Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Chicago Cultural Center-Upcoming Events

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April  2012 

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Michigan Avenue Gallery Opening
Friday, April 13 5:30 - 7:30pm  
Come celebrate the opening of three new exhibitions at the Cultural Center. Mingle with the artists and see their latest works at this fun after-work reception.  

Through July 8, 2012     
Eric Holubow Uptown
Downstaging Uptown,  2009, Uptown Theater, Chicago, IL. 33 in. x 60 in.
Photographer Eric Holubow's subjects are
architectural interiors of places man has forgotten, but time has not. His work tells stories of times past that play out in the viewer's mind. Holubow's images share an inherent beauty that few recognize in a building's final days.  
Artist talk with Eric Holubow: Thursday, May 24, 5:30pm

April 7 - July 15, 2012

Matthew Woodward Western Ave
Western Avenue, 2011, graphite on paper, 80 in. x 60 in..
Matthew Woodward's new body of work is a reaction to the Chicago Cultural Center's 2010 exhibition Louis Sullivan's Idea, inspired by the mass-production of Sullivan-esque designs that followed the Chicago architect's successful innovations, and by the larger industry of pre-fabricated architectural adornment that surrounds them.
Matthew demonstrates how the architecture  of that era has been  re-contextualized in the ever-changing landscapes of the American city and identity.

Artist talk with Matthew Woodward: Thursday, May 3, 5:30pm 

April 7 - July 15, 2012
Shawne Major Vestige
Shawne Major's mixed-media works expose how our perception of reality is colored by dreams, memory, superstition, religion, bias, prejudice and fear.

They refer to the overlay of belief systems created by the individual to piece together their own personal paradigm.  

Through a combination of kitsch, ersatz and craft materials, junk and personal objects, she creates accumulated forms that serve as metaphors for the build-up, organization and assimilation of information.  

Artist talk with Shawne Major: Saturday, April 14,
2:00 p.m.

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Hear Me (ting Shuo)
Cinema Chicago International Screening:
Wednesday, April 11 at 6:30pm
Saturday, April 14 at 2pm
Claudia Cassidy Theater  

With their missionary father in Africa, Yang Yang makes a meager living as a street performer to support her sister's dream of swimming in the Deaflympics. But she must choose between family obligations and following her own path when lovable loser Tian Kuo begins to woo her. This gentle story of love, acceptance, and family drama is given a fresh twist with the majority of the dialogue in sign language.
Taiwanese with English subtitles

Cinema/Chicago, in collaboration with the Chicago Cultural Center and international and cultural partners throughout the city, presents free public screenings of international films. Seating is on a first come, first served basis and is limited to theater capacity. Films are unrated, and viewer discretion is advised.  

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Thursday, April 5, 6pm     
5th Fl. Millennium Park Room 

"In my beginning is my end. In my end is my beginning." These two poetic statements, which frame one of T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets, capture the spirit of this panel discussion. Sponsored The Chicago School of Professional Psychology,  artists consider how the awareness of mortality impacts our life's meaning, creativity, and resilience to adversity. This discussion is in conjunction with the exhibition Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection.
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Monday, April 16, 12:15pm
Preston Bradley Hall 

 Midwest Young Artists presents the French youth orchestra, L'orchestre du Collège Jean-Philippe Rameau de Versailles, who are visiting Chicago as part of their first North American tour.    

The orchestra is composed of students between the ages of 14 and 22.  Many of orchestra's students have gone on to study at noted conservatories in Paris, Brussels, and Geneva.  In recent years, the orchestra has been to Germany (Mayence, Cologne), Austria (Vienna), Italy (Arezzo), Switzerland (Sion), and Bulgaria (Varna, Sofia).    

A Song for Japan  Steven Verhelst (7")  
Sinfonia Concertante in Eb Major, K364 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (30")
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Madeleine Reber, Joseph Caruna, and Nicole LeGette 
Tuesday and Wednesday, April 17 and 18
Dance Studio  

The DanceBridge Showcase Winter 2012 features three new works in progress.   

Chicago-based choreographer  Madeleine Reber
presents a new work that investigates metaphorical and literal manifestations of the awkward, vulnerable, imperfect moments of being human.

 Founding member and Co-Director of Elements Contemporary Ballet
Joseph Caruana presents The Sun King, the early stages of a contemporary ballet based on the famous dancer King Louis XIV of France and the influential French composer Jean-Baptiste Lully.  

Nicole LeGette presents  disRuptureEnrapture, a viscerally resonating butoh work, utilizing rich metaphor, rigorous physicality, ridiculous mockery, and unconventional beauty. Contrasting sections of radical stillness, silent isolation, and delicacy question the notion of sanity, vulnerability, and strength.  

Reservations recommended; $5 suggested donation; click here to reserve
your tickets now.

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In This Issue
Visual Arts
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  Improv Play
 Written by Randall Colburn 
Directed by Mitch Golob
Presented by

April 10 - May 20
Storefront Theater     

A truly Chicago tale, The Improv Play follows three aspiring improvisers as they seek success and validation on local comedy stages after a fellow troupe member leaves to join the cast of Saturday Night Live. Incorporating improvisation, stand-up and sketch comedy with scripted material to create a raucous, cutting and honest exploration of performance, talent and ambition, The Improv Play shines a light on the thousands of performers filling out the fringe of the comedy scene.

 $25 for general admission;
$15 for seniors and students;
$10 for previews (4/10 & 4/11)
175 DAYS TO LOVE CHICAGO  175 Days to Love Chicago

The City of Chicago celebrates its 175th birthday on March 4, 2012 with 175 days of special events, festivals, promotions and fun facts, March 4 - August 26, 2012.  
Discover hundreds of ways to enjoy all the city has to offer this year with 175 Days to Love Chicago.

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The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events invites you to help shape  Chicago's 2012 Cultural Plan! Share your stories and ideas about arts and culture  via the online forum.

Check out this video about the planning process and then join the conversation at

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