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Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events News
In the first major American exhibition tour, Theo Jansen's
wholly distinctive kinetic creations blur the lines of art,
engineering, science and performance. Celebrating the thrill of the
Strandbeest's locomotion as well as the processes that have driven their
evolutionary development, the sculptures are accompanied by artist
drawings, videos, daily demonstrations of the Strandbeests' movements, a
display of "fossils" as well as photography by Lena Herzog. Opening
weekend activities include a preview with the artist on Friday, Feb. 5, a
STEAM Family Day on Saturday, Feb. 6, and an afternoon conversation
between Theo Jansen and Chicago Humanities Festival's emeritus artistic director Lawrence Weschler on Sun, Feb. 7. More information at chicagoculturalcenter.org.
OnEdge, Feb. 19-Mar. 4, spotlights
experimental dance, theater and genre-defying performances from national
and international artists and companies. The free performances and
workshops take place at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Storefront
Theater and Links Hall and include Bronx Gothic by Okwui Okposkwasili, Yellow Towel by Dana Michel, My Voice Has an Echo In It by Temporary Distortion, and Mon, Ma, Mes by Jack Ferver. Full schedule and information at cityofchicago.org/dcase.
The Clarke House Museum (1827 S. Indiana Ave.) is now offering FREE
public tours of Chicago's oldest house on Wednesdays, Thursdays &
Fridays at 1pm & 3pm. Learn about what life was like for a family in
Chicago during the city's formative years before the Civil War, when
much of the area was still undeveloped prairie. Built in 1836, the house
has survived multiple fires, been moved twice, and is now located in
the Chicago Women's Park in the Prairie Avenue Historic District.