestern University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago Botanic Garden and leads educational landscape tours across the Midwest.

THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO FIRST FRIDAY LECTURES: “Genesis Writ Large: Thoughts on Thomas Mann’s Joseph and His Brothers”
Friday, May 2, 12:15pm
Claudia Cassidy Theater

This lecture vividly explores selections from the four parts of Thomas Mann’s monumental tetralogy, Joseph and His Brothers, which follows the main lines of the Joseph story of Genesis in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament uncannily closely. Claudia Traudt, Basic Program instructor.

Tuesday, May 6, 12:15pm
5th Floor Washington Room

Arts commentator and and critic-at-large for 98.7 WFMT Andrew Patner looks at Chicago Opera Theater’s 2008 Spring Season productions.

INTERSECTIONS: “‘…and gladly teche:’ Academic Labor in the Neo Liberal Economy”
Wednesday, May 7, 6pm
1st Floor Garland Room

Many scholars in this economy have lost the privilege of leisure and must teach continuously to make a living wage. A panel of scholar activists will discuss the contexts and issues associated with contingency and the process of unionization as a step toward equity and quality in higher education. Cris Thale teaches history at Columbia College Chicago. Joe Berry is a Visiting Labor Education Specialist at the University of Illinois. Pete Insley teaches in the Math and Science department at Columbia. Janina Ciezadlo teaches Cultural and Gender Studies at Columbia.

GALLERY TALK: “Arnaldo Roche: Brotherhood / Hermandad”
Thursday, May 8, 12:15pm
Exhibit Hall

Gregory Knight, Deputy Commissioner, Visual Art, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, will discuss this exhibition.

Thursday, May 8, 12:15pm
Location TBD
Author Greg Borzo discusses his popular new book, The Chicago ‘L’ and portrays the growth and development of one of America’s greatest, most enduring icons. Come learn how it came to be and why it needs to be preserved. Greg Borzo is a Chicago native who’s been riding the “L” almost every day for 25 – 30 years and conducts “L” tours for the Chicago History Museum.

Music of the Baroque Lecture
Tuesday, May 13, 6pm
Randolph Cafe

Dan Maki hosts a lecture in advance of Music of the Baroque’s concert of Bach, Mozart and Telemann at the Harris Theater. Visit for more information.

GALLERY TALK: “Tony Fitzpatrick: The Wonder – Portraits of a Remembered City”
Thursday, May 15, 12:15pm
Sidney R. Yates Gallery

The artist will discuss his work.

PRESERVATION SNAPSHOTS: “Teardowns, Facadism & the Spaceship”
Thursday, May 15, 12:15pm
Claudia Cassidy Theater

To celebrate National Preservation Month, outgoing Landmarks Illinois president David Bahlman examines key local historic preservation issues from the past decade and ahead.

Chicago Opera Theater presents: “Stories Heard: Musical Narratives from India”
Thursday, May 15, 6pm
Randolph Café

University of Chicago Ethnomusicologist Kaley Mason talks about the integral role music plays in telling stories, from classical Indian musical styles to Bollywood films. Free, but reservations requested at 312.704.8420 x23 or

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO WORKS OF THE MIND LECTURE SERIES: “Nietzsche and Simone Weil, Two Tragic Philosophers”
Sunday, May 18, 1pm
Fifth Floor Washington Room

Speaker: David Tracy, Andrew Thomas Greely and Grace McNichols Greely Distinguished Service Professor, Divinity School and Committees on Social Thought and Ideas and Methods, the University of Chicago.

Wednesday, May 21, 6pm
Preston Bradley Hall
Team members of the Preston Bradley Hall Tiffany dome restoration, nearing completion, will present insider observations and discoveries behind the world’s largest Tiffany dome – how it came to be in Chicago, and how it will soon glow brilliant with daylight once again. The panel, moderated by Neal Vogel of Restoric LLC, will include architectural historians, preservation specialists, conservators and lighting designers to describe the historical background of the dome and explain the full gamut of work involved in its resurrection.

GALLERY TALK: “Three Hours Between Plane”
Thursday, May 22, 12:15pm
Michigan Avenue Galleries

Lanny Silverman, Curator of Exhibition, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, will discuss this exhibiton.

Thursday, May 22, 12:15pm
5th Floor Washington Room

Arts commentator and and critic-at-large for 98.7 WFMT Andrew Patner looks at Chicago Opera Theater’s 2008 Spring Season productions. Members of the Chicago Opera Theater’s Young Artists Program will perform excerpts.

GALLERY TALK: “Brad Temkin: New Pictures”
Thursday, May 29, 12:15pm
Exhibit Hall

Sofia Zutautas, Assistant Curator of Exhibitions, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, will discuss this exhibition.

Ongoing, Wednesday, 12:30pm
Randolph Café

Café Society is presented by The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council and the Chicago Cultural Center. The current event topics are chosen a few days in advance in order to be up-to-the-minute. For the week’s topic and suggested readings, email or call 312-422-5580. 

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THEATER: A Twist of the Dial 2 – The War Years

A Twist of the Dial 2 – The War Years
Wednesday, May 14, 7pm
Claudia Cassidy Theater
During WW2 radio played a vital role in keeping the nation informed, entertained, and unified. AFTRA/SAG Radio Players’ production will sample radio’s brilliant output during those desperate years. Enjoy an hour filled with bits and pieces of the best shows old time radio had to offer. Like A Twist of the Dial -1, you’ll be treated to drama, music, and comedy. Every minute of this variety show is live, including the featured music of the Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra. Directed by Parker Gronwold and Produced by Mercita Demonk.  This is a FREE production.

Boys and Girls
May 15 – June 15
Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sundays at 3pm
Studio Theater, Chicago Cultural Center
Enjoy two provocative dark comedies produced by Theatre Seven of Chicago. Daniel Maclvor’s Never Swim Alone blows the lid off modern masculinity as it examines the lives of two lifelong friends, chained together by one tragic childhood day at the beach.
In The Shallow End, playwright Wendy MacLeod follows four teenage girls through the twists and turns of friendship over the course of one summer. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door; $12 for students, seniors; $10 for groups (7 or more); $10 preview 5/15

Yoni Ki Baat by Rasaka Theatre Company
Wednesday, May 21, 7:30 pm
Studio Theater, Chicago Cultural Center

The idea for this show developed on the East Coast, using Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues as a template. East Coast South Asian writers developed material for a production and then artists on the West Coast added to it for their own version. Rasaka has received the working scripts of both “Yoni” projects. Internal script development sessions will be held to develop material for Rasaka’s own version of Yoni ki Baat.

What Everywoman Knows
Through May 3
Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm; Mondays at 7pm
Studio Theater, Chicago Cultural Center
ShawChicago returns to the Studio Theater with James Barrie’s comedy about marriage. Maggie Wylie is twenty seven, unmarried and with no prospects, and her father and brothers are desperate to find her a husband. When they apprehend a burglar, young John Shand, who has been breaking and entering to read the 600 books in their library, the problem of Maggie’s spinsterhood is solved.
Tickets are $15

Hana’s Suitcase
Through May 11
Saturdays and Sundays at 11am, 2pm and 5pm
Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph Street
In March of 2000, a mysterious suitcase arrived at the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center from Poland, bearing the name “Hana Brady.” Based on real events, Hana’s Suitcase is the story of two Japanese students and their teacher who embark on a worldwide journey to discover the story behind the name. Told through the eyes of school children, Hana’s Suitcase presents compelling insight into the Holocaust that focuses on glorious moments of heroism, and the awe inspiring poetry of this complex history. Directed by Sean Graney.
Tickets are $35; $20 for youth 16 and under; $30 for previews April 11 and 12

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FILM: Out of the Vault 2008

Out of the Vault 2008 – Year of Confrontation
Friday, May 16, 7 pm
Claudia Cassidy Theater
Chicago Film Archives commemorates the 40th anniversary of the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago with a program that captures the social unrest and political issues facing America during the Vietnam War. Among the films featured in this program are four newly preserved films from the Film Group’s Urban Crisis and the New Militants series: The Right to Dissent: A Press Conference (1968, 9 minutes, live action, black and white, sound); Social Confrontation: The Battle of Michigan Avenue (1968, 11 minutes, black and white, sound); Law and Order vs. Dissent (1968, 11 minutes, live action, black and white, sound); Police Power and the Freedom of Assembly: The Gregory March (1968, 7 minutes, live action, black and white, sound). Out of the Vault 2008 is co-presented by Chicago Film Archives and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

ITVS COMMUNITY CINEMA is a monthly screening series showcasing the Emmy Award-winning PBS series, Independent Lens, presented in partnership with local public television stations and local, regional and national partner organizations, including the Chicago Cultural Center.
Claudia Cassidy Theater
Saturday, May 17, 2pm

Born in a Thai refugee camp on Cambodian New Year, filmmaker Socheata Poeuv grew up in the United States never knowing that her family had survived the Khmer Rouge genocide. In New Year Baby, she embarks on a journey to Cambodia in search of the truth and why her family’s history had been buried in secrecy for so long.

Blues Season: The Maxwell Street Film Series
Saturday, May 24, 1-5pm
Claudia Cassidy Theater

In anticipation of Blues season and the 25th annual Chicago Blues Festival in June, the Maxwell Street Foundation and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events present this collection of films about Maxwell Street and its connection to Chicago Blues music. The Chicago Blues style largely evolved from the performances of street musicians at Chicago’s Maxwell Street Market. The films to be shown are: And This Is Free (1963, 48 min.), introduced by Gordon Quinn, filmmaker at 1 pm; At Maxwell Street by Tom Palazzolo and Friends (1983, 36 min.), introduced by Tom Palazzolo at 2:15 pm; The Church on Maxwell Street by Marvin Newman and Yasuhiro Ishimoto (1951, 7 min.), introduced by Marvin Newman, filmmaker at 3:15 pm; and Maxwell Street Blues by Linda Williams and Raul Zaritsky (1980, 56 min.), introduced by Raul Zaritsky at 3:45 pm. The film series will conclude by 5 pm with closing comments from the Maxwell Street Foundation.

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DANCE:  About Dance – Matthew Hollis
Matthew Hollis
Matthew Hollis

ABOUT DANCE: Matthew Hollis
Thursday, May 8, 6pm
Dance Studio
Matthew Hollis and the “Power of Cheer” present “Let’s Go Love!,” an inspirational call to arms. Using the art of cheerleading as a springboard for his creative process, Matthew categorically dissects and celebrates the conundrum called love. Noble, global, urgent, and destructive, love is the name of the game and “The Power of Cheer” wants you to come out and play! About Dance is a monthly series featuring short performance excerpts by acclaimed companies and choreographers and a discussion with dance critic Lucia Mauro about the artistic process. This is the second of four programs featuring the Chicago DanceMakers Forum 2007-2008 lab artists.

Spring Concert Preview by Hedwig Dances
Friday, May 9, 1pm
Dance Studio

Included in the preview will be excerpts of Earthly Tongues and Ache of the Arc. With hearty doses of humor and pungency, Earthly Tongues (premiere) dance examines what we know, what we don’t know and what we fantasize about our collective and individual origins. Ache of the Arc (2002) contrasts the human capacity for extraordinary kindness and profound cruelty and probes the disorientation, panic and apprehension sown by fear.

Dancing With Class: Spring 2008 Dance Off
Wednesday, May 28, 4:30pm and 7pm
G.A.R. Hall

Fifth graders from around the city show their skills in Merengue, Swing, Waltz, Tango, and Salsa, having undergone the transformation from girls and boys to ladies and gentlemen. The 4:30 pm show will feature students from Brenneman Elementary, Disney Magnet School, Field Elementary, McCutcheon Elementary, Stewart Elementary, Stockton Specialty School, and Swift Specialty School. The 7pm performance will feature students from Bateman Elementary, Chappell Elementary, Hayt Elementary, McPherson Elementary, Rogers Elementary, Volta Elementary, and West Park Academy. Dancing with Class is co presented by May I Have This Dance, Inc. and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

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GREAT CHICAGO SPACES AND PLACES: Go Behind the Scenes of Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago Cultural Center, Washington Staircase
Chicago Cultural Center, Washington Staircase

As a prelude to Great Chicago Places and Spaces, distinguished authors share their unique stories about Chicago during the Conversations Within Communities reading series. Each event is presented at the Chicago Cultural Center and later that day in another part of the city. Presented in partnership with the University of Chicago Press.

Louise W. Knight
Wednesday, May 7, 12 Noon
Millennium Park Room
Author of Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy.

Stuart Dybek
Wednesday, May 14, 12 Noon
Millennium Park Room

Author of Childhood and Other Neighborhoods.

Lego Block Party
Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18, 11am
1st Floor Garland Room

Bring your design talents, imagination and enthusiasm to design and build like an architect. Children and adults will create colorful urbanscapes using LEGO building block products, DUPLO and 3D models to discover how community and culture contribute to the Chicago streetscape.

Tours of the Chicago Cultural Center
Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18, 11:15am and 1:15pm
Randolph Lobby

Explore the Chicago Cultural Center inside and out, and learn about the architectural features and exquisite craftsmanship that makes this landmark building a Chicago treasure.  The lush interior ornamentation features two spectacular domes, including the world’s largest Tiffany dome by Louis Comfort Tiffany which is currently undergoing restoration.  Learn about the process of removing, cleaning and replacing approximately 30,000 pieces of glass, and restoring the cast iron frame and outer skylight.  Tours are limited to the first twenty people.

MOSAIC Members: Limited Reserved Seating!
Matana Robert
Matana Robert

Reserved Seating for MOSAIC Members
New Millennium/New Music
Coin Coin: Chapter 1:
Gens de Couleur Libre

Wednesday, May 21, at 7pm
Claudia Cassidy Theater

Coin Coin is a patchwork sound quilt that pays homage to saxaphonist/composer Matana Robert’s colorful ancestral lore and paints a musical portrait of African American history. Limited reserved seating for MOSAIC Members. To guarantee your seat at this exciting concert, RSVP to (312) 742-0185 or e-mail TODAY!


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