Unfinished business, dance and music tonight

Two dancers from Giordano Dance Chicago, dressed all in black, pose in a dance move, the male dancer hugs the female dancer from behind, both have one arm raised in the air
Ashley Downs and Adam Houston, dancers with Giordano Dance Chicago Recognition: death Rosenberg

Former neo-futurist Kurt Chiang and current Lucky Plush Ensemble member Mindy Myers have been hoping for years to collaborate on an original performance piece. They finally got involved (mostly via Zoom) during the pandemic shutdown, and the result, uncompleted task, continues tonight and tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. at Links Hall (3111 N. Western). The show embodies their personal stories of how they got into theater and dance, how they envisioned their careers and how they got there through movement and a soundscape of voice notes the two exchanged while working on the piece are where they are now. in one reader Interview Earlier this week, Chiang and Myers spoke about the development of the show. While these are their personal stories, they feel there are resonances that transcend a lifetime of art, particularly, as Chiang notes, during a “global plague.” “,What are we doing there? how do we get here What do we do next?’ It’s not a pandemic show. We don’t address this socially or politically. But it definitely sprung from such an existential crisis.” Tickets are $30 ($15 industry) and $20 for the Saturday live stream option. A Saturday workshop with Chiang and Myers on “Finishing the Business” will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and costs $70, including an in-person or livestream ticket. Reservations can be made via luckyplush.com. (KR)

The days are getting shorter, but Giordano Dance Chicago invites you catch the light tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph). The line-up celebrates 60 years of jazz dance and includes a world premiere from new Associate Artistic Director Cesar G. Salinas, set to music by English composer Medwyn Goodal; the return of Tony Powell’s 2006 play pulse; Peter Chus 2019 groove, moulded; and 2018 SOUL through So you think you can dance? Choreographer Ray Leeper, with crowd pullers from Tina Turner, Al Green and Gladys Knight and the Pips. Tickets range from $20 to $90 at harristheatrechicago.org. (KR)

Here are some music options for tonight with links to previous coverage from our music writers.

  • Composer and experimental jazz musician ben sugar brings an ensemble to Midnight Tea Studio in the Fine Arts Building (410 S. Michigan, Suite 825) to celebrate the release of his new album semi-territory; The event starts at 7:30 p.m. and advance tickets are available from Eventbrite.
  • The Epiphany Center for the Arts Blues Music Series is on display Freddie Dixon and his band in an in-person performance tonight with an online streaming option. Tickets for the show at the center are available on Epiphany’s website, where you can also find tickets for the live stream. Showtime is 7:30pm and the in-person event is restricted to those 21 and older.
  • singer-songwriter Lucy Kaplansky plays the Old Town School of Folk Music (Szold Hall, 4545 N. Lincoln, all ages) tonight at 8pm; Advance tickets are available on the venue’s website.
  • The Austin native band voxtrot brings her first tour since 2010 to Thalia Hall (1807 S. Allport) for a 17+ show. Yellow Ostrich opens at 8:30pm and advance tickets are available from Eventbrite.
  • The prog pop of the tails visit Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western) tonight at 10 p.m.; The lineup for the 21+ show also includes Thair, Rob Frye, Husk and Larry Wish. (SCJ)

You’re a little younger than Giordano, though Visceral Dance Chicago kicks off its tenth anniversary season tonight at 8:00 p.m. at their home at 3121 N. Rockwell. In the autumn program is the company premiere of chicken scratch by Autumn Eckman et al changes by Monica Cervantes, along with three works by founder and artistic director Nick Pupillo: darker, you threeand impeter. The program lasts until October 30th. with shows from Friday to Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. (there is also a performance on Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m.). Tickets range from $25 to $60 at visceraldance.com. (KR)


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