Behind the Curtain

Apr 14-15: B-Series Spring 2017


B-Series Presents: B-IL. Celebrating Chicago’s Local Legends, Legacies, Histories and Pioneers in the Street Dance Scene & Hip Hop Culture
The Dance Center at Columbia College Chicago celebrates Hip-Hop and street dance culture through a biannual mini festival: The B-Series. This spring, partnering with GIRL ILLA Tactics, BraveMovement Dance & The Center for Community Arts Partnerships, The B-Series presents a look at local Chicago legacies in the Street Dance scene and Hip Hop Culture featuring presentations, workshops, panels, and a community dance and competition called the B-IL.

Friday, April 14, 2017 through Saturday, April 15, 2017
at Columbia College Chicago & Chicago Venues



The organizers of the B-IL Jam invite you to join in this community celebration of tradition, shifting cultural landscapes, challenging conversations, and exaltations through dance and Hip-Hop culture. Activities will feature presentations, workshops, panels, a community-organizing teach-in, verbal cyphers, and build-sessions (participatory “panel” discussions), performances, social dancing, an open dance session, and battles (a form of competition specific to Hip-Hop and street-dance culture).

Whether you are a veteran street dancer who has won international titles, or someone who has never set foot inside of the scene, we invite you to participate: rocking out to the infectious music from your proscenium seat, head-bobbing on the edge of a cypher where you can feel the heat and sweat of the dancers, grooving out in a corner with your friends during the open dance moments, or throwing down in the center of the cyphers and battles.


Friday, April 14 @ The Dance Center

The Dance Center | 1306 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Open Cyphers/Session (practice session dedicated to practitioners of any street dance style: popping, house, breaking, footwork, etc. all levels welcome)

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Verbal Cypher featuring Chicago local legacies in Street Dance Culture (a twist on the traditional panel discussion)

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Community Organizing Teach-in w/Asad Jafri (power analysis/strategy session around critical issues in the Hip-Hop/street dance communities)


Saturday, April 15 @ The Dance Center

The Dance Center | 1306 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618

Workshops | 12 - 2 p.m. (Room 300/3rd floor)

12pm – 1:00pm: Boogie (House Workshop) | Studio 300 | $10 fee**
1:00pm – 2:00pm: Quanzy (Footwork Workshop) | Studio 300 | $10 fee**

**Workshops are $10 each or $15 for both, Columbia Students are $7 each or $10 for both

B-Real Jam | 2 - 8 p.m. | FREE (The Dance Center Theater/1st Floor)
The B-Real Jam will feature local Chicago legends of the street dance scene including renowned judges Wicked, Boogie, Quanzy, Jose Amaro, Space Capitol as well as Masters of Ceremony, BRAVEMONK, and our DJs, DJ Phil and VADER. Featuring a 1V1 Open-Style Battle (with cypher entries). $200 1st Place & $100 2nd Place Prize


These events are FREE (unless otherwise noted) and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Apr 13: One Voice Performance at Columbia College Chicago


Chicago DanzTheatre Ensemble: One Voice
For the 2nd year, Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble teams up with Sexual Assault Awareness Education Committee of Columbia College Chicago for "One Voice," a special performance for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm

at HAUS Columbia College | 623 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60605



One Voice is an ongoing series produced by CDE featuring stories of survival and hope through poetry, song, dance and short plays. This year's performance, taking place at HAUS Theatre (623 S. Wabash), features works of storytelling, dance and theatre to discuss how survivors triumphed, reasons individuals stay in abusive relationships, the healing process, activism and community support.

Featured performances by: CDE's Directors, Ellyzabeth Adler and Sara Maslanka Ally Subak and Dana Jerman of Laboratory Dancers Playwright, Susan Lieberman with Director Amy Szerlong as well as activist interludes with members of MOVED.


This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please click here.



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Apr 9: Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion: Beyond Caring


Beyond Caring Reflect Post-Show Panel Discussion
Lookingglass’ REFLECT Series is a curated selection of post-show discussions featuring panelists with a range of viewpoints and expertise on the content and context of each production. These wide-ranging conversations, moderated by artistic staff, offer an opportunity for Lookingglass audiences and guests to engage with the vision and visionaries behind each show, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique Lookingglass process, and hear from artists, academics and authorities with diverse perspectives on the material.

Sunday, April 9, 2017 immediately following the 2:00pm performance
at Lookingglass Theatre | 821 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611




Division Street: Race, Class and Who’s in Charge

A discussion of the role that immigration, race and class play in keeping communities divided, wages low and workers disunited in the labor force. Panelists include Alma Castro (Chicago Workers' Collaborative), Analia Rodriguez (Latino Union of Chicago) and Andrew Wells (Chicago Urban League).


This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Apr 8: Cultivating Critics of Color: A Panel Discussion


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: APRIL
Playwrights, theatre artists, and the general public convene in the Chicago Dramatists' theatre to witness the birth of a new work for the stage and to participate in its development by offering feedback to its playwright. The plays are always directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a post-reading discussion.

Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



A conversation curated by Tanuja Jagernauth and Regina Victor responding to the urgent need for authentic conversation about theatrical criticism.

Questions that will be addressed at the panel: 

What are the avenues to becoming a theatre critic? What obstacles prevent writers of color from becoming theatre critics? How does developing critics of color benefit our industry? What programs or platforms are writers of color currently using to promote their work?

If you're interested in the answers to these questions, come be a part of the discussion at Chicago Dramatists!

Moderator: Regina Victor
Panelists: Ike Holter, Coya Paz, Loy Webb, and a Mentor/Mentee from the Goodman Youth Critics Program.

This event is FREE ($7 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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Apr 8: Picnic Neighbor Night


American Theater Company - Picnic Neighbor Night
Closeted and dogged by an acute sense of failure for most of his life until he ended it, William Inge wrote some of the great lyrical plays of the American mid-century, and Picnic was his masterpiece, his playground, and, quite possibly, his fantasy. In this loving reimagining, Artistic Director Will Davis puts Inge at the center of his play and animates what is both sacred and profane about small town life against the backdrop of dust bowl hymns and love songs. Part seance, part love letter to a ghost, this Picnic explores a life lived at the periphery of one’s own desire.

Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 6:00pm




6:00pm | Pre-Performance Reception and Discussion of Playwright William Inge led by Director Will Davis and Playwright Philip Dawkins (Dovetail Brewery, 1800 W Belle Plaine Ave)
8:00PM | Performance of Picnic

Use code NEIGHBOR for $5 off tickets.


This pre-performance event is FREE and are open to all ticketed patrons for that performance. Capacity is limited. Please RSVP to Emma Palermo, Manager of Individual Giving & Special Events at epalermo@atcweb.org or 773-4509-4125 ext. 102. For more information, please click here.



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Apr 6: Backstage at the Biograph - Queen


Victory Gardens Theater: BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH
A new, free event series that takes you behind-the-scenes for an in-depth look at a unique aspect of the rehearsal process! Then, enjoy complimentary wine, beer and snacks as you mingle with members of the cast and design team at the kick-off party in the Victory Gardens Theater lobby.





Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:00pm
at Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

BACKSTAGE AT THE BIOGRAPH- Queen

Madhuri Shekar’s Queen follows the journey of two graduate students through the final moments of the most important research project of their lives. Bees are dying at an alarming rate, and Ariel and Sanam have proven the cause through years of field research and the most perfect population algorithm ever created. Or have they? Join Victory Gardens Backstage for a night of interactive demonstrations and a conversation hosted by Director of New Play Development Isaac Gomez, with local scientists, bee experts, and members of the cast, as they delve into the intersecting worlds of math, science, and theater.

FREE but space is limited. RSVP is required. Click here to reserve a seat.



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Apr 4: Chicago Opera Theater 17/18 Season Announcement


Join COT for their 17/18 Season Annoucement!
Join COT's Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson Artistic Director, Andreas Mitisek and Executive Director, Douglas Clayton as they share the exciting details of next season's operas! Refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 6:00pm (Doors open at 5:30pm)
at State Street Gallery at Robert Morris University | 401 S. Sate St., Chicago, IL 60605



Post-Announcement, COT invites you to attend Fourth Coast Ensemble's A Dream and a Mouse presented in collaboration with Chicago Opera Theater in the State Street Gallery. This concert series will highlight moments of the life of Walt Disney in preparation to COT's upcoming production of The Perfect American. A Dream and a Mouse will begin at 7:00pm and tickets can be purchased here. The performance will run approximately 60 minutes followed by a post-show Meet-and-Greet reception.

The season announcement is FREE and open to the public. Tickets needed for the A Dream and A Mouse performance.



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Apr 4: TimePieces Play Reading - The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin


TimeLine Theatre's TimePieces Play Reading Series presents The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin
TimePieces is TimeLine Theatre's ongoing series of one-night only presentations designed to extend their mission beyond the four subscription series productions they offer each season. The series offers audiences a chance to hear new or rarely produced plays inspired by history that connect with today's social and political issues. Each play reading is FREE (donations are accepted) and includes a brief post-show discussion to give the audience a chance to reflect on the piece and the themes and issues it presents. 


Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 7:00pm 
at TimeLine Theatre | 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL 60657





The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin
by Jessica Huang
directed by Helen Young

Near the end of the 1930s, Harry Chin, a Chinese national, emigrated to the U.S. through a loophole in the Chinese Exclusion Act. Haunted by the ghosts of his past and provoked by the curiosity of his daughter, Harry is forced to confront his buried secrets. Through leaps of time and space, we experience the abhorrent conditions at Seattle Immigration Station, Harry’s longing for the life he left in China, and the complications of love in a new land. Jessica Huang’s powerful new drama explores the personal and political repercussions of making a group of people “illegal.”

FREE but registration is strongly recommended. Space is limited. Reserve seats online here or call (773) 281-8483 x6.



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Apr 1: Changing Climate, Changing Lives


Northlight Theatre's Inside Look: By the Water
In By the Water, the Murphy family and their Staten Island neighbors lose their home to Hurricane Sandy – a natural disaster amplified by global warming. Join their panel of environmental experts to discuss the very human implications of climate change, and the many ways our changing environment can affect our lives.

Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 4:00pm
at Evanston Public Library | 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL 60201



Panelists include Aaron Packman, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Northwestern University, Anna Roosevelt, American archaeologist and Professor of Anthropology University of Illinois at Chicago, Robert A. Dalrymple, Willard & Lillian Hackerman Professor of Civil Engineering, Johns Hopkins University and Katie Freeman, Director of Operations, Hagerty Consulting.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are recommended. To RSVP, click here or call 847-448-8620.



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Apr 1: The House of the Negro Insane (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: APRIL
Playwrights, theatre artists, and the general public convene in the Chicago Dramatists' theatre to witness the birth of a new work for the stage and to participate in its development by offering feedback to its playwright. The plays are always directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a post-reading discussion.

Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



The House of the Negro Insane

By Terence Anthony

The year is 1935 and the Taft State Hospital is one of seven psychiatric facilities in the U.S. built exclusively to care for “insane and idiotic negroes,” where the homeless and downtrodden are housed alongside the criminally insane and diseased. Attius builds coffins at Taft Hospital, where he has been locked up for over a decade, but when two new patients ask him to help them escape Attius dares to dream of a life beyond the hospital walls.

This event is FREE ($7 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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Mar 29: Let's Talk It Out!


20% Theatre Chicago presents Let's Talk It Out!
20% Theatre Chicago will be hosting Talk It Out as part of The 100% Project at Chicago Foundation for Women, an all-in, all-out effort to end gender bias by 2030

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7:00pm
at the Cornservatory | 4210 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618




Join 20% Theatre for a conversation exploring the ways gender bias impacts our lives, our art and our community, and how we can all help end it.

This event is FREE and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.



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Mar 29: Inside Look: By the Water


Northlight Theatre's Inside Look: By the Water
Explore the historical and political context of By the Water through a discussion and Q&A session with artists related to the production.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 10:45am
at the JCC in Northbrook | 300 Revere Dr, Northbrook, IL 60062




Explore the cultural and environmental context of By the Water, as well as the creative process through a discussion and Q&A session with director Cody Estle. Approximately one hour.

This event is FREE and open to the public.



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Mar 27: Kita y Fernanda


Join 16th Street Theater for a free community performance underwritten by 16th Street’s 100 Club Members
In honor of 16th Street’s 10th Anniversary Season, enjoy a free performance of Kita y Fernanda by Tanya Saracho.

Monday, March 27, 2017 at 7:00pm
at Morton East's Historic Chodl Auditorium | 2423 S Austin Blvd, Cicero, IL 60804



Kita y Fernanda is a look at class, immigration and women’s friendships as it follows the lives of two girls growing up in the same household; one the privileged daughter of a rich Mexican family living in Texas the other Kita the child of an undocumented maid. Featuring original cast from 2008 production: Charin Alvarez, Belinda Cervantes, Stephanie Diaz, Suzette Mayobre. 

Kita y Fernanda is told in English with Spanish and is appropriate for adults and students ages 10 and up. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. To reserve a ticket, please click here.



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Mar 27: The Making of The Scene


Writers Theatre's The Making Of Series
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of the shows you love? For each production, Writers Theatre offers insight into a different aspect of creating theatre to a group of Writers Theatre patrons. Enjoy a short and lively presentation by their designers and other experts, who will walk you through the process of preparing for and executing a show.

Monday, March 27, 2017 at 6:30pm
Alexandra C. & John D. Nichols at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022





FREE but registration is required. To RSVP, please click here.



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Mar 27: AIDS on Stage - And All the Dead Lie Down (Reading)


About Face Theatre presents OUT FRONT series
Since 2013, AFT’s OUT FRONT Series has presented workshops and readings of new and developmental works exploring LGBTQIA themes. For their 1st season’s OUT FRONT Series, in conjunction with the groundbreaking exhibition Art AIDS America at Alphawood Gallery, About Face will present AIDS ON STAGE, a series of readings from HIV/AIDS focused plays to provide a chronological retrospective look at how theatre artists have addressed the devastating health crisis throughout the decades.

Monday, March 27, 2017 at 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)
at Alphawood Gallery | 2401 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614



And All the Dead Lie Down
By Harrison David Rivers

When an unexpected phone call upsets Alvin and Foss’ usual Saturday routine, the couple must navigate a minefield of long suppressed resentments, past histories, and hurt feelings. And All the Dead Lie Down is a portrait of a sero-discordant couple at a crossroads, a couple pondering the questions: Is love enough to sustain a relationship? And is it worth the risk?

This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve a ticket, please click here.



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Mar 26: In These Times


In These Times
In These Times is a series of events and discussions that examine the power of art in times of upheaval and crises. Partnering with cultural organizations and community partners across the city, In These Times hopes to be a catalyst for conversation and creative expression about our lives and our world.

Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 3:00pm
at the Alphawood Gallery | 2401 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614




Who Tells Your Story?: Artists Response to HIV/AIDS

The AIDS pandemic devastated the arts community. In the largest exhibition of its kind, Art AIDS America offers a story of beauty and resilience in the face of devastation.

In collaboration with the exhibition, Goodman Theatre hosts a series of narrative writing and performance workshops to explore what we leave behind and who tells our stories when we can no longer speak. The stories created in the workshops will be part of a curated performance at the gallery on Sunday.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Space is limited. To RSVP, click here.



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Mar 25: A Wolf at Every Window (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: MARCH
Playwrights, theatre artists, and the general public convene in the Chicago Dramatists' theatre to witness the birth of a new work for the stage and to participate in its development by offering feedback to its playwright. The plays are always directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a post-reading discussion.

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



A Wolf at Every Window

By Resident Playwright Jon Steinhagen
Directed by Drew Martin

In 1837, the nation is in a financial panic and Chicago becomes a city. Several mismatched people - laborers, thieves, displaced natives, abandoned women - try to establish relationships to each other while building their futures in the muddy, crude community.

This event is FREE ($7 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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Mar 20: AIDS on Stage - In the Continuum (Reading)


About Face Theatre presents OUT FRONT series
Since 2013, AFT’s OUT FRONT Series has presented workshops and readings of new and developmental works exploring LGBTQIA themes. For their 1st season’s OUT FRONT Series, in conjunction with the groundbreaking exhibition Art AIDS America at Alphawood Gallery, About Face will present AIDS ON STAGE, a series of readings from HIV/AIDS focused plays to provide a chronological retrospective look at how theatre artists have addressed the devastating health crisis throughout the decades.

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)
at Alphawood Gallery | 2401 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614



In the Continuum
By Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter

In the Continuum puts a human face on the devastating impact of AIDS in Africa and America through the lives of two unforgettably courageous women. Living worlds apart, one in South Central LA and the other in Zimbabwe, each experience a kaleidoscopic weekend of life changing revelations in this story of parallel denials and self-discoveries.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve a ticket, please click here.



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Mar 19: Sunday Spotlight - The Scene


Writers Theatre's Sunday Spotlight
Are you curious about the world that surrounds your favorite plays? Sunday Spotlight offers access to the finest speakers, academicians and cultural leaders. This one-hour event takes place following select Sunday matinees and extends the conversation on Writers Theatre's stages by featuring an expert in an area connected to the play. For example, past audiences have learned from the experiences of Holocaust survivor Aaron Elster in a layered discussion around The Diary of Anne Frank and explored the nature of suspicion in Doubt: A Parable with the Director of Northwestern’s Center on Wrongful Convictions Karen Daniel.

Sunday, March 19, 2017 following the 2:00pm performance
Alexandra C. & John D. Nichols at Writers Theatre | 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, IL 60022




Sunday Spotlight:
This event directly follows the conclusion of the 2pm matinee performance. Start time is approximate.


The Scene:
What starts off with an amusing exchange at a hip Manhattan party quickly turns into something more complex. When close friends Charlie and Lewis meet Clea, a determined young woman making her mark on the New York scene, it sets them off on an emotional roller coaster. This provocative comedy-drama explores the dark edges of commitment and the struggles of balancing authenticity with ambition.

FREE but seating is limited. RSVP is required. To RSVP, click here.



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Mar 18: Headshots (Reading)


Chicago Dramatists' Saturday Series: MARCH
Playwrights, theatre artists, and the general public convene in the Chicago Dramatists' theatre to witness the birth of a new work for the stage and to participate in its development by offering feedback to its playwright. The plays are always directed and rehearsed and are presented with minimal staging. After each reading, the audience members are invited to fill out written response sheets and to join in a post-reading discussion.

Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 2:00pm
at Chicago Dramatists | 1105 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642



Headshots

By Janet Burroway

After the invasion of Iraq, Vera must come to terms with her son’s suicide. But his widow arrives demanding her help to sue the government. Did her son have PTSD? Is there another "truth" to find? Headshots is an exploration of grief and its bedfellows: guilt and blame.

This event is FREE ($7 suggested donation at the door) and open to the public.



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