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Staff Pick: Best dance company

Staff Pick: Best dance company

Unlike musicians, dancers never put their instruments down. That's especially true of Red Clay Dance, where the intersection of art and activism falls under a... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best dance company...→

Staff Pick: Best dance company

Staff Pick: Best dance company

Unlike musicians, dancers never put their instruments down. That's especially true of Red Clay Dance, where the intersection of art and activism falls under a... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best dance company...→

Big Muddy Dance Company: Beat Ballads

Big Muddy Dance Company: Beat Ballads

Big Muddy Dance Company: Beat Ballads The Big Muddy Dance Company's current season is all about celebrating the minds of musicians through kinetic movements. For the troupe's next show, Beat Ballads, they perform to the works of British composer Joby Talbot, who composed the scores for The League of Gentlemen and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy film. Big Muddy's artistic director Brian Enos has choreographed a brand-new piece to accompany Talbot's "Hadal Zone," while Shannon Alvis' "With You Always" is once again mounted. Beat Ballads is performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (January 24 and 25) at the Grandel (3610 Grandel Square; www.thebigmuddydanceco.org). Tickets are $25 to $45. Read full article: Big Muddy Dance Company: Beat Ballads...→

Back With a Bang! A Hollywood Hip Kid Dance Bash Celebrates 20 Years (Party Pick & Photos) - LA Weekly

Y2K may have brought tech-steria to pop culture but it also ushered in an exciting wave of indie rock sounds and stylish nightlife to go with it. Forecasting the era to come, revered club promoters Joseph Brooks, Shalyce Benfell, Jason Lavitt and Piper Ferguson kicked off the millennium with a bang… Club Bang! The 18 … Read full article: Back With a Bang! A Hollywood Hip Kid Da...→

Dance Pick: Dance at the Odyssey - LA Weekly

Dance at the Odyssey presents five weeks of L.A.-based, mostly contemporary dance companies. The 2020 fest opens with the stunning String Theory. Read full article: Dance Pick: Dance at the Odyssey - LA We...→

Staff Pick: Best attraction

Staff Pick: Best attraction

The Chicago Cultural Center sits in the middle of downtown—it's just west of Millennium Park, a stone's throw from the Magnificent Mile and the Art... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best attraction...→

Dance Pick: Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake - LA Weekly

Bourne is back, his show’s 20-year old audacity still ringing true. As the British crown reels once more from revelations about a current prince’s involvement with a notorious sexual predator, the return of the ballet continues to resonate. Read full article: Dance Pick: Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake -...→

Event Pick: A Slightly Guided Dance Party at MOCA Geffen - LA Weekly

L.A. City Municipal Dance Squad presents A Slightly Guided Dance Party: Winter Wonderland Edition, at MOCA's Little Tokyo location. Read full article: Event Pick: A Slightly Guided Dance Part...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Under artistic director Charles Newell, Court Theatre is all over the place in the best possible way. Where else can you see both a rapturously... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater...→

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

First off, let me concede that you gotta like Pat Hughes. Hate the Rickettses and what they've done to Rickettsville, hate the Cubs and what... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best sportscaster...→

Staff pick: Best poetry organization

Staff pick: Best poetry organization

It might seem strange to think of the Poetry Foundation as in need of a booster—after all, it was one of two top finalists for... Read full article: Staff pick: Best poetry organization...→

Staff Pick: Best budtender

Staff Pick: Best budtender

Lorena Cupcake is an arts and culture writer, social media expert, and—­according to the Reader's Best of Chicago poll—one of the city's top budtenders. Originally... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best budtender...→

Costuming dancers in ads to pay their wages? At Velocity Dance Center, artists take on Seattle’s skyrocketing costs.

Costuming dancers in ads to pay their wages? At Velocity Dance Center, artists take on Seattle’s skyrocketing costs.

In Velocity Dance Center's “Next Fest 2019 — Ritual and Rebellion," happening Dec. 12-15, some of the featured up-and-coming choreographers address the unsustainable rise in cost of living for Seattle artists. Read full article: Costuming dancers in ads to pay their wa...→

Staff Pick: Best shoe store

Staff Pick: Best shoe store

Before Adidas opened its flagship Wicker Park store in 2017, Saint Alfred was the only shop along Milwaukee Avenue you'd be guaranteed to find sneakerheads... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best shoe store...→

Dance Pick: Heidi Duckler: Hildegard Herself - LA Weekly

The new dance suite unfolds across the Parish Hall, courtyard and main cathedral of St. John’s, and is dedicated to the more esoteric dimensions of Hildegard von Bingen's theology and spiritual language. Read full article: Dance Pick: Heidi Duckler: Hildegard Her...→

Dance Pick: Loch a hEala (Swan Lake) - LA Weekly

It’s called "Swan Lake" and while created for England’s Sadler Wells Ballet, choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan brings his own company Teaċ Damsa for this revision of the classical ballet. Read full article: Dance Pick: Loch a hEala (Swan Lake) - L...→

Dance Pick: Abraham.In.Motion. - LA Weekly

Three Abraham works include "Drive" (2017) drawing on house music, "The Quiet Dance" (2011) set to Bill Evans’ jazz rendition of Some Other Time, and the solo "Show Pony" (2018), which provides a homecoming for the L.A.-born soloist Marcella Lewis. Read full article: Dance Pick: Abraham.In.Motion. - LA Week...→

Dance Pick: Contra-Tiempo - LA Weekly

Known for combining salsa, hip-hop and Afro-Cuban dance with urban and contemporary dance theater, Contra-Tiempo Urban Dance Theater gets a mainstage showcase. Read full article: Dance Pick: Contra-Tiempo - LA Weekly...→

Police: Burglars Have Posed As Electric Company Staff, Renters

Police: Burglars Have Posed As Electric Company Staff, Renters

Police issued a community alert Sunday about two burglars who have posed as electric company employees or interested renters and found their way into people’s homes on the South and Southwest sides. Read full article: Police: Burglars Have Posed As Electric ...→

Staff Pick: Best local label

Staff Pick: Best local label

Punk musician and engineer Blake Karlson launched Chicago Research in late 2018, and since then he's used the label to document every scrap and fleck... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best local label...→

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Among the contenders for the title "Best pizza" this year, you might have been surprised to see the name of Reader staff writer Leor Galil.... Read full article: Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza...→

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Years ago at the bar, a man named Paulie told me all about the neighborhood that I live in now. It's west of Canaryville, north... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best neighborhood...→

Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Muntu's ambitions are vast, both in terms of space and time. Helmed by executive director Sekou Tepaka Lunda Conde, the 47-year-old South Shore-based company aims... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

It's not uncommon for newbies to leave Trap Door wondering what just hit them. Since founding the 45-seat Bucktown company over 25 years ago, Beata... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater...→

Staff Pick: Best house music DJ

Staff Pick: Best house music DJ

Great DJs keep their ears open to the world, and Duane Powell knows how to listen. He's been plugged into local music since 1983, when... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best house music DJ...→

Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop

Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop

Why are there four T-shirt shops within a block of each other in Andersonville? Strolling north on Clark from Foster Avenue one soon understands the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop...→

Dance Pick: The Nutcracker Goes All-City - LA Weekly

Thanksgiving weekend isn’t just the official launch holiday shopping, it also marks the start of the Nutcracker ballet season. More than 100 Nutcracker productions, ranging from professional to training companies with guest artists to neighborhood dance studios, take the stage over the next five weeks. The first of the professional ballet companies is L.A.’s own … Read full article: Dance Pick: The Nutcracker Goes All-City...→

Dance Pick: A Room to Create (ARC) Gold Series No. 2 - LA Weekly

Last year, A Room to Create (better known as ARC) unveiled a new dance performance series dubbed Gold Series No. 1, featuring original works considering the glory and showmanship of the precious metal. The series returns with Gold Series No. 2. Read full article: Dance Pick: A Room to Create (ARC) Gold ...→

Dance Film Pick: Merce Cunningham Screening Series - LA Weekly

Dance Camera West, along with an impressive list of collaborators, sponsors a special screening series as part of the celebration marking what would have been the late choreographer Merce Cunningham’s centennial year. Read full article: Dance Film Pick: Merce Cunningham Screen...→

From experimental dance musicians L.A.Drones and pop act Itzy to classically trained percussionist Moritz von Oswald and

From experimental dance musicians L.A.Drones and pop act Itzy to classically trained percussionist Moritz von Oswald and puppet rockers Green Jello. Read full article: From experimental dance musicians L.A.Dr...→

Literary pick of the week: Poets and Writers and Musicians Against the War on the Earth

Literary pick of the week: Poets and Writers and Musicians Against the War on the Earth

Australia is on fire, destroying human and animal life. Polar bears are starving because the arctic ice is melting. The Environmental Protection Agency, which is supposed to guard the environment, … Read full article: Literary pick of the week: Poets and Wri...→

The Peter London Global Dance Company Crosses Over to the Adrienne Arsht Center

The Peter London Global Dance Company Crosses Over to the Adrienne Arsht Center

The room buzzed with activity as members of the Peter London Global Dance Company spent time preparing for Crossing, which will be performed between December 27 and 29 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County.   Founder and artistic director Peter London uses local dancers... Read full article: The Peter London Global Dance Company Cr...→

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Last month Polo G's major-label debut, Die a Legend, ranked number 46 on the Billboard 200 while Chance the Rapper's The Big Day sat at... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist...→

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

In 1931, chewing gum entrepreneur William Wrigley Jr. gave an industrial building at 509 N. Union to the Salvation Army, which started collecting donated goods... Read full article: Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, a...→

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

When the big theaters have a changing of the guard in artistic directors, it's understandably big news. But in a city as dependent on the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best transitions to new lead...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

On its website, Jefferson Park's tiny the Gift Theatre states as one of its founding beliefs that "a play never closes until everyone who saw... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best...→

Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team

Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team

The best professional baseball games I've experienced in recent years have all taken place at an unusually tidy ballpark wedged between I-294 and the Metra... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team...→

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

This year marks the 27th in a row I've contributed, in one form or another, to an alternative weekly's Best of issue. Most years, the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant...→

Staff Pick: Best art gallery

Staff Pick: Best art gallery

Chicago is a lucky spot for people who like emerging and otherwise overlooked visual art. We have a bunch of college programs in the area... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best art gallery...→

Dance Pick: Donna Sternberg & Dancers: Iron Women - LA Weekly

Iron Women, a new dance work from Donna Sternberg & Dancers, is offered in conjunction with the Wende Museum exhibition "The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain." Read full article: Dance Pick: Donna Sternberg & Dancers: I...→

Dance Pick: Forever Flamenco - LA Weekly

The long-running, mostly monthly Forever Flamenco occasionally breaks out of the traditional Spanish flamenco trinity of dancers-guitarist-singer, and this is one of those times as Spain meets up with two distinctively American musical genres. In Sonikete Blues: Woodshedding, dancer Cihtli “La Gallardi” Ocampo displays her traditional chops plus flamenco’s compatibility with both jazz and Mississippi … Read full article: Dance Pick: Forever Flamenco - LA Weekly...→

Welcome to the New Paul Taylor Dance Company

Welcome to the New Paul Taylor Dance Company

It’s the changing of the guard with a vengeance at the Paul Taylor American Modern Dance company. Read full article: Welcome to the New Paul Taylor Dance Com...→

Big Muddy Dance Company: Beat Ballads

Big Muddy Dance Company: Beat Ballads

Big Muddy Dance Company: Beat Ballads The Big Muddy Dance Company's current season is all about celebrating the minds of musicians through kinetic movements. For the troupe's next show, Beat Ballads, they perform to the works of British composer Joby Talbot, who composed the scores for The League of Gentlemen and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy film. Big Muddy's artistic director Brian Enos has choreographed a brand-new piece to accompany Talbot's "Hadal Zone," while Shannon Alvis' "With You Always" is once again mounted. Beat Ballads is performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (January 24 and 25) at the Grandel (3610 Grandel Square; www.thebigmuddydanceco.org). Tickets are $25 to $45. Read full article: Big Muddy Dance Company: Beat Ballads...→

From experimental dance musicians L.A.Drones and pop act Itzy to classically trained percussionist Moritz von Oswald and

From experimental dance musicians L.A.Drones and pop act Itzy to classically trained percussionist Moritz von Oswald and puppet rockers Green Jello. Read full article: From experimental dance musicians L.A.Dr...→

Dance Pick: Contra-Tiempo - LA Weekly

Known for combining salsa, hip-hop and Afro-Cuban dance with urban and contemporary dance theater, Contra-Tiempo Urban Dance Theater gets a mainstage showcase. Read full article: Dance Pick: Contra-Tiempo - LA Weekly...→

Dance Pick: Dance at the Odyssey - LA Weekly

Dance at the Odyssey presents five weeks of L.A.-based, mostly contemporary dance companies. The 2020 fest opens with the stunning String Theory. Read full article: Dance Pick: Dance at the Odyssey - LA We...→

The Peter London Global Dance Company Crosses Over to the Adrienne Arsht Center

The Peter London Global Dance Company Crosses Over to the Adrienne Arsht Center

The room buzzed with activity as members of the Peter London Global Dance Company spent time preparing for Crossing, which will be performed between December 27 and 29 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County.   Founder and artistic director Peter London uses local dancers... Read full article: The Peter London Global Dance Company Cr...→

Dance Pick: Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake - LA Weekly

Bourne is back, his show’s 20-year old audacity still ringing true. As the British crown reels once more from revelations about a current prince’s involvement with a notorious sexual predator, the return of the ballet continues to resonate. Read full article: Dance Pick: Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake -...→

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

In 1931, chewing gum entrepreneur William Wrigley Jr. gave an industrial building at 509 N. Union to the Salvation Army, which started collecting donated goods... Read full article: Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, a...→

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Among the contenders for the title "Best pizza" this year, you might have been surprised to see the name of Reader staff writer Leor Galil.... Read full article: Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Under artistic director Charles Newell, Court Theatre is all over the place in the best possible way. Where else can you see both a rapturously... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

On its website, Jefferson Park's tiny the Gift Theatre states as one of its founding beliefs that "a play never closes until everyone who saw... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best...→

Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Muntu's ambitions are vast, both in terms of space and time. Helmed by executive director Sekou Tepaka Lunda Conde, the 47-year-old South Shore-based company aims... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of...→

Staff pick: Best poetry organization

Staff pick: Best poetry organization

It might seem strange to think of the Poetry Foundation as in need of a booster—after all, it was one of two top finalists for... Read full article: Staff pick: Best poetry organization...→

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

This year marks the 27th in a row I've contributed, in one form or another, to an alternative weekly's Best of issue. Most years, the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant...→

Staff Pick: Best house music DJ

Staff Pick: Best house music DJ

Great DJs keep their ears open to the world, and Duane Powell knows how to listen. He's been plugged into local music since 1983, when... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best house music DJ...→

Costuming dancers in ads to pay their wages? At Velocity Dance Center, artists take on Seattle’s skyrocketing costs.

Costuming dancers in ads to pay their wages? At Velocity Dance Center, artists take on Seattle’s skyrocketing costs.

In Velocity Dance Center's “Next Fest 2019 — Ritual and Rebellion," happening Dec. 12-15, some of the featured up-and-coming choreographers address the unsustainable rise in cost of living for Seattle artists. Read full article: Costuming dancers in ads to pay their wa...→

Dance Pick: Donna Sternberg & Dancers: Iron Women - LA Weekly

Iron Women, a new dance work from Donna Sternberg & Dancers, is offered in conjunction with the Wende Museum exhibition "The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain." Read full article: Dance Pick: Donna Sternberg & Dancers: I...→

Dance Pick: The Nutcracker Goes All-City - LA Weekly

Thanksgiving weekend isn’t just the official launch holiday shopping, it also marks the start of the Nutcracker ballet season. More than 100 Nutcracker productions, ranging from professional to training companies with guest artists to neighborhood dance studios, take the stage over the next five weeks. The first of the professional ballet companies is L.A.’s own … Read full article: Dance Pick: The Nutcracker Goes All-City...→

Dance Pick: Heidi Duckler: Hildegard Herself - LA Weekly

The new dance suite unfolds across the Parish Hall, courtyard and main cathedral of St. John’s, and is dedicated to the more esoteric dimensions of Hildegard von Bingen's theology and spiritual language. Read full article: Dance Pick: Heidi Duckler: Hildegard Her...→

Welcome to the New Paul Taylor Dance Company

Welcome to the New Paul Taylor Dance Company

It’s the changing of the guard with a vengeance at the Paul Taylor American Modern Dance company. Read full article: Welcome to the New Paul Taylor Dance Com...→

Dance Film Pick: Merce Cunningham Screening Series - LA Weekly

Dance Camera West, along with an impressive list of collaborators, sponsors a special screening series as part of the celebration marking what would have been the late choreographer Merce Cunningham’s centennial year. Read full article: Dance Film Pick: Merce Cunningham Screen...→

Dance Pick: Abraham.In.Motion. - LA Weekly

Three Abraham works include "Drive" (2017) drawing on house music, "The Quiet Dance" (2011) set to Bill Evans’ jazz rendition of Some Other Time, and the solo "Show Pony" (2018), which provides a homecoming for the L.A.-born soloist Marcella Lewis. Read full article: Dance Pick: Abraham.In.Motion. - LA Week...→

Back With a Bang! A Hollywood Hip Kid Dance Bash Celebrates 20 Years (Party Pick & Photos) - LA Weekly

Y2K may have brought tech-steria to pop culture but it also ushered in an exciting wave of indie rock sounds and stylish nightlife to go with it. Forecasting the era to come, revered club promoters Joseph Brooks, Shalyce Benfell, Jason Lavitt and Piper Ferguson kicked off the millennium with a bang… Club Bang! The 18 … Read full article: Back With a Bang! A Hollywood Hip Kid Da...→

Literary pick of the week: Poets and Writers and Musicians Against the War on the Earth

Literary pick of the week: Poets and Writers and Musicians Against the War on the Earth

Australia is on fire, destroying human and animal life. Polar bears are starving because the arctic ice is melting. The Environmental Protection Agency, which is supposed to guard the environment, … Read full article: Literary pick of the week: Poets and Wri...→

Police: Burglars Have Posed As Electric Company Staff, Renters

Police: Burglars Have Posed As Electric Company Staff, Renters

Police issued a community alert Sunday about two burglars who have posed as electric company employees or interested renters and found their way into people’s homes on the South and Southwest sides. Read full article: Police: Burglars Have Posed As Electric ...→

Staff Pick: Best attraction

Staff Pick: Best attraction

The Chicago Cultural Center sits in the middle of downtown—it's just west of Millennium Park, a stone's throw from the Magnificent Mile and the Art... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best attraction...→

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Last month Polo G's major-label debut, Die a Legend, ranked number 46 on the Billboard 200 while Chance the Rapper's The Big Day sat at... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist...→

Staff Pick: Best local label

Staff Pick: Best local label

Punk musician and engineer Blake Karlson launched Chicago Research in late 2018, and since then he's used the label to document every scrap and fleck... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best local label...→

Event Pick: A Slightly Guided Dance Party at MOCA Geffen - LA Weekly

L.A. City Municipal Dance Squad presents A Slightly Guided Dance Party: Winter Wonderland Edition, at MOCA's Little Tokyo location. Read full article: Event Pick: A Slightly Guided Dance Part...→

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

When the big theaters have a changing of the guard in artistic directors, it's understandably big news. But in a city as dependent on the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best transitions to new lead...→

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Years ago at the bar, a man named Paulie told me all about the neighborhood that I live in now. It's west of Canaryville, north... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best neighborhood...→

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

First off, let me concede that you gotta like Pat Hughes. Hate the Rickettses and what they've done to Rickettsville, hate the Cubs and what... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best sportscaster...→

Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team

Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team

The best professional baseball games I've experienced in recent years have all taken place at an unusually tidy ballpark wedged between I-294 and the Metra... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

It's not uncommon for newbies to leave Trap Door wondering what just hit them. Since founding the 45-seat Bucktown company over 25 years ago, Beata... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater...→

Staff Pick: Best budtender

Staff Pick: Best budtender

Lorena Cupcake is an arts and culture writer, social media expert, and—­according to the Reader's Best of Chicago poll—one of the city's top budtenders. Originally... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best budtender...→

Staff Pick: Best art gallery

Staff Pick: Best art gallery

Chicago is a lucky spot for people who like emerging and otherwise overlooked visual art. We have a bunch of college programs in the area... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best art gallery...→

Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop

Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop

Why are there four T-shirt shops within a block of each other in Andersonville? Strolling north on Clark from Foster Avenue one soon understands the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop...→

Staff Pick: Best shoe store

Staff Pick: Best shoe store

Before Adidas opened its flagship Wicker Park store in 2017, Saint Alfred was the only shop along Milwaukee Avenue you'd be guaranteed to find sneakerheads... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best shoe store...→

Dance Pick: Forever Flamenco - LA Weekly

The long-running, mostly monthly Forever Flamenco occasionally breaks out of the traditional Spanish flamenco trinity of dancers-guitarist-singer, and this is one of those times as Spain meets up with two distinctively American musical genres. In Sonikete Blues: Woodshedding, dancer Cihtli “La Gallardi” Ocampo displays her traditional chops plus flamenco’s compatibility with both jazz and Mississippi … Read full article: Dance Pick: Forever Flamenco - LA Weekly...→

Dance Pick: A Room to Create (ARC) Gold Series No. 2 - LA Weekly

Last year, A Room to Create (better known as ARC) unveiled a new dance performance series dubbed Gold Series No. 1, featuring original works considering the glory and showmanship of the precious metal. The series returns with Gold Series No. 2. Read full article: Dance Pick: A Room to Create (ARC) Gold ...→

Dance Pick: Loch a hEala (Swan Lake) - LA Weekly

It’s called "Swan Lake" and while created for England’s Sadler Wells Ballet, choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan brings his own company Teaċ Damsa for this revision of the classical ballet. Read full article: Dance Pick: Loch a hEala (Swan Lake) - L...→

Big Muddy Dance Company: Beat Ballads

Big Muddy Dance Company: Beat Ballads

Big Muddy Dance Company: Beat Ballads The Big Muddy Dance Company's current season is all about celebrating the minds of musicians through kinetic movements. For the troupe's next show, Beat Ballads, they perform to the works of British composer Joby Talbot, who composed the scores for The League of Gentlemen and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy film. Big Muddy's artistic director Brian Enos has choreographed a brand-new piece to accompany Talbot's "Hadal Zone," while Shannon Alvis' "With You Always" is once again mounted. Beat Ballads is performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (January 24 and 25) at the Grandel (3610 Grandel Square; www.thebigmuddydanceco.org). Tickets are $25 to $45. Read full article: Big Muddy Dance Company: Beat Ballads...→

Dance Pick: Abraham.In.Motion. - LA Weekly

Three Abraham works include "Drive" (2017) drawing on house music, "The Quiet Dance" (2011) set to Bill Evans’ jazz rendition of Some Other Time, and the solo "Show Pony" (2018), which provides a homecoming for the L.A.-born soloist Marcella Lewis. Read full article: Dance Pick: Abraham.In.Motion. - LA Week...→

From experimental dance musicians L.A.Drones and pop act Itzy to classically trained percussionist Moritz von Oswald and

From experimental dance musicians L.A.Drones and pop act Itzy to classically trained percussionist Moritz von Oswald and puppet rockers Green Jello. Read full article: From experimental dance musicians L.A.Dr...→

Back With a Bang! A Hollywood Hip Kid Dance Bash Celebrates 20 Years (Party Pick & Photos) - LA Weekly

Y2K may have brought tech-steria to pop culture but it also ushered in an exciting wave of indie rock sounds and stylish nightlife to go with it. Forecasting the era to come, revered club promoters Joseph Brooks, Shalyce Benfell, Jason Lavitt and Piper Ferguson kicked off the millennium with a bang… Club Bang! The 18 … Read full article: Back With a Bang! A Hollywood Hip Kid Da...→

Dance Pick: Contra-Tiempo - LA Weekly

Known for combining salsa, hip-hop and Afro-Cuban dance with urban and contemporary dance theater, Contra-Tiempo Urban Dance Theater gets a mainstage showcase. Read full article: Dance Pick: Contra-Tiempo - LA Weekly...→

Literary pick of the week: Poets and Writers and Musicians Against the War on the Earth

Literary pick of the week: Poets and Writers and Musicians Against the War on the Earth

Australia is on fire, destroying human and animal life. Polar bears are starving because the arctic ice is melting. The Environmental Protection Agency, which is supposed to guard the environment, … Read full article: Literary pick of the week: Poets and Wri...→

Dance Pick: Dance at the Odyssey - LA Weekly

Dance at the Odyssey presents five weeks of L.A.-based, mostly contemporary dance companies. The 2020 fest opens with the stunning String Theory. Read full article: Dance Pick: Dance at the Odyssey - LA We...→

Police: Burglars Have Posed As Electric Company Staff, Renters

Police: Burglars Have Posed As Electric Company Staff, Renters

Police issued a community alert Sunday about two burglars who have posed as electric company employees or interested renters and found their way into people’s homes on the South and Southwest sides. Read full article: Police: Burglars Have Posed As Electric ...→

The Peter London Global Dance Company Crosses Over to the Adrienne Arsht Center

The Peter London Global Dance Company Crosses Over to the Adrienne Arsht Center

The room buzzed with activity as members of the Peter London Global Dance Company spent time preparing for Crossing, which will be performed between December 27 and 29 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County.   Founder and artistic director Peter London uses local dancers... Read full article: The Peter London Global Dance Company Cr...→

Staff Pick: Best attraction

Staff Pick: Best attraction

The Chicago Cultural Center sits in the middle of downtown—it's just west of Millennium Park, a stone's throw from the Magnificent Mile and the Art... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best attraction...→

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Last month Polo G's major-label debut, Die a Legend, ranked number 46 on the Billboard 200 while Chance the Rapper's The Big Day sat at... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist...→

Dance Pick: Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake - LA Weekly

Bourne is back, his show’s 20-year old audacity still ringing true. As the British crown reels once more from revelations about a current prince’s involvement with a notorious sexual predator, the return of the ballet continues to resonate. Read full article: Dance Pick: Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake -...→

Staff Pick: Best local label

Staff Pick: Best local label

Punk musician and engineer Blake Karlson launched Chicago Research in late 2018, and since then he's used the label to document every scrap and fleck... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best local label...→

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

In 1931, chewing gum entrepreneur William Wrigley Jr. gave an industrial building at 509 N. Union to the Salvation Army, which started collecting donated goods... Read full article: Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, a...→

Event Pick: A Slightly Guided Dance Party at MOCA Geffen - LA Weekly

L.A. City Municipal Dance Squad presents A Slightly Guided Dance Party: Winter Wonderland Edition, at MOCA's Little Tokyo location. Read full article: Event Pick: A Slightly Guided Dance Part...→

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Among the contenders for the title "Best pizza" this year, you might have been surprised to see the name of Reader staff writer Leor Galil.... Read full article: Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza...→

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

When the big theaters have a changing of the guard in artistic directors, it's understandably big news. But in a city as dependent on the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best transitions to new lead...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Under artistic director Charles Newell, Court Theatre is all over the place in the best possible way. Where else can you see both a rapturously... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater...→

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Years ago at the bar, a man named Paulie told me all about the neighborhood that I live in now. It's west of Canaryville, north... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best neighborhood...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

On its website, Jefferson Park's tiny the Gift Theatre states as one of its founding beliefs that "a play never closes until everyone who saw... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best...→

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

First off, let me concede that you gotta like Pat Hughes. Hate the Rickettses and what they've done to Rickettsville, hate the Cubs and what... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best sportscaster...→

Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Muntu's ambitions are vast, both in terms of space and time. Helmed by executive director Sekou Tepaka Lunda Conde, the 47-year-old South Shore-based company aims... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of...→

Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team

Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team

The best professional baseball games I've experienced in recent years have all taken place at an unusually tidy ballpark wedged between I-294 and the Metra... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team...→

Staff pick: Best poetry organization

Staff pick: Best poetry organization

It might seem strange to think of the Poetry Foundation as in need of a booster—after all, it was one of two top finalists for... Read full article: Staff pick: Best poetry organization...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

It's not uncommon for newbies to leave Trap Door wondering what just hit them. Since founding the 45-seat Bucktown company over 25 years ago, Beata... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater...→

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

This year marks the 27th in a row I've contributed, in one form or another, to an alternative weekly's Best of issue. Most years, the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant...→

Staff Pick: Best budtender

Staff Pick: Best budtender

Lorena Cupcake is an arts and culture writer, social media expert, and—­according to the Reader's Best of Chicago poll—one of the city's top budtenders. Originally... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best budtender...→

Staff Pick: Best house music DJ

Staff Pick: Best house music DJ

Great DJs keep their ears open to the world, and Duane Powell knows how to listen. He's been plugged into local music since 1983, when... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best house music DJ...→

Staff Pick: Best art gallery

Staff Pick: Best art gallery

Chicago is a lucky spot for people who like emerging and otherwise overlooked visual art. We have a bunch of college programs in the area... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best art gallery...→

Costuming dancers in ads to pay their wages? At Velocity Dance Center, artists take on Seattle’s skyrocketing costs.

Costuming dancers in ads to pay their wages? At Velocity Dance Center, artists take on Seattle’s skyrocketing costs.

In Velocity Dance Center's “Next Fest 2019 — Ritual and Rebellion," happening Dec. 12-15, some of the featured up-and-coming choreographers address the unsustainable rise in cost of living for Seattle artists. Read full article: Costuming dancers in ads to pay their wa...→

Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop

Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop

Why are there four T-shirt shops within a block of each other in Andersonville? Strolling north on Clark from Foster Avenue one soon understands the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop...→

Dance Pick: Donna Sternberg & Dancers: Iron Women - LA Weekly

Iron Women, a new dance work from Donna Sternberg & Dancers, is offered in conjunction with the Wende Museum exhibition "The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain." Read full article: Dance Pick: Donna Sternberg & Dancers: I...→

Staff Pick: Best shoe store

Staff Pick: Best shoe store

Before Adidas opened its flagship Wicker Park store in 2017, Saint Alfred was the only shop along Milwaukee Avenue you'd be guaranteed to find sneakerheads... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best shoe store...→

Dance Pick: The Nutcracker Goes All-City - LA Weekly

Thanksgiving weekend isn’t just the official launch holiday shopping, it also marks the start of the Nutcracker ballet season. More than 100 Nutcracker productions, ranging from professional to training companies with guest artists to neighborhood dance studios, take the stage over the next five weeks. The first of the professional ballet companies is L.A.’s own … Read full article: Dance Pick: The Nutcracker Goes All-City...→

Dance Pick: Forever Flamenco - LA Weekly

The long-running, mostly monthly Forever Flamenco occasionally breaks out of the traditional Spanish flamenco trinity of dancers-guitarist-singer, and this is one of those times as Spain meets up with two distinctively American musical genres. In Sonikete Blues: Woodshedding, dancer Cihtli “La Gallardi” Ocampo displays her traditional chops plus flamenco’s compatibility with both jazz and Mississippi … Read full article: Dance Pick: Forever Flamenco - LA Weekly...→

Dance Pick: Heidi Duckler: Hildegard Herself - LA Weekly

The new dance suite unfolds across the Parish Hall, courtyard and main cathedral of St. John’s, and is dedicated to the more esoteric dimensions of Hildegard von Bingen's theology and spiritual language. Read full article: Dance Pick: Heidi Duckler: Hildegard Her...→

Dance Pick: A Room to Create (ARC) Gold Series No. 2 - LA Weekly

Last year, A Room to Create (better known as ARC) unveiled a new dance performance series dubbed Gold Series No. 1, featuring original works considering the glory and showmanship of the precious metal. The series returns with Gold Series No. 2. Read full article: Dance Pick: A Room to Create (ARC) Gold ...→

Welcome to the New Paul Taylor Dance Company

Welcome to the New Paul Taylor Dance Company

It’s the changing of the guard with a vengeance at the Paul Taylor American Modern Dance company. Read full article: Welcome to the New Paul Taylor Dance Com...→

Dance Pick: Loch a hEala (Swan Lake) - LA Weekly

It’s called "Swan Lake" and while created for England’s Sadler Wells Ballet, choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan brings his own company Teaċ Damsa for this revision of the classical ballet. Read full article: Dance Pick: Loch a hEala (Swan Lake) - L...→

Dance Film Pick: Merce Cunningham Screening Series - LA Weekly

Dance Camera West, along with an impressive list of collaborators, sponsors a special screening series as part of the celebration marking what would have been the late choreographer Merce Cunningham’s centennial year. Read full article: Dance Film Pick: Merce Cunningham Screen...→