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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 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...→

Chicago Company Recalls More Than 2,000 Pounds of Ground Beef

Chicago Company Recalls More Than 2,000 Pounds of Ground Beef

Chicago-based Amity Packing Company issued a recall for more than 2,000 pounds of raw ground beef Friday due to possible contamination from pieces of plastic, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The affected raw ground beef items were produced on Jan. 6, 2020 and have the establishment number “EST. 6916” printed on the right, front side of the package…. Read full article: Chicago Company Recalls More Than 2,000 ...→

Red Bull Arts’ First Traveling Exhibition Will Focus on Jamaican Dancehall Culture

Red Bull Arts’ First Traveling Exhibition Will Focus on Jamaican Dancehall Culture

Akeem Smith, a multidisciplinary studio artist, stylist and creative director, is creating an exhibition about the Jamaican dancehall scene he grew up in. Read full article: Red Bull Arts’ First Traveling Exhibitio...→

Culture Pick: Julia Wolfe's Flower Power - LA Weekly

“In the strange moment we are in now, ‘when all the world is a hopeless jumble,’ I think about that remarkable turning point in American history, and in American music — a time of new ideas, and hope,” Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Julia Wolfe says about her new work inspired by the 1960s. “Flower Power draws … Read full article: Culture Pick: Julia Wolfe's Flower Power...→

Buyout details emerge for Tribune Publishing staff at NY Daily News, Chicago Tribune

Buyout details emerge for Tribune Publishing staff at NY Daily News, Chicago Tribune

Voluntary buyout packages that Tribune Publishing is dangling for employees will be capped at 52 weeks. Tribune Publishing CEO Tim Knight told staffers at the New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, … Read full article: Buyout details emerge for Tribune Publis...→

Program Makes Arts And Culture More Accessible For Thousands In Mass.

Program Makes Arts And Culture More Accessible For Thousands In Mass.

The Mass Cultural Council is teaming up with the Massachusetts Health Connector to make arts and culture more accessible for thousands. Read full article: Program Makes Arts And Culture More Acce...→

Chicago Trolley Company to Close in New Year

Chicago Trolley Company to Close in New Year

A message on the Chicago Trolley website reads that the Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. will “cease operation” after Dec. 31.... Anyone with tickets for tours after that date can request a refund by calling (773) 648-5000 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, the message reads. Read full article: Chicago Trolley Company to Close in New ...→

10 notable developments in Seattle’s arts and culture scene in the 2010s

10 notable developments in Seattle’s arts and culture scene in the 2010s

From the creation of Seattle Art Fair to the opening — and closing — of various arts venues, here are some of the memorable developments of the past decade in the local arts and culture scene. Read full article: 10 notable developments in Seattle’s art...→

Feder: Chicago Tribune bosses seek to rally staff in perilous times

Feder: Chicago Tribune bosses seek to rally staff in perilous times

Despite ominous warnings about what's ahead under new corporate owners Alden Global Capital, the Chicago Tribune is closing out the year on an upbeat note from its top editors, Robert Feder writes. Read full article: Feder: Chicago Tribune bosses seek to ra...→

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 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 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 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...→

Winter theater and dance in Chicago provides a home away from home

Winter theater and dance in Chicago provides a home away from home

Windy City Playhouse built a home in the middle of their venue for the long-running Southern Gothic, and they're fully committed to the immersive-theater aesthetic now. Kids and adults alike can create their own worlds with Filament Theatre Read full article: Winter theater and dance in Chicago prov...→

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...→

Pete Tong Wields His Dance Culture Influence at Club Space

Pete Tong Wields His Dance Culture Influence at Club Space

Trying to itemize English DJ and producer Pete Tong’s legacy is no easy task. Tong is a polymath; his career spans over three decades and he has had his hands in every branch of the music industry. Whether you start at his beginnings as a DJ in England, or playing... Read full article: Pete Tong Wields His Dance Culture Influ...→

The 2020 Arts & Culture Preview

The 2020 Arts & Culture Preview

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis With its 2020 season, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves; 314-968-4925) is starting the... Read full article: The 2020 Arts & Culture Preview...→

Best venue for dance | Best of Chicago 2017 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Best venue for dance | Best of Chicago 2017 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University 50 E. Congress 312-341-2310 www.auditoriumtheatre.org @AuditoriumChgo Runner-Up Harris Theater... Read full article: Best venue for dance | Best of Chicago 2...→

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...→

Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company Closing After 25 Years

Chicago Trolley and Double Decker is described as the largest tourism transportation company in the Midwest. Read full article: Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company ...→

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...→

EDITORIAL: Pick a home, Mr. Flessner — Chicago or Naperville

EDITORIAL: Pick a home, Mr. Flessner — Chicago or Naperville

At the very least, the top lawyer for the city improperly claimed he had two primary residences, which allowed him to get a tax break on both. Read full article: EDITORIAL: Pick a home, Mr. Flessner — C...→

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: 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

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...→

ARTS and CULTURE Archives : City Limits

Former students, colleagues and family of Donald Keene, known for his scholarship on Japanese literature, gathered to remember the late translator at Columbia University, where he’d previously studied and taught.... “This city needs to acknowledge that we Latinos don’t just put hot sauce on their tostadas but we also bring our music, hard work, pay taxes.” Latino New Yorkers spoke to El Diario about the biggest contributions the community makes to the Read full article: ARTS and CULTURE Archives : City Limits...→

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...→

Chicago Redevelopment Company Poised to Take Over Shuttered South Philadelphia Refinery

Chicago Redevelopment Company Poised to Take Over Shuttered South Philadelphia Refinery

A Chicago-based redevelopment company is poised to take over a South Philadelphia refinery that has remained shuttered ever since a fire and series of explosions leaked toxic chemicals into the air in 2019. Hilco Redevelopment Partners placed the winning $240 million bid for the 1,300-acre Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery at auction last Friday, according to a U.S. Bankruptcy Court filing… Read full article: Chicago Redevelopment Company Poised to ...→

Chicago dance team Freckled Sky, a viral hit in 2015, returns to ‘America’s Got Talent’ stage

Chicago dance team Freckled Sky, a viral hit in 2015, returns to ‘America’s Got Talent’ stage

Dance, light and water were the ingredients Freckled Sky utilized to "create something without limitation." Now the group is competing on the "Champions" edition. Read full article: Chicago dance team Freckled Sky, a viral...→

Best venue for stand-up | Best of Chicago 2017 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Best venue for stand-up | Best of Chicago 2017 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

The Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia 773-227-4433 www.hideoutchicago.com @hideoutchicago Runner-Up UP Comedy Club... Read full article: Best venue for stand-up | Best of Chicag...→

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...→

Safe bet, sucker deal | On Culture | Chicago Reader

Safe bet, sucker deal | On Culture | Chicago Reader

The Chicago casino will raise far less money for the city than originally promised. Read full article: Safe bet, sucker deal | On Culture | Chi...→

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 ...→

Bloomberg's sexist remarks fostered company culture that degraded women, lawsuits allege

Bloomberg's sexist remarks fostered company culture that degraded women, lawsuits allege

Mike Bloomberg has on repeated occasions faced and fought allegations that he directed crude and sexist comments to women in his office. Read full article: Bloomberg's sexist remarks fostered comp...→

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 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 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...→

Chicago Company Recalls More Than 2,000 Pounds of Ground Beef

Chicago Company Recalls More Than 2,000 Pounds of Ground Beef

Chicago-based Amity Packing Company issued a recall for more than 2,000 pounds of raw ground beef Friday due to possible contamination from pieces of plastic, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The affected raw ground beef items were produced on Jan. 6, 2020 and have the establishment number “EST. 6916” printed on the right, front side of the package…. Read full article: Chicago Company Recalls More Than 2,000 ...→

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...→

Chicago dance team Freckled Sky, a viral hit in 2015, returns to ‘America’s Got Talent’ stage

Chicago dance team Freckled Sky, a viral hit in 2015, returns to ‘America’s Got Talent’ stage

Dance, light and water were the ingredients Freckled Sky utilized to "create something without limitation." Now the group is competing on the "Champions" edition. Read full article: Chicago dance team Freckled Sky, a viral...→

The 2020 Arts & Culture Preview

The 2020 Arts & Culture Preview

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis With its 2020 season, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves; 314-968-4925) is starting the... Read full article: The 2020 Arts & Culture Preview...→

Buyout details emerge for Tribune Publishing staff at NY Daily News, Chicago Tribune

Buyout details emerge for Tribune Publishing staff at NY Daily News, Chicago Tribune

Voluntary buyout packages that Tribune Publishing is dangling for employees will be capped at 52 weeks. Tribune Publishing CEO Tim Knight told staffers at the New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, … Read full article: Buyout details emerge for Tribune Publis...→

Best venue for stand-up | Best of Chicago 2017 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Best venue for stand-up | Best of Chicago 2017 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

The Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia 773-227-4433 www.hideoutchicago.com @hideoutchicago Runner-Up UP Comedy Club... Read full article: Best venue for stand-up | Best of Chicag...→

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...→

Program Makes Arts And Culture More Accessible For Thousands In Mass.

Program Makes Arts And Culture More Accessible For Thousands In Mass.

The Mass Cultural Council is teaming up with the Massachusetts Health Connector to make arts and culture more accessible for thousands. Read full article: Program Makes Arts And Culture More Acce...→

Safe bet, sucker deal | On Culture | Chicago Reader

Safe bet, sucker deal | On Culture | Chicago Reader

The Chicago casino will raise far less money for the city than originally promised. Read full article: Safe bet, sucker deal | On Culture | Chi...→

Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company Closing After 25 Years

Chicago Trolley and Double Decker is described as the largest tourism transportation company in the Midwest. Read full article: Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company ...→

10 notable developments in Seattle’s arts and culture scene in the 2010s

10 notable developments in Seattle’s arts and culture scene in the 2010s

From the creation of Seattle Art Fair to the opening — and closing — of various arts venues, here are some of the memorable developments of the past decade in the local arts and culture scene. Read full article: 10 notable developments in Seattle’s art...→

EDITORIAL: Pick a home, Mr. Flessner — Chicago or Naperville

EDITORIAL: Pick a home, Mr. Flessner — Chicago or Naperville

At the very least, the top lawyer for the city improperly claimed he had two primary residences, which allowed him to get a tax break on both. Read full article: EDITORIAL: Pick a home, Mr. Flessner — C...→

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 -...→

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 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...→

ARTS and CULTURE Archives : City Limits

Former students, colleagues and family of Donald Keene, known for his scholarship on Japanese literature, gathered to remember the late translator at Columbia University, where he’d previously studied and taught.... “This city needs to acknowledge that we Latinos don’t just put hot sauce on their tostadas but we also bring our music, hard work, pay taxes.” Latino New Yorkers spoke to El Diario about the biggest contributions the community makes to the Read full article: ARTS and CULTURE Archives : City Limits...→

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...→

Winter theater and dance in Chicago provides a home away from home

Winter theater and dance in Chicago provides a home away from home

Windy City Playhouse built a home in the middle of their venue for the long-running Southern Gothic, and they're fully committed to the immersive-theater aesthetic now. Kids and adults alike can create their own worlds with Filament Theatre Read full article: Winter theater and dance in Chicago prov...→

Red Bull Arts’ First Traveling Exhibition Will Focus on Jamaican Dancehall Culture

Red Bull Arts’ First Traveling Exhibition Will Focus on Jamaican Dancehall Culture

Akeem Smith, a multidisciplinary studio artist, stylist and creative director, is creating an exhibition about the Jamaican dancehall scene he grew up in. Read full article: Red Bull Arts’ First Traveling Exhibitio...→

Chicago Redevelopment Company Poised to Take Over Shuttered South Philadelphia Refinery

Chicago Redevelopment Company Poised to Take Over Shuttered South Philadelphia Refinery

A Chicago-based redevelopment company is poised to take over a South Philadelphia refinery that has remained shuttered ever since a fire and series of explosions leaked toxic chemicals into the air in 2019. Hilco Redevelopment Partners placed the winning $240 million bid for the 1,300-acre Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery at auction last Friday, according to a U.S. Bankruptcy Court filing… Read full article: Chicago Redevelopment Company Poised to ...→

Pete Tong Wields His Dance Culture Influence at Club Space

Pete Tong Wields His Dance Culture Influence at Club Space

Trying to itemize English DJ and producer Pete Tong’s legacy is no easy task. Tong is a polymath; his career spans over three decades and he has had his hands in every branch of the music industry. Whether you start at his beginnings as a DJ in England, or playing... Read full article: Pete Tong Wields His Dance Culture Influ...→

Culture Pick: Julia Wolfe's Flower Power - LA Weekly

“In the strange moment we are in now, ‘when all the world is a hopeless jumble,’ I think about that remarkable turning point in American history, and in American music — a time of new ideas, and hope,” Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Julia Wolfe says about her new work inspired by the 1960s. “Flower Power draws … Read full article: Culture Pick: Julia Wolfe's Flower Power...→

Best venue for dance | Best of Chicago 2017 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Best venue for dance | Best of Chicago 2017 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University 50 E. Congress 312-341-2310 www.auditoriumtheatre.org @AuditoriumChgo Runner-Up Harris Theater... Read full article: Best venue for dance | Best of Chicago 2...→

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...→

Chicago Trolley Company to Close in New Year

Chicago Trolley Company to Close in New Year

A message on the Chicago Trolley website reads that the Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. will “cease operation” after Dec. 31.... Anyone with tickets for tours after that date can request a refund by calling (773) 648-5000 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, the message reads. Read full article: Chicago Trolley Company to Close in New ...→

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...→

Feder: Chicago Tribune bosses seek to rally staff in perilous times

Feder: Chicago Tribune bosses seek to rally staff in perilous times

Despite ominous warnings about what's ahead under new corporate owners Alden Global Capital, the Chicago Tribune is closing out the year on an upbeat note from its top editors, Robert Feder writes. Read full article: Feder: Chicago Tribune bosses seek to ra...→

Bloomberg's sexist remarks fostered company culture that degraded women, lawsuits allege

Bloomberg's sexist remarks fostered company culture that degraded women, lawsuits allege

Mike Bloomberg has on repeated occasions faced and fought allegations that he directed crude and sexist comments to women in his office. Read full article: Bloomberg's sexist remarks fostered comp...→

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: 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

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 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...→

Chicago Company Recalls More Than 2,000 Pounds of Ground Beef

Chicago Company Recalls More Than 2,000 Pounds of Ground Beef

Chicago-based Amity Packing Company issued a recall for more than 2,000 pounds of raw ground beef Friday due to possible contamination from pieces of plastic, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The affected raw ground beef items were produced on Jan. 6, 2020 and have the establishment number “EST. 6916” printed on the right, front side of the package…. Read full article: Chicago Company Recalls More Than 2,000 ...→

Winter theater and dance in Chicago provides a home away from home

Winter theater and dance in Chicago provides a home away from home

Windy City Playhouse built a home in the middle of their venue for the long-running Southern Gothic, and they're fully committed to the immersive-theater aesthetic now. Kids and adults alike can create their own worlds with Filament Theatre Read full article: Winter theater and dance in Chicago prov...→

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...→

Red Bull Arts’ First Traveling Exhibition Will Focus on Jamaican Dancehall Culture

Red Bull Arts’ First Traveling Exhibition Will Focus on Jamaican Dancehall Culture

Akeem Smith, a multidisciplinary studio artist, stylist and creative director, is creating an exhibition about the Jamaican dancehall scene he grew up in. Read full article: Red Bull Arts’ First Traveling Exhibitio...→

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...→

Chicago Redevelopment Company Poised to Take Over Shuttered South Philadelphia Refinery

Chicago Redevelopment Company Poised to Take Over Shuttered South Philadelphia Refinery

A Chicago-based redevelopment company is poised to take over a South Philadelphia refinery that has remained shuttered ever since a fire and series of explosions leaked toxic chemicals into the air in 2019. Hilco Redevelopment Partners placed the winning $240 million bid for the 1,300-acre Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery at auction last Friday, according to a U.S. Bankruptcy Court filing… Read full article: Chicago Redevelopment Company Poised to ...→

Pete Tong Wields His Dance Culture Influence at Club Space

Pete Tong Wields His Dance Culture Influence at Club Space

Trying to itemize English DJ and producer Pete Tong’s legacy is no easy task. Tong is a polymath; his career spans over three decades and he has had his hands in every branch of the music industry. Whether you start at his beginnings as a DJ in England, or playing... Read full article: Pete Tong Wields His Dance Culture Influ...→

Chicago dance team Freckled Sky, a viral hit in 2015, returns to ‘America’s Got Talent’ stage

Chicago dance team Freckled Sky, a viral hit in 2015, returns to ‘America’s Got Talent’ stage

Dance, light and water were the ingredients Freckled Sky utilized to "create something without limitation." Now the group is competing on the "Champions" edition. Read full article: Chicago dance team Freckled Sky, a viral...→

Culture Pick: Julia Wolfe's Flower Power - LA Weekly

“In the strange moment we are in now, ‘when all the world is a hopeless jumble,’ I think about that remarkable turning point in American history, and in American music — a time of new ideas, and hope,” Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Julia Wolfe says about her new work inspired by the 1960s. “Flower Power draws … Read full article: Culture Pick: Julia Wolfe's Flower Power...→

The 2020 Arts & Culture Preview

The 2020 Arts & Culture Preview

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis With its 2020 season, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves; 314-968-4925) is starting the... Read full article: The 2020 Arts & Culture Preview...→

Buyout details emerge for Tribune Publishing staff at NY Daily News, Chicago Tribune

Buyout details emerge for Tribune Publishing staff at NY Daily News, Chicago Tribune

Voluntary buyout packages that Tribune Publishing is dangling for employees will be capped at 52 weeks. Tribune Publishing CEO Tim Knight told staffers at the New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, … Read full article: Buyout details emerge for Tribune Publis...→

Best venue for dance | Best of Chicago 2017 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Best venue for dance | Best of Chicago 2017 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University 50 E. Congress 312-341-2310 www.auditoriumtheatre.org @AuditoriumChgo Runner-Up Harris Theater... Read full article: Best venue for dance | Best of Chicago 2...→

Best venue for stand-up | Best of Chicago 2017 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Best venue for stand-up | Best of Chicago 2017 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

The Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia 773-227-4433 www.hideoutchicago.com @hideoutchicago Runner-Up UP Comedy Club... Read full article: Best venue for stand-up | Best of Chicag...→

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...→

Program Makes Arts And Culture More Accessible For Thousands In Mass.

Program Makes Arts And Culture More Accessible For Thousands In Mass.

The Mass Cultural Council is teaming up with the Massachusetts Health Connector to make arts and culture more accessible for thousands. Read full article: Program Makes Arts And Culture More Acce...→

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...→

Safe bet, sucker deal | On Culture | Chicago Reader

Safe bet, sucker deal | On Culture | Chicago Reader

The Chicago casino will raise far less money for the city than originally promised. Read full article: Safe bet, sucker deal | On Culture | Chi...→

Chicago Trolley Company to Close in New Year

Chicago Trolley Company to Close in New Year

A message on the Chicago Trolley website reads that the Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. will “cease operation” after Dec. 31.... Anyone with tickets for tours after that date can request a refund by calling (773) 648-5000 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, the message reads. Read full article: Chicago Trolley Company to Close in New ...→

Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company Closing After 25 Years

Chicago Trolley and Double Decker is described as the largest tourism transportation company in the Midwest. Read full article: Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Company ...→

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 ...→

10 notable developments in Seattle’s arts and culture scene in the 2010s

10 notable developments in Seattle’s arts and culture scene in the 2010s

From the creation of Seattle Art Fair to the opening — and closing — of various arts venues, here are some of the memorable developments of the past decade in the local arts and culture scene. Read full article: 10 notable developments in Seattle’s art...→

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...→

Feder: Chicago Tribune bosses seek to rally staff in perilous times

Feder: Chicago Tribune bosses seek to rally staff in perilous times

Despite ominous warnings about what's ahead under new corporate owners Alden Global Capital, the Chicago Tribune is closing out the year on an upbeat note from its top editors, Robert Feder writes. Read full article: Feder: Chicago Tribune bosses seek to ra...→

EDITORIAL: Pick a home, Mr. Flessner — Chicago or Naperville

EDITORIAL: Pick a home, Mr. Flessner — Chicago or Naperville

At the very least, the top lawyer for the city improperly claimed he had two primary residences, which allowed him to get a tax break on both. Read full article: EDITORIAL: Pick a home, Mr. Flessner — C...→

Bloomberg's sexist remarks fostered company culture that degraded women, lawsuits allege

Bloomberg's sexist remarks fostered company culture that degraded women, lawsuits allege

Mike Bloomberg has on repeated occasions faced and fought allegations that he directed crude and sexist comments to women in his office. Read full article: Bloomberg's sexist remarks fostered comp...→

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

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 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...→

ARTS and CULTURE Archives : City Limits

Former students, colleagues and family of Donald Keene, known for his scholarship on Japanese literature, gathered to remember the late translator at Columbia University, where he’d previously studied and taught.... “This city needs to acknowledge that we Latinos don’t just put hot sauce on their tostadas but we also bring our music, hard work, pay taxes.” Latino New Yorkers spoke to El Diario about the biggest contributions the community makes to the Read full article: ARTS and CULTURE Archives : City Limits...→

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...→